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Getting along

Lately it has come to my attention that there is some bad feeling between the purebred poodle folk and the doodle folk. I can’t say I am surprised, but I decided to do a little research and see what people were saying is so terrible about the other. What I found was a little discouraging, because it seems like doodle owners far too often are misinformed and a touch disparaging of half of their dog’s breed. Here is some common misinformation you might read on the net, or hear from other doodle owners/breeders, and my comments on it.

  1. You breed another dog with the poodle so that it will have the smarts of the other dog, and the hypoallergenic coat of the poodle.

The problem here is two-fold. First, the poodle is the second smartest breed in the WORLD, and so if we are talking about making anything smarter, it is the secondary breed that will benefit from the poodle, not the other way around. (unless the secondary breed is a border collie) Secondly, when you combine the coat genetics, you will most likely get a puppy that sheds less than a typical shedding dog, but most all F1 doodles do indeed shed some, sometimes more than you would have expected.

2. Breeding the poodle with the other breed will take the best traits of both breeds and combine them to make a wonder dog.

By way of example, lets just say that there are two people who marry and decide to have a family. The husband is tall dark and handsome, but incredibly unintelligent. The wife is short, dumpy, and pale, but has an incredible wit. Does this necessarily mean that all of their children will be tall, dark, and handsome, and smart as well? Or could it be possible that they may be short, dumpy and pale, and fairly dumb as well.  Which leads me to the next thing commonly stated:

3. I love (whatever breed) but I don’t like those froo froo Poodles, so I am going to get a doodle!

If you don’t like poodles, don’t even think about getting a doodle. If you LOVE your doodle, chances are you actually love poodles too- you are just uninformed as to what the poodle is actually like. If you don’t like either breed in your breed combination dog, please don’t get that dog. What you will get is a combination of those two dogs- and every combination will be slightly different. That is why so many doodles behave so differently. Sure they have some in common, but that is much to do with the two breeds they were bred from. And when you purchase a doodle, look for consistency in your one breeders line. Doodles vary wildly from breeder to breeder. Until they are made a breed and not a combination of breeds, they will continue to be like a box of chocolates…

4. I am so upset, the groomer made my doodle look like a poodle!!

No, God made your doodle look like a poodle. Because it is poodle. Lets embrace the poodle in our doodles. Lets not chew out our groomers for grooming a dog “breed” with no grooming standard in a way that we don’t appreciate. Find a good groomer to work with, be kind to that groomer, and together figure out the way you like the dog done, or groom the dog yourself. And along those lines:

5. The coat is so low maintenance!

No joke- I had a lady call me that wanted one of my aussiedoodles. She was going to get a golden retriever, but the coat was too high maintenance for her, so she wanted a doodle instead. Needless to say, I refused sale. Doodle coats are very high maintenance- just because they are typically low shedding, does not mean that they are low maintenance. If you want a long fluffy doodle coat, you need to brush and brush, and clip and clip. If you want the dog run all over with a number 10 blade then you will have your low maintenance coat. Just take the time to do a full body clip every two weeks.

6. But my doodle IS low maintenance. I never brush him, and he never mats!

Really? Can you run a comb through his leg hair? I doubt it. Somehow this idea that the doodle coat doesn’t mat or need grooming has been widely spread. I brush my doodle every day, and clip her twice a month. Believe me, if there are fleas around they are going to LOVE that “low maintenance, long doodle coat.” I also clean out/shave down her paws with the shaver (like a poodle, GASP) in the summer so that if she gets a foxtail in her toes (which she does) I can find it before it abscesses.

7. Poodle people are so snooty!

Lets be sure that before we go throwing stones at the poodle breeders, that we become responsible doodle people ourselves. Let’s not spread fantastic lies about our dogs. Lets train our dogs to be calm, kind, and good companions and playmates. Lets keep our dogs to some standard of grooming. And lets embrace the poodle side of our dog, and be sure to give credit where credit is due. Instead of touting the excellence of our cross-breed against their purebred, lets tout the excellence of BOTH breeds that created our doodles, and remember that hundreds and hundreds of years went into creating the dogs that create our doodles. So lets be kind, and not snooty ourselves, yeah?

 

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Due Date and Update

Firstly, Jane has been bred and is due around December 11th, not that she has ever whelped on her due date. So puppies mid-December, and they are the same cross as the last 3 litters, so they will all be blue merle with minimal white. Jane is a happy camper, and since our chickens have been laying far more than we can eat, she is enjoying her daily eggs, and her coat is super slick and shiny.

Now for the update: We are moving! All the way to Northern California where my husband will be embarking on a new career journey, and we will enjoy warmer winters. We will be in Red Bluff, which is a beautiful rural area at the tip of the Sacramento Valley. It is where I grew up, and it will be fun to go back. We will sure miss Idaho though. We have loved it here! This concerns you because while the puppies will be born in Idaho, they will be moving with us to California, and will be 8 weeks old and ready to go from Red Bluff, not Idaho.

I am taking names for our waiting list, so if you are interested please contact me. My number is (530)736-9026. Call or text. You can also email me at lo.savedbygrace@gmail.com.

Puppies are $1500 if you are on the waiting list, $1800 if you are not, so it is beneficial to be on the list. Prices are firm.

Attached are a few pictures of Lucy, our now one-year-old Aussiedoodle, and a full sibling to the coming litter, with Annie, my 3 year old. Annie has been learning her leash work, and Lucy has been wonderful for her!

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The lay down and wait

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sit

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leash work at a jog

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wave

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giving treats, the best part!

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look at that nice loose leash!

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Good job girls!

Not a lot of pictures

Last time I posted pictures I could hardly get a single good shot of Saint Charlie, because he was always at my feet or in a corner or moving. I sniped him out the window while they were playing, so here he is.

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The window is a little on the dirty side. But with 8 puppies, Jane, Maggie the teenage border collie mutt (who we love), and a cat it seems pointless to clean it. 🙂

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It snowed a few inches, and the puppies LOVE to play in it. They get to go outside for about 30 minutes at a time, then they all get cold and want to come in. It’s great for them. Below are Sidney and Lucy romping through the snow. They are surprisingly fast.

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This is Phoebe’s “I’m cold, you can let me in now.” face.

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6 Weeks

The puppies have all had their vet checks and first shots/de-wormer. Now is a great time to call your vet and schedule their second appointment. They should be seen at 9 weeks for their second round, and your vet can then put your puppy on the appropriate schedule for future shots/rabies and spay/neuter. (If you want the dew claws removed, then is a good time. Please see my post on dew claws for more info there.) My vet and all his staff absolutely love the puppies. They are very healthy, and are are averaging around 5 pounds. They grow quickly! I will have their “dog passport” which is basically just a vet record, for you when you come to pick them up. Take it with you to your first appointment. Your vet and you can keep good records that way.

Sorry I haven’t posted pictures sooner this week. It was my daughters 3rd birthday so we had some family come to visit. I was taking more pictures of pie, cookies, and a very excited 3 year old than I was of puppies. 🙂

They puppies have started playing outside on decent days. They LOVE it. We have a dog loving cat that they play with, and plenty of sticks around the yard to carry around and chew on.

  1. Scout- Scout is big, very friendly and outgoing, and easy going. He weighed in a half a pound heavier than his siblings. He loves to play outside on our steps. Sometimes he is a bit confident in his abilities to jump down the steps and ends up tumbling. Doesn’t faze him one bit.

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2. Pascal is an observer. He likes to watch things. He is a play instigater with his siblings, and pretty friendly with people, although a bit less outgoing than some. He is a thinker. Although he is not particularly outgoing, he is the dominant one of the male pups. He holds his ground very well.

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3. Saint Charlie is terribly hard to get a photo of, because when he is outside of his box he is at your feet, and he doesn’t like to jump on the edge of the box like his siblings. I am really sorry I only got one picture. I will work on getting more. He is somewhat shy inside the house, and very very outgoing outside.He is like me, and loves sunshine! He is not as playful with his siblings (although he does play, just not as hard) but very very happy with human interaction. I think he will be a great people dog.

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4. Sydney is the spunky one. She is always full of pep, chases anything that moves and loves loves loves to play with her siblings or us. She is one of the smaller puppies, but by far the spunkiest. She is a ball of fun. Her tail never stops wagging.

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5. Phoebe is a laid back sweet heart. She loves being pet. Loves playing outside, but is not super out going. She is very patient and cuddly. She also is an observer.

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6. Bailey is our other somewhat shy girl. She also loves playing outside and running around with her siblings. She is cautious but calm and very smart. She watches everything before she jumps in. She is going to an exceptionally loyal dog when she is older. She is the vet tech’s favorite.

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8. Molly (on left) is about as outgoing as they come. She is very intelligent, and the first one to try anything. She is energetic and playful, and a ton of fun. She can be hard to get a picture of outside because she is always right at your feet. (sometimes biting your pant leg)

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9. Lucy is our sweet girl. She is very fun. She is a very confident puppy, and not shy at all, but also not super outgoing. She likes to observe, but is the first of the shy/observing type to jump in on the action. I’ve just started her on leash work, and she is brilliant (as are all these puppies).

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Pascal and Sydney playing with mom.

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Dew Claws?

As you may have noticed, I have not said anything about removing the puppies dew claws. That is because we do not remove them. (Neither do we dock tails, because I am not big on amputation for cosmetic reasons.)

There are pros and cons to removing the dews, but in my opinion there are far more cons, and the pro’s are rather weak. I will start with the pros of removing the dew claws. It should be noted that our puppies have only the front dew claws.

Pros of removing the Dew Claws:

  1. Cosmetic- a dog with a thumb looks odd to some. (with your doodle it will most likely be hidden under a lot of fluff) Some breeds may not be shown with a dew claw.
  2. Maintenance- the dew claws need to be inspected, as do all the claws, and regularly trimmed if they aren’t wearing down with natural use. (Note: My dogs have all had dew claws, and they almost always wear down with use, the exception being winter when they are inside far more than we all wish thanks to the cold.) If the dew claws don’t wear down there is a possibility that they can grow in a circle and poke back into the dog’s leg, which is not good.
  3. They can get caught on things- Some say that the dew claw has a risk of getting caught on something and rip, which I suppose is possible. However, it doesn’t happen often, and it is treated as a normal injury. I have had 7 dogs with dew claws, who romped and played outside and in brush, and never once have I had a dew claw injury.

Cons of Removing the Dew Claws:

  1. Pain both at the time, and later: There is some evidence that shows that the amputation of the dew claw causes lasting pain and trouble in the wrist joint. I will attach an article by someone far more qualified than I.
  2. Amputation: Even though when puppies have them removed at day 3-5 when they don’t require anesthesia and it is just a snip, it is still a digit (think doggy thumb) attached by tendons, and if an amputation is unnecessary, why do it?
  3.  They are actually useful: God put them there for a reason. If you watch dogs with dew claws, you will notice that they use them frequently. When they have a toy or bone, you can see them gripping it with their dews. When you watch them run hard and play their dew claws will touch the ground. When they turn hard at a high speed the dew claw stabilizes the joint and keeps the leg from twisting, preventing injury. If you watch them climb a steep slope while hiking, they use the dew claws to dig in.

Removing the dew claws is controversial at least. I obviously side with those who think they should not be removed (unless it is abnormal and a hindrance). Please do your own research and come to your own conclusions. If you think they should be removed, then a great time to have it done is when you spay or neuter your dog at 6 months. That way they will not have to have 2 separate surgeries. If you have questions, please ask. I’d be happy to discuss. Also, please talk to your vet if you are concerned with the dew claws. He or she is far more qualified that I am as a breeder. 

Below is an article on the dew claws that is helpful:

Do the Dew(claws)? M. Christine Zink DVM, PhD, DACVSMR

I work exclusively with canine athletes, developing rehabilitation programs for injured dogs or dogs that required surgery as a result of performance-related injuries. I have seen many dogs now, especially field trial/hunt test and agility dogs, that have had chronic carpal arthritis, frequently so severe that they have to be retired or at least carefully managed for the rest of their careers. Of the over 30 dogs I have seen with carpal arthritis, only one has had dewclaws. If you look at an anatomy book (Miller’s Guide to the Anatomy of Dogs is an excellent one – see Figure 1 below) you will see that there are 2 major, functioning tendons attached to the dewclaw. Of course, at the other end of a tendon is a muscle, and that means that if you cut off the dew claws, there are major muscle bundles that will become atrophied from disuse. Those muscles indicate that the dewclaws have a function. That function is to prevent torque on the leg. Each time the foot lands on the ground, particularly when the dog is cantering or galloping (see Figure 2), the dewclaw is in touch with the ground. If the dog then needs to turn, the dewclaw digs into the ground to support the lower leg and prevent torque. If the dog doesn’t have a dewclaw, the leg twists. A lifetime of that and the result can be carpal arthritis, or perhaps injuries to other joints, such as the elbow, shoulder and toes. Remember: the dog is doing the activity regardless, and the pressures on the leg have to go somewhere. Perhaps you are thinking, “None of my dogs have ever had carpal pain or arthritis.” Well, we need to remember that dogs, by their very nature, do not tell us about mild to moderate pain. If a dog was to be asked by an emergency room nurse to give the level of his pain on a scale from 0 o 10, with 10 being the worst, their scale would be 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Most of our dogs, especially if they deal with pain that is of gradual onset, just deal with it and don’t complain unless it is excruciating. But when I palpate the carpal joints of older dogs without dewclaws, I frequently can elicit pain with relatively minimal manipulation. As to the possibility of injuries to dew claws. Most veterinarians will say that such injuries actually are not very common at all. And if they do occur, then they are dealt with like any other injury. In my opinion, it is far better to deal with an injury than to cut the dew claws off of all dogs “just in case.” Figure 1. Anatomical diagram viewing the medial side of a dog’s left front leg demonstrating the five tendons that attach to the dewclaw. –from Miller’s Guide to the Dissection of the Dog Figure 2. In this galloping dog, the dewclaw is in touch with the ground. If the dog then needs to turn to the right, the dewclaw digs into the ground to support the lower leg and prevent torque.

4.5 Weeks

The puppies will be 5 weeks old on Wednesday. Sure is hard to believe! They are growing very rapidly, eating a ton, and sleeping a lot too. Their play has gotten a little more intense which is really fun to watch. I will try to get another video up sometime in the next week.

They have had their first claw trimming, which they all did very well with. At 6 weeks we will take them all to the vet for checks/immunizations/de-wormer. I have started rewarding calm sitting when I go to pet them in their box. They have picked it up very quickly. Hopefully by the time you pick them up, they will have it down. It sure makes for a nice puppy that sits for attention rather than jumping.

These are the pictures taken today, enjoy!

1. Scout

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2. Pascal

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3. Saint Charlie

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4. Sydney

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5. Phoebe

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6. Bailey

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8. Molly

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9. Lucy

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