Frequently Asked Labradoodle Questions

Answers to some frequently asked questions about Blessings Labradoodles. If you don’t see your question here, please feel free to contact us!

Are the parents on site?

The Dam (mother) will normally be on site. Most of the time the father is also on site, except in the cases that he is in a home or belongs to another breeder.

Are the pups mini, medium, or standard size?

We are currently breeding Mediums and Miniatures. Each litter has a range between the parents’ sizes.

Are these dogs Australian Labradoodles with lineage from Australia?

Our dogs’ lineage started in Australia, and continues development in America and other places.

Are we expecting any spring litters?

Typically we have litters in late spring as most new parents like the summer to train.

Can we come pick out our new pup?

Yes, you can come visit us and you can pick out your own pup.

Can we have our own vet spay/neuter our pup?

All of our companion pups are altered before going to their forever homes.

Do I need to pay GST upon going into Canada?

Canada will collect GST upon claiming your purchase at the border.

Do I need to worry about an alpha dog issue?

If you have another dog one will become the dominant and one the submissive. Typically the problem arises when they both want to be dominant. A pup will take a submissive position, and hopefully the existing dog will take the pup under its wings and teach it. It is a good idea to introduce them in a dog fashion in a neutral area, different from the way humans do. This issue is a good one to read up on before you bring your new pup home.

Do the pups have healthy hips?

The parents of our pups are tested for genetic defects including hips and elbows. They must have a fair or better to be acceptable.

Do we offer a stud service?

We have two male studs available for service to approved females.

Do we offer female breeders?

Any female pups we have may be sold as breeders. There are different pricing and adoption protocols. Please contact us for further information and we will gladly help you.

Have the pups had shots or worming?

The pups will have all worming and immunizations to date upon arrival to you.

Have they had any crate training?

They will have had some crate training depending on their age. Based on feedback from new pups owners, the pups take to crates naturally, like a den.

Have they had any potty training?

Your new pup will have training proper for his/her age. Pups are not fully potty trained until they are a year of age. That means there will be significant training that you will have to do. It is essentially what you would do just to maintain pottying, only more consistent.

How come there are different sizes in a litter?

Since this breed is still in development there are some variations in sizes. Most pups are somewhere between the size of their parents.

How come you don’t breed standard sized Labradoodles?

Larger breed dogs often end up in shelters because of a change in living conditions that limit the size of a pet. We feel that a Mini or Medium should be a good fit for most living situations. Having multiple large dogs is a bit more than even I could take care of!

How do I clean their ears?

Your new pup needs regular ear cleaning. You may do this or have a groomer do this. The hair in the ears needs to be pulled out first. You may do this with just your fingers, ear powder and/or round tipped clamps. Then use ear wash by squeezing into ear and squishing the ear bulb (down to the skull.) They have much deeper ear than we do. Finally, wipe out solution and wax with cotton ball or novelette.

How do I potty train my new puppy?

First you must understand that a pups control is not fully developed until they are a year old. It is critical to do things often with pups, as their metabolism is very high/fast. When you first bring your pup home take him to the area that he will be expected to relieve himself at. Stay in that area for at least 15 minutes or until he goes, whichever is first. Supervise him closely because it just takes a second. It is a good idea to have an area sectioned off for him that he won’t do damage to if/when he has an accident. Take him outside very frequently, like once an hour until you know his rhythm. He will not go in his crate, as long as he can hold it. Take him outside before you put him in his crate and then take him outside immediately afterwords. Then you will have some time in between to play, snuggle and train. Find a good cleaner that uses enzymes to clean and remove the smell, as they will try to return to that place. If they are in an outside pen or yard they will go to the outermost area. You can clean with a rake, shovel and water often. A Doggie door is a great resource. You may train with a bell on the door for them to ring when they need to go outside, just don’t let them chew it. If you see them doing a no- no grab them and take them outside. Don’t ever hit them as this will cause distrust and alter their personality negatively. A clicker is a great tool to reinforce good behavior in this endeavor. We always want to use reward based training.

How much are our dogs and what is included?

Our pups will come wormed and immunized to date. You will know who their parents are and know what to expect. Your new pup will come from tested parents and you will have a two year genetic health guarantee. We will be available to you for questions, and in return would like occasional updates and pictures showing off the progress of your new family member.

How should I expect them to act upon arrival at our home?

Your new pup will be nervous and cautious. She/he will miss their littermates. Usually they will stick to you like glue. It may take up to a week for this transition. It is very important to expose your little one to many new atmospheres, but don’t let them get really scared. This is the most ideal time to be in puppy training school. This will create a bond that is very important.

How will our pup act around other dogs or animals?

Puppies are generally accepted as they don’t show or have confrontation. They may irritate other animals while trying to play with their littermates.

If I get two pups, can they travel/fly together in one crate?

Two pups are recommended to fly together. They usually do very well this way. If they are adults, however, I don’t recommend it.

Is this a non-shedding breed?

Most all Multi-Gen Australian Labradoodles are non-shedding. Shedding is a process that generally happens twice a year that spontaneously releases dander, which an Australian Labradoodles should not have. Australian Labradoodles do lose some hair though, similar to the way humans do.

What amount of dog food do I feed them?

As a guide, you should use the information provided on the product instructions. This is just a guide and needs to be adjusted on the age, weight and activity of the dog. Feedings for adult dogs should be twice a day, and for young pups three times a day. There should be a 15 minute window for them to eat in and then meal time should be over. If you have more than one and it appears that one is eating more separate their dishes. It is good for them to have to share, as they will be able be polite. Remember they will have to go potty within 15 minutes also.

What does the Canadian border require for me to cross with a puppy?

Dogs imported into Canada must have all necessary vaccines depending on the age of dog. A dog that is less than 3 months of age at the time of import does not require rabies vaccination. However, proof of a dog’s age must be provided on request. More information: Importing animals into Canada

What if my new pup is nervous?

It is common for your new pup to be nervous. If you were just removed from your family you would be nervous, too! This is the time to get them out to socialize and train. You are their new family now and he/she will bond quickly as you spend more time with them.

What is their favorite food?

Raw chicken necks are a great treat that are very nutritious. Be aware when feeding raw meat that your dog can defensive defensive of his food. These should be fed individually.

What kind of dog food do you recommend for our new pup?

It depends on the age of the pup and the stage it is currently in. Typically I use Kirkland food from Costco. Wet food doesn’t need to be puppy formula as it is virtually the same. Kibble does need to be puppy formula. Kibble can be mixed with canned food and a little hot water to make a mash. Puppies may walk in their food so try to use a bowl that will not flip over. You may need to clean their face and feet afterwards. As they get older use less canned and more kibble. Always have fresh water available. A mat or short rug is suggested to limit the mess.

What kind of temperament do these dogs have?

Typically Australian Labradoodles have a light, sweet and playful temperament. They should not be aggressive or fearful when raised properly and bred from good stock. They are very smart and love to please. Their excellent temperaments are what they are commonly known for, as well as their coats and intelligence.

What size crate should I get for our new pup?

Mini: Size Medium: 26″L x 18″W x 18″H

Small: Size Medium/Intermediate: 28″L x 20.5″W x 21.5″H

Medium: Size Large: 36″L x 25″W x 27″H

What will their adult height and weight be?

Since Australian Labradoodles are created individually, it depends on the parents. Ideally, there should be no more than a three inch spread of height between the parents. There is a slight possibility they could take after a grandparent though.

Where is Blessings Labradoodles located?

We are located in NE Bellingham, Washington, U.S. Just minutes from the Canadian borders and less than two hours from Seattle.

Why choose a Blessings Labradoodle pup?

One very important, and often overlooked reason: shelter resistance

1- Price: Very affordable for an Australian Labradoodle. High enough investment it will be well cared for. Extremely low chance of ending up in a shelter.
2- Size: Accepted into most housing situations. Extremely low chance of ending up in a shelter.
3- Coat: Non-shedding which is acceptable for most Dander allergy sufferers. Extremely low chance of ending up in a shelter.
4- Pre-Altered: No possibility of populating. Impossible to contribute to a shelter.

Will the puppy be allergy friendly?

Allergy friendly is a vague description that can be perceived and portrayed in many different ways. For the most part, the answer is yes. Most people are allergic to the dander a dog has. Our Australian Labradoodles have virtually no dander. However, most people that are allergic to dander are also allergic to dust. If your dog has a long coat they may become a dust mop. Most people with allergies are extremely clean and are exceptional pet owners, as they bathe and clean their pets often and thoroughly. I recommend keeping your pup in a short “puppy” cut. The saliva of a dog can also bring about allergic reactions. I recommend encouraging against and training your dog not to lick you. If this does happen you will need to wash to prevent any reaction. For the most part, Multi-Gen Australian Labradoodles are as allergy friendly as any dog can be.

Will the pups need to be sedated for flying?

Pups usually can handle flying well. If an adult dog is high strung they may need sedation, however it may make them sick, which is not good.