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Why Mama Bates Doodles?

Our focus is on breeding family dogs. That is, dogs you can trust with children and others, are smart and easy to train, and look and feel great. The blend of the Golden Retriever and Poodle into Goldendoodles or the Labrador Retriever and Poodle into Labradoodles meets these goals. As you peruse the website, you should be able to see the accomplishment of these goals in the photos.
The Mama Bates Doodles Promise: Our females get genetic testing for both colors and diseases and only breed to stud dogs who have had their genetics tested to ensure healthy puppies. Every puppy receives a wellness veterinarian exam, has had their dew claws removed, their first shots and get de-wormed before they leave for their new homes. We also guarantee the puppy until 2-years of age against all life-threatening congenital or hereditary defects.

How long have you been breeding?

Mick bred field trial yellow and black labs a number of years ago. As guardians for two great Goldendoodles from Redletter Doodles (https://www.redletterdoodles.com/) in Washington State, we thought it a great idea to extend the brand to Indiana by breeding Gidget, Luna and Artemis here in Indiana. Gidget has had two litters to date with her final litter slated for Fall 2020. Luna’s first will arrive in Fall 2020 and Artemis, Labradoodle, should have her first litter late this year. So, in association with Redletter, we launched Mama Bates Doodles in summer of 2020.

How does Mama Bates Doodles engage in the first 8 weeks of the puppies’ lives?

We are present for every delivery regardless of time of day. The birthing mother is in charge, but there are times when we step in to help. As soon as the cord is cut, each puppy is weighed and given a collar and temporary name (usually around a theme such as superheroes or Shakespeare characters or something else we find creative). This helps us keep track of each puppy's development. Every puppy is weighed daily to make sure they are getting adequate nutrition. Dew claws are taken off between Day 3 and 5. From this point on, puppies are gradually assimilated to the home environment so they will learn how to properly react to different stimuli as well as scary things and noises. At four weeks or so, they will be moving from their indoor kennel through a doggy door to an outside run where they will learn to do their business. When they are around 5 weeks old, they will start sleeping in their crates at night and continuing to learn that they should hold their bodily waste and go outside to potty.


The Goldendoodle breed.

The Goldendoodle is a hybrid that has had a surge in popularity in the last ten years or so. First bred systematically in the 1990s, it is a cross between pedigree Golden Retriever and Poodle parents. Because the Poodle comes in three clearly defined sizes, Toy, Miniature, and Standard, the Goldendoodle, similarly, can range from a small to large dog. It is almost invariably gregarious, cheerful, and good-natured. It is an ideal choice for anyone that has other pets, or that is looking for a dog that the kids can hang out without fear of retaliation. Most are reasonably energetic and making them great family pets always ready for a walk, playing, or a trip to a dog park.

This breed was created for companionship, though it has been used with great success as a therapy, assistance, and sniffer dog. It needs almost constant contact with its people and should never be forced to live outside or to spend long periods alone. Because of their sociable and outgoing nature, they do not make good guard dogs. The intelligence inherited from both parent breeds makes this a straightforward dog to train, and the Goldendoodle is also adapt at competitive activities. Most Goldendoodles are strong swimmers, something that they enjoy and could become part of their up exercise. The Goldendoodle’s coat is variable, depending on the parent from which it inherits this characteristic and does require regular grooming and brushing at least weekly.

As for any other pedigree or hybrid dog, it pays to do your research before selecting a pup, as the Goldendoodle’s popularity has attracted unscrupulous breeders more interested in producing as many puppies as possible than in maintaining or improving their lines. Only purchase your Goldendoodle from a breeder who always has the genetic testing on both the mother and the father. On average, a Goldendoodle can be expected to have a lifespan of 12–14 years, though some individuals will reach 15 years or more.

Goldendoodles are very teachable, intelligent, and eager to please. Basic obedience training should begin as early as possible, as pups or even eight weeks of age are capable of learning simple commands. They are very sensitive to their owner’s emotions, so they should always be coached in a positive and encouraging atmosphere. Goldendoodles often do not respond well to criticism or raised voices.

Crate training is generally beneficial in helping to housetrain a dog. Introducing a puppy to a spacious indoor cage in which to sleep provides a comforting refuge, and somewhere the pup will want to keep clean and dry at night. Additionally, we’ve had great success with hanging a small bell on an outside door and teaching our puppies how to ring the bell with their nose to let the us know when they need to go outside to potty.

What is the difference between F1, F1b and Multigen?

F1 refers to the cross between two purebred dogs- A Labrador Retriever crossed to a Poodle or a Golden Retriever crossed to a Poodle. This generation cross gives a 50/50 mix, genetically they will have a combination of attributes between the two parents. Coats in F1s can vary in terms of the percentage of hair shedding. Some will be completely non-shedding and others will have a percentage of hair that still sheds. There can be variation within this generation in terms of coat, but most will be a loose wavy coat through to a curly wave. The reason someone would choose this generation is that they have a more even combination of the genetics and personality of the parent breeds.

F1b’s are an F1 Goldendoodle crossed to a Poodle- with 75% poodle, their coats are usually low to non-shedding. Typically, litters will show a mix of coats between curly and a looser wavy coat. They are more suited to a family that may have mild allergies or that feel strongly about shedding in their dog. Their build will usually be a little less blocky and their colors can vary more than the F1’s.

F2 or Multi-Generational refer to two Labradoodle or Goldendoodle parents that are bred together to achieve a multi-generational cross. The attributes can vary, but the idea behind multi-gen breeding is to reach a consistent pairing between desirable attributes from both parents. All purebred dogs today come from many generations of breeding multi-gen crosses to achieve a consistent breed standard. There can be variation in the mix of genes that each multi-gen puppy gets, but with many generations, a predictable set of traits and looks will emerge.


When can my puppy come home with me?

Puppies are released to go their new homes when they are 8 weeks old and not before. We usually set the go home date as the date they turn 8 weeks old. For your convenience, we will care for your puppy until they are 9 weeks old, but after that we will charge a $50.00/day fee. You must have your puppy picked up by the time it is 10 weeks old.

How will I get my puppy?

In most circumstances, new owners come to Mama Bates Doodles to pick up their puppy. Delivery can be arranged at additional cost.

What is included with my new puppy?

Each puppy will come with age appropriate vaccinations and de-wormings. The crate training, housebreaking and collar familiarity processes will already be started. Your puppy will go home with their puppy collar, small crate, toy, a baby blanket and a quart ziplock bag of food.

Will the puppy have vaccinations and deworming prior to coming home?

The puppies are typically de-wormed 3 times before they go home (at 3, 5, 7 weeks) and have their vet health checkup and first set of vaccinations at 6-7 weeks. The next set of shots will be due around 3 weeks from then. That usually falls at around 9-10 weeks. Your puppy will likely come home at 8 weeks, so the first set will be due 1-2 weeks after the puppy comes home. It is important to keep your puppy on schedule for their puppy vaccinations. Your vet can discuss the best plan at your first vet appointment when the puppy goes home. Per the Health Warranty and Purchase Agreement, a vet visit within five business days of the puppy coming home is required. This is a great way to get your pup off to a healthy start.

When will I be able to choose my puppy?

Mama Bates reserves the right to first pick of every litter to keep back 1 or 2 breeding quality puppies to further their program. We will make our final choice at about 7 weeks of age. Customer selections are made in accordance with the reservation list on Puppy Draft Day.