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Why choose a Labradoodle from a breeder registered with the Australian Labradoodle Association? All breeders that are registered with the ALA (Australian Labradoodle Association) offer a Health Guarantee as required by all Victorian breeders. Of course occasionally things go wrong, whether it's with breeding animals or even human babies, but we do our very best to ensure we limit the possibility of problems by ensuring all breeding dogs are thoroughly health tested for a vast range of genetic problems. These tests include extensive DNA testing, as well as hip and elbow scoring. More details of the tests can be found on the Australian Labradoodle Association site. Here at Willow Lane, we are confident of the health of our puppies and we offer an extensive 3 year guarantee that covers a wide variety of genetic health issues that we can test for.
How are Willow Lane Puppies allocated? Once you have expressed interest in one of our puppies we will place you on our waiting list. When a litter of puppies has been born, and we know numbers and genders of puppies, we will confirm if we have a puppy for you in that litter. At this time a $500 deposit is required. This contributes towards the cost of desexing, vaccinations and raising the puppies for the first 8 weeks. Once puppies reach 6 weeks of age, we start to get a good indication of the puppies characters, temperaments and confirmation, this will enable us to decide which puppies (if any) we will place into our Guardian Program as breeding potential puppies. It is at this time we will inform you of your allocated puppy and you will have the option of visiting and meeting your new Furbaby.
What's different about owning a labradoodle or a short haired coat breed? The labradoodle requires extensive grooming to maintain a beautiful coat. This can become expensive and owners must be aware of what's required. A coat that is not regularly groomed can become matted and this is painful for the dog. You must be committed to a high level of grooming with these dogs. If you choose to keep the coat short, it is far less work, but regular clips can cost from $70 -$110 depending where you are. Another consideration before purchasing!
Do Labradoodles require much exercise? They are smart dogs who benefit grately from having a job to do. Whether that's participating in a sport (obedience, rally-o, agility, nose work etc) or being part of an active family who are willing to teach them tricks and spend time with them. A bored dog can become a problem dog (nuisance barking, destructive behaviour etc). So mental stimulation is just as important as physical excercise.
What is the Guardian Program? The Guardian program allows us to retain breeding quality puppies within our breeding program. It benefits all parties concerned in the following ways; The dogs benefit because they are placed in loving forever homes at around 8 of age and live as loved family members all their lives with you, just returning to Willow Lane to have their litters (a maximum of 3). The Guardian benefits because they receive the very best puppy in the litter at less than normal pet price. It's also special for our guardians to be a part of the process. Willow Lane benefits as we get to continue breeding from the best of the best, continually striving to improve the breed and breed the very best Labradoodles possible knowing that all dogs have loving forever homes which is our main concern. If you live within 2 hours drive of Warrnambool Vic, feel free to contact us if you are interested in more information about the program.