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Frequently Asked Questions

What type of health testing does Red Desert Doodles do on their dogs?


All of our breeding dogs are fully health tested. We perform genetic health testing through Paw Print Genetics to reduce the incidence of inherited diseases. We also have their hips and elbows x-rayed and certified through the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA). In addition, we have veterinary opthalmologists perform OFA eye certification examinations to screen for inherited eye disease. The eye exams results are also submitted to and certified by OFA. All of the health testing results for our breeding dogs are available upon request.




How much does a Red Desert Doodles Australian Labradoodle puppy cost?


Our puppy adoption fee is $3,200* (plus Utah State sales tax of $216.00 for Utah residents) for puppies that are picked up at our home and $3,450 for puppies that are delivered to the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. All of our puppies are sold on a spay/neuter contract. There is a $500 non-refundable reservation fee that is required after your application has been approved. You will be placed on our reservation list in the order that we receive your deposit. The balance of the adoption fee is due by the time the puppies are 7 weeks old. Reservation lists fill up fast and are normally booked 6 to 8 months in advance. Red Desert Doodles reserves the right to retain any puppy for future breeding purposes. * There is a 6.75% sales tax ($216.00) for Utah State residents




Do Australian Labradoodles make good family pets?


Absolutely! Australian Labradoodles make exceptional family pets! They are loyal, friendly, eager to please, even-tempered, gentle and kind. They are also very intelligent and easy to train. This combination of traits makes them outstanding service and therapy dogs, as well as terrific family companions. Not to mention, they are allergy friendly and low to no shedding.




What is an Australian Labradoodle?


The labradoodle became known in 1988, when Australian breeder Wally Conron crossed the Labrador Retriever and Standard Poodle at the Royal Guide Dogs Associations of Australia in Victoria. Conron's aim was to combine the low-shedding coat of the poodle with the gentleness and trainability of a Labrador retriever, and to provide a guide dog suitable for people with allergies to fur and dander. The Australian Labradoodle founders Beverly Manors of Rutland Manor and Angela Cunningham of Tegan Park of Australia sought to improve the breed that Wally had started. They developed research centers and have worked diligently for over 20 years to establish and develop the Australian Labradoodle breed as we know it today. They began by carefully infusing several other breeds into early generations of their Lab/Poodle crosses, to improve temperament, coat texture to eliminate shedding, conformation, size, and health of the breed in order to reduce the known genetic diseases commonly found in the Labrador Retriever and the Poodle. Among the infused breeds are: Irish Water Spaniel, American and English Cocker Spaniel, Cockapoo and the Curly Coated Retreiver.




How big will my Australian Labradoodle get when full grown?


Australian Labradoodles come in three different sizes that can range between 14 and 24 inches tall and 15 to 65 lbs in weight. Below are more details on the Miniature, Medium and Standard size Australian Labradoodle: Miniature range:
Height: 14 to 16 inches
Weight: 15 to 25lbs Medium range:
Height: 17 to 20 inches
Weight: 30 to 45 lbs Standard range:
Height: 21 to 24 inches
Weight: 50 to 65lbs




What colors do Australian Labradoodles come in?


Australian Labradoodles come in a variety of coat colors and patterns. However, the variations in coat color usually fall into four basic color categories: black, chocolate, caramel (yellow with chocolate pigment) and apricot/cream/red (yellow with black pigment). For a detailed description and illustration of the various coat colors and patterns, click here to go the Worldwide Australian Labradoodle Association's website.




Can you ship my puppy?


We prefer not to ship our puppies, but offer several options to get your new family member safely to it's new home: 1. You can pick your puppy up in person at our home in Hurricane, Utah on the scheduled puppy pick-up day. 2. We can meet you at the local airport in St. George, Utah (SGU) or in Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS) and you can take your new family member home with you in a soft-sided carry-on bag in the airplane cabin. There is a $250 delivery charge for the Las Vegas airport. 3. We can have our "flight nanny" deliver the puppy to your nearest airport. The cost for this delivery service is $650 plus the cost of airfare.




What do I get with my new puppy?


Your new puppy will come with the following:

  1. Two year health guarantee
  2. Microchip with paid lifetime registration
  3. First set of vaccinations, deworming, and health check by our veterinarian
  4. Worldwide Australian Labradoodle Association (WALA) registration
  5. A blanket with scent from mom and littermates
  6. Collar & leash
  7. Other puppy packet goodies, including poop bags, collapsible bowl, toy, etc.
  8. Recommended training program through Baxter & Bella online puppy school




Can I breed my Red Desert Doodles puppy when it matures?


All of our puppies are sold on a strict spay/neuter contract. The buyer understands that this puppy is being sold as a pet and under no circumstances will it be used for breeding purposes. The puppy is required to to be spayed or neutered by no later than 12 months of age. The buyer agrees to provide the breeder (seller) with proof of the spay/neuter within 10 days of surgery.