It was always a dream of mine to one day get a chocolate lab. I was obsessed with them. Every time I would cross paths with one, it made me want one even more. They are so sweet.
Flash forward to me as an adult. and now in a relationship, when the conversation of getting a second dog comes up. In the back of my mind, I’m thinking YES FINALLY!!
My partner said yes let’s get another dog, but it has to be a dog that doesn’t shed. Man I was CRUSHED! Then I see a lady with her dog and I said what kind of dog is that, she says “a Labradoodle.” I was so excited. The first thing out of my mouth was “where can I buy a Labradoodle from?” I WAS IN LOVE.
Where to start….
The year was 2008, and the internet was an easy place to start. I started searching websites, first in my province Saskatchewan, then moving to the next province on either side. At that time, Alberta had a few sites that were breeder sites for Labradoodles.
I started going through all the sites, one by one. Doing research to find out exactly what type of Labradoodle we wanted. We were so naive. We hadn’t realized that there were choices.
There are many types of Labradoodles, these are 3 of the more common: F1, FB and Australian Labradoodles. Apparently we had more research to do. We wanted to make sure we made the right choice for us.
F1, F1B and Australian just to name a few
Labradoodles have been around since the 80s and come from Australia. They were specifically breed to be hypo-allergenic guide dogs.
Although the breed has been around for around 30 years or so, it took awhile for them to catch on in Canada. All 3 types of Labradoodles are now very popular.
The F1 Labradoodle is when they breed a Labrador to a Standard Poodle creating a First Generation Labradoodle.
F1B is taking the F1 Labradoodle and breeding it with a Standard Poodle, making a Second Generation or F1B Labradoodle.
The Australian Multi Generation Labradoodle is the result of generations of breeding time, it’s when both parents are Australian Labradoodles.
The Labradoodles has 3 different types of dog hair. Each one has different characteristics than the other.
First we have the super curly or poodle hair. The curls are very tight and they don’t shed for the most part. The odd tuft of hair may come out if the hair is really long, but it’s the type of hair that wipes off.
The second type, is the wavy type. It’s at times looks like it’s has been in a crimping iron of sorts. It still may have some light curl, and it will depend on how long or short you keep the hair. This type may leave a bit of hair around.
Lastly, it’s the straight hair. The dog almost looks like a Labrador, it may have a wave here and there. Could be like a curl or wave on there head or back as an example. For the most part, it’s straight. This hair style definitely is the one that will shed.
The decision will come down to personal choice, the dogs are the same, just different type of hair.
Breeders or Not
I knew as soon as we started looking to get a Labradoodle that we wanted a curly hair Australian Multi Generation Labradoodle. It was super important for us to get a dog that didn’t shed. Our 1st dog was a Cockapoo, who obviously didn’t shed so it was an easy decision for us to make.
In being specific with what we wanted, we knew it would be best for us to go through an actual breeder. We wanted the best of all the qualities of the Multi and to ensure we got a curly haired healthy dog.
I was able to find a breeder who was in Alberta that had Multi puppies on the way in one of there upcoming litters. As with most breeders, you can reserve a puppy from a litter even before it is born. You pay a deposit to the breeder to hold a puppy for you once the litter is born.
With most breeders, you need to fill out an application with them and select your preference of hair type, color, or sex. Now, because they never know exactly how many puppies they are having, or what sex they will all be, you may have to be prepared to either get what is available or wait for another litter later on.
We filled out all the application with our choices of a male with curly hair and then just waited for the litter to be born. Once the litter is born the breeder goes to the reserve list and starts allotting the puppies to each family based on first come first serve.
Our doodle was born Dec 20, 2008.
Bursting with Love
We watched our baby puppy grow on line til he was 8 weeks old. The breeder would post updated photos, so we could see him develop.
We got our Labradoodle from Peace River, AB which is pretty far from Saskatoon. The breeder agreed to meet me at a mall parking lot in Edmonton which was pretty close to half-way for each of us. It is not unheard-of for breeders to fly puppies to their parents location, if they are too far away to drive to pick up the puppy.
Our dog finally reached 8 weeks old and I drove to Edmonton to the mall to meet the breeder and pick him up.
All I can say is, I remember the moment like it was yesterday. She opened the van door to pulled out a dog kennel and handed me my dog. I opened up the kennel and there was this adorable Labradoodle puppy, who was so cute and sweet.
Today “FINN” is 10 years old, going on 11 and I wonder where the time went. He is the sweetest, cuddliest, and best natured dog I have ever seen. They really do have the best temperament to fit any family. He fills our hearts with love every day and makes us laugh all the time. We love him so much!
BEST DECISION EVER!
To answer the question, “where can I buy a labradoodle from,” the choice is yours. Back 10 years ago there were far fewer choices of breeders to chose from. Today the breed is going strong and Labradoodles can be got many places than just a breeder. Everyone needs to make their own decision that best suits them. It is all up to you.