How to Buy a Goldendoodle
As mentioned before, we bought a puppy! You might be thinking, “Why did you get a puppy the week after you moved into a new home?”
That is a valid question. Moving was overwhelming enough. Getting unpacked and finding everything was another process that I didn’t think would be as overwhelming as it was. Plus, things just disappeared.
Who the heck knows where my aluminum foil went?
But here’s the thing: my husband works nights and I graduated from grad school last year, so I have a lot of time to myself. Plus, the girl I normally hang out with is moving away, so I find that I have even more time alone than normal.
So, I found myself longing for a companion; namely, a puppy.
But, here’s the thing: Alex is allergic to most dogs. So I knew that we were restricted with what type of dog we could get. My family has a Pyredoodle who is adorable and well-behaved. But I wanted a Golden Retriever-type dog without the shedding.
So I started looking into Goldendoodles.
There is an enormous amount of information about Goldendoodles.
I quickly discovered that I needed to look for a F1B Goldendoodle. The F1B Goldendoodle is 75% Poodle and 25% Golden Retriever. The sizing for Goldendoodles varies greatly, depending on what type of Poodle was crossed with a Golden Retriever.
I wanted a medium to average sized Goldendoodle, as I am not fond of small dogs. However, Goldendoodles are in high demand as they are becoming more and more popular. Every single litter I saw online, the puppies were listed on average between $3000-$4000.
No way could Alex and I afford that! Plus, we just bought a condo!
I grew quite discouraged, believing that this dream of owning a dog probably would just never come true.
I told my grandpa about the situation and he sent managed to find an add in his Sunday morning newspaper.
He sent me a number to call, along with the price of the puppies: $1,200.
I called the number, and found that the lady was an independent Goldendoodle breeder named Linda. Based out of Tampa, she was within an hour and a half of where we lived. I scheduled for us to pick up a puppy on early Friday afternoon.
Alex and I were so busy the whole week before driving to pick up our puppy that we bought everything we needed for her the morning of the drive.
Since it was a weekday, traffic was not the best driving to Tampa. When we arrived, Linda sent her husband out to find us. He led us to the back yard of their home, where two pairs of grown Goldendoodles were kept, and dozens of cream-colored and chocolate-colored puppies tumbled about. Linda had two litters of puppies available: 4 cream-colored females and 6 or 7 chocolate-colored Goldendoodles of both genders. The chocolate-colored ones were not yet ready to go home, but they were adorable.
I was concerned that I would not be able to pick a puppy, since there were so many available. However, almost as soon as I saw them, I knew which one I wanted.
I picked her up and deposited her into my husband’s arms.
She had golden ears and a golden head, with a cream-colored body. The only two-toned puppy in the litter.
Driving home with her, we came against quite a bit of traffic, but she was marvelously quiet. She was scared and quiet for the first two days, but after that she warmed up to us and has become quite playful and mischievous. We discovered that she can only eat soft food, since she is still so little. We were concerned because she wasn’t eating the food we got for her!
Even though this first week with her has had its challenges, I am so happy that we got her. She has been a lovely companion for both me and my husband. He and I have both watched many of Rachel Fusaro’s videos on YouTube in preparation for her. I am so happy that we did, as Rachel has helped us tremendously! If you want to see our adorable new puppy, I’ve created an Instagram account for her @talulahthedoodle.
If you have a Goldendoodle, or a dog, I would love to hear from you and the journey you went on to get them! Alex and I are super in love with our brand-new puppy. But—I have to admit—I am looking forward to the day when she is a well-trained dog.