Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get on the General Wait List?
WE ARE ONLY TAKING GUARDIANSHIP APPLICATIONS AT THE MOMENT. Please follow us on Facebook where we will announce the next Puppy Application opening, so don't miss out. This is the process when we are taking applications:
Once you have had an in depth read through our website then the next step is to fill out an application. Due to the overwhelming volume of applications our response time has been extended. We anticipate getting in touch to set up an extensive phone interview within three weeks of your application, to get to know you, learn more about your family, previous dog experience and living situation. If we determine we are a good fit for one another then you will be invited to place a $1,000 non-refundable deposit and you will be put on the General Wait List, which means you will now be waiting for your puppy. When a litter is born we will then take names from those families on our General Wait List, so you will then be securing a spot for that specific litter. Once your puppy has been picked at 7 weeks of age your remaining balance of $3,900 is due. Our price is also noted at the top of our Puppy Application.
Please ensure that you are ready for a puppy prior to placing a deposit as it is valid for 18 months. We are very pleased to work with our families if you are wanting to extend your deposit to a maximum of 24 months but this must be agreed to by both the breeder and the family, prior to the 18 month cut off. We strive to have a current wait list with active families that are excited and engaged, in order to give new families a better idea of how long it will be before they get a puppy.
How Long is the Wait List?
As of April 2021 we anticipate a 9 to 12 month wait but if things go well, it could be sooner. Our wait time for f1b's appears to be shorter but again, many factors are involved in actual wait times.
What Comes with My Puppy?
Guided support along the way with what to buy, how best to prepare, holistic resources and free books
Highly socialized, desensitized, temperament tested puppy
1st set of vaccinations
Puppy wellness exam prior to going home
Copy of your legal non-breeding contract
Puppy Pack with mama's smell/toys etc.
2 Year genetic health guarantee
After puppy goes home:
4 weeks free pet insurance
Free puppy exam and nail trim with our Vet
Do You Ship Puppies?
Yes, BUT only to those families that I feel 110% comfortable with. Because of distance we will need to have a Skype or FaceTime interview so I can see around your home and get to know you and ensure we are a good fit for one another.
Can I Cross the US Boarder to Bring My Puppy Home?
Possibly - please feel free to ask us during your phone interview. This is a service we only provide to our families and it depends on multiple factors.
Do You Allow Visitors?
If you are wanting to get to know us better, we highly suggest you check us out on Facebook - we post LOTS of pictures & videos of our current puppies, watch our YouTube videos (we have around 120 videos posted - link above on the YouTube & Facebook icon) and read through our website to help get to know us. All but two of our families have been to our home - we did FaceTime and photos to ensure all was well. We have had one family from Michigan purchase two puppies from us, and so they stayed in our home for five nights and flew home on two different trips, others have flown from Montreal, Ontario, 4 families from California, and driven from Calgary, Manitoba, Seattle, Oregon and the likes to take their bundle of love home!
We also encourage you to reach out to any families on Facebook or Intagram that post photos of their dog(s) they have gotten from us. The bonus of having a wait list is that our families know us well!! We don't ask any specific families to be a reference but know that they would be pleased to tell you about their experience of joining the Red Maple Doodles family! We take massive pride in our amazing program and how we raise our puppies in our home, including the love and care of our mamas and papas too!!
Can we Meet Your Dogs?
Our dogs live in family homes and are actually family pets, first and foremost. We have a Guardianship breeding program which means we research, buy, health test and assess the personalities of all of our dogs. Once we are confident that a dog is a good fit for our program we then interview families and have them take our dogs home as their own. After they have passed health testing and have been bred she will return to us a week before she is due to have her puppies to whelp and tend to her babies. Once the puppies are roughly seven weeks of age and fully weaned, our girl goes back home to be a beloved family pet once again.
We have allergies - can we visit your dogs?
We mostly have Golden Retriever mamas that come and go from our home, as well as Millie who lives with us full time, so we aren't a good testing ground for how someone would react. It's best to meet dogs around town and even consider dog sitting someone's Goldendoodle to see how it goes. If it's that big of a concern then you would need to consider an f1b puppy as they are 75% Poodle and best for those that have moderate to severe allergies.
Do I get to pick my puppy?
With our support and guidance, yes! I would like to think of the puppy selection process as more of a collaboration of educated minds coming together. We take the temperament test scores, along with a full page of notes on each puppy during the testing, along with what we know of them since birth and then we start our conversation. The best that we can ask is that you stay open minded, do your best not to narrow in too much on one puppy and trust that with loads of professional information and lots of conversation with you, we willl find your next BFF!
What is the difference between an F1 & an f1b?
F1's here at Red Maple Doodles are a result of a purebred Golden Retriever mom and a smaller Poodle dad. Because our stud boys are small (under 23 pounds - with the exception of Tex who is 48 pounds) we tend to get puppies that are in the 25-45 pound range but can vary depending on which mom we use and which genetics it picks up on. The coat type of our F1's is that adorable teddy bear, just got out of bed, looking fur. The coat type and personalities within an F1 litter tend to be rather consistent and typically take after the Golden Retriever.
f1b's here at Red Maple Doodles are a result of an F1 Goldendoodle mom and a different smaller Poodle dad. f1b puppies tend to be in the 15-50 pound range but can vary depending on which mom and the genetics the puppy picks up on. Some of our f1b puppies can be up to 40 pounds and as small as 15 in the exact same litter. Most of our f1b's are darker red, curly to a loose curly coat and smaller than in F1 because it has been bred down in size twice. We do have large f1b's when we use Tex as our dad.
Please see below for examples of different looks and coat types, as well as the Coat Type tab for more info.
How Long are Dogs Pregnant for?
Dogs are pregnant for an average of 63 days
I didn't know anything about "the right match" when I first met Lisa. After we got our right match puppy (Teva) I "got it". I understood why this was so critical. Our kids and family are complicated and we absolutely needed a bomb proof puppy - I get it now because I am eternally grateful for the traits Teva has (and the traits/behaviour that she doesn't have). I truly believe that she fits with our family because you got to know us and carefully selected the puppy that WE needed and the family that SHE needed. I have been up since 4:30am with one of my kids who had an asthma attack and is sick. Teva is up too, sitting beside him and helping him stay calm. At 5 months old she is not racing around the house waking everyone up, demanding her breakfast or slinking off back to sleep. She is with him offering the comfort and cuddles she is so good at.
Tammy G & Teva