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Goldendoodle Buyer beware

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Tillypaws Wed 25-Jun-14 16:17:12

We have the most heartbreaking story to tell about our new puppy. Being a cautious person and a huge animal lover I thought I had done my research well regarding breeders of Minature Goldendoodles. I had my name down with 3 of the most highly recommended breeders . However none of these where personal recommendations. Lesson learnt.
My 2 children fell in love with her the moment they saw her as did we but it became clear within the first 48 hours that there was some thing not right with her. We took her to the vet immediately for a full health check. We had another 3 visits to the vet and 2 dog behaviour experts saw her over the next 2 days . We were desperate . We were being told by all the professionals that she was showing anti social behaviour ( fear aggression) and that we should return her immediately to the "hobby" breeder. I have never known my children cry so much. To make matters worse the breeder accused us of mistreating her . She has advertised her for sale again !! Please beware this adorable looking puppy is not well. She needs a quiet home with no children and plenty of socialising lessons. I have had rescue dogs in the past and know that this kind of behaviour is disastrous around children. We now have the most gorgeous little lady who settled in within days . My children will never forget the heart break in saying goodbye to our puppy but our new pup is helping heal the broken hearts.

SnakeyMcBadass Wed 25-Jun-14 21:00:18

How old was the puppy? This sounds very strange.

LtEveDallas Wed 25-Jun-14 21:02:53

Thats the chance you take when you use Backyard Breeders. They don't care about dogs, they care about money.

coalscuttle Wed 25-Jun-14 21:03:25

A miniature goldendoodle is not a breed, and therein lies the problem. People who know nothing about dogs buy puppies from people selling mongrels as a breed. How can you give up on a puppy after two days for behavioural problems??

wannaBe Wed 25-Jun-14 21:07:04


this is the issue with so-called designer dogs. people breed them for money rather than anything else and to feed a demand. "hobby" breeder is about right.

coalscuttle Wed 25-Jun-14 21:09:41

And the poor puppy gets passed into another home who has no idea what to do with a dog I expect.

coalscuttle Wed 25-Jun-14 21:10:37

How old was this puppy op? You do realise that you are the one who is supposed to train and socialise her, don't you?

BelleateSebastian Wed 25-Jun-14 21:10:43

I can't bear the concept of these hybrid dogs, usually bred without thought for compatibility of mixing the breeds (ie crossing 2 breeds that are both suseptible to breathing probs) usually just for how good the name sounds! Cavapoo/rottapoo/fuckoffapoo!

Admittedly some are gorgous but its good luck rather than good breeding.

op, I'm sorry your children are upset.

mrslaughan Wed 25-Jun-14 21:29:22

Personally I think you did the right thing, about a year ago a lady on here got a puppy that had not been socialised well, at times I am sure she wishes she had done the same thing.....

I think that this is why everyone on here rolls their eyes and is negative about the designer cross breeds

ExitPursuedByAKoalaBear Wed 25-Jun-14 21:31:41

2 days?

GobblersKnob Wed 25-Jun-14 21:43:50

So you had her for two days, and thought something was 'not right with her', then in the next 48 hours you saw the very three times and two behaviourists, then took her back?

Sorry, but that does read as a bit odd.

VivaLeBeaver Wed 25-Jun-14 21:45:53

How old was she when you got her?

LEMmingaround Wed 25-Jun-14 21:49:42


Catsmamma Wed 25-Jun-14 21:52:06

what the buggery bollocks even is a miniature golden doodle?

what's the new dog?? Same litter? or another of your carefully researched breeders?

MsRyanGosling Wed 25-Jun-14 21:52:32

Exactly what GobblersKnob said.

How would you even have time to consult all these people in that time.

VivaLeBeaver Wed 25-Jun-14 21:54:58

I think I might be the lady who got an unsocialised puppy a year ago. grin

Tillypaws Wed 25-Jun-14 21:55:09

If I had not been advised by my vet and 2 behaviouralist to return her to the breeder I could have put my family in danger. Well sorry folks but my kids limbs come first . Lesson learnt as I said previously. Stay away from designer dogs and "hobby" breeders. We have a wonderful rescue dog who is amazing with the kids. There are so many pups needing a good home. This post is up as a warning to others to not make the mistake we did.

DwellsUndertheSink Wed 25-Jun-14 22:00:26

a goldendoodle costs more than my fully pedigreed goldie shock

LEMmingaround Wed 25-Jun-14 22:00:30

Two days? You had her for two days and she us whar? 8 weeks old?? Fear aggression? Vets advised return to breeder? Ooooohkay

VivaLeBeaver Wed 25-Jun-14 22:07:34

I guess at least if it wasn't working out the breeder took her back.

My breeder ignored all my emails and phone calls.

sweetkitty Wed 25-Jun-14 22:07:37

My pup was mad for the first week hardly ate, ran around biting us all (actually this lasted until she was about 14 weeks) that's what puppies do bite everything and everyone. But it was up to us to socialise her and start to train her. This does sound odd for an 8 week old pup.

But I totally agree this designer breeding is totally crazy now.

therealeasterbunny Wed 25-Jun-14 22:17:50

It has nothing to do with the sort of dog she is. There are unscrupulous breeders of EVERY sort of dog. I cannot understand why on earth anyone thinks that pedigrees are any better? Or why for some reason people believe that a labrador is worth so much more than a labradoodle because the Kennel Club give you a shiny bit of paper telling you that you have a pedigree. The kennel club DO NOT vet their breeders and they DO NOT see the puppies which are being sold with their papers, so they are the ones promoting unscrupulous breeding, not the 'hobby' breeders. If people are crossing two pedigrees and getting a hybrid that can't breathe properly then it can only be because the parent dogs also have the same problem- the parents who are pedigrees.

I have a labradoodle. He isn't a pedigree and I wouldn't want him to be, he is a crossbreed. His mother was a labrador and his father was a standard poodle. His breeder is incredible and produced every health certificate possible for both parent dogs, had socialised the puppies brilliantly and I now have an amazing 5 year old dog who is the picture of health and behaviour. I also have a 6 year old KC registered cairn terrier who came from a reputable KC registered breeder, who has had no end of health and behaviour issues. He is also amazing and I love both dogs to bits, but it doesn't take a genius to figure out which breed I'd go for next time.

I have been waiting 5 years for someone to give me a sensible, non-judgemental reason why my labradoodle (or labrador poodle cross if the term labradoodle offends you so much) is so inferior to an inbred shar pei with entropion and inherent respiratory problems? Or a cavalier king charles spaniel with syringomyelia?? Because THAT is what your kennel club are endorsing.

May I also just point out that the Kennel Club haven't been around forever, and neither have the majority of pedigree breeds. All came from wolves, and ALL were 'hybrid' 'designer' dogs at one stage or another.

Sorry, slightly off topic there, but this is a huge bug bear of mine!

pigsDOfly Wed 25-Jun-14 22:35:56

Just googled this as I have no idea what a goldendoodle is, still not sure - imagine it's a mix of golden lab and something crossed with a poodle. In other words a mongrel. And the so called breeders on one of the websites are charging anything from £500+ to £950.

They must be laughing all the way to the bank.

Surely whatever type of dog you've got 8/9 weeks is a bit young to diagnose behaviour problems.

Tillypaws Wed 25-Jun-14 22:37:23

We had her 2 weeks but the problems were apparent within the first few days. I didn't want to believe it hence I had second and third opinions but as I have owned dogs before I knew deep down she wasn't right. Poor little thing I can't believe the breeder can be so irresponsible. Our new little lady is a dream dog. Intelligent,calm, sociable and loving. She has enhanced our lives ten fold .

VivaLeBeaver Wed 25-Jun-14 22:40:48

Op hasn't said how old the puppy was.

Mine was six months when I got him and believe me I knew within five minutes of him being home that something was wrong. He absolutely flew at Dh's face for no reason. Proper snarling, lunging. Still the same a year on.

I'd taken him to the vet and two different behaviourists within a week.

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