We can't always predict accurately when a litter is due. Dogs' cycles are not always like clock work, so these dates are assuming that they will continue to cycle 6 months from their last cycle.
Gestation is normally 9 weeks and we keep the pups here 8 weeks before we release them to their new homes. That makes a little over 4 months from conception to going home. We take 5 deposits only per litter before they're born since litters can vary so much in size.
We think out pairings carefully. They're determined by complementing characteristics and the timing of the girls' cycles, amongst many other varying factors. Planned pairings are subject to change.
See our Choosing Process in the FAQ to see how our adoption process works.
Most times I can have a pup within 6 months for a family -- sometimes much sooner, and sometimes a while longer.
So come join the party of my followers and prepare with the required reading while you wait!! :)
If you want to be on the wait list, please read through my website and submit your application.
I have over 35 people on my waitlist for all sizes and timeline requests. The number of pups born in each litter will determine how much room I have for more deposits. I'll only accept more deposits if you are willing to wait while previous deposits are filled.
The current average of pups in a litter is 7. I don't like to take more than 5 deposits per litter until the pups are born, and when there are more than 5 I'll accept more.
Winter 2017/18 litters: bred but not confirmed pregnant (we will not confirm pregnancy until 2-3 weeks before they are due).
JJ and Ryder, for F1B mini goldendoodles. Various shades of apricot expected. Due mid-December and can go home in February.
Tilly and Yogi for F1B standard goldendoodles. Apricots expected. Due mid-December and can go home in February.
Kit and Horton for medium F1 goldendoodles. Light apricots expected. Due just before Christmas and can go home in February.
Penny and Horton for F1B mini/medium goldendoodles. Apricots and creams expected. Due January 1 and can go home in February/March.
Fiddle and Yogi for F1B standard goldendoodles. Apricots expected. If Fiddle cycles this next week she would be due the second week in January and can go home in March.
Spring Litter: planned but not bred.
Tess and Winter or Swede for F1 standard/medium goldendoodles. Various shades of apricot expected.
Summer Litters: pairings are not certain, and will depend on demand/ suitable partners.
Biscuit and Winter or Yogi for F1B standard goldendoodles. Apricots and creams expected.
Hazel and Swede or Yogi for F1B medium or standard goldendoodles. Apricots and creams expected.
Chevy and ? for F1 goldendoodles.
Jam and ? for F1B goldendoodles.
I have 1 mini poodle, 2 goldens and a mini goldendoodle who are waiting to come of age and finish health testing in 2018. I hope to breed them by the end of the year.
As much as we like to be in control and know when the dogs will cycle and conceive, we remain at the mercy of nature taking it's course in God's time. I only breed a female once a year, and when it is her turn we breed her. They usually cycle every 6 months but this varies from 4-10 months.
There are also occasions such as "false seasons, false pregnancies, split cycles, low sperm counts etc..." that add challenges to our plans. Many times several girls will season/cycle at once, so we can have multiple litters at a time.
In saying this, I hope to increase your understanding and help you to realize that this is not a retail store, where we can order the exact item for the exact timing you need. It is often best to realize that your patience will pay off... we normally can have a pup ready for you within 6-8 months, but usually sooner depending on supply and demand.
Our most FAQ about breeding: how does it work when the boy is so much smaller than the girl? :)
Answer: We artificially inseminate. Although there is a lower success rate we get a variety of sizes, which on occasion gives us pups as small as the sire or as big as the damn. Normally the range is 20-40 lbs for a mini poodle crossed with a standard size golden retriever. Not all girls conceive easily and those ones I tend to leave with the bigger males for natural copulation.
We're refocusing our breeding program to various sizes of Goldendoodles and the odd litters of Labradoodles and Poodles. In an effort to avoid a burnout we've decided to discontinue breeding Bernedoodles to help cut back the workload in looking after the numbers of 'Our K9s'.
We refer all those interested in Bernedoodles to Swiss Ridge Kennels in Ontario.