Frequently Asked Questions

How much do your puppies cost?

All of our goldendoodle puppies, regardless of size, gender or color, are $3800. Our bernedoodle puppies are $4500. You absolutely can find less expensive puppies elsewhere, but this is one of those times when you really do get what you pay for. Our adult dogs are FULLY HEALTH TESTED, including DNA testing, hips, elbows, patella, cardiac and thyroid testing by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and eye certification by a canine ophthalmologist. Secondly, we are a real legitimate business (not a back yard breeder or hobby breeder) who accepts credit cards and pays taxes (which is a huge expense), as every legitimate business should. In addition, ALL of our eight week old puppies have been overnight crate-trained (11pm-5am), doggy-door trained, trained to go up/down ramps, taken OUTSIDE to toilet every two hours (we do NOT use potty pads, newspaper or litter boxes) and our puppies are groomed weekly (starting at age 4 weeks old). We raise all of our puppies with bio-sensory training and Service Dog desensitization protocols learned from raising puppies for Upstate Guide Dogs; we do not add on extra charges for our puppy training program, as we do these protocols with every puppy we raise. Watch our daily videos on our Facebook page and read our reviews!! MANY of our puppies become service dogs and therapy dogs. Read our 300 plus reviews to see WHY our puppies are special and worth the investment. If you find an inexpensive puppy or a puppy available immediately, we urge you to read the breeder's reviews on both Google and Facebook. If the breeder does not have reviews, it is because the review tab was turned OFF by the breeder, as that tab is there by default for every business page. 

What size are your puppies full-grown?

It depends on the litter!!  Our adult dogs range from 20-80 lbs; therefore, we offer three different sizes from which to choose. Our Miniatures (minis) are 20-35 lbs, Mediums 35-50 lbs and our Standards are 50-85 lbs. We do NOT breed any puppies that will be smaller than 20 lbs full-grown because ALL Retrievers are at LEAST 60 lbs full grown; if we keep breeding back to miniature poodle (to get smaller and smaller) we essentially breed out all of the Retriever genetics. Many miniature goldendoodles are (genetically, when DNA tested) are mostly miniature poodle.

At what age do you spay and neuter your puppies?

We don't! It's not healthy to spay or neuter dogs until they have gone through puberty. Research confirms that spaying or neutering young puppies affects bone density and joints; therefore, if you spay/neuter prior to age nine months old, our Health Guarantee will not cover hip/elbow/patella displaysia. We do require our puppy buyers to sign a contract stating they will spay or neuter their puppy after age 9 months old (after puberty) to prevent cancers and pyometra.

Breeding rights are potentially available for approved breeders, call us for more information.

What colors do you have available?

Unlike most breeders, we do NOT breed for any particular color. Poodles (like people!) come in dozens of colors and so do our doodles. We embrace diversity (in both people and in dogs!!!) and we Love and Celebrate ALL different colors. Our puppies are red, cream, apricot, black, chocolate, merle, grey, silver, brown, and Parti (white with colored spots). That said, we highly discourage families from choosing a puppy based JUST on color!! Coat color can and (probably will) change as the puppy ages! This is the reason why our family selection date is when the puppies are at least six weeks old; families can then assess personality, coat-type, size, and activity level before choosing their puppy. If color is your number one priority, Peters Puppies will not be a good fit; you will be better served by an online pet store (such as Puppy Spot) or a breeder that lets you choose from a photograph when the puppy is very young.  Please check our current litters for more information on our current wait-list process. 

Are doodles hypoallergenic and nonshedding?

There’s no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic dog; some people are allergic to dog saliva or dander, not the fur. That said, our dogs are low to non-shedding and many allergy-sufferers can tolerate our dogs. We can do a T-shirt test for you (you send us a T-shirt and we will have our dogs sleep with it and add dog hair) so that you can gauge the severity of your allergic reaction. Also, we are happy to DNA coat test puppies for you (the DNA testing/lab fee applies) prior to the selection date, to help you select the most allergy friendly of the puppies. DNA testing is the only way to know for CERTAIN  if a puppy is Plus/Plus for Curl and F/F for furnishings and N/N for shedding. If you have severe allergies, it is quite possible that you will not tolerate a goldendoodle; unfortunately, we are unable to place puppies in homes on a "trial" basis. Please consult with your allergist prior to reserving a puppy.

Do you DNA test?

We DNA test all of our adult dogs prior to breeding; therefore, our puppies are guaranteed to NEVER get any of the genetically inheritable diseases for which we are able to test through Paw Print genetics (see list on our health guarantee). Of course, not all genetic diseases are testable in advance (nor are diseases such as cancer), but as science evolves, we add more tests to our program. Upon request, (lab and DNA kit fees apply) we can also DNA coat test puppies for you, to see which puppy is the most hypoallergenic based on furnishing, curl, and shed genes.

How and Where do you raise your puppies?

Inside our home, using Service Dog Protocols! Specifically, the first few weeks of life our puppies are raised right in our bedrooms in our home near Raleigh, NC. Then (age 4 weeks old) puppies are moved into dining room, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of our busy family and other dogs. Our puppies have a doggy-door to go outside into a 3500 sq foot play yard, and we begin the housebreaking process at age four weeks old. We begin crate-training at age five weeks old, which is why our puppies are Well on their way to being housebroken by age eight weeks old. Check out our Facebook for pictures and daily live-stream videos.

Do you ship your puppies?

Because our puppies are crate-trained, we are happy to have our puppies fly WITH you in-cabin from Raleigh, NC airport (or Charlotte) but we will not ship our puppies in cargo. The cargo areas of planes are not climate controlled. We also have established a trusting relationship with Here 2 There transport; Tiffany will drive JUST our puppies to you for a fee (you can contact her directly for a quote). Contact us for more information regarding delivery.

Why do so many of your dogs become service dogs?

Sandy started puppy raising for Upstate Guide Dogs in the mid 90’s. Our puppies are raised with Early Neurological Stimulation, Puppy Culture, Avidog, and Service Dog Protocols inside our home. Many of our puppies (over the years) have become service dogs, therapy dogs, and emotional support dogs. Therapy and Service dog prospects will be chosen by a trainer (not the client) after temperament testing. If you are needing a Service Dog or Therapy Dog, please contact us directly for more information.

How is the process different if I am getting a therapy or service dog prospect?

If you are getting a therapy dog prospect or a service dog prospect (NOT an emotional support dog- as ESAs are not covered under the American for Disabilities Act) then the selection process for one of our puppies is entirely different. It's important to understand the distinction.

If you are getting a therapy dog, the mental health practitioner/nursing home/hospital/school/facility where you will be taking the therapy dog may have a specific agency that they require for choosing and training the dog. For example, dogs working at UNC Hospital must be certified through one of these organizations: Pet Partners, Dogs with a Purpose, Love on a Leash, or Alliance of Therapy Dogs. It is important to connect with a trainer from the appropriate agency prior to selection of a puppy, as these agencies often have their own breeding programs or their own selection process.

Service dogs do tasks for one specific individual to mitigate that person's disability. Often it takes years to train a service dog, and we can refer you to trainers who specialize in certain tasks (example, diabetic alert dogs, mobility support etc). If you are getting a service dog prospect, we need to know the tasks the dog will be performing so that we can make certain that you get the right size dog to perform the tasks needed.

Emotional Support Animals are just pets who help calm the owner, and Emotional Support dogs have no protections under the American for Disability Act. We treat Emotional Support dogs as pets and those getting an ESA do not get a special position on our waiting list. Please let me know for sure which route you will take-- the pet route or the therapy/service prospect dog route. If you are wanting one particular gender or color, then we will just leave your reservation as a "pet" reservation instead and you will have the normal selection process instead.

For therapy and service dog prospects, the TRAINER will choose your puppy for you, and you will get no say on gender or color etc. The only exception to this policy is for therapists who need a dark colored dog to serve clients who might be triggered by mouth/eye stains that often appear on light colored dogs. We can refer you to several different trainers who can come to our home to do the temperament testing and select your puppy for you (for a fee) or you can have your own trainer come select for you, but again, the owner/handler will NOT be selecting their own puppy. We have a high success rate because we strictly enforce this policy.

When you get on a litter list for a therapy dog or a service dog prospect, you essentially get to bump everyone else on the list (we back date your reservation date so that you have the top spot); this allows the trainer to choose from the entire litter. The trainer may not even find a suitable prospect, and you must be respectful of that assessment. Therefore, we need to know if you are for sure wanting the therapy dog or service dog prospect slot from the very beginning.

 

 

 

Do doodles need to be groomed regularly?

YES! Because they don’t shed, all doodles should be groomed every 8 - 10 weeks at the minimum. See my resources page for grooming resources.

Can I visit the puppies?

We used to have weekly visiting hours, but we made the decision to discontinue this practice for these reasons. 1)Three different times now, we have had puppies get broken legs from visitors stepping on or dropping puppies. 2) Allowing visitors greatly increases the risk of the puppies catching Parvo or other life-threatening diseases. Puppies have delicate immune systems and no vaccinations yet. 3) Our puppies are raised INSIDE our home, not in a kennel with a public meeting area. It's not safe to allow virtual strangers into our home. 4) We would set hours (12-1:30, for example) and inevitably someone would show up during the last few minutes, saying that they drove many hours and got stuck in traffic. Then, visiting hours ended up taking the entire day. This was stressful for us, the puppies, and the mom of the puppies. 5) We tried to limit the number of visitors to two adults per family, and people would still show up with carloads of people and children. At times, there were 30 or more people (strangers) in our home and yard!! 6) Visitors greatly stress out our new mommies, who are hormonal and protective of their puppies. 7) We video every single day! With today's technology, in-person visits are not needed to see exactly how our puppies are raised. 8)We also provide personal visits via Zoom or Skype. Like and follow our Facebook page for public videos https://www.facebook.com/peterspuppies/

How and when do I pick my puppy?

You choose your puppy (by Zoom or Skype) when puppies are approximately 6-7 weeks old (go home age 8 weeks old). We wait that long to have families choose their puppy because trainers often need to  Volhard temperament test our puppies to determine which will be the best service/therapy dog prospects. Service and therapy dog prospects will be chosen by Peters Puppies and the trainer (no requests for gender/color will be considered); we reserve first pick of every litter for Service dog prospects or for Peters Puppies. We strongly encourage families to choose a puppy based on temperament, size, and coat type, not JUST color/gender, and we will speak about each puppy's personality on our Facebook page during our videos. Like and follow our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/peterspuppies/

Families will choose their puppy in the order of when we received their reservation. Families indicate interest in a litter by logging into our website portal with their secure Pin number (provided after the reservation fee is remitted). The website portal shows exactly what litters are available, how many girls/boys and the attributes of the coat type (curly, furnished etc.). Families who have allergies should only select from the litters that are plus/plus curl and double furnished (FF). Please watch the video on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/peterspuppies/posts/1138062289963019 and also use the search bar on the FB and type in allergies for more information.

Do you have any references?

We have hundreds of five star reviews on our Facebook page and also Google. Be aware that if a breeder does NOT have reviews posted, it's because the breeder manually turned that tab OFF.  Also, you can email our vet directly for a vet reference. The fastest way to weed out a puppy mill is to ask the breeder to provide references!!

What do you feed your dogs?

We feed our dogs and puppies TLC Whole Life dog food (not the puppy food, the All Life Stages food). TLC dog food has three different sources of protein to help mitigate food allergies and it contains the right protein, calcium and phosphorus ratios. It's also a "Whole life" food, which means that both adult dogs and puppies can all eat it. We have switched dog foods five times in seven years, due to recalls and new data!  For example, the FDA recently found that grain-free diets causes deadly DCM heart disease. TLC has the appropriate grains and has never had a recall. TLC is NOT an Multi-Level-Marketing company.

How long is your waiting list?

Families generally get on our waiting list about 6-9 months prior to taking home a puppy, although we do sometimes have last minute availability. WHEN you reserved your puppy may have little bearing on when you will actually get your puppy, as the more specific you are about your desires (example, miniature size, curly, red, female) then the longer the waiting time because we have fewer puppies meeting your criteria. Families who are flexible on gender/color/coat/size will often be able to choose from a litter within 2 months of joining the waiting list.  We URGE you to be cautious right now because scammers abound; scammers regularly steal our photos/videos, take a deposit, and then simply disappear! Ask the breeder for references and read the reviews!!!! If the breeder does not have reviews then they manually turned OFF the review tab, as the review tab is on business pages by default. When you see a website that has many puppies available immediately, please be extra cautious. Most reputable breeders will have a waiting list.

What type of health testing do you do?

Our adult dogs are given a thorough physical exam (including blood work and fecal) by a reproductive specialist vet (90 minutes away) prior to every breeding. We also  DNA test all our adult dogs so that we can breed out hundreds of genetically inheritable diseases, such as Von Willebrand's disease and Degenerative Myelopathy.  Although Hip and elbow Dysplasia are often caused by environmental factors (NOT genetics), we also X-ray our adult dogs' hips and elbows to help prevent dysplasia. We offer a lifetime guarantee for the diseases for which we are able to test (Embark genetics) and a two year guarantee for displaysia and other diseases (see health guarantee for a complete list). In addition, our adult dogs also have certifications by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals for normal cardiac, patella, eyes and thyroid.

Do you puppies come with their shots and microchips?

Our puppies go to our vet at age 6-7 weeks of age for a full examination and their first DHPP shots (NOT LEPTO). We do not buy shots online and self-administer (to save money) because we feel that it's important that our puppies are examined and treated by a licensed veterinarian! Online and Tractor Supply vaccinations may not have been stored at the correct temperature (refrigeration is required) and many vets will not even accept the shot records when a breeder self-administers puppies' vaccines. While it's costly to have a vet examine and administer puppy vaccinations, we feel that it is absolutely necessary.

We no longer microchip puppies before they go to their homes. In 2016, we had six puppies (out of 12) that had SEVERE reactions from microchips that migrated. Those six puppies required surgeries (and months and months of antibiotics) which resulted in many other immune related issues later. Leaving our home and getting vaccines is stress enough on our puppies, without adding in microchipping. Instead, we suggest that families microchip their puppy when the puppy is older and the immune system is more mature. Please watch this video https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2009/11/14/how-safe-are-pet-microchips.aspx

Do you recommend pet insurance?

Absolutely. We provide our puppy families with a certificate for 30 days of free Trupanion pet insurance. We provide you with Trupanion because they do not have a "waiting" period or underwriting period, and we have found that most puppy accidents occur during the first two weeks of going home. However, Trupanion is one of the most expensive pet insurance plans; you may want to change to another insurance company during that first month. Our personal dogs have Nationwide Pet Insurance, and we hear that Healthy Paws, Figo, PetPlan are also other good options. Pet insurance is sold at a minimal cost and it will easily pay for itself if your puppy has any type of illness or accident.

What does your puppy come with when we first take them home?

Our puppies come with a licensed vet exam record, their first shots, training information, and a goody bag. In addition, we also send you home with your puppy's "lovey", the SNUGGLE PUPPY that has been your puppy's crate buddy since age five weeks old.

Are your puppies "Registered"?

The American Kennel Club (AKC) does not register doodles. It took AKC over 100 years to recognize and register Golden Retrievers (which was a deliberate mix of Water Tweed Spaniel and flat coat retriever in the 1800s in Scotland). We do NOT register our dogs/puppies with GANA because that registry organization REQUIRES that we microchip puppies; we experienced HUGE issues with micro-chipping our babies in the past and no longer find micro-chipping safe (see FAQ about shots/microchip). See video https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2009/11/14/how-safe-are-pet-microchips.aspx

How do I reserve a puppy?

The first step is to complete the application on this website. You will then be invited to attend an information (question/answer) session via Zoom. Generally, we have several dozen families attending and these information sessions can sometimes lasts up to 2 hours. After the Zoom meeting, if you wish to join the Peters Puppies Master Waiting list, please request an invoice for the application/reservation processing fee ( $500 nonrefundable). The $500 fee is nonrefundable (although this fee does go towards the purchase price) even if a puppy is never purchased, as Peters Puppies has already provided the consultation time and application processing. NO EXCEPTIONS. Please realize that most families will ultimately wait 6-12 months or more to get one of our puppies; we do not mass produce. The application fee will go towards the final balance (paid online) when the litter list is finalized, when the puppies are four weeks old. Puppies will go to their homes at age eight weeks old. If you have specific needs or desires, your wait time for a puppy will increase. For example, if you only want one particular gender, then your wait time will be double that of someone who is flexible on gender, because half of the puppies will be the gender that you do not want. If you are getting a service or therapy dog, the waiting time is significantly longer and your puppy will be chosen for you by the service dog trainer.

What is your contract/health guarantee?

You can view or sign it here: peterspuppies.com/contract