||One of the reasons
people sometimes cite for wanting to visit
a breeder is that they have never met a Labradoodle.
- We highly recommend meeting some doodles
before making a decision to get one! We feel the best way to
do this is to attend a 'Doodle Romp.' This is a get-together
for doodles, doodle owners, and doodle enthusiasts. We host
them, occasionally in the Spring or Summer and so do others all
- over the country. If you
would like information about romps, or want help locating a
romp in your area, please contact us.
- If we do not have pups in home, then we welcome
visitors to come
- and meet our adults,
- and If we have remaining pups after they are
vaccinated you are also
- welcome to meet specific
- pups of interest
- Many people doing reading about choosing an
- Multigenerational Labradoodle
breeder from which to purchase
will encounter articles and websites that contend that visiting
- a breeder before making a decision is
- The implication is that breeders that do not
allow visits are lower quality,
- provide less customer service, or have
something to hide.
- Most of those opinions were arrived at decades
and have not been adjusted to the current state of canine
health. Parvo virus did not even exist until the
and became epidemic in the last 10 years. This virus is deadly
to young puppies, who are in the delicate process of being
weaned from their mother's immunity to this contagion, and
developing their own immunity to it. There is a period of time
during which they are very vulnerable, and exposure to this
virus causes vomiting, diarrhea, and ultimately death. It is
impossible to treat in young puppies and uniformly
fatal....whole litters are usually lost if one puppy contracts it.
One thing that makes protection from this virus so difficult is
that it is extremely hardy. It can live in an outdoor
environment, even among blistering or freezing temperatures,
for up to 7 months. Practically the only thing that can kill it is
bleach, and it is easily carried on clothing and shoes.
So any Labradoodle breeder that
allows visitors at any time is risking infecting their puppies.
Someone could walk through a parking lot at a mall with a pet
store the week before visiting, pick up the virus on their shoes
and then bring it into the breeder's environment. This event
could even occur months BEFORE the puppies are born, and
the puppies could still be at risk when they reach that
vulnerable age. Everyone needs to weigh the risks and
benefits, and some breeders do choose to allow visits.
Obviously it is impossible for any breeder to completely
eliminate their risk, but we do the best we can. We don't
wear shoes in our house or yard, and our dogs wear booties
when they leave our house or yard, in order to avoid, as much
as possible, bringing anything in.
We try to minimize the traffic in an out of our house by
limiting visitors to those times when pups have been immunized,
- or there are no pups in home nor pregnant girls
ready to deliver.
So, instead of indicating something to hide, or an uncaring
attitude, a breeder that limits visitation is just putting the
health and welfare of their puppies first. We hope families
considering working with us will see that as an attribute!
- Melorich is a home breeder, not a professional
- and our family clientele prefer it that way as
- know that each pup is given the attention he or
- to properly socialize. We allocate pups based
- observations, assessments, and your
application. We encourage
- you to come by and pick your pup up when he or
she is ready to leave
- however, we do not allow people to come as
though we are a pet shop
- and they come and "browse" and
pick the pup they think is the
- most suited based on their limited exposure. If
by chance we have pups
- remaining after others have been allocated then
we will send you pictures
- and other pertinent information about pups
assessment. Once your application
- and deposit are made then you can schedule to
pick up your pup.
- Please respect our philosophy and if this does
not work for you
- then you should continue your search. Every
time we have several
- large back to back litters there are those who
are either local or
- within a few hours drive that wish to disregard
our policy and can not
- understand our reluctance. We are always happy
to provide references,
- even in your area if possible and you can
arrange to meet their Melorich
- dogs if allowed. Don't ask to come and pick!
- Richard Martel