Q: Are your puppies raised in your home? A: Our puppies are all born in our home so we can watch them closely- we are very active in the birth process. Depending on how many litters we have at a current time and the number of puppies in the litter/size of puppies they will stay in our house anywhere from 1-6 weeks of age. If they are moved out of the house, they are moved to our heated and cooled kennel (detached garage) 5 feet from our house. It is our utmost goal to provide our puppies and dogs a loving and caring environment keeping them not too hot & not too cold.
Q: Are your parent dogs health and genetic tested? A: Yes!! This can be a tricky question that some breeders can get you on, but with us- we want quality, healthy puppies first and will not breed dogs that are sub-par. All of our adult dogs have their full genetic panel complete for their specific breed AS WELL AS their Hips & Elbows x-rayed and certified by either OFA or Pennhip to ensure we are not breed dysplastic dogs to ensure you will get the healthiest puppy out there! Extra OFA testing such as Patellas, Eyes and Cardiac are done on the breeds that they are requested on. We take our dogs health and genetics very seriously and WILL NOT breed two dogs together that we would not want a puppy out of. Some breeders classify health testing as simply "genetic testing", we go the extra mile and do FULL & COMPLETE testing by doing genetic and OFA testing which we back with our 3 year genetic health guarantee!
Q: When can we get our puppy? A: 8 Weeks! We are not legally allowed to sell a puppy before 8 weeks of age, so please don't ask! :)
Q: How does Pick-Up/Delivery work? A: Pick-up of your puppies happens at 8 weeks of age. We allow 3 days for pickup (the day they turn 8 weeks and 2 days after) to schedule pickup or delivery. Any day your puppy stays here longer than that time frame we will charge $15/day until you pick up your puppy. We will send out an email around the time the puppies are 6 weeks of age to finalize set up for all of this. You can pick up here, we can meet you part way (see pricing on shipping page - https://www.steindoodles.com/shipping.html), or we can fly your puppy to you via our flight nanny or personally (if our time allows). If you are wanting to schedule ahead of time (before 6 weeks), feel free to reach out before. If you pick up in the state of Ohio, you will be charged 6.5% sales tax on your puppy. If you have us meet you out of state or use our flight nanny to fly the puppy to your airport out of state you will not be charged sales tax.
Q: How/When do we pick our puppy? A: Puppies are reserved at birth by GENDER & COLOR. Example: Litter consists of 2 blue merle phantom females, 2 brown tri females, 1 black tri male, 1 brown merle phantom male. If you have first pick of the litter, you can reserve first pick of either the 2 blue merle phantom females or of the two tri females (exact puppy will be selected at no later than 6 weeks of age) OR if you want a male, since there is only one of each color, the puppy you pick at birth is the puppy you will take home. If you want a puppy more based on temperament, we suggest you pick the option that gives you the most options to choose from at 6 weeks. If you have a lower pick on the list, you will choose 2nd, 3rd, etc. pick of the color/gender that is available. If you are set on a puppy at birth and you know for sure that's the one you want, you can select it then (if you have first pick of multiple puppies).
Q: Do your puppies come with a health guarantee? A: YES. Read our 3 year health guarantee here - https://www.steindoodles.com/health-guarantee.html
Q: What do you feed your puppies? A: Here is some in depth information on what we feed & why we feed it! We highly recommend keeping them on this food to give them the healthiest life possible! https://www.steindoodles.com/what-does-my-puppy-eat.html
Q: What supplies do you recommend? A: Here is some information on that - https://www.steindoodles.com/supplies.html
Q: Do doodles need groomed? A: YES!! Depending on the coat type and how you like your dog to look makes grooming and maintenance requirements different. If your dog has a thick, curly coat, you will need to brush regularly (best to do everyday). They like to matt behind the front legs and ears (high friction areas). Doodles/Poodles should be taken to the groomer at a minimum of EVERY 8 WEEKS! If you give your puppy a short clip the maintenance is very simple and they don't require daily brushing but if you like the longer look, daily brushing should be a habit. Some doodles have straighter coats and can get by with less brushing (weekly). If you do not brush out your dog to the roots of their hair, they can still tangle and then you may come home from the groomer with a completely shaved dog due to the mats in their coat that were so low to the skin.
Q: Do doodles shed & are they hypo-allergenic? A: Shedding varies between doodles (even littermates). The more poodle you have in your doodle, the less shedding (usually). An F1 will shed more than an F1b generally and an F1b will shed more than an F1bb. You will not find piles of furr in your house like you would if you had a pure Aussie or Bernese, but you may find hair on your clothes or furniture. The more you keep them groomed up, the less hair you will find. It also depends on the dog, some shed very minimal and others lose more, but its never excessive. We never guarantee our dogs as hypo-allergenic due to the variety of reason people react to dogs. If you are looking for a hypo-allergenic dog we suggest you look into a poodle or a very late generation (f1bb) doodle. Most times people are ok with doodles, but we will not guarantee it.
Q: What if we can't care for our doodle? A: We have it in our health contract, if at any point you cannot care for your dog. You MUST contact us and we will take it back or at the very least help you find it a new home. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE let us know before rehoming your dog!
Q: What vet care, etc. do puppies come with? A: Puppies are dewormed at 2, 4, 6 and 8 weeks of age and receive their first puppy shot at 6-7 weeks of age. Puppies are also micro-chipped before leaving here to their forever home. Puppies are vet checked at 6-7 weeks of age and if any issues arise we will work it out at that time. We generally don't do discounts on minor hernias (especially on females) as this can be fixed easily at the time of spay or on minor underbites. However, we do like to inform our buyers of any issues that the vet finds and we will discount accordingly to the severity of the issue (if any).