How Puppies are Selected
Please Read this carefully before we chat. I am happy to explain anything further but this gives a great synopsis of how our program works so I’d appreciate your reading it before we have our conversation.
When it is agreed upon by both parties that a pup will be placed in your home from Goldendoodle Acres, a $400 application fee is required to put you on a “GENERAL” waiting list in the category of either “Petite Mini/Mini Goldendoodle,” “Medium/Standard Goldendoodle,” and/or “Mini Bernedoodle.” The application fee covers our time for communication, paperwork and all that is involved in getting to the point where the puppy goes home including information and updates about the puppies as they grow. It is not refundable, but it does come off of the purchase price of your pup.
Application fees can be made but only AFTER I’ve spoken to you by phone. We really care about where each and every one of our pups go and like to speak with new potential puppy owners. We also want to make sure you understand how our process works.
There are 3 separate lists.
List 1 – (Goldendoodle) Micro mini, Petite mini, and Minis (10-35lbs)
List 2 – (Goldendoodle) Mediums (35-55 lbs)
List 3 – (Bernedoodles) Mini (25lbs -45lbs)
IF you would like to be placed on 1, 2, or all 3 lists either because you don’t care about the size or you might be looking for either a large mini/small medium and aren’t sure which list to get on, I am happy to do that.
When a litter arrives that is in the size category you are looking for, I will be sending a picture of the two week old litter identifying the parents along with the males and females. The pickup date is important! I will let you know the pickup date for the pups and will email you in the order that your deposit came in. For example, if mom has 6 puppies, I will send the litter announcement to the 1st of the 6 families on the waiting list.
I will ask you 3 questions:
1. Will the pick up date work for you? (If the pickup date/time doesn’t work, you will need to pass on that litter)
2. Do you want a male or a female? I will let you know selection-wise where you’d be sitting for choosing a pup of a specific gender. **THE INDIVIDUAL PUPS ARE NOT SELECTED UNTIL 6 WEEKS. You won’t be selecting one at birth. Only the gender is decided at that point.
3. Are you willing to accept the opposite gender if the preferred gender isn’t available?
You have 24 hrs from our first email announcement to respond. If I don’t hear from you within the 24 hr period, I will assume you are passing and move down the list.
If you pass on a litter, you DON’T lose your place. You stay right where you are on the waiting list until the next litter becomes available. You will have 1 year from the time you are first offered a pup to take a pup from one of the offered litters in your size category(ies) If you have passed on litters for over 1 year, you will forfeit your deposit. (we average 4 litters per month so you should have a good opportunity to get a pup during a 12 month time frame)
Once you decide to take a pup from a particular litter, you will come off the GENERAL waiting list and on to that dog’s specific list and start receiving updated pics of that litter. If you back out of a litter once you’ve committed, you go to the bottom of the wait list. If it happens again, you will be removed from the wait list and you forfeit your deposit.
Puppy pictures go out at 2, 4, and 6 weeks.
When the pups are born, you will know whether you are getting a male or female based on your preference for that specific litter. Individual pups aren’t selected, however, until 6 weeks. With that being said, people will still tell me yes, they want to get on the list and which color ribbon pup they want. LOL! We will not know that until 6 weeks old.
At 6 weeks, my vet will come and give every pup a thorough exam. We will vaccinate, microchip, take final weights, temperament testing, and final pics. Based on all of that criteria, which will be shared with you, you will make your puppy selection. I will be calling or emailing the families on the waiting list, one by one, in the order their deposits came in. If you would like, we can talk by phone and discuss any possible differences (coat colors, textures, size, temperament, etc.) that may help you make your decision.
For the safety of our puppies, we don’t allow visitors to view or interact with them before they have been vaccinated and ready to go to their new homes. Read more about our visitor policy. In lieu of that, we will send out pictures of the puppies at 2, 4, and 6 weeks of age, keeping them in different color ribbons so you can keep track and watch them as they grow from week to week.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE BREEDER RETAINS THE RIGHT TO KEEP ANY PUP BEFORE THE AGE OF 7 WEEKS. On occasion, I see a pup that I would like to keep for my breeding program. I don’t keep a pup from every litter but I retain the right to do so if I find a pup to be a wonderful addition to my program.