Frequently Asked Questions
Please find a guide to our most frequently asked questions below. If there is any question that you would like to discuss further, or you have a question that can’t be found here, please do not hesitate to contact us as we will be happy to discuss any questions you may have.
What is the waitlist process?
As litters are often allocated prior to being born, it is preferential that you join our waitlist in order to secure a place.
Upon establishing your requirements and ensuring our ability to fill them within 18 months (often sooner, but this accomodates for those ‘best laid plans’ that go awry), we require a $100 non-refundable deposit to be paid. If we do not feel that we can accomodate to your requests within that time-frame, we will let you know immediately and refund your waitlist fee.
Upon confirmation of pregnancy, we send a preliminary email to inform you of the pending excitement. Following the birth – 5 short weeks after ultrasound – we update you with photos, as well as information such as genders, colours, and coat types. We then update you every fortnight with further photos, sometimes more frequently, until you are able to meet the pups at 6 weeks of age. Throughout that process, we regularly discuss temperament, growth, and other attributes.
When can I visit my pup? Why do I need to wait until 6 weeks?
Within days of the birth of the pups, photos are sent to prospective families so that they can be a part of the journey from the outset. These photos are updated every fortnight, sometimes more frequently. Following vaccination at 6 weeks of age, we then open our home to visitation by our allocated families. For the safety of the pups, we do not allow this prior to vaccination.
In addition to the safety factor for the pups, the issue is also one of security. We have had security scares over the years, and the safety of both our pups and family is paramount. While we understand that it does require trust to conduct the earlier weeks of the relationship without meeting in person, please understand that enstrusting the meeting and safety of our beloved pups, as well as opening our family home, also requires trust on our part.
How should I prepare my home?
In general, all you will need in the early days are bowls for food and water, food, and a comfy bed – be it a pet bed, or your bed! A pile of blankets/towels will do, as long as it is nice and warm and comfy. Being so young, and not fully vaccinated in order to leave your house in any meaningful way, pups need are very minimal. YOU, with the simple presence of you, are a big part of want they need (or, rather, want!).
But, if you would prefer to be more prepared, we have outlined more tips here.
What should I do if I need to leave the puppy for a time?
For every single habit you expect to establish in your pup, it is best to treat it as though it is part of the daily routine and household expectation.
If it is very early days, you can use strategies of a ticking clock, hot water bottle, or radio/TV to create background noise (ensuring no choking hazards).
Place the pup in a designated area, such as laundry or bathroom. If you intend to be gone for a short while, a crate could also be utilised. If it will be an extended period, such as for work, it would be ideal to ensure outside access for the pup to undertake their “business”. If they are still very small and young, ensure your yard/their outdoor area, is secure also.
Above all – remain calm! It is a part of everyday life, and they will absolutely sense if you have strong issues with leaving them. Be casual, relaxed, and safe in the knowledge that simply being alone will not harm your beautiful addition.
How old does the pup need to be to go home?
We keep our pups until 8 weeks of age. In the past, we have kept our miniature pups until they are 10-12 weeks of age to further monitor their recovery following de-sexing, however we have not often found this necessary.
What is your Procedure of Purchase?
When a litter is born, waitlist applicants that will be allocated a pup from that litter are given their puppy offer and invoiced for a holding deposit that is later deducted from the overall price. Our puppy notes are also provided at this stage, to ensure ample time for preparation for the imminent and exciting arrival.
Following this, photos sharing the growth journey of the pup/s are provided at 1, 3, and 5 weeks of age. Visitations are offered at 6 weeks of age, following vaccination (see our other FAQs regarding this). In the event that our puppy applicant resides interstate, or cannot visit at 6 weeks for any reason, video chats are offered. Final invoicing occurs at this stage.
Finally, the long-awaited collection occurs at 8 weeks of age! In the event that it is needed, we always offer flexibility with collection dates.
Your journey with Bluefields does not need to end at collection – we always enthusiastically welcome questions, updates, or any other contact with us for many years to come.
Are they allergy friendly?
When unpacking the complexities of allergic reactions, it would be impossible to classify any substance on earth as truly allergy free. However, Labradoodles are less likely than any other breed to illicit an allergic reaction. Anecdotally, we have had many clients with dog allergies that have met with our dogs, or played with an entire litter, and have then been able to subsequently go on to secure one of our dogs and have not had any issue whatsoever. This has included reactions ranging from severe rashes, to asthma.
While the evidence for being low allergenic is largely anecdotal, we have been able to come to arrangements with concerned families as we are confident in the superiority of this breed in consideration of other breeds. In a telling sign, none of the families have ever had the need to use the arrangement, and have always contacted us with high praise of their long awaited friend! If you would like more details on this subject, please feel free to contact us.
Why do you de-sex at a young age?
There are a multitude of reasons, and each relate to our strong stance on both ethics and science.
First and foremost, we have thoroughly established the safety of this practice through extensive consultation with the leading veterinary minds of Australia. This safety is based on breed specific traits, including adult sizing (i.e. not comparable to a larger breed such as a Bull Mastiff, Saint Bernard, etc.). If you would like to truly explore the science of that, please feel free to contact us and we will provide you with further resources.
Beyond science, our consideration is an ethical one. It is important to us to not only preserve the integrity of the breed and pedigrees by monitoring bloodlines, but by default this also prevents accidental breeding or development of seasonal dependent uterine infections such as pyometra.
By continuing the legacy of regulated de-sexing, we are able to provide accurate pedigrees, which becomes incredibly important when considering the context of plausibly inheritable diseases that are unable to be tested for by any established scientific measure e.g. Epilepsy, Addison’s, Cancer, etc.
Furthermore, the safety of each and every dam and sire is paramount to us. By ensuring that breeding practices are regulated and restricted, we can rest in the knowledge that only approved breeders can continue to breed.
What carrier company do you use to ship your pups?
We have utilised JetPets, who provide a consistently reliable, affordable service that is also enjoyable for the pup. People are often concerned that the pup may be afraid of travelling, however they are introduced to the crate well before their flight and at their young age they often sleep throughout the entire trip itself!
We can obtain quotes on your behalf, which we will pass on to you with absolutely no additional costs, or quotes can be obtained at their site.
Do you worm and vaccinate?
Whilst with us, your pup is wormed at 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks using Drontal worm syrup. This should be repeated at 10 and 12 weeks, and then monthly thereafter (although there are some brands that offer longer windows of time after 3-6 months of age). The choice of brand is something that should be personally researched, and discussed with your vet. Dogs, much like humans, are individual and whilst there have been reactions to some brands, other dogs can use the product without issue.
Your pup is vaccinated at 6 weeks of age. This should be repeated at 10-12 weeks, and again 14-16 weeks, followed by annual boosters thereafter.
Some owners choose to test using titre testing, which measures the antibodies in the blood to establish if the dog still has immunity before giving another booster. In any case, the scientific consensus holds that the pup must have received the inital vaccinations to obtain any level of immunity, and we ensure that initial safety is taken whilst in our care. Further information can be found here.
What sort of toys do you recommend?
There is such a plethora of toys available that it would be impossible to create a comprehensive list, however, it is always ideal to look for toys that are high quality and durable, and that do not have any small parts that will be easily chewed to create a choking hazard. Often, more expensive toys will last longer than very cheap toys.
Toys that also incorporate treats, such as Kong toys, are fantastic as the retrieval of that treat can keep your dog occupied for hours!
Toys should be rotated reasonably frequently to prevent boredom.
Can we meet the parents?
Due to our strong beliefs in an ethically and scientifically based model of breeding, we believe in absolute transperency. You will be welcome to visit our home, which is where the pups are raised in a highly socialised environment. At that time, you will be able to meet the mother of the pups. Often, the stud has returned to his home but photos will be provided. On occasion, he will be available for meeting.
What do you feed your dogs?
This can be a varied response, depending on the dog in particular. Often, breeding dogs require balanced nutrition and increased nutrients, which can be hard to achieve. We like to offer our dogs a range of meats, offal, bones, fruits, and vegetables, as well as supplementing with a high quality dry food. It is important to remember to offer your dog the best that you can, within your budget. More information on feeding can be found here.
Are male or female pups better?
This is purely a personal choice, as both genders have positive attributes. Because we de-sex at an early age, undesirable behaviours traits are not present (humping, marking, going into heat). Both male and female pups are affectionate, loyal, gentle, intelligent and incredibly attuned to their human.
Do you health test your breeding dogs?
Yes, thoroughly. We feel very strongly about health testing each breeding dog, rather than relying on “clear by parentage”, as this can be difficult to keep track of (and prove) through the generations.
Instead, we ensure every single breeding dog is hip and elbow tested, as well as DNA tested with a full breed genetic profile. In this way, we can ensure that we continue to better the breed overall, and to provide the best examples of the Labradoodle possible for you.
Is there somewhere that you recommend to purchase pet products/food?
In general, we prefer to support local business but sometimes this is not possible. The place that we have found to hold the widest range of products as well as food is Pet Circle.
How often do you groom? Which brushes?
Information on grooming can be found here, but for more tips:
With all of the information claiming to cater for a dood coat, or detangling, it is important to remember the basics:
- Dood coats are self-cleaning and low odour – oftentimes, with a good dry off (or bath if they have got into something yucky!), they will return to their regular state.
- Always part the hair, and brush down to the skin. Surface brushing will eventually result in matts, which can sneak up on you!
- Products that on brush the surface – like glove products – are fine, if you regularly ensure you are brushing to the skin.
- Your dog may require a professional groom from time to time (2-3 times yearly).
- Brushing thoroughly each fortnight will hold you in good stead!