They are very very few good breeders of mutts anywhere, let alone located in one area. If you are dead set on a mutt, you are going to have to do more research than the average buyer to find a breeder with good breeding practices.
Goldendoodles are becoming a very popular breed. They are highly intelligent, great family pets, and the best of both the Golden Retriever and Poodle breeds. They are very low to non shedding and have a very soft, silky coats. To assure the quality of the pet, find a first generation mating and look at the pedigree of both parents. They are wonderful dogs.
Pamnor, the goldendoodle is not a breed. It is a mixture of two breeds, and thus is a mutt. It just happens to have been given a cutesy name. As far as it having the 'best qualities of both breeds', when breeding any two dogs, you cannot pick and choose which characteristics are passed to the offspring. SOme goldendoodles have poodle type coats, some have the longer more 'golden retriever' type coat. And puppies can have personality characteristics that are typical to either parent or both parents.
to the original poster, I do wish you the best of luck finding a good breeder. I live in Alabama myself and have never seen or heard of a 'reputable' breeder of this mixture, one that offers a 2 year health guarantee or does genetic testing for vWD, hip and elbow dysplasia, or CERF certification for the eyes.
I prefer to call a Goldendoodle a mixed breed as many, many others out there. You can call it a mutt, it doesn't matter to me. I do know of breeders that give two year guarantee and that do the certifications on their animals. There are many purebred dogs out there that are not checked for genetic problems, too. You will find good and poor breeders of all kinds of dogs. I only ask that you become informed of a mixed breed or mutt before putting it down. I know numerous extremely happy Goldendoodles owners.
Pamnor "I prefer to call a Goldendoodle a mixed breed as many, many others out there. You can call it a mutt, it doesn't matter to me. I do know of breeders that give two year guarantee and that do the certifications on their animals. There are many purebred dogs out there that are not checked for genetic problems, too. You will find good and poor breeders of all kinds of dogs. I only ask that you become informed of a mixed breed or mutt before putting it down. I know numerous extremely happy Goldendoodles owners."
You can call them whatever you want. The fact of the matter is they are mutts. I would love to see the info on these breeders you know of that give 2 year guarantee's as well as health certification. Frankly I don't buy it. As for purebreed dogs that aren't checked for problems, we are as much against this type of irresponsible breeding as we are the irresponsible mixing of dogs, to make a buck.
Knowing people that are extremely happy with thier goldendoodle is exactly the same as saying, I know tons of people extremely happy with the mutts they adopted from a shelter.
Understand the debate here. It's not about purebreeds being better than mixed breed dogs. It's about the intentional breeding of different breeds to create a dog that fits in the designer dog market. That is irresponsible breeding no matter how you analyse it.
No matter what cute names you give them, no matter what BS story they make up about thier "lines", no matter what crap they feed the buyer, they are still breeding mutts, and making money off of it. This is the difference in breeders who breed for betterment of a breed and those who breed for money. It is in both purebreed, and mixed breed breeding. And I and many others are against that idea. We are not against the mixed breeds, after all they didn't make the decision on being born now did they.
Most AKC registered breeds were also considered mutts at one time. The golden retriever was started in the 1800's by mixing water spaniel, newfoundland and irish setter. For the goldendoodle to become a registered breed, it must breed true for, I think, three generations. There needs to be standards set but who is to say if this will not be an AKC registered breed 100 years from now.
Whatever you want to call them, mutts or mixed breeds, they are absolutely wonderful pets
I recently got my goldendoodle puppy. She is now 8 weeks and 3 days old. She is terrific. I love her to death. Their personality is like no other dog I have ever met. She sheds very lightly too. Good Luck with a search. You'll find a good breeder.
***Edited By: Icyhound on 7/29/2005 12:21:38 PM*** Reason: Edited for advertisment yet again.