Adding a new pet to your family is an exciting time. These are several of the frequently asked questions of our clients. If you have additional questions, please use the contact link and we will get right back to you.

What is an Australian Labradoodle?

The Australian Labradoodle breed dates back to the 1980s and was initiated with the intent to create a breed that had the temperament of a service dog and was allergy and asthma friendly. Currently, the Australian Labradoodle is considered to be a cross between the Poodle, Cocker Spaniel, and Labrador Retriever, while the Labradoodle is a cross between the Labrador Retriever and Poodle. 

What is the difference between an Australian Labradoodle and other Labradoodles?

In the 1980s, Wally Conran, a breeding manager for Australian Guide Dog Services, set out to breed a guide dog with the helpful nature of a Labrador that also had the low-shedding hair of a Poodle. Over time, Cocker Spaniel and Irish Water Spaniel were added to the line to improve the coat and temperament of the Australian Labradoodle.

Australian Labradoodles are now a multi-generational breed going back many years with strict breeding practices regulated by governing organizations like the Australian Labradoodle Association of America to ensure a consistent, predictable pet with the kind, gentle, intelligent nature of a therapy-quality dog.

In contrast, a Labradoodle has one Labrador parent and one Poodle parent, or a Labrador/Poodle hybrid parent. Labradoodles can be early generation crosses, like F1 (first generation cross of pure Labrador and pure Poodle parents), F2 (second generation), F1b (Cross of a pure parent with a hybrid parent), and so on. The concern with early generation crosses is that the resulting coats, sizes, and temperaments can be unpredictable.

How do you care for your breeding dogs?

Per the Australian Labradoodle Association of America member requirements, all breeding dogs are tested for a variety of health issues including genetic testing, hips, and eyes to ensure high-quality pets. Our breeding dogs are all beloved pets and members of the family, either in our homes or their guardian homes, and spend time socializing with children, other dogs, and the elderly. They all receive plenty of regular exercise, individual attention, and lots of love.

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How do I purchase a puppy?

Please visit our Adoption page and complete the form to request an application. Once we have received your completed application, we will contact you regarding your status and discuss upcoming litters and availability. We require a $500 non-refundable deposit that will be applied to the total purchase price of $3,500 plus 6.35% CT Sales Tax to secure your place on a litter list.

How are puppies selected?

The choosing of your puppy is a collaborative decision based on your application as well as your family dynamics. After your application is received and approved, your deposit has been paid, and you are notified and you confirm that you would like to purchase a puppy from a specific litter, we will let you know the date of the puppy visiting day for your litter. Visiting days are approximately 6 weeks after delivery of the puppies. You and your family are welcome to meet the puppies and their mother for a 45-minute visit. We will discuss your family’s needs and dynamics and work to match you with the puppy that will be a wonderful fit for your family. The temperament of the puppies is the primary consideration, as well as your family’s place in line on that litter. After all families have had a chance to visit, you will be notified which puppy will become yours.

Do you offer a health warranty for your puppies?

Yes, all puppies have a two-year health warranty free of genetic diseases. In addition, we require that you purchase one bag of the Life’s Abundance puppy food we feed our dogs when you go home. Dogs’ digestion is very sensitive and switching foods abruptly can cause dramatic intestinal distress. Ensuring that your puppy will either remain on the high-quality, nutritious food they have eaten since they began to wean or transition slowly to another high-quality, healthy food is incredibly important to the healthy development of your dog.

How do you prepare the dog to go home with his or her new family?

We provide the puppies with neural stimulation to prepare them for a smooth transition to your home. These include a variety of common household noises (vacuum cleaner, dishwasher, blender, music, etc.) and activities (outside play, regular rest times, early potty training, imprinting a soothing bedtime routine) and plenty of loving touch and cuddles.

In addition, your puppy will be microchipped, receive their first puppy distemper vaccination, and will receive preventative deworming medication. You will receive the pedigree of your puppy, proof of veterinary care, and a gift bag. Nutmeg Labradoodle by the Sea dog owners receive educational support for the lifetime of the dog.

When will my puppy be spayed or neutered?

In consultation with our veterinarian of current best practices, we do not recommend pediatric (before 16 weeks of age) spay and neuter services for our puppies. Instead, we require our families to spay or neuter their puppies before 12 months of age and send us proof of the procedure by your veterinarian.

What do I need to bring my dog home?

Before you bring your dog home, you will need to have the appropriate supplies and plans in place. Please view our Puppy Essential Equipment page here. Your dog will need food and water bowls, dog food, a crate, and a brush, among other things. You will also need to have made your first appointment with a veterinarian to continue your puppy’s immunization schedule. You will also have made a plan to train your dog, either in a group setting like puppy classes or with a private trainer.

How do I care for my dog’s beautiful, non-shedding coat?

The coat and nails of an Australian Labradoodle require consistent maintenance and grooming for them to look and feel their best. While these grooming requirements might seem daunting, the more understanding of what the Australian Labradoodle needs, the better you’ll be able to care for them. The Australian Labradoodle Association of America has made a very helpful video guide found on their grooming page here. 

Plan on regularly brushing and bathing your dog as well as trips to a professional dog groomer. Find a groomer with experience with Australian Labradoodles, who will know how to pluck ear hair and trim facial hair with skill. For those locally, we highly recommend Mark at The Bark Club in Norwalk, CT.

How much exercise will my dog need?

Dogs need exercise for their physical health and mental well-being. Each dog has different exercise needs, but Labradoodles generally need an hour of physical activity every day. Good options include running, playing a good game of fetch, taking a long walk, or jogging or biking with your dog.

Exercise is paramount for your dog’s health, and is good for the human-dog bond too. If your dog has any pre-existing health issues, discuss your dog’s exercise regimen with your vet. Talk to the vet about what type of physical activity is appropriate at your dog’s age and joint condition. Some exercises can actually harm developing joints.

When exercising your dog, remember:

  • If your dog is still growing, do not take him or her for long jogs, and definitely do not take him or her with you for a run. Developing joints can be harmed by repetitive motion on hard surfaces.
  • Avoid exercising in extreme heat. If you plan to take water along for you, remember that your dog will need water, too. If your dog seems tired, discontinue what you are doing and allow him or her to rest.

If you are unable to commit to exercising your dog daily, please consider another breed that does not require as much activity.

What food do you recommend I feed my puppy?

We feed our dogs Life’s Abundance pet food. We choose Life’s Abundance because it is high-quality, small-batch pet food that keeps our dogs healthy. Life’s Abundance is made of high-quality animal proteins, whole grains, and vegetables and does not contain unidentified fat or protein sources, byproducts, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, or added sweeteners.

We have been feeding Life’s Abundance to our dogs and puppies for over five years with zero issues or recalls. We require each family purchasing a puppy to buy at least one bag of Life’s Abundance pet food to ensure a smooth transition home. Life’s Abundance ships directly to your home from a local warehouse in Wallingford, CT.

Changing pet foods should be done extremely slowly and gradually over a long period of time to prevent intestinal distress in your puppy. Should you choose to change foods, it is critical to ensure that the food you choose meets the description above: made of high-quality animal proteins, whole grains, and vegetables and does not contain unidentified fat or protein sources, byproducts, artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, or added sweeteners.

These same guidelines hold true for the treats you give your dog! Buy healthy ones, avoiding preservatives, fillers, or byproducts. Our dogs just love the Turkey Berry Cheweys and XXX from Life’s Abundance. Other items you can use from your pantry include small bites of carrots, peanut butter, or hard-boiled egg.