Tuesday, May 29, 2012

How Much is That Doggie in the Window...?

After much hemming and hawing, Jeff and I finally decided that a puppy was the right decision for us.  One main requirement was that the little guy would not shed.  Due to allergies, cleanliness, and the fact that Jeff is in charge of vacuuming, we wanted to stay away from all that excess hair.  I have  always been partial to the messy, curly look, so a doodle seemed the obvious choice! 

My first instinct was to go with the labradoodle.  See below:


After speaking with multiple breeders, we found that the labradoodle is well-liked, but the overall consensus is that goldendoodles have a calmer temperament, shed less frequently, and produce less of an allergic reaction in people.  The goldendoodle also looks a little stockier overall (indestructible), which I find appealing 

Our first instinct was to wait and see if a doodle might appear at our local SPCA.  No such luck came our way.  We seriously considered rescuing any pup in need from there, but with our first dog we wanted to nurture him from birth, so we could be sure of his temperament.  We did not want to risk a dog that might have been raised in a bad home and developed aggressive tendencies that could arise later on.

The next thought was that there are myriad rescue organizations for every sort of breed across the nation, but once again most of these dogs are not puppies.  We wanted the full experience with our first dog.  So, we were off on the breeder search!

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