Buying a Goldendoodle or Bernedoodle Puppy

goldendoodle puppies by Island Grove Doodles

We receive glowing reviews about our pups after they've gone to their new homes, and are always trying to make the purchasing experience better. We receive many questions from potential buyers who want to know about the Goldendoodle breed as well as how to care for a new puppy.

We've compiled a list of things we think you should know before you buy one of our puppies that will help your buying experience go as smoothly as possible.

  1. What's included in your puppy package?

    Our puppy package includes many comforts so that you don't need to worry about the basics beforehand and can focus on caring for your puppy. We microchip our puppies to ensure that if your puppy ever accidentally gets away from you, you've got a way to find them. We send your puppy home with a leash, collar, bowl, toy and a towel rubbed with their mother's scent - everything you need to get started. You'll also receive a puppy vaccination report and their CKC papers detailing their lineage. Our 12 month health guarantee is also included and is designed to help make your puppy experience risk free.

  2. Do you offer any type of health guarantee?

    Yes! We offer a 2 year congenital life threatening health guarantee. If your puppy has any life threatening issues found by your vet covered under your contract for the first 24 months, you can return the puppy for a full refund.

  3. What's the difference between an F1 and an F1b?

    Goldendoodles are bred in a variety of generations. The F1 is a straight cross between a Poodle and an American or an English Golden Retriever, making the puppies 50% Poodle and 50% Golden Retriever. F1 Goldendoodles are more apt to have straighter, more coarse coats than their F1b counterparts.

    The F1b is a crossback (hence the "b") of an F1 Goldendoodle to a Poodle, making the puppies 25% Retriever and 75% Poodle. This is a popular generation because these puppies are less likely to shed and are less likely to contribute to allergies, which are characteristics of the Poodle. The coat of an F1b is more likely to be curly, like the Poodle.

  4. What's the difference between an English Goldendoodle and an American Goldendoodle?

    English Goldendoodles are a cross between a Poodle and an English Golden Retriever while an American Goldendoodle is a cross between a Poodle and an American Golden Retriever. English Golden Retrievers are typically all white, have lines from Great Britain, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and appear generally to be a heavier dog with a flatter croup; broader skull; a deeper, wider muzzle; and with more wavy coats. The (American) Golden Retriever found in the United States is generally a less angulated and somewhat lighter weight dog, with a straighter and more profuse coat than its British cousin. It is thought that the overseas bloodlines excel in head properties, balance, and forequarter structure; while the American bloodlines tend to excel in rear quarters, movement, and showmanship.

  5. What will I need to buy before my puppy comes home?

    Your puppy comes with our starter puppy package, which covers the basics. In addition, we recommend several items to help with eventual crate training and general puppy well-being. Here's a list that we think is a good starting point:

    • Metal Cage with pad - we recommend the medium or large size so they have room to grow.
    • Printed name tag for your collar with contact information engraved - you can make these yourself at many of the local pet stores
    • Food - we recommend a good quality food that is gluten-free. You will need to feed puppy food for approximately 1 year. Our vet recommends that you buy large breed puppy food.
    • Slicker brush.
    • Towels - we recommend you buy some inexpensive bath towels to use in your puppie's cage so that you can wash them if they get soiled and you'll always have a fresh supply.
    • Toys - our puppies love balls because of the retriever in them. We recommend several types of toys, such as balls, stuffed animals, and chew toys.

  6. How soon should I take my puppy to a vet?

    Your puppy needs to be taken to a vet within 3 days after your purchase to validate the one year health guarantee. You should line up a vet that you're going to have a good relationship with even before your purchase, if possible.

  7. How should I socialize my puppy?

    Puppies need interactions with other dogs and people. One of the best ways to do this is to enroll your puppy in a puppy training class at a local pet store. Not only will you and your dog learn a few good training tips, but your puppy will have a chance to see and interact with many other dogs and people at the same time. Do not skip this step!

  8. Do you recommend crate training?

    We think crate training can be very effective, if done correctly. This is an age-old technique that has good results with these puppies because they are very smart. You'll be surprised at how quickly they learn.

  9. How often should I brush my puppy?

    Your puppy's coat won't actually need brushing for a few weeks, but it's a good idea to use a slicker brush on him or her early to get them used to the idea of being brushed.

  10. Why is it important to train my puppy?

    Goldendoodle puppies thrive in an environment where there are rules and boundaries set for them. They live to please their owners. Setting rules by training them is not only helpful to you as the owner, but also makes your puppy happier.