About Us & FAQ

 Are your dogs registered?
Our purebred Labs and Standard Poodles are double registered - both American Kennel Club (AKC) and Continental Kennel Club (CKC).  Labradoodles are not eligible to be registered through AKC, but all of our Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, and Double Doodles are registered with CKC. 


 What health tests have you done on your breeding dogs?
All of our dogs have their hips tested before being considered for breeding.  We use PennHip method, which our vet believes is better than the OFA method.  You can read more about PennHip here:  http://www.pennhip.org/
Our Poodles have been tested for Von Willibrands Disease and are negative.  Individual dogs have also completed other tests, which we list with the details on that dog.   Tests include: CERF, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Cone degeneration, Retinal Distrophy and Progressive Rod-Cone Degeneration, Hemophilia B, Narcolepsy and Hypothyroidism.


 What is your vaccination and de-worming protocol?
Immunizations: Your puppy will receive all the necessary immunizations recommended for his age, until he arrives in your home.  We provide you with written information on the types and dates of vaccinations given, which your vet will want to know. Your puppy will need additional vaccinations as he grows, and you should schedule these with your veterinarian or your puppy will not gain immunity from deadly diseases

Deworming: Our puppies are placed on a regular de-worming schedule as recommended by our vet.  We'll provide you with written information about they types of de-wormers given to your puppy and the dates. Your vet will want to know this information, and will set up a continuing schedule to keep your puppy parasite-free.  Our adult dogs are on year round heartworm preventative, and we recommend you start your puppy on a similar program when he reaches the age your vet recommends.

We believe in minimal use of chemicals when possible, but not to the extent that it would jeopardize the health of our dogs & puppies.  We give heartworm preventative monthly to all of our adults dogs, except for pregnant and nursing dogs.  We do not routinely treat our dogs with monthly flea/tick preventative.  We have very few problems with fleas but we do have ticks in our area.  Only when we see a tick do we treat all of our adult dogs, except for pregnant and nursing dogs, with Frontline Plus.  Typically this is only once a year in the spring.  We are a tobacco-free and alcohol-free family.

We regularly deworm our adult dogs with Safe-guard.

For our puppies we use a human grade equivalent to Nemex II.  Although the ingredients are the same, we believe that the product made for human use has passed stricter testing and safety requirements than the product that's made for dogs.

Our puppies receive their first vaccination of ProGard 5 at 6 weeks of age and are kept up-to-date with additional vaccinations as they grow.  

We use human baby shampoo and baby wash for baths, again because we feel that products manufactured for humans pass stricter testing than shampoos made specifically for pet use.

Our vet advised us that the mother's body needs time to recuperate between litters, so we typically only breed our female dogs every other cycle, rather than breeding every cycle like some breeders do.  Our dogs typically have their first litter when they are around 18 months old.



 Why are your puppies so expensive.....OR....Why are your puppies so cheap?
We get both of these questions from time to time.
Our puppies are priced lower than most puppies of similar quality from reputable breeders.   We are situated in a remote, rural location where our overhead is low - the costs associated with caring for dogs is less here than in the cities.  This remote area also allows our dogs to have lots of room to run and play, so they are not confined to small pens every day.  We personally designed the building that houses our puppy nursery and adult dogs for their comfort, health and safety.  We built it ourselves and while it isn't as "fancy' as what some breeders have, we saved thousands of dollars on labor costs.  This helps us to offer our puppies at lower prices.

Our puppies are priced higher than some you'll find listed in the newspaper or online.  When you consider the quality of the parent dogs, health testing performed, our commitment to the mental and physical health of our puppies and dogs, our three year health guarantee, and our lifetime of support, we feel our puppies are reasonably priced.

We offer a complete support system for you and your doodle, from the first day with your new puppy throughout his/her lifetime.  We hope that if you ever have any questions, problems or concerns with your dog that we'll be the first place you turn.  While we don't know all the answers, we'll do our best to help find them.

We are concerned for the mental and emotional health, as well as physical health, of our dogs.  There are many breeders who take excellent physical care of their dogs, but ignore their basic needs and instincts.  We believe that a dog needs to be with other dogs and have room to run, romp and play.  We don't believe in keeping them locked in individual concrete and wire cells.  Our adult dogs have full access to large grassy yards, and are kept in pairs so they have a buddy to play with.

We feel our health guarantee is one of the best available.  It will reimburse you up to the cost of your puppy (or, if you prefer, provide you with another puppy of equal value) should an unlikely genetic health problem occur.   If you are in the " puppy shopping stage", we are happy to provide you with a copy of our three year health guarantee.   You should request a copy of the health guarantee from all breeders you are considering, and read each carefully.  Some breeders have guarantees that require you to return your puppy in order to collect!


 What is the temperament of your puppies?

Our puppies are friendly, happy and outgoing individuals.  We attribute this to our daily handling of the puppies from birth through the day they join their new families.   Our puppies receive a lot of attention from our family on a daily basis.  Play time, snuggle time and providing health care are all beneficial by increasing the puppy's socialization skills.  Our indoor and outdoor puppy playgrounds give the puppies  opportunities to learn and gain self-confidence through play. Even simple things like "the sun is hot, and the shade is cool" must be learned, and the puppy playground teaches these things.

From day 3 to day 16 we use Early Neurological Stimulation in addition to regular socializing.  
We also use the "Rules of Seven" which claim that by the time a puppy is seven weeks old he/she should have:
1. Been on 7 different surfaces
2. Played with 7 different types of objects
3. Been in 7 different locations
4. Been exposed to 7 physical challenges
5. Eaten from 7 different containers
6. Eaten in 7 different locations
7. Met and played with 7 new people



 Which is better:  male or female?

Both neutered male and spayed female Labradoodles make gentle, easy to train companions. We feel gender is mostly a personal preference, and you'll get a variety of answers if you ask for people's opinions.   However, there are natural instincts that affect how dogs interact with the pack (your family).  Female dogs may have an instinct to be the 'leader', while male dogs may be more likely to be followers.   If you are adding a puppy to a household that already has dogs in it, we will recommend a gender based on your existing dogs.

 

 What does F1, F1b, F2, etc mean?

An F1 is a puppy who has one parent that is a Standard Poodle and one parent that is a Labrador Retriever.  It doesn't matter if it is the mother or father who is the Poodle or Labrador.  These are also called 'first generation' puppies.

An F1b is a puppy who has one parent that is a Standard Poodle and one parent that is an F1 Labradoodle.  These are sometimes called 'second generation' puppies.

An F2 can be one of three things:
A puppy who has one parent that is an F1 Labradoodle and one parent that is an F1b Labradoodle
OR a puppy with both parents being F1b Labradoodles
OR a puppy with both parents being F1 Labradoodles

A multi-generational (mutli-gen for short)  A puppy whose both mother and father are Labradoodles.  This term is usually used for puppies beyond the F2 level.

Australian Labradoodle is a multi-gen puppy with ancestors originating in Australia.  Australian Labradoodles have breeds other than Labrador and Poodle in their background.  They usually have an ancestor of  Irish Water Spaniel, Curly Coat Retriever, American Cocker Spaniel, English Cocker Spaniel, or Wheaten Terrier somewhere in their distance past.  Often it is so far back that it can't be traced and it generally isn't something that reflects in the 'look' of the dog.

American multi-gen puppies often only have Poodle and Labrador in their bloodlines, but more breeders are mixing in Cocker Spaniels and other breeds. It's important to ask about the bloodlines of any multi-gen puppy if you want a mixture of ONLY Labrador and Poodle.

Double doodle refers to a dog that is part Labradoodle and part Goldendoodle.  Sometimes these are called North American Retrievers.  These dogs have a mixture of Lab, Golden Retriever and Poodle blood. 
 

Our Health Guarantee
We do our best to breed only genetically healthy dogs and therefore we stand behind them with a solid three year written health guarantee.   You must have your puppy examined by a veterinarian within 5 working days of delivery (as well as complying with all other aspects of the health guarantee) or your health guarantee will become void.  This initial exam assures you that your puppy was healthy upon arrival.  You must sign and return one copy of the health guarantee to Cedar Hill within 10 days of receiving your puppy.

If you are still  in the puppy shopping stage, please read each breeder's health guarantee carefully.  A breeder should be willing to show you a copy of his health guarantee BEFORE you commit to purchasing a puppy.  There can be a lot of differences in these guarantees, so compare them carefully.  Email us for a copy of our current health guarantee.