(Sandra, daughter Danielle, the dogs, and any flatmates who get roped in, make up the we and us of Groodles Inc)
Getting into groodes
I’ve had dogs of different types most of my life. I got my first groodle in 2011 after hearing a friend talk about her friend in Aussie that had 2 of them. I was in love after a day, and continue to think the groodle is the best dog I’ve ever owned. In early 2012 I developed a serious chronic medical condition, and my groodle has been my constant loyal friend throughout the difficult months and years since then. I started thinking about how much my groodle added to my life, and how would I get another one if something happened to her – and when I started looking I couldn’t find another groodle breeder in NZ. So I decided I would try to make my own, and I have. I hope to have a groodle with me forever.
Why I Love Them
Groodles are an amazing combination of the golden retriever and poodle, who in themselves are awesome dogs. Groodles inherit their intelligence, sense of fun, and their loyal, loving and compassionate nature. One of the most popular aspects of them is their coat. Most groodles are either non-shedding or low-shedding and low odour – even the hair coats!! So with a hair-coated groodle you get a dog that has similar looks to a retriever but without the hair and dog smell all over your house. The fleece coats have the non-shedding and non-odour benefits too, with the awesome added bonus of being able to style their hair, so you can have the “prim and proper” look, the “lean and shaved” look, or the “shaggy dog” look. My daughter even tried out the “rainbow” look on Mitzi – check out the gallery page to see it! Basically you can cut the fleece to any length, and any style. Groodles can also have wool coats, however none of my groodles have this type of coat. Many groodles are non-allergenic, meaning people allergic to dogs in general may well not be allergic to a groodle. Be aware, however, that the shedding and non-allergenic properties cannot be guaranteed due to the way genes are inherited. Approximately 5% of groodles are heavy shedders according to a U.S. survey.
Parent Health Checks
The first step in making good puppies is having good parents. I’ve looked hard at what health checks are required. A number of the genetic diseases known to occur in poodles and golden retrievers can now be tested for. Parents have been genetically screened for all of the most common genetic diseases that screening is available for. The only ones they aren’t screened for are the rare ones where the disease is obvious in the pups from birth so a sick puppy would not be sold. I’ve had my girl’s hips and elbows scored, and she’s in the above 50% range. This is done to estimate the likelihood of the parents passing on dysplasia to their pups, as genetics makes some (as yet of unknown quantity) contribution toward the liklihood of puppies developing dysplasia (the rest is environment, i.e. diet and exercise). Neither of her grandparents had joint problems to my knowledge. Since I’m working under budget constraints I haven’t had the stud dog’s hips checked myself, since he doesn’t belong to me, but have been assured by his owners that he has healthy joints and came from parents with healthy joints.
I believe that the environment the mum lives in, where she has her puppies, and where the puppies grow for the first 2 months of their life has a major impact on the type of dog the puppies turn into. My dogs are both inside companion dogs, so they pass on the knowledge and habits of being inside companion dogs to their puppies. Because the puppies are reared inside (and in the last few weeks on a covered deck in good weather, they are raised amidst the sights, sounds and smells of a family home. You’d be amazed how much difference this makes – just with simple things like learning how doors work!! My pups get taken out in the car, visited by a variety of people and other dogs, cuddled, brushed, bathed and exposed to different noises. The time from birth to eight weeks is a critical developmental period for a dog, and I do everything I can think of to give these puppies the best possible start to their life as companion dogs.
If you get a Groodles Inc puppy …
We will talk as much as you want!!
I will email you with the details of the litter you are hoping to get a puppy from right from the start of labour through to confirmation of your puppie’s availability and up to the day you pick puppy up.
We will talk on the phone as often and as much as necessary whilst deciding which puppy is the right one for your family.
You are welcome to visit the parents, and make as many visits to the puppies as you like once they are over 4 weeks of age.
I’m available for chats and whatever support I can provide for the life of your dog.
Join a community
All families like to get together including dogs. We will be having reunions of the groodle gang whenever it suits enough of us.
The Groodles Inc website has an area for members only where you can make friends, swap stories, arrange play dates and more with other Groodles Inc dog owners.
We’ll share info with you on anything dog related we can think of, and welcome contributions from other Groodles Inc members. Found something useful – tell us!!
I try to organise discounts for Groodles Inc members where I can. So far it’s only been for initial food orders, but I’ve got other ideas …