Miniature or Toy Doodles
A miniature goldendoodle is anything under 50 lbs when full grown. This is a mix of a Golden Retriever and a miniature poodle. Most of the time this is produced by artificial insemination or AI. I do not use toy poodles as this changes the personality to much. SO after many long hours of prayer and deliberation,I have decided in my breeding program to breed down my golden retrievers. I breed them to a Cocker Spaniel or King Charles Cavalier. This produces what is called by many names (sport retriever, comfort retriever, miniature golden retriever) I call them golden cocker/cavalier retrievers or GCR for short. This way you can not confuse what they are.
People now want a smaller size goldendoodle, a mini/petit micro/mini size. This mix when it is a f1 is 50% poodle, 25% golden and 25% either cocker or cavalier. These puppies have been the healthiest puppies yet. Plus no shedding or very little. I have been breeding this mix now for over 10 years. God has blessed this kennel greatly as I haven't had any health issues or problems with any of these puppies. "Unless someone hasn't told me and I don't know about it".
To get my Mini/Petit "Doodles" I take the GCR and breed it to one of my Miniature Poodles. These breedings produce a better proportioned puppy. No long legs, short backs, or short legs long backs. Plus you can determine size better. I only use the spaniel in my Mini/Petit Doodles. Or micro mini Dooldes. If the puppy says DOODLE it has Spaniel. If it says Goldendoodle if has no spaniel.
For those of you thinking "Mutt" a mutt is a mongrel (a dog of unknown ancestry). That is not what I breed. My dogs have taken years to perfect. With much thought and prayer put into these little love bugs. I also know who the parents are and can go back many generations.
In doing this it takes away the major size difference in the GR and Toy Poodle. When the GR is bred to the TP you end up with a lot of puppies with shorter legs, longer backs and it produces back and leg problems as they grow older. Plus you cannot determine or guarantee the size as well as you can with the down sized GCR.
All my Doodles standard/mini/petit are intelligent and a obedient family companion. They are every body's friend and devoted to their family. They are friendly towards children, other dogs and pets, and easy with strangers. Their genius, eagerness to please, and love of learning, make them easy to train.
These issues so far have only been in the standard goldendoodles:
The normal with big dogs, hips, heart, eyes,
The main thing with all Doodles (standard/mini/petit) is their sensitive stomach. Some have allergy problems as well, but I think this has to do with their sensitivity to foods.
The saying is you are what you eat, well the same is true for your dog. Making sure you have the right food for your new puppy is very important.
I know some foods are very expensive, the more expensive ones you normally feed a lot less off the food so it really equals out in price, plus it is a lot better for your dog.
I like this website: The Dog Food Project
Canine nutrition is a hot topic and there are strong feelings on what kind of diet to feed your dog. Some advocate the all-natural, non-cook, raw meat and veggies diet and others opt for expensive organic diets.
Dog food is expensive. We have done quite a bit of research to find a reasonably priced dog food that is low fat, moderate protein and lower in the grains than most well-known dog foods. Our adult dogs do well on this brand but it is very difficult to find. We actually drive a couple hours every three months or so to get this brand so I don't recommend it to my new pup owners.
Here's what I do know. Doodles are known to have sensitive stomachs. We have had several pups go home and their owners wrestled with dog foods. Over the last five years, we have learned a few tips when considering what to feed your dog and what seems to help avoid the sensitive stomach issue.
1. Keep the fat level low.
2. Keep the grain level low, particularly corn, wheat and soy.
3. Use a pro biotic. A good one is Forta Flora. You can obtain it from your vet. If your pup has diarrhea, have your vet check the puppy out but consider regular use of probiotics in your dog's diet. You can also purchase probiotics from these places.
http://www.revivalanimal.com • http://www.valleyvet.com
4. Organic canned pumpkin. Works great for upset stomachs and diarrhea. Keep a couple cans ( you can get it at a Whole Foods or like store) available.
5. Do your research on dog foods. This website, the Dog Food Project is easy to navigate and I find the information is balanced, sensible and informative.
In my own words.
The quick rise in the popularity of Goldendoodles is due to the dogs themselves. They are a most marvelous hybrid. Goldendoodles are a first generation cross, and as such they exhibit hybrid vigor. This is a Phenomenon in animal breeding referring to the fact that the first cross between two unrelated purebred lines is healthier and grows better and lives longer than either parent line. The hybrid cross between these two parent breeds are terrific family dogs, friendly, intelligent, affectionate and easy to train.
When you breed the two unrelated pure bred dogs you lower the health issues. They do not in most cases have the hereditary problems associated with the pure breeds in both breeds. If both parent dogs do not have the hereditary defects then the puppies will not have the defects. This includes hip, elbow, eye, and heart defects. These are all hereditary diseases. I know this because I chose to further my education and study the breeding process at my local college "Blue Ridge Community College" and what causes certain defects in dogs to make myself the best breeder I could be. (Unfortunately this did not help my spelling) LOL
I hope this has helped you in your search for your Goldendoodle puppy.