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.
A Response to Changing Times for Tomorrow's pups
December 15, 2023
The puppy market has changed across North America since Covid and we'll need to change how we do things for a while. We've already cut back on how many litters we breed and have retired several girls early. I do have several young replacement pups I've held back in hopes to keep our breeding lineage for when the market gets better in a couple of years.
Once you know you want a Hearty K9, and know the approximate timeline that works for you, please submit your application and I'll breed accordingly.
I've skipped London's, Cagney's and Polly's cycles this round. Polly will retire early and I'll be looking for a home for her. I'll choose the size of the stud based on demand: Clark for standards/large, Marlo for mediums and Derby for smalls. If there isn't enough interest I'll just skip another cycle, so please, contact me if you're interested in a certain size or F1/F1B breed of pup.
We're committed to our high quality standards and have developed our puppy program over the last 20 years which breeds puppies who flourish and have amazing potentials.
Here are potential females I would breed this next year:
Groovy for F1B goldendoodles: likely for summer pups.
Munchkin for F1B goldendoodles: depending on demand, we may skip her next expected cycle and wait.
Basil (and likely Clark?) for F1 standard/large goldendoodles: if on her regular 6 month cycle will have pups in May and go home in July.
London for F1B goldendoodles: likely go home early winter if she continues to cycle every 8 months.
Cagney for F1B (may be mini or medium) goldendoodles: likely for fall pups.
Reena and likely Marlo or Derby for F1 mini/medium goldendoodles: if on her regular 8 month cycle will have pups in October and go home in December 2024.
Tula for F1 goldendoodles: likely for winter pups? or could be similar to Reena.
The pups can start going home when they're 8 weeks old. If you can't pick up your pup by 9 weeks of age, there's a boarding fee. See the Sales Agreement.
We also have 2 lovely mini F1 goldendoodles who need to get a bit older and finish their health tests. They could have summer/fall pups.
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.