FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the answers to a few of your most common questions
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One thing that is beyond question is that Adirondack Doodles are ready to enjoy life with you!

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Why do I want a Poodle hybrid, a “Doodle”?

The Poodle breed has a unique trait of permanent hair coat (aka “non-shedding”) and that seems to be the primary reason that Doodles are so popular, in addition to the fact that they look like Teddy Bears mixed with the other Breed.  Also, Poodles are smart, hypo allergenic and very “people oriented”

Male or Female? What gender of dog do I want?

I’m sure you can read blogs on the internet that explain the intracacies of dog personality based on gender– go for it– but i will give you my opinion (this is Andy, the dad, head dog-care guy, dog-lover and website guru) even though it won’t help you much! 

I am of the opinion that the sex of your dog doesnt matter much at all in their personality. If I had to put a percentage, I’d say 10% 🙂 The biggest thing is how you train your puppy. If you take a “dog leader” approach and provide a happy, healthy, structured, and socially active life for your pup, their personality will be happy and social and affectionate almost without fail.  

In closing, some say males are more gregarious and energetic, and females are more loyal to the alpha and moody, which may be true to a small extent with un-neutered animals, but we are assuming you are buying a family dog and are planning to neuter them- so once hormones (and all the corresponding mess and moods) are cut out of the mix, you’ve got a friendly, smart breed that will respond well to good training and become- as many a customer has said-  

“the best dog we’ve ever had”

no matter what the sex!

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I would say, in addition, that you can’t “guess” their personality based on 20 minutes of observation at 5 weeks old. You can see what they are in the moment– i.e. energetic due to having gotten a little extra food at the bowl, or bossy due to that day’s energy and a slight upper hand in the latest wrestling match, or friendly due to not getting enough kibble and hoping you, the human, can provide the extra, haha, or shy, possibly due to being tired or having just gotten bit on the ear by a littermate and not over it just yet. You see what I mean? The biggest ingredient is you. Dogs reflect their leader’s values in a big way (or they come up with their own values if they are left to themselves or allowed to bully their owners!!). So sorry to put the pressure on you, but YOU determine most of your dogs personality. And it’s not that hard! Have a plan, keep your standards of behavior high for you, your kids, and your dog during the formative months, and have fun!

How do I choose my puppy’s personality?

We are able to give you some idea of the personalities of the available puppies in a given litter, but you can’t “guess” your puppy’s personality based on 20 minutes of observation at 5 weeks old. You can see what they are in the moment– i.e. energetic due to having gotten a little extra food at the bowl, or bossy due to that day’s energy and a slight upper hand in the latest wrestling match, or friendly due to not getting enough kibble and hoping you, the human, can provide the extra, haha, or shy, possibly due to being tired or having just gotten bit on the ear by a littermate and not over it just yet. You see what I mean? It depends.

So the thing we encourage prospective puppy owners to understand is this: The biggest ingredient is YOU. Dogs reflect their leader’s values in a big way (or they come up with their own values if they are left to themselves or allowed to bully their owners). So, we’re sorry to put the pressure on, but you determine most of your dogs personality. And its not that hard! Have a plan, keep your standards of behavior high for you, your kids, and your dog during the formative months, and have fun! Adirondack Doodles are ready to enjoy family living- whether that’s a relaxed pace or an active lifestyle out on the town or in the hills!

Why is the Deposit Non-refundable?

Your deposit IS refundable if you change your mind BEFORE the puppies are born and your choice of color etc, is confirmed.  
We have the task of finding good homes for all of these puppies, and since puppies grow and develop, we need to do this in a timely way once they are born, so they can be a part of a forever family from the time they’re weaned.  If we allow people to reserve a certain puppy and then back out 3 weeks later, we are way behind in finding that home.  So the extra time, effort and advertising have to be paid for and that’s where the deposit comes in.  Of course, for those who stick by their choice and adopt their Labradoodle puppy, the deposit goes toward the total cost of adopting the puppy!

Any questions beside these?

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