Puppy sales have skyrocketed during the COVID shutdowns because people who have found themselves stuck at home have turned to canine companionship. Designer dogs were at the forefront of the adoption frenzy, despite high prices and long waiting lists.
The designer dogs are bred from two registered pure breeds to optimize the best characteristics of each parent. Everything from Cockapoos (Cocker Spaniel and Poodle), Goldendoodles (Golden Retriever and Poodle), to a Puggle (Beagle and Pug), and more are available. Many breeders use Poodles because of their temperament and intelligence, not to mention that they are mostly hypoallergenic. People who are allergic to dog hair but have always wanted a Golden Retriever can make their dreams come true with a retriever bred to a poodle that doesn’t shed.
Angela Bennion raises Goldendoodles. She fell in love with her brother’s Goldendoodle many years ago when it first became popular. Angela and her husband have always had dogs, but there was something special about the Goldendoodle that inspired her to start raising them.
Prices for these specialty dogs have risen with their popularity. This has led to many unethical breeders keeping their females constantly pregnant and living in poor conditions. One of the hallmarks of Angela’s business is her ethical treatment of her dogs.
“I really make sure my daughters are healthy and happy,” says Angela. On the advice of her veterinarian, she waits until her females are between 18 months and two years old for their first mating, and will only breed each a total of four times. “At the end of the day, they are part of our family,” she added.
Besides being adorably hard to resist, Angela says one of the benefits of a Goldendoodle is the lack of shedding. By breeding a poodle, you get a dog whose hair needs to be clipped rather than shed, making them perfect for people who don’t want dog hair on their furniture, carpets, and clothing.
When shopping for a new puppy, regardless of breed, it’s important to do some homework. The best possible situation is a visit to the breeder’s home. Angela keeps her moms and puppies at home, sometimes even sleeping next to them at night, rather than relegating them to a garden or storage room. It helps in the socialization of puppies by having them in the busy area of his home. They get used to sounds such as vacuum cleaners and children, and are less easily frightened when adopted. Angela describes her dogs as intelligent and easy to train because they want to please.
She also does early training with the puppies. For example, she starts taking them outside to go to the bathroom at 3.5 weeks. “It’s a lot of work because I take them all out every time they wake up, but it’s worth it.”
All the work and socialization Angela puts into the puppies before they are adopted pays off for new owners who have a much easier time transitioning to a new puppy in the home.
Angela is very selective about who she allows to buy her puppies. She wants to make sure the new owners will love her dogs as much as she does. The puppy contract requires that owners cannot resell their puppy. If they find themselves in a situation where they can’t keep the dog, Angela will take it back. “I want to make sure that the people who buy my puppies are engaged and that I don’t have to worry about the well-being of my puppies.”
The joy of owning a puppy cannot be defined financially. The years of joy and companionship they give us are priceless. you
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