Below is a page filled with information concerning Health Testing, Shipping procedures, The Puppy Adoption Process, Our
Ethics as Breeders, Payment Options and so much more. If you find that after reading this page you have any questions please
feel free to send us an email or give us a call as we will happily answer any questions you may have.
We guarantee that your puppy will be healthy when you receive him, and we will provide a written guarantee. If health problems
develop and are determined to be of a serious nature considered hereditary by at least two veterinarians, it would be covered under
the health guarantee. To see a copy, click here: HEALTH GUARANTEE
We would like you to have your new puppy examined by your veterinarian within 72 hours time after you have received him. We want
you to be confident that your puppy is healthy.
We will be asking several questions about your home and lifestyle during the application process. We would like to know that you are
prepared to care for your puppy and that you are ready to devote the necessary time training your dog so that he is a blessing to you
and your family. We do our best to place all our puppies in a loving home that will be good for the dog and the owner. Bringing a new
pet into your family is a serious commitment.
Once your application is approved, we will let you know when a litter is born. When the puppies reach 6 weeks of age, we will be
matching the puppies to their new families, according to the requests you have made on your application. We will fulfill as many
requests as possible, as we would like everyone to be happy with their puppy.
Please understand that we reserve the right to choose and retain puppies from our litters that will be used for the future of our
breeding program and/or traded with other breeders in our efforts to continue producing the best pups possible.
We try to keep track of the puppies we have raised, and would really like your feedback on how the puppy is doing as he adjusts to
your home. We would love to receive pictures and updates whenever you are able to take the time to send them (for our brag book).
We will only breed labradoodles that are veterinarian approved, healthy, have great temperaments, and that have come from top
quality bloodlines. They must pass hip tests and are cleared of cardiac and vWD. Our dogs are not bred until all test results are
complete. Please feel free to contact our veterinarian, Dr. Chris Merritt, at Merritt Animal Clinic to verify our commitment to breeding
healthy dogs: 479-229-2600
We will not breed more puppies than what we can handle in order to give each puppy special care and attention. All of our puppies
are raised in a loving, clean home, and are well socialized.
We will be honest with you, and are committed to helping you enjoy your puppy. Should you be unable to keep your labradoodle for
some unforeseen reason, we will do our best to assist you in finding him/her a wonderful home.
All of our labradoodles and goldendoodles are cared for in a kind and loving manner. They always have fresh water, warmth (or
shade), bones for chewing, are kept parasite free, and are fed quality dog food. We believe dogs should be trained in obedience, so
they will be a blessing, not only to us, but to others they come in contact with.
We keep thorough and accurate records on all our dogs. We will make available to you any information that will help you make a
wise decision in your purchase.
A deposit of $250.00 is required to hold a puppy until the age of 8 weeks old. At this time the puppy is ready to go. The total balance
of puppy price is to be paid in full when the puppy reaches 7 weeks old.
We accept Paypal with a 3% charge added to the total for Paypal's fee.
We also accept bank issued cashier's checks or postal money orders. Unfortunately, we can no longer accept personal checks.
Please note that is paying by check there will be a 2 week hold placed on the puppy until the funds have cleared.
We do offer the option of shipping your puppy because we understand that shipping may be the only option due to distance, time, or
financial responsibilities. However, we alway welcome a new family to pick up their new puppy personally and meet the
Shipping is via Delta and the puppy will be shipping C.O.D. (Cash On Delivery) meaning that you the new family will pay all airfare
costs at the time you pick up your puppy at Delta Cargo. Also, if you have chosen the shipping option please note that their will be a
$100.00 charge added to the total cost of your puppy. This charge is for their crate and Health Certificate that is required by the
Please note that once the puppy has been tendered to Delta Airlines , we at Luv-a-Doodle are no longer responsible for the safety of
the puppy and if injury or death should occur you must contact Delta Cargo.
We make every effort to insure the comfort of the puppy while in transit. Including to shipping the puppy in the same crate that he/she
has been training in while here at Luv-a-Doodle. The puppies are also sent with a specially made crate pad which mom and
littermates scent have been placed on it and a chew toy to help occupy the puppy's time during flight.
Health Testing......To Test or Not To Test?
Let’s talk about health testing. My ultimate goal as a breeder is to improve the hybrid, the Labradoodle. While some testing is
essential in choosing which breeding dogs to use many of the tests currently on the market are not 100% accurate or breeders are
doing tests on breeds for which the test is not needed. Let me explain……
Hip Dysphasia - Concerns and Misconceptions
Hip Dysplasia (HD) is defined as abnormal development or growth of the hip joint. The hip in all
mammals is a ball and socket joint. The tip of the femur is supposed to fit nicely inside the curvature of the hip socket. Lack of fit
causes side-effects such as mild to severe arthritis, pain, limping and impacts on other joints of the dog’s body as he compensates
for the hip joint failure. If all goes well, a pup will be born with no signs of dysplasia, and his hip movement will encourage good hip
and bone development, thus avoiding the unwanted side-effects of HD. However, in some large breed pups, this does not occur.
Now Let’s talk about HD……
Is HD hereditary or environmental or both? HD issues vary. Here are the most common situations of HD.
Subluxation, meaning there is a good hip joint formation but not a snug fit between the ball and socket of the hip. This may improve
or deteriorate depending on care given by the dog’s owner/vet. Good hip formation but the ball is not in the socket. In this instance
the hip formation will deteriorate over time without good veterinary care and potentially hip surgery. Poor formation of either the
socket or ball or both. Again, this situation may be mitigated with proper veterinary care to avoid or reduce painful side-effects. HD
is both hereditary and environmental!
Hereditary HD occurs during the development of the pup in the womb. In this instance, the hip sockets in the pup are not right from
conception. They inherit this type of HD from a relative – mom, dad or even a dog from many generations ago. Please note that
although the mom and dad dog may have tested just fine for hips – as well as their parents and the parents before them, and on and
on, there is absolutely no guarantee than any given pup won’t inherit HD. If there is HD anywhere at all in their background – even five
generations or more ago, there is a possibility of the pup inheriting it.
Even if you purchase a pup born with no discernable hip problems, you’re absolutely not home free. Even the best puppy hips can
deteriorate from stress or injury as they grow. All large breed puppies grow very quickly between the ages of 3 months and 8 months.
During that short period of time, they will attain almost all of their adult height. This rapid growth alone stresses the joints and
ligaments. Add rough play, jumping and climbing while the hip sockets are still forming and hip dysplasia may
occur. Here are some environmental issues that may create or aggravate a dysplastic hip. ·Injury (ie ,puppy falls off something,
dropping puppy) can cause the perfect fit to become loose or the ball to become misplaced. Very vigorous play in the still-forming
joint may cause improper formation, the joint to lose its smoothness and/or the socket to become shallow and deteriorate.
Here are some specific things YOU as a responsible dog owner can do to avoid environmental HD:
It is vitally important to provide proper food and nutrition for your puppy’s health and this will go a long way toward preventing HD.
Always feed a high quality food that is specifically made for puppies until the age of 4-5 months old at this time we recommend
changing to a lower protein food. Yes, high quality foods usually do cost more, but the benefits of paying more for quality food will pay
off in the long run not to mention the fact that you fill need to feed less per feeding than if you were using a lower quality food that is
filled with nonessential fillers. After all doesn‘t your puppy deserve the best? Do you want him to become chronically sick just
because of improper nutrition? In the end, you’re saving money on vet bills by paying more for better quality food. Good nutrition also
includes feeding the proper amount – not too much and not too little. During your pup’s high growth phase, he may be a voracious
eater, but also make sure he doesn’t get too fat. Extra weight puts a lot of stress on developing hips, but too little weight is also a
problem. Talk with your vet or breeder about the correct amount to feed to maintain optimal health.
Excessive exercise, tired muscles and ligaments make your puppy prone to injury. Never force exercise on your pup. Do not
encourage him to play when he wants to rest. Take care not to venture too far away from home when going for a walk - rest every
15min the walk back may be too much for him.
Stairs are a work-out for people as well as a puppy. The pup’s body is stressed by stair climbing. Between the added stress and the
angle of the stairs, it makes his hips work too hard and can literally destroy them. We strongly recommend your pup not attempt
stairs until he is ready after 4-6mths old and ONLY walking. not running.
Another area in which you need to be aware of is of incidences of slipping/sliding on slick floors (tile, linoleum, wet grass, etc.) Your
puppy sliding across the floor after a toy is cute but it can also cause him to become a cripple. Access to slick floors should be
avoided or at least limited to no running or playing.
Jumping over things/on things is one of the worst things a developing puppy can do to his hips, elbows and knees. Holding a toy up
and having him leap into the air to get it is very hard on a pup’s body, as the landing is too much impact on a young one’s developing
joints. As they say, what goes up must come down! So, in the final analysis is hip dysplasia caused by a bad breeder or a bad
owner? Of course it can be a combination of both. The pup may have a very tiny hip defect, and coupled with the owner contribution,
the combination may be too much. Or he may be born that way or develop it from improper care. And even the best puppy hips can
become dysplastic through the things I just discussed. But let me try to answer the question from this breeder’s perspective.
Unfortunately, breeders sometimes take the rap for everything that goes wrong with a puppy. This is not necessarily correct or fair.
Certainly there are some breeders that know their dogs have or produce problems but they breed these particular dogs anyway.
Again, these are NOT responsible breeders. All responsible breeders would love to see the irresponsible ones go out of business,
but frankly, they give us responsible breeders a bad reputation. Now what about the responsible breeders who only
breed dogs that are doing their absolute best to limit the number of problems they have - are they to be blamed and held
accountable for the hidden genes that come from ancestors that had no part of their current breeding program? This is an area that I
have been struggling with and thinking on for some time now.
After years of research and consulting with licensed veterinarians about this subject these are the conclusions that we have come
As a breeder and a buyer, I have researched this topic extensively and am deeply troubled by the thought that I might be blamed for
producing a pup with HD sometime in the future. I believe most reputable breeders share my concerns. So the question is, who is
ultimately responsible if your puppy turns up with problems? Dogs are living breathing creatures; should we expect them to come
with a warranty like cars and dishwashers? On the other hand, purchasing a puppy is an expense and how are
you to know if your puppy is from a reputable breeder if you have no guarantees – this is the reason most reputable breeders offer a
guarantee because this gives us credibility because owners believe they are buying peace of mind. However, on the flip side, what if
you as an owner have, through ignorance accident or lack of care "trashed" a perfectly good puppy; should you be entitled to a free
pup or even a full refund under the guarantee? If your pup is determined to have hip problems, it’s back to the breeder. If the breeder
used only healthy parents for breeding, what more could they have done? A reputable breeder has the responsibility of doing what
they can to produce
healthy puppies, but the owners of each puppy also have a responsibility of insuring the ongoing health of that individual puppy and
continuing to provide everything that the puppy needs and also understanding that a health guarantee is not a 100% guarantee that
your puppy could not have potential health issues, but that the breeder has done everything they can to insure a genetically healthy
Unfortunately, there’s really no perfect answer, but I guess it all comes down to the fact that I produce beautiful living creatures and
adopt them out to approved homes. This is my livelihood, but also my passion and I do my absolute best to assure the puppies that
are born here at Luv-a-Doodle are healthy and leave here in the same condition. I work with all of my new families and advise them
against doing things unwittingly that could damage a pup. But at the end of the day, there are no guarantees and the only way to
completely guarantee you will not end up with problems such as HD is to not purchase a living creature. I wish it was different but it’s
not. Working together, we can reduce the number of HD doodles!
VWD (von Willebrands Disease) - Bleeding Disorder
This test is one of great importance, however many breeders test more than necessary. Let me explain…..If a dog has vWD or is a
carrier bred to a carrier this can be passed onto the puppies, One parent can be carrier and the other not a carrier and produce
unaffected pups. We test all of our dogs unless we have raised them from puppies and the parents were tested and cleared for
vWD. Please note, the tests for this disorder is currently NOT foolproof. Unfortunately, it is a shame that we as breeder who go
through all the trouble of testing cannot be guarantee 100% accuracy on such tests.
SA (Sebaceous Adenitis) - Skin Disorder
Again no reliable testing exists for this disorder. For example, if a dog is tested in a spot that is unaffected the results of the test will
show a negative. What happens if a dog in affected, but shows negative? Not to mention that the available test is very painful for the
Cancer - Consider this…….
A retrospective study of cardiac tumors in dogs showed that there was a 5 times greater risk of hemangiosarcoma, one of the three
most common cancers in dogs, in spayed bitches than intact bitches and a 2.4 times greater risk of hemangiosarcoma in neutered
dogs as compared to intact males.(7) A study of 3218 dogs demonstrated that dogs that were neutered before a year of age had a
significantly increased chance of developing bone cancer.(8) A separate study showed that neutered dogs had a two-fold higher risk
of developing bone cancer.(9) Despite the common belief that neutering dogs helps prevent prostate cancer, at least one study
suggests that neutering provides no benefit.(10) There certainly is evidence of a slightly increased risk of mammary cancer in female
after one heat cycle, and for increased risk with each subsequent heat. While about 30 % of mammary cancers are malignant, as in
humans, when caught and surgically removed early the prognosis is very good.(12) Luckily, canine athletes are handled frequently
and generally receive prompt veterinary care.
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