FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Where are you located?
We are located in Weir, TX - 30 minutes from Austin, TX...just outside Georgetown, TX on a 15 acre ranch with plenty of room for all our dogs and puppies to run and play :)
How do I adopt one of your puppies?
The first thing to do when interested in adopting one of our puppies is to explore our site and to make sure you have read over all the important information.
Next, you will fill out a puppy application form so we can better decide if a doodle is the best fit for you and your family and what puppy would work best in your home. After you fill out the adoption form we will be in contact with you. If you haven't heard from me within 7 days of submitting the form, please send me an email. Sometimes the server does not send me the completed form.
Next, you will submit a non-refundable deposit ($250) to reserve your slot on an upcoming or current litter (please let me know the color and sex you are interested in). We will send out photos each week, so that you can watch the puppies grow! We'll let you know how they are progressing. All immunizations and dewormings are done as per NeoTech's schedule, and socialization starts the day the puppies are born with much human handling as well as Neurological Stimulation as described in the Puppy Culture DVDs. You will feel completely prepared and ready once it's time to transition the puppy from my home to yours.
Puppies are selected face to face when the puppies are 8 weeks old in the order in which I received your deposit. However, sometimes when there is a variety of colors within the same litter, puppies may be selected via photo/video and facetime/Skype when they are 5-6 weeks old. It is relatively easy to provide everyone with a gentle-natured Goldendoodle because our puppies take this quality from their parents - our puppies are well known for sweet dispositions and people-loving personalities.
The balance on the puppy is due when the puppy is 6-weeks old. Please make a check payable to Becky Demastus.
Puppies may not go to their forever homes until they are 8 weeks old.
Be sure to have a checkup appointment scheduled with your vet. Remember that puppies should not go out in public until they have had all of their immunizations - this is a must! No public parks, walks in the neighborhood or obedience training outside the home. Some people get an in-home trainer to come and work with the puppy and all the family members, then continue with obedience training classes later when the puppy has had all immunizations.
Can I pick my own puppy?
Absolutely! I don't believe in allocating puppies. I think everyone should get to pick their own puppy. Because doodles are well known for their sweet dispositions and loving personalities, all you need to do is let me know the color and sex of the puppy you are interested in adopting and I will let you know when we have a litter that fits your preferences.
What is included in the purchase price?
The price includes age appropriate shots for the puppy, a vet inspection, regular dewormings, a 24- month written guarantee, a toy with the scent of your puppies litter mates as well as a packet of information that is helpful to any new puppy owner. You will be given the health record on your puppy. See the price page for current prices.
How do I qualify for the 3-year extension to my Health Guarantee?
We feel so strongly about health and wellness of your puppy that we offer an "additional" THREE year health guarantee, total of 60 months, if you keep your puppy on an Auto Ship Order of Life's Abundance All Life Stages (or the puppy blend) and the Wellness Supplements. Life's Abundance will notify us when you place an order. To order this product please CLICK HERE. To honor this offer you must order within 10 days of taking ownership of your new puppy. If you choose to end using Life's Abundance, or not order, the guarantee extension ends at that time.
Life's Abundance helps your pup develop a healthy coat, fight off allergies, and prevent many of the health issues that are not covered by vaccines, thereby extending your dog’s longevity.
Are the dew claws removed from the puppies?
No. It is not necessary to remove your pets dew claws. Here is an article explaining their use and why they should remain intact: Do the Dew(claws)?
Are your dogs and/or puppies club registered?
All our adult dogs are AKC and/or CKC registered. AKC does not recognize mixed breeds and puppies are no longer CKC registered. Puppies are sold as pets and therefore papers are not necessary.
What type of food are you feeding the puppy?
We feel very strongly about keeping your puppy as healthy as possible and we feel that providing this premium, holistically formulated dog food will ensure your dog’s nutritional health and long-life! So many dogs and cats are acquiring serious life-threatening health issues through poor diet and vitamin deficiency. Life's Abundance provides the optimum nutritional benefits for all life-stages ensuring good health and longevity for your Snickersdoodles puppy, which is why we are willing to stand behind our health guarantee when you feed this specific line of holistically-formulated dog food only!
How big will the puppies get?
Our Standard Goldendoodles are generally in the 55-65lb range, our Mini/Medium doodles will be 30-45lbs and petites 15-30lbs. However, please keep in mind that doodles are a hybrid and not a "standardized breed" and it is important to note that specific sizes cannot be guaranteed for a grown dog. Buyers must be willing to accept a puppy with the grown weight and heights being only estimates, as there is the possibility for puppies to be more or less than the estimated weight and height ranges above.
What should I bring to pick up my puppy?
If the trip is going to be more than an hour, it is a good idea to bring some water for your puppy to drink and a crate to carry your puppy in. Plastic bags and paper towels are a good idea just in case the puppy gets car sick or needs to make a potty stop.
When can I pick up my puppy?
Puppies must be 8 weeks old when they leave my home.
When is the puppies next vet appointment?
In our contract we ask that you take your puppy to the vet within 48-hrs of purchase. If the vet finds anything seriously wrong with the puppy you may bring it back (at the buyers expense) and we will replace the puppy or pay for the vet cost up to the price of the puppy (see contract for details) if you wish to keep it. If you do not take the puppy to the vet within 48-hrs please note that our contract will then become null and void. KEEP YOUR RECEIPTS!
The puppy will then go to the vet again around 10-wks (no later than 12 wks) of age for it's next set of shots. At this visit your vet will talk to you about his/her preferred vaccination schedule.
The puppy will go for it's final visit no later than 16 weeks of age.
Do your puppies shed? What about coat types?
It is impossible for us to 100% guarantee that our puppies won't shed. Any doodle breeder that does is not being truthful. Most first generation Goldendoodles shed lightly; some can have moderate shedding. F1 Goldendoodles are compatible for most families with MILD allergies. Most F1 Goldendoodles will have plush, straight to loose wavy coat. Occasionally, a F1 breeding will produce a more curly coat.
Our F1B cross puppies will have a higher success rate for being non-shedding dogs. F1B Goldendoodles are 99% non-shedding, and are recommended for families with moderate to severe allergies. Keep in mind that F1b's will not necessarily look like a poodle or have the temperament of a poodle, the 75% poodle in their generation strictly pertains only to the non-shedding and hypo-allergenic factors. F1B's can have a variety of coat types including, loose wavy, straight & curly.
If you want a Goldendoodle that is low shed, you should be considering an F1B and not a first generation (F1). While many F1's will shed less than purebred Golden Retrievers, the amount that they will shed cannot be predicted. Some F1's will be low shed, and some will not. Again, breeders who claim their F1 Goldendoodles are 'no shed' are either unknowledgeable or stretching the truth. If shedding is a concern for you, you may not be happy with an F1 and I would recommend an F1B. Many, but not all, F1B's are low shed.
What about Allergies?
First generation (F1) Goldendoodles are not recommended for families with allergy issues. Breeders who claim their F1 Goldendoodles are 'hypoallergenic' or allergy friendly are either unknowledgeable or stretching the truth. While SOME F1's may be allergy friendly, there really is no way to predict which puppies are and which aren't. If you have allergies in your household you should consider an F1B goldendoodle. Although not every F1B will be allergy friendly, the chances are much higher.
Can I breed my new puppy or leave my dog intact?
NO!!! Spay/Neuter IS Required!
Our puppies are sold as companion pets with limited registration only and we require that they be spayed or neutered before they reach the age of 24 months. We do this to protect our puppies and ensure they are being placed into loving "forever" homes. We require a legally binding spay/neuter contract to be signed. If you are a breeder looking for a puppy to add to your program, please email us, as we may occasionally select an outstanding puppy as a candidate for breeding.
What is your visitor's policy?
We allow limited visitation of our puppies. Due to the recent outbreaks of Parvo virus and it's ability to kill entire litters within days, we have decided that we must limit visits to those purchasing a puppy. The health and safety of our puppies is our first priority. The positive side is that you can be assured that when YOUR puppy is born here, we will do everything possible to minimize his/her exposure to deadly diseases. If you have reserved a puppy and then visit and find anything about us or our dogs unsatisfactory, we will refund your deposit. All sales transactions are done face to face; puppies are no longer allowed to be shipped.
Please note that the support never stops here at Snickers Doodles. We are more than willing to answer any questions at any time regarding your dog. Please never hesitate to call or email. And we would love to get updates and pictures of your puppy with their new family!