What is a North American Retriever?
Double Doodles, or more formally The North American Retriever are an American hybrid. They are a cross between the top two retrieving doodles: Goldendoodles & Labradoodles.
Double Doodles are the newest creation in the designer dog world.
Why Double Doodles?
We got into breeding double doodles for health reasons. For one, Golden Retrievers are prone to cancer, Labradors are not. And secondly the Goldendoodle gene pool has some challenges.
Our beloved Lola is a Goldendoodle - and we love her. But we found that trying to pair her with healthy studs was pretty difficult. For whatever reason, the gene pool we currently have to choose from is very heavily polluted with common genetic disorders. Carriers of these disorders can still be bred, but they must be bred to dogs who are not carriers to ensure healthy puppies. Unfortunately, nearly all of them seem to carry for the same issues - making breeding for health and genetic diversity a challenge.
In our search for a stud, we stumbled across Clifford. Clifford (pictured right) is a Mini Labradoodle. He is COMPLETELY clear from every genetic disease/disorder on the premium DNA panels we use. We tested him for over 211 genetic disorders - he carried for none of them. This isn't common among Labradoodles or Goldendoodles, as they both come from poodles - the source of the most common disorders. We knew we would have to tweak our program, but we felt that this little boy would be a contribution to the gene pool that could not be passed up.
What's the difference between a Goldendoodle, Labradoodle, Poodle, and Double Doodle?
Labradoodles and Goldendoodles are very, very, similar dogs. You can read about the Generations from the Mini Goldendoodle tab on our drop down list above, but generally speaking they are predominantly poodle. They both possess a lot of intellect thanks to their poodle ancestors, and they can be pretty spunky at times.
Their energy levels are the same. Labradoodles and Goldendoodles alike need sufficient exercise. As adults, a good walk is not less than 30 minutes long, and they can easily go for 1 hour. 15 - 30 minutes of vigorous activity will tire them out. Puppies should not be vigorously exercised, and play time should be broken into smaller increments throughout the day.
Labradoodles - although they are gregarious - are somewhat less so than Goldendoodles. Goldendoodles are everyone's best friend, Labradoodles are your best friend. Labradoodles take to new people quickly, but not as immediately as the Goldendoodle might. Labradoodles are also more energetic than Goldendoodles. It's a notable but slight difference.
Goldendoodles and Labradoodles both come in a variety of colors and coat textures. Poodles come in a variety of colors, but will always be curly (except as puppies).
Goldendoodles generally have a slightly longer torso, where as the Labradoodle tends to be more square.
"Mini" in Goldendoodles does not mean the same thing as "Mini" in Labradoodles.
A "Petite Goldendoodle" is the same size as a "Mini Labradoodle" or a "Mini Double Doodle", approximately 16 - 25 lbs.
Petite Goldendoodle: 16- 25 lbs
Mini Labradoodle/Double Doodle: 16 - 25 lbs.
A "Mini Goldendoodle" is slightly smaller than the "Medium Labradoodle" or a "Medium Double Doodle".
Mini Goldendoodle: approximately 26 - 35 lbs.
Medium Goldendoodle: 35 - 50 lbs.
Medium Labradoodle/Double Doodle: up to 45 lbs.
As you can see, there is a lot more wiggle room in the Labradoodle and Double Doodles "Medium" sized dogs. Breaking the Goldendoodles into Toy, Petite, Mini, Medium and Standard gives a more definite size range to buyers.
Poodles are much more fine boned, having a more delicate build when compared to doodles who are more robust and sturdy. I would not recommend our poodles to families with children younger than middle school, or families with children that like to rough-house. Poodles are gentler during play than labradoodles, Goldendoodles or Double Doodles, but they are incredible sporty and agile, and generally still more intelligent than the doodles that come from them. Poodles are non-shedding, more hypo-allergenic (again for some people, there is no such thing), and have less dense coats, making them easier to groom and dry than doodles. Poodles are more mild mannered, but less gregarious than their doodle cousins. For adults, retired individuals, and those who may be interested in conformation sports - I recommend poodles.
Our Mini Double Doodles are 50% Goldendoodle and 50% Labradoodle. They are between 75% - 87.5% poodle.
Are Double Doodles Hypo-Allergenic?
Buyer beware any breeder that promises a hypo-allergenic dog. There is really no such thing - however some people will have little or no allergic reaction to certain dogs. We welcome you to come meet our dogs, handle them, and see how you react if you have allergies.
Do Double Doodles Shed?
Like our Goldendoodles, our Double Doodles are not prone to shedding. You may find a hair here and there, but you are not going to find clumps of dog hair rolling around your house like tumbleweeds. You can pick them up and put them down without being covered in dog hair. They have a very poodle-like coat, with varying degrees of curliness.
Are Double Doodles good with children?
Yes. Like Goldendoodles, Double Doodles make great family pets. They are very tolerant of children, playful, and friendly. They are not aggressive by nature. Proper socialization is necessary for all dogs. We have a large family, and the puppies will be introduced to adults and children at an early age. The socialization process starts with us, but continues in your home.
Do Double Doodles make good guard dogs?
NO! Double Doodles are not aggressive dogs. They make instant friends with everyone they meet. They may bark when they hear someone at the door, or at another dog passing by - but they don't bark excessively.
Are Double Doodles easy to train?
Yes! They are highly intelligent and eager to please, making them excellent candidates for training. All of our puppies leave already knowing the "sit" command. We recommend training "stay", "Leave it", "down", and "off" as well.