Click below to find more information on our Labradoodle puppies.
LINKS and FAQ
Labradoodle Breeders, Our Process, Adopting a Labradoodle Puppy
- Read this Labradoodle Information website and email us with any questions; we are here for you and your family
- Look at the wait list and expected delivery dates, paying attention to your preferences (male/female, size, color) to count and get a general idea of when a puppy may be available for you. Usually within one-three litters.
- Fill out an online application
- If you are local come out and visit our home, meet us and our wonderful dogs. If you are not local we can provide references or you can call our vet and get an idea of who we are and how wonderful our dogs and puppy are in terms of health, temperament and conformation. We only allow visitors to those with an approved application and to homes where puppies are not under 6 weeks of age.
Sending in a Deposit
- Once your application is accepted you will receive a link to send in a deposit, mail or paypal, to get on the wait list.
- Once on the wait list you can check the online wait list to see your family name and check your preferences.
- We will immediately send you the past months updates. We send out lots of updates. One update goes out the beginning of each month and then pregnancy announcements, birth announcements and short list requests are sent out as well.
Getting your family on a litter list to adopt
- Once pregnancy is confirmed, we send out a short list request to the wait list families.
- At that point we know the due date of the litter and an estimated go home date (give or take a week) plus a general idea of colors expected and estimated adult size. That short list request email is a request to the wait list families at which time they MUST let us know if they are interested in that specific litter due in about 4 weeks.
- We give families a week to confirm that they are interested in the litter due to arrive. IF you don't tell us we will assume you want to wait for another litter and not put your family on that specific litter list.
- After that week, we send out the short list of those families we have heard from as interested. Those families are the only families we will call or email once the litter is born to place that litter of puppies. You can request any litter and your placement on that short list will be in line with your position on the larger wait list.
- You will be keep up to date and well informed along the way.
- With the email requesting interest in a short list, we are asking families to let us know IF they are actually interested in the specific litter IF the color and gender they would like arrives and is available once we get to the point on the short list their family is contacted.
- PLEASE email us ASAP if you will be out of town during the next two weeks and we will not be able to get in touch with you and you are interested in this litter.
The Puppies are Born
- The week after birth we put the puppies first photos online and send a birth notice (with number of males, females and coat colors) to all the families on the wait list.
- At that time we resend out the short list of families who will be contacted in order to confirm they are still interested based on genders and colors (these are only the families who responded to the short list request described above).
- In the birth announcement we ask families on the short list to let us know if they are open to options or not. For example, you might tell us you would like a boy only, any color, or a boy only, chocolate first and black silk second, or a boy first choice, chocolate first choice and black silk second, but you would be happy with a girl if a boy is not available. This helps us move faster down the list as we know if you will opt out or in once puppies are confirmed before you.
- We then go one by one emailing and/or calling each family on that litter short list only.
- Once we call or email those families on the short list we will tell them exactly who is still available to adopt. You can also follow along on the shutterfly page as we list confirmed families on the litter page. The birth announcement will have a link to that litter page.
- Once you are contacted. You will be asked to do one of 2 things. You are asked either confirm, yes your family wishes to adopt and which gender and/or color you would like of those available OR you can decide to wait (for any reason), at which point you will just remain on the larger wait list until you respond to another short list request. IF we do not have the gender or color you requested we will just send you a note that we do not have what you are interested in adopting and you will just remain on the larger wait list until you respond to another short list request.
- IF you need time to decide, we request you make a decision within 24 hours.
- Note, you are just telling us what gender and color you would like. If we have more than one of your requested color and gender you will not know exactly which puppy you would adopt, just that you will get the color and gender you requested. We match puppies to families around week 7 after birth.
Parti labradoodle: Please note we honor the general color and gender choices of our families. Please remember there is no accommodation at Rainmaker Ranch Labradoodles for a specific parti pattern you may want based on their photos over the first 8 weeks. We will continue to place all parti puppies based on color and gender and not on where that color pattern is located. Our mission to provide the best puppy based on temperament and health to each family. We understand that families may have a preference in pattern as the puppies grow, but we want you to understand each puppy has a unique personality based on the temperament testing we run weekly. In turn, that temperament testing matches one family profile better than another. We only accept families to our wait list that also have the same goal of obtaining the best puppy based on temperament over pattern placement. At this point our puppies have a generally consistent middle of the road personality which is what we have spent the last 15 years breeding towards. However, even within that middle of the road personality (not too shy and not too rambunctious) we note difference which leads one puppy to be better with kids, or other dogs, or cats or the retired couple over the family with kids or traveling often. We will not alter this plan based on your position on the wait list or any other reasons other than personality match to a family profile.
Silver, Café Labradoodle: Please note we honor the general color and gender choices of our families. Please remember we cannot know which puppy might lighten over the years (Chocolate to café or lavender and Black to silver). IF one of the parents of your puppy is silver, café, or lavender the puppy may or may not change in color. This is a series of alleles within genes that may or may not be transferred to your puppy from his or her parents and may or may not be masked by other genes. In a nut shell, it is impossible to determine reliably at 1-8 weeks of age. We only accept families to our wait list that also have our goal of obtaining the best puppy based on temperament over the coat lightening possibility. IF you want a puppy that 99% will not lighten your best bet is to go to another breeder or select parents who have not changed in color and their parents have not changed in color. Please understand we think health and temperament is the most important criteria in selecting a puppy.
- All the photos are placed on the website and updated every week on the puppies weekly birthday.
- We typically take group girl photos and group boys photos in those first weeks to help you see who is who.
- We begin sending out weekly updates to the confirmed families for the litter. These emails go through the entire process and provide many details.
- Note, pick up is at 8 weeks of age from the date of birth, we do not know the specific date until they are born but give an estimate based on the expected delivery date, this can be give or take a week.
- At this point you do not know which puppy exactly you will adopt, just that you will be adopting a specific gender and color puppy. We place each puppy in the appropriate home based on a series of questions and our personal contact with you and them, we only use the order of the wait list as a guide to which family is asked to adopt first at birth. We do not allocate the puppies until the 7th week and personalities have emerged and been followed. At week 1 we want to know we have the correct number of families adopting, so many families wanting a female and certain colors, so many wanting male, and that is a match to the litter.
- Once you are on the litter list and have confirmed you will adopt. If there are, for example, three chocolate boys and you want a chocolate boy you would be placed on the litter list for a chocolate boy. Which one of the three is determined later when personalities emerge, but you are ensured a chocolate boy. IF there is only one chocolate boy and you want him, he would be set for your family. However, IF for some reason he is not a match, once personalities emerge, we will talk to you and determine if you would like to adopt, hold for another litter or if it is possible to switch with another family.
- At this point we have the exact pick up date. If you need additional time to pick up let us know and we will try and schedule the trainer for that time, please note it is an additional charge for late pick up and cannot always be accomodated.
- Families receive emails with photo's every week including updates on their progress. These come every week to the families adopting on the puppies weekly birthday.
- At 5 weeks, we email you the FAMILY PROFILE, a questionnaire to fill out concerning your activities and puppy related relationships, including kids, other animals. At this point gender preferences are already set, this is the only preference that cannot be changed. If all the puppies are allocated at birth due to color and gender choices by the families adopting we then work with each puppy to adapt them to their family. If that is impossible we would suggest you opt for another litter and place the puppy with an appropriate family. Some times our trainer is called in to review a puppy as suitable to a family, especially if the family has special needs (our daughter is in a wheelchair so we understand many unique needs). It is usually a very simple process.
- Prior to week 5, we will also mail you part of your puppy package which includes a puppy training book to prepare for your puppy.
- Once your family is confirmed for a puppy from a specific litter that has been born, payment in full is due. Payment will be considered delinquent if not received by the time the puppy is 4 weeks old. If payment is not received, we will assume you need to wait for another litter, and we will find another family for the puppy. This requirement ensures that we have definite families for our puppies, and allows us to focus our time on raising the healthiest and most well-adjusted pups for you, instead of using that time to find another family for the puppy.
- For additional reading, we suggest the training books and materials on our website under FAQ, “A few of our favorite things”. There you will find info on training, grooming, toys etc.
- Puppies will have colored collars if necessary and as you receive pictures you will begin to get an understanding of each puppy’s temperament, physical characteristics and playful behaviors.
- You will see that our puppies live in our home, not a cage or outside kennel. They are taken outside for supervised group playtime and taken during the day in small groups to play inside and be loved by us and the kids. They are potty trained to wee pads and beginning obedience training takes place. Mainly deterring jumping up for attention and nipping.
- During week 6, appointments are scheduled for pick up. If we are shipping your puppy we will schedule that with you, a direct flight for the puppy. We strongly recommend coming to pick up your puppy. Shipping is the easy part and the time in a crate on the plane is not a problem, it is the exposure to other areas and animals that can cause any sort of issues. Although all our puppies are cared for and given the best of care, other dogs being shipped can be carrying all sorts of virus’s especially older dogs that may not exhibit symptoms of viruses that can cause harm to a puppy. Please consider at the least coming out and we can meet your plane, give you the puppy for a return trip under your seat.
- At the 6th-7th week allocation on our end begins for those families that do not already have a designated puppy due to gender or color preferences. We use a series of questions, called a family profile, and discuss puppy issues with each family. We then study all the puppies in the selection group. We can typically select one maybe two puppies best suited for each family (our first maybe second choice) based on the puppies personalities and the family profile.
- At week 7, we will confirm with each family in order as to the puppy we feel best suits them and why. Some families have a narrow choice, like chocolate male and some are open to any male. It really is a group placement with everyone in mind not just the order of wait list. All the while we keep the families informed, so there are no surprises. Please note, all the puppies can typically be trained to work out in any situation, but within the group of excellent puppies some are, for example, more apt to want to play with the other puppies and more willing to experience new situations while others are more apt to want to watch the group or be with a human. In this example, the first puppy is better suited to the large family having another dog or cat, while the second is suited to the retired couple or the couple with just one child. With this process we have never had a negative first few days at the puppies forever home, the puppies tend to be more initially suited to the family and vice versa. Versus the other way of just letting each family pick based on a picture or description and having more training required in the first weeks.
- Just prior to pick up they receive their first shots. This first shot is one shot that is divided into 3-4 parts (depending on your vet). One part is given with us at week 8 and the other parts are given by your vet at vet recommended intervals. You will receive a vet record with your puppy to give to your vet at pick up or shipping. At your first vet appointment ,within a few days after you receive your puppy , you will make arrangements for these follow up visits with your vet.
- Read the puppy care section of our website.
- We send you paperwork for your puppy.
- Your puppy comes with a collar, leash, and his/her favorite toy from the litter toys. Also our vet certified shot record and a signed health guarantee, and a health certificate if required by your state.
- You will need to set up a vet appointment at your vet to check the puppy after arrival and then you will continue the puppy shots at 3 week intervals until complete. The puppy will have had the first in the series of shots and all dewormings as mentioned. We ask that you do this as soon as possible the first week the puppy comes home to get acquainted with your vet and plan the shots.
- During the scheduled pick up you will come to our home, meet the puppies and us. We will walk you through all the paperwork. You will receive: the puppy, shot record, sales certificate (depending on the state), 3 year health warrantee signed by us, microchip registration information, a toy, and the pedigree is given after spay/neuter. We like to have about an hour so we can walk you through some basic training.
- If shipping we will work with you during all the arrangements from beginning to end.
- We encouraged you to call us and keep us updated on the puppy’s progress. We will be here to answer any questions and help in any way we can.
- We strongly suggest a trainer, especially if you have young kids or special needs. Special needs families should consider a trainer necessary and a weekly part of their work for at least the first year to ensure the dog and family are working together. Although many families think training is easy and simple with this breed, training is not a one size fits all approach. Trainers meeting with families often can adjust behaviors (both the families and the dogs) before they become an issue that is difficult to address and many times personal approaches which may work for one dog do not work with others. Good trainers have the ability to read and a dog and adjust training approaches. We strongly suggest you listen to your trainer and follow through. IF you disagree with your trainer find another who you can work with easily. Trainers have incredible abilities, trust them.
- IF any health issues arise as stated in our warrantee follow Puppy First Treatment. Take the puppy to the vet or the emergency room ASAP, and get the puppy care and treatment. Call us once the puppy is getting treatment. Our process is to get your vet and our vet talking to determine the best action for the puppy and proceed. We are not experts in puppy health and leave that to your vet and ours to work together to get the puppy healthy and back to the family.
Please think of your vet as a general practice doctor, their job is general care, emergency care as needed, and to direct you to a specialist if they think it is warranted. We want your vet to call our vet and explain why they are suggesting the specialist, our vet can provide a second opinion as to the direction to be taken. We are not here to make things difficult, we are here to make sure you and your dog have the best care possible.
In a nut shell this is how the warrantee works:
If the puppy arrives with a health related issue we will offer to take the puppy back, it is your choice to keep the puppy or return the puppy for another puppy in the next litter possible. We do not ever want a puppy to go to a family who does not want the puppy for whatever reason. This is not an indication or agreement of the health condition, as that has not been verified as required, this is just our practice in the best interest of all parties.
If you opt to keep the puppy then you are agreeing to work with the puppy and accept the health issue as determined by and documented by a veterinary specialist(s). We all understand the Internet can be a valuable tool, but we need to work with what is documented by the vet specialist(s) not what it could be or may be at a later date. We need to work in the present at the time as documented (what the issue is and what is the current recommended course of action). RRL (the partner who bred and whelped the puppy) is agreeing to cover the cost of the issue up to the warrantee value as outlined in the warrantee within the written requirements. This means we will reimburse the cost to verify the perceived genetic issue if this is warranted and well documented by a specialist in the area of the condition. For example if your vet thinks your dog may have HD, you would then take the dog to a canine orthopedic specialist to verify the path of action, this specialist consult is required. IF they determine and document they believe the issue is HD then they would perform an OFA x-ray. In this case we would pay for the x-ray and OFA reading. Again, this is not an indication or agreement that the issue is present; this is an agreement that there is evidence that the test should be performed.
At this point the specialist must agree on two conditions. One, document to RRL directly that this is without exception a genetic condition. Note, some issues can be or may be genetic conditions and can also be environmental conditions, these are important distinctions. Two, they must document in writing directly to RRL (the breeder partner) that the condition currently presents as a determent to the life of the dog. Detrimental would be something that is painful and/or inhibits to the extent of life threatening walking, eating, sleeping, it is not cosmetic. For example again, HD (which has never occurred and is just an example to aid in understanding) can be mild, moderate or severe as defined by OFA. If mild the course of action may be to monitor the condition (which again we agree to cover within the specialist documented recommended course of action), provide suggested supplements (which is the responsibility of the owner) and within the life time of the pet it may never be detrimental to their life. If the condition is moderate it may or may not be detrimental to their life. If this is the case, again we agree to cover within the specialist documented recommended course of action monitoring of the condition and at some point in the future we may need to cover up to the warrantee a portion of the cost for surgery. However, things can remain constant, get worst or better. We cannot agree in the present on a cost for future actions. This is because, no actions have been determined as required, and advances in medicine may change that action. Please know we will be here to aid in the documented monitoring of a condition and we will be here if a condition progresses and a future course of action has been documented. We will cover up to the warrantee as determined and documented as both genetic and detrimental to the life of the dog.
I will try (note I am not a vet) and give examples in which case I may see or not see a specialist documenting detrimental and genetic,
- A painful tooth may be documented as in need to be pulled and the cost may be covered, having an implant to replace the tooth would not be covered.
- A low grade elbow dysplasia may be annoying but is not detrimental to life; a high grade elbow dysplasia may be documented as detrimental to life and genetic.
- Eye issues (especially senior conditions) may be annoying as is being slightly nearsighted or farsighted as a human but not documented as detrimental to life and environmental or genetic.
- Addison’s is a probable genetic condition, however with daily medication makes this condition not detrimental to life.
- Fatty tumors (non cancer) are not genetic and not detrimental to life
- Allergies are considered environmental and genetic, but with a special diet are not detrimental to life.
Regardless, all payments are made directly to the vet preforming the surgery or test at the time of the operation or test. IF a test must be done in an emergency situation we will reimburse you once we get the documentation as detailed above from the vet directly. There are many times we have our vet call your vet and discuss an issue, determine action and tell us the course of action. This is our preference as it is a much faster and direct course of action.
Please note as stated in all our paperwork and emails, our health warrantee is based on you NOT giving your dog internal insecticides (Comfortis, Trifexis, Bravecto, Nexgard, etc) and the use of these negates the warrantee. Side effects reported include but are not limited to vomiting and diarrhea, with blood in both, as well as seizures, skin irritation, lethargy and failure to eat. Additionally, there are an alarming number of reports of kidney and liver damage, renal failure, as well as reports of abnormal blood cell counts, including elevated liver enzymes.