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Price of a Red Spring Farm Puppy
Our Goldendoodle/Labradoodle/Double Doodle puppies are $2500 for minis & $3200 for toys/petites. Our Bernedoodles range from $3200 - $3800 depending on size & color.
Our goal is to provide you with a healthy, well adjusted puppy that has been raised in our home. Excellent care and compassion towards our dogs is a priority. We strive to have open communication with our puppy families, and we encourage you to ask lots of questions.
Responsible Care of Breeding Dogs
This is a topic that we hold near and dear to our hearts! The happiness and wellbeing of the parents of a puppy purchased from a breeder is sadly often overlooked. This is absolute priority here at Red Spring Farm! We have a high standard of care for our adults, who are always, first and foremost, family pets. They live with us or a guardian family that values them as a companion. We retire our breeding girls by the age of 5 so they can live out their life as a loved family pet in the guardian home they have always known. Our wonderful veterinarian oversees the care of our adult dogs. All dogs and puppies are fed a premium kibble. We often top off the meals of both puppies and lactating mothers with a fresh egg and/or goats milk, both of which is produced right here on the farm.
The Importance Of Temperament
We are VERY proud to share that most of our Red Spring Farm moms are 3rd, 4th, or 5th+ generation Red Spring Farm "born and raised" dogs. Not only has this allowed us to selectively breed for family-friendly temperaments, but having the direct experience of handling generations of your pup's relatives helps us better identify which pup best exemplifies what you are searching for in a pet. While every puppy and litter is different, we produce each litter with one goal in mind... to raise social, stable & smart dogs that are specifically bred to be an excellent family companion. You can expect our dogs to have mid-level energy needs as an adult, playful enough to hang with your kids, while having a nice "off switch" for cuddle time on the couch at the end of the day. We find that the ideal size for the vast majority of typical families ranges from 15lb to 35lb, depending on the wants and needs of your family.
Which Doodle Is Right For Me?
In the pursuit of discovering the "right" doodle for their home, most people spend a lot of time on Google. If you have searched something like "What's the difference between a Labradoodle and a Goldendoodle," please continue reading! Here are some key factors to keep in mind when considering your search for the ideal doodle hybrid for your family.
1) Even purebred dogs within a breed are NOT all the same. Just like you wouldn't want to categorize all related people as having the same personality, you don't want assume every purebred dog has the breed-standard temperament. Most purebreds have subsets within the breed that can vary quite dramatically. For example, Golden Retrievers that have been bred for hunting tend to be small in size, dark in color, extremely intelligent and VERY high energy. Show Golden Retrievers tend to be large in size and medium gold in color. They are much less energetic than hunting Goldens, and while they may fetch they likely don't have the energy or work ethic to go all day long.These two dogs seem like different breeds when paired side-by-side.
2) There are many awful Doodles. When I first started breeding Goldendoodles, small, red doodles were all the rage. This meant that unscrupulous breeders were trying to produce them quickly, with no regard for temperament. If you read the description above about the two different types of Golden Retrievers (show vs field) which do you suppose was readily used in the production of small, red Goldendoodles? The high energy and intense hunting dogs! Not only are they already small in stature for a Golden Retriever and dark in color, they are readily available here in the Southeastern US. To make matters worse, these extremely high energy and intelligent working dogs were bred with any tiny (trembling, bug-eyed, yapping) red toy poodles that these unscrupulous breeders could find! The resulting offspring was cute as a button... but a mental basketcase. They had the clingy, neurotic behavior of a tiny toy poodle as well as the extreme energy of the field Golden Retriever. On the opposite end of the spectrum, a handful of excellent "doodle" breeders carefully selected docile and family-oriented retrievers and bred them to good natured, cheerful, confident, and intelligent miniature and moyen poodles. It took a couple more generations to get the size down, but the resulting puppies took after their excellent natured parents parents, with the easy going nature of the retriever and intelligence/size/reduced shedding of the poodle. A win-win! The ultimate determining factor of the temperament of your puppy is the genetics passed along by the PARENTS of that puppy, not which type of "doodle" they are.
3) All Mini Doodle "breeds" are closely related, thanks to the mini poodle. If you look at our parents page, you will notice that we have a combination of several different breeds, including Mini Goldendoodles, Labradoodles (ALD), and Bernedoodles, as well as something you may not have heard of before (What's A Double Doodle? Keep reading). When DNA tested, the vast majority of Doodles that weigh less than 30lb and don't shed are genetically atleast 65%+ miniature poodle. That heavy use of the miniature poodle in the gene pool is necessary if you don't want shedding and you want the smaller size. This is why it is SO important to use pleasant natured miniature poodles in a doodle breeding program. So, each doodle "breed" may have its slight differences, Mini Doodles are more related than not. This is especially true when you are comparing doodle-mixes whose non-poodle breeds are very similar in nature (like Labradoodles and Goldendoodles).
4) Crossbreeding is healthy... introducing the Double Doodle! As I became an established Goldendoodle breeder, I almost exclusively bred "multigenerational" Goldendoodles. These dogs are absolutely lovely! In our biased opinion, well bred Multigen Mini Goldendoodles are a perfect combination of the two breeds! Their size, temperament, and coat quality are fabulous. They have one downside... they lack the genetic diversity that you see with in an "F1" cross (Golden Retriever x Poodle). Since Golden Retrievers are purebred dogs, they are also inherently inbred. Inbreeding is directly correlated with many health problems, most notably, cancer. In an effort to bring something new to the gene pool, I purchased "Charlie." Charlie has a luxurious coat, excellent stocky structure, and SUPER sweet temperament. He is a love, just a very easy going, intelligent dog. Charlie is an "ALD/Australian Labradoodle." This means there is Lab, Spaniel, and Poodle (both mini and standard) in his gene pool. His bloodlines go back to Australian (hence the term "Australian" in his breed name). I know that some of his poodle bloodlines goes back to Australian poodles, which are quite isolated from the American bred poodles. I felt he was the perfect match for my Multigen Goldendoodles, who were needing some new, diverse genes. I fell in love with the Goldendoodle/Labradoodle cross, and have started calling them Double Doodles. Basically, it just means supermutt!!! If I were to put my Goldendoodles, Labradoodles, and Double Doodles out in the yard to play, you wouldn't be able to tell who was who based on their coat type, size, temperament, etc. The biggest difference is overall genetic diversity, which I truly believe will play an important role in helping to fight those tricky genetic things that we don't have the ability to test for, like genetic cancer and autoimmune disease. Rather than focusing one doodle "breed", we encourage you to discuss what you are looking for with us and focus on choosing the right parent pair based on their temperament.
5) Our belief is that the start of your search for the right companion is to research and choose a breed that best fits your needs. If you have settled on a mini doodle of some sort, you definitely want to be aware of the traits that the "non-poodle" breeds in that doodle's mix BUT also remember that all mini doodles are closely related (thanks to the miniature poodle in their bloodlines). Once you are working with dogs that have heavy influence from one breed in common, the biggest determining factor of whether or not that puppy is a good fit for you is the temperament of the PARENTS of that puppy. Once you submit an application, we will schedule a phone appointment to discuss which parent pairings are most likely to produce the style puppy you are looking for.
How We Raise Our Puppies
Puppies our born and raised by my husband and I (Daniel and Kristen) in our home. When puppies are "on the ground" this is our full time job. The dogs and pups have full run of our lower floor, which opens up to a fully fenced back yard. Mother dogs gives birth in the nursery area right off of our office. I am always present at the birth, and puppies are assigned an identification color so that we can track their weights and personalities which helps you choose the best pup for your home. We perform ENS (early neurological stimulation) on puppies starting at 3 days of age, which scientifically proven to improve your pup's adrenal system and response to stress as an adult dog.
Between 3-5 weeks of age, pups move to a larger pen in our "toddler area." This is a larger space right between our office and TV/living room, with access to a covered patio. This space is open concept, so there is quite a bit of daily household activity here, which is a vital exposure at this stage of their development. In the toddler area, we expand the whelping box to include a potty space to encourage their natural hygienic behavior of moving away from sleeping areas to potty. Our nursery and toddler area both have easy to sanitize tile flooring, access to a designated-doggy kitchenette (with a refrigerator, sink, microwave, and dishwasher), a bathroom with a utility/grooming tub, and a designated-doggy washer and dryer. Since our TV room is here, we usually spend evenings watching TV on the sectional and cuddling the puppies... my favorite part of the day!
Sometime between 4-6 weeks of age (depending on the litter) pups will begin to spend more time out of their puppy pens and may even start exploring the outdoors! During this time, being able to properly sanitize everything the puppies come in contact with is vitally important, not only to encourage hygienic potty habits from an early age, but also to prevent dangerous parasites and viruses such as parvo (a highly contagious virus that is dangerous to puppies who are too young to be vaccinated). To aid us in this, we use our "Doodle Inn"! The Doodle Inn is a 1700 square foot specially designed building right behind our house connected to the backyard. It is an extension of our home while also being "puppy-proof" and easy to clean. It includes a bedroom and bathroom with a shower (for me!), a TV, another washer/dryer set, a grooming tub and lift table. Drains in the floor allows a quick spray down after puppy playtime. The Doodle Inn flooring features waterproof wood luxury vinyl tile and commercial polyaspartic flooring for safe cleaning, and we recently equipped the Doodle Inn with a state of the art commercial energy recovery ventilation (ERV) that completely circulates the air every 15 minutes with fresh, room temperature air, regardless of outdoor temperature. This has been so important when you have a litter of pooping puppies! In an airtight, heated/cooled environment (like a home) it just takes 1 poo for the room to get smelly, even if it is immediately picked up this scent lingers. For the health and happiness of our pups, we want the air quality to be excellent. The Doodle Inn has 4 attached, partially covered play yards, which each have full indoor access with a doggy door. The play yards are fully sanitizable with a combination of sealed concrete, pea gravel and (very soon) veterinarian grade, antimicrobial K9 Turf Grass by Foreverlawn! While the Doodle Inn does have aspects of a luxury kennel with its runs and play-yards, this is not the full time residence for any of our dogs... they enjoy plenty of time in our home, and our adults primarily live with their Guardian Family. This is crucial- as all dogs (but doodles especially) are social and only thrive in a home environment as part of the family, NOT a kennel environment.
We believe every puppy and litter is different and may have slightly different needs. So, rather than following a single protocol with every puppy, we pick and choose our favorite aspects of a multitude of popular positive-reinforcement based socialization programs, such as Puppy Culture and Avidog. We have found that using varied methods gives us the best outcome. The early enrichment and socialization exercises we perform at Red Spring Farm helps your pup learn communication skills that improves their trainability for a lifetime. Common concerns that many families have about their future companion (crate anxiety, noise aversion, fearfulness in new situations) can be curbed with positive early exposure and desensitization.
Our pups and adults eat Pawtree kibble, and this is our recommended diet. Our pups are de-wormed before joining your home. Each puppy gets a veterinarian exam between 6-7 weeks of age to verify that they are healthy. Puppies are microchipped with lifetime registration as part of our puppy package. Puppies join their new home between 8-12 weeks of age. Our pups will go home with a contract, our 2 year congenital health guarantee, a lifetime genetic health guarantee, health and vaccine records, an already-registered microchip with login information, a blanket that smells like home, and a toy that smells like home.
Our Health Guarantee
Before breeding, all of our adult dogs are fully health tested. This includes screening their genetic and orthopedic health using a combination of DNA testing, orthopedic testing programs (such as OFA, Pennhip, Dr. Wallace, or E-Vet Diagnostics) to review Hip/Elbow x-rays for signs of osteoarthritis and dysplasia, and a full veterinary exams to evaluate patella (knee) and cardiac function. Each of our breeding dogs sees an ophthalmologist prior to breeding for a CAER eye exam. For more information regarding health testing, visit our Health Testing page.
Because of our strict health protocols, we happily offer a 2 year health warranty on the below congenital conditions and a lifetime guarantee against the genetic conditions that we test for. Red Spring Farm guarantees against the congenital conditions listed below that greatly diminish the quality of the dog’s life or results in the dog’s death until the dog reaches 2 years of age, and we cover the genetic conditions for a lifetime!!! In the rare and unfortunate event that a dog is confirmed "affected" by one of the following congenital or genetic conditions, your family will receive reimbursement of vet bills for treatment of the condition up to 100% the purchase price of the dog.
The Congenital Conditions Covered By Our Health Guarantee (Until the Dog Reaches 2 Years of Age)
Moderate, or Severe Hip Dysplasia as interpreted by the OFA
Grade 2 or Grade 3 Elbow Dysplasia as interpreted by the OFA
Cardiac disorders requiring surgery or a heart disorder requiring life-long medication (Proof to include copies of diagnosis and treatment documentation from a Board Certified Canine Cardiologist).
The Genetic Conditions Covered By Our Health Guarantee (For the Lifetime Of The Dog)
Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome (Labrador Type)
Cystinuria (Labrador Type)
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)
Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa (DEB)
Exercise-Induced Collapse (EIC)
Familial Nephropathy (Cocker Type)
Glycogen Storage Disease VII (PFK Deficiency)
Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis (HNPK)
Muscular Dystrophy (Golden Retriever Type)
Myotubular Myopathy Type 1 (MTM1)
Narcolepsy (Labrador Type)
Neonatal Encephalopathy with Seizures (NEWS)
Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI)
Progressive Rod-Cone Degeneration (PRCD)
Progressive Rod-Cone Degeneration Type 4 (PRCD4)
Progressive Retinal Atrophy Type 1 (GR-PRA1)
Progressive Retinal Atrophy Type 2 (GR-PRA2)
Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (Labrador Type)
Retinal Dysplasia/Oculoskeletal Dysplasia Type 1
Sensory Ataxic Neuropathy (SAN)
Skeletal Dysplasia 2 (Dwarfism)
Von Willebrand Disease Type 1 (VWD I)
Von Willebrand Disease Type 2 (VWD II)
Filling out an application helps us get to know you and determine exactly what you are looking for. This link to our application is at the bottom of this page. After you submit an application, you will receive an email response within 5 business days. Please reach back out if you do not hear from us after 5 business days (M-F) to verify that we received your application. Once you are approved, you can place a $700 reservation fee which will go towards the final purchase price of your puppy. Wait time varies significantly due to multiple factors. Generally, the more specific you are, the longer it may take to get your puppy. In some cases we may have a puppy fitting your needs ready now/very soon, while in other cases it could take a few months.
FINAL PAYMENTS: The remaining purchase price of your puppy (minus deposit) must be received by Red Spring Farm via check within 1 week of you committing to a puppy.
Overview Of Process: 1) Submit an application below! 2) Red Spring Farm will contact you within 5 business days to set up a phone appointment to discuss what options we have available/coming up that suit your needs. 3) Once approved, you can place a $700 nonrefundable deposit to reserve an available puppy or a spot on an upcoming litter. 4) Visit our Puppy Prep page to prepare for puppy. 5) Mark the calendar with the selection date and pick up date of your puppy!
Visitation Policy/Socialization Parties
We understand that you want to know where you puppy comes from and the environment it is raised in. We are happy to schedule a 50 minute puppy visit to the farm once you have an approved application on file.
Please keep the following in mind:
1) Our priority is to keep your puppy SAFE! At this age, the #1 biggest danger to your puppy is foot-traffic. It just takes one person to accidentally bring a common and dangerous virus (parvo) into our home. Due to this, we operate using a biosecurity protocol for visitors that is not optional. A full info sheet will be provided at the time you schedule your visit (ex. remove shoes before entering our home, visitors are not allowed in the "nursery" area, please do not bring other pets to our property, etc).
2) Our priority is to provide the best care possible for your puppy. My husband and I spend every day feeding, cleaning up after, grooming, socializing and generally handling each of our dogs and puppies. We do not hire this work out as we feel it is vastly important that we are hands-on with each pup from birth until they join your home. This way we know each puppy intimately! We only have so many hours in a day. We are doing a disservice to you and your puppy if we don't limit our time visiting with clients- which is why we limit visits to 50 minutes.
3) We don't know you! This is our private home. For our safety we require an approved application, proof of ID before your visit, and have an extensive surveillance/security system on site.
We often have people request a specific color (deep, mahogany red is a popular color request). Poodle mixes almost always lighten with age. This is called fading. Some fade a little, others fade a lot. It is most apparent in mahogany red, jet black, and deep chocolate colored doodles (but expect any color to lighten in color somewhat as the puppy gets older). Most dogs will start to fade between 6 and 18 months of age, either by overall lightening of the color of the hair, or by white hairs mixing in, usually starting on the snout and back, then spreading all over giving your pup a "frosted" look. Most poodle mixes establish their adult color by 2-3 years of age.
Puppies have the most amazing coat! It is soft, and doesn't mat (tangle) easily. Unfortunately, this coat is not here to stay. Just like how humans have infant hair as an babies, doodles have different hair as puppies. As doodles age, they experience multiple coat changes between 6 weeks and 18 months of age. The most apparent will occur when they are between 6-14 months of age. At this time, their coat will transform from a very soft, easy to groom coat to a more coarse adult coat that mats easily. During the transition, when the doodle has a combination of puppy and adult coat, the coat can be very difficult to maintain. Daily brushing (all the way to the skin, please ask your groomer to show you how to appropriately maintain your dog's coat at home between grooms) and very regular grooming visits (every 4 weeks) may be required, or you can opt to have your dog receive a short haircut to keep them comfortable and reduce grooming needs to once every 6-8 weeks. Make sure to ask your groomer what is appropriate. Once you pup's coat fully transitions, it will be less difficult to maintain (though not as easy as the baby coat)! Curly coated dogs may not look very curly as puppies, but as they get older and their coat will curl more. Even straighter coated puppies will develop more texture and "wave" as their adult coat comes in.
Take Home Day!
Our puppies go home between 8-11 weeks old. When possible, we offer it as a group event for multiple families getting puppies that week. It is a blast for everyone to meet! Most of the time this is at 11AM on a Saturday when your puppy is between 8-11 weeks old (depending on when we have decided that litter is ready for their big adventure). We can also schedule individual take home dates, if preferred. It typically takes an hour or so for us to go over your puppy packet and for us to say goodbye to the babies!
We are not professional trainers and we do not offer boarding. If you are interested in a puppy but need a few weeks to prepare, please let us know and we can discuss options. We do occasionally have "started" puppies who have begun basic house/crate training here in our home.
We are located in Advance, NC (27006)
DRIVING HOME: If you are within a 4 hour drive of our home, we encourage you to drive to pick up your puppy. If your drive is between 4 and 8 hours, we encourage you to make sure to bring a helping hand! For the drive home, make sure that you have a couple towels or blankets, cleaning supplies (for the puppies that get a little car sick), a little bit of dog food (just in case), and a travel-safe container for water. If you are more than a 1 day drive away, we encourage you to look into flights to see if carry-on shipping is an option for you.
FLYING HOME:If you have a very long drive home, you may consider flying home with your puppy instead. Our nearest airport is Piedmont-Triad International Airport (GSO/PTI). We are happy to meet you at the airport free of charge (please schedule this with us before booking). When taking a puppy home via plane as "carry-on," the puppy will stay with you in the cabin the entire trip. It is your responsibility to make sure that you are following the guidelines of the airline you choose, as age/size/vet documentation requirements vary with each airline. If you need more documentation than what we provide in our typical puppy packet, you must let us know in advance so that we can arrange an appointment with our vet. Remember, puppies cannot have rabies clearance until they are 4 months of age!
PUPPY NANNY/TRANSPORT OPTIONS: Please contact us directly and we can refer you to puppy nanny/transport services. Please note, for their safety and wellbeing, we will not ship puppies under 4 months of age via cargo. *If located in New York City area, my sister lives close to LGA and is often able to flight nanny to this area*
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Filling out an application helps us help us get to know you and determine exactly what you are looking for. After you submit an application, you will receive an email response within 2 business days. If you do not hear from us, please reach out to confirm that we received your application. We work hard to respond to everyone, so if we don't reach out within 5 business days, we may not have received your application.