+ What is the Australian Labradoodles temperament like?
Labradoodles are beautiful, gentle dogs that are happy, sociable and very clever. They love to play but may vary in energy levels but will adapt easily to their environment. Their affectionate nature makes them very good around people and other animals. Labradoodles are smart, and as such like to be challenged and are easy to train. They’re also very intuitive and sensitive to their family’s emotional state. This awareness is what has also made the Australian Labradoodle an excellent companion dog for people with special needs.
+ How big do Australian Labradoodles get?
At Caralee we breed miniature, medium and standard Labradoodles.
The Australian Labradoodle Association breed standard sizes are as follows:
- Height: 35cm – 42cm
- Weight typically between 7kg & 13kg
- Height: 43cm – 52cm
- Weight typically between 13kg & 20kg
- Height: 53cm – 63cm
- Weight typically between 23kg & 30kg
Heights are measured to wither (from the toe to the shoulder).
+ What’s the difference between a fleece and a wool coat?
Australian Labradoodles typically have either a fleece coat or a wool coat.
The fleece coat (which can be wavy, or curly) is soft and textured and feels fine, like an angora wool.
The wool coat is similar to lambs wool, and is a curly coat, and being wool, can feel slightly coarser to touch.
You can read more about the different coats here
+ Should I get a girl or a boy?
Ultimately this is a personal preference, and I would encourage you to make your choice based on personality, energy level and your lifestyle rather than gender. It’s one of the reasons I like to find out about your lifestyle and activity, so I can match the perfect companion pet for you.
+ What does is cost to adopt a Caralee Puppy?
Caralee puppies are $2,900* regardless of gender, colour, coat or size.
All puppies are available to their families at 8 weeks and have had their 6 week vaccination and worming treatments at 2,4,6 & 8 weeks of age. Prior to joining their families, the puppies undergo an extensive health check with my Vet and come with a 2-year genetic health guarantee. All puppies are also microchipped, desexed and registered with the Australian Labradoodle Association.
*Price is in Australian Dollars (AUD) and inclusive of 10% GST. Price may be subject to change without notice.
+ I live interstate/overseas – can I still adopt a Caralee puppy?
Yes, a number of our Caralee puppies reside interstate and a small number overseas. I am happy to arrange transport for your pet interstate or overseas and can provide an estimate, with a final cost for any transport being invoiced to you once puppy allocation is finalsed.
+ How do I get on the waiting list?
It is simple. First, I like to know a little bit about you and the type of puppy you are looking to adopt. With this in mind, I ask that you complete a puppy adoption application. A deposit of $1,000 is required to secure a puppy from a current or future litter.
+ Why do we have to wait until 6 weeks to meet the puppies?
I undertake final puppy allocation at around 6 weeks of age, after the puppies vet checks. At 6 weeks, a puppies temperament and personality is coming out, so for those families who aren’t looking for a particular gender or colour, this is the best time for me to match a puppy with their perfect family companions.
+ When can I collect my puppy?
Puppies are ready for their forever homes from 8 weeks. You are welcome to come and collect them from me, or I can arrange transport at your cost. I can provide you with a quote for transport once you have secured a puppy.
+ What paperwork will I get with my puppy?
You’ll receive a folder with your puppy containing all of the important information pertaining to your dog including; a signed copy of your adoption agreement, the puppy’s pedigree information, vaccination and desexing certificates, Australian Animal Registry Registration Certificate (including microchip details) and importantly; lots of helpful hints and tips about settling your puppy into their new home, as well as training and grooming information.
+ Do you kennel your breeding dogs?
No. My own dogs live with me in my family home. Our Carelee breeding dogs are also brought up in loving homes by our Guardian families as cherished members of their own families. All of the litters are raised in my home and have lots of love and attention and daily cuddles. As they grow older they also have contact with my dogs and visiting guardian dogs.
+ How often will I need to groom my dog?
I recommend brushing or combing your dog a couple of times each week. Bathing can be done about every 3 weeks with a good quality shampoo. Grooming will depend on your lifestyle and how much you are prepared to do to keep you dog matt free. The longer the coat, the more brushing will be required. Some people groom (or have their dog groomed) every 6 to 8 weeks others will leave it longer. But no matter the time length between grooming appointments, you will need to brush right to the skin of your dog regularly. This not only helps to keep it matt free, it's more comfortable for the dog.
+ Should I crate train my puppy?
I think crate training is a good idea. It provides the dog with its own safe space (bedroom). If done properly, the puppy will learn to enjoy its crate, it will assist with toilet training and provide the puppy with a secure place where it can't get into trouble when you aren't able to supervise him. All Caralee puppies have both airline and metal crates in their day and night areas so are already familiar with using them for naps, safe spaces and nighttime sleeping. I highly recommend that a crate with a play pen attached is ready and waiting for the arrival of your new puppy.