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Hello fellow animal lovers! My husband and I have been in love with animals our whole lives and have always had a remarkable bond with all animals, but especially towards dogs. We truly believe that all forms of life deserve the same love and respect that any human being deserves that is why we are long time animal advocates and that's what lead us to wanting to become breeders in the first place. Our desire came not only from a passion for dogs but a calling to "do it right". After seeing so many BAD breeders, breeding only for the money and not the welfare for the dog or breed. I was devastated to learn about the large dog breeding operations, also called puppy mills that have become so popular online and are ruining the health and spirit of dog breeds. Unfortunately when there is any money to be made, there are people out there that will take advantage and abuse the situation, when it comes to a living animal, we must all take the responsibility to not support these kinds of "breeders", because if you do, you are actually supporting animal cruelty and a life of suffering.
We saw the need for responsible, caring, and dedicated breeders. Our program is based on honesty. We state the ages of our breeding dogs, our breeding females have only 3 litters usually, occasionally 4 litters and are usually spayed prior to their 4 year birthday. We have guardian homes for most of our breeding dogs, because we refuse to kennel this precious and incredibly intuitive breed. We know that all animals have emotions, feelings and possess great memories. We provide an excellent quality of life for all of our dogs and are very proud to say so.
Our decision to start our breeding program came very natural to me as I am proud to say that I am very maternal, nurturing, and compassionate. I remember when I was growing up, my favorite place to go as a child was always the Pet Store, just being around animals makes me happy and I had my own little farm growing up of all kinds of domesticated animals).
Before my husband and I made the lifelong commitment to become breeders, We studied the real science of dog breeding. The huge genetic diversity of dog breeds and the process of selecting certain traits to achieve certain attributes fascinated us, especially the Australian Labradoodle, one of the primary reasons why the breed is so healthy is because new infusions of the foundation breeds (Labrador, Poddle, and Cocker Spaniel) are carefully selected and infused back into certain lines to ensure that genetic diversity. In 2007 we decided to harness our fascinations into action and began searching for our first breeding dogs, we chose the Australian Labradoodle because they are the perfect medium size dog that does not shed, and allergy-friendly, (since my husband has asthma and mild allergies to pet dander). We also really loved the calm, loving temperament, and that was easy to train. In our search, we were blown away by all the positive things we heard about the Australian Labradoodle, a true service breed. Frankly it sounded too good to be true.
We began absorbing everything we could about the history, health, temperament, breed standards, body conformation and anything else we could find out. After a whole lot of research we found our first Australian Labradoodle, Carmella and she gave us our precious Sophie & Delilah and well... the rest is history! Over the years of breeding we have honed in on creating a consistent temperament and certain qualities that are admired in the breed, such as coat quality, deep coloring, and blocky build. Our Australian Labradoodles are our greatest companions and we would not feel complete without them. We breed each litter with the purpose of improving this amazing breed and to carry on all the wonderful attributes that it is so famous for.
We began our breeding program while I was in college studying nursing. After graduating with my baccalaureate in nursing, I worked as a registered nurse for a little over 5 years, mainly in long-term care and administrative work. I now am a stay-at-home mom and Wellness Referral Coach (See the bottom of our Resource page for more info) Nelson worked for over 20 years in managing an auto repair business. We both love being home full time where we devote our time to our young daughter and dog breeding program. And since we began our human family, Nelson has taken over most of the communications via email & phone. And our daughter, Sage has inherited our love of animals so much so that she insists on helping out with daily socializing of our puppies and throwing the ball for all her fur friends :)
We live in sunny Northern California in Calaveras county on 5 acres of beautiful country living in Valley Springs (AKA Gold Country). We have a little farm out here with chickens, goats and a small fruit orchard. Labradoodle Story Tails is a family run business but would not be possible without the loving support of our guardian homes which have truly become an extension of our family.
We also work closely with our vet in Lockeford, CA of whom we have used for well over a decade providing wonderful care to our dogs and puppies.
Our program is a 24/7 full time commitment to us, we sacrifice a lot as breeders, but we feel that the trade off is equally as great, if not greater. We feel so blessed to have such wonderful dogs in our lives. We truly believe that the Australian Labradoodle is the worlds most perfect breed and that is why we feel so strongly about our breeding program. We are proud to say that we do not pay for any advertising, as about 90% of our puppy buyers are referral based. When we see the joy that our puppies bring to families, we know that we are doing the work we were meant to do, we truly feel that we are helping to make the world a more loving place, one puppy at a time.
We have selectively chosen breeding dogs for our program that possess the most desirable qualities out the this terrific breed.
Health: All of our breeding dogs are pre-health screened, tested and certified in bone and eye health. All of our dogs have OFA, PRA and CERF certifications/clearances. Our stud boys and some other selected dogs are tested for 11 different types of recessive genetic diseases (Cystinuria, Centronuclear Myopathy, Exercise Induced Collapse, Myotubular Myopathy 1, Neonatal Encephalopathy with seizures, Degenerative Myelopathy, Familial Nephropathy, Glycogen Storage Disease VII, Progressive Retinal Atrophy-PRCD, Von Willebrand's Disease Type 1, and Narcolepsy). A Recessive disease means that both parents would have to be carries of a disease for a puppy to become affected with the disease. That is why it is so important to know the recessive traits of at least one of the parents of a litter. We will continue to add more testing if any diseases become a problem in the breed. Our dogs come from many generations of closely monitored breeding stock which has effectively eliminated common health issues and genetic diseases in our breeding lines.
Conformation: We are breeding toward more Labrador qualities such as strong boning, broad chest, square head with a shorter square muzzle (not long and pointed like a poodle).
Coat: A non-shedding/non-odor/allergy friendly coat while breeding away from the densely thick and frizzy poodle type coats to achieve a more manageable silky fleece coat. We are breeding toward a more rich and darker color in our red Australian Labradoodles. We are breeding away from dull and fading colors (dilution gene).
Temperament: a calm disposition, respectful, and easy to train. Our breeding lines have a rich history of therapy dogs. This trait is much sought after and is completely instinctive in the breed
We have dedicated ourselves to this breed and promise only to produce the absolute best. We feel honored to be apart of raising incredible dogs that bring infinite joy to future families all over the United States.
Our puppies begin their socialization training once they open their eyes. They are exposed to different sounds to build their confidence and played with daily to strengthen the human-canine bond. We work very hard to make sure our puppies are confident while facing their new world.
Our Labradoodle puppies get a head start in life because we limit the toxins in our home and property by living a natural, organic lifestyle everything from using nontoxic cleaning products and shampoos to the fact that we do not spray pesticides, weed killers, or fertilizers on our property and we have requirements that our guardian homes greatly limit any of these as well. Our dogs are not on any medications, we only use Wondercide for all-natural flea/tick/mosquitoes protection.
We feed only the most nutritious food to our mommies to be and they are conservatively supplemented with vitamins (Oxy Mate from Breeder's Edge) which helps ensure optimal health for developing puppies.
Our Dogs and puppies are feed both Orijen Puppy food and Avoderm. We love the nutrient dense Orijen as it contains lots of superfoods and organ meats such as heart and liver, which are highly nutritious. But we find that it can be too rich on its own, so we combine it with Avoderm Lamb and Rice all life stages.
We firmly believe that holistic nutrition is the foundation of a healthy dog. Some of our dogs favorite foods include freeze dried beef liver treats, Center cut marrow bones, organic carrots, blueberries, and our free-range eggs. Our dogs optimum nutrition is one of our top priorities. We work extremely hard to make sure that all of our puppies are always healthy, nourished, clean, safe, happy and most of all loved. We are proud to only produce the best possible Multi-generation Australian Labradoodle puppies.