We are pleased to announce that we will be holding DoodleFest '18 on Sunday, October 7th at Powderhill Headquarters in Lebanon, CT. Doodlefest is a Festival for all of our Golden Retriever and Golden Doodle customers, other Goldendoodle Owners and Enthusiasts. We will have entertainment, a trade show, games for the kids, contests for the dogs and an opportunity to connect with other owners and perhaps even litter-mates of your dog ! Bring lawn chairs, a picnic lunch and a blanket to spread out on the Powderhill Lawn. DoodleFest will run from 1PM to 5PM. For more details and to sign up to attend, please click the "DoodleFest" link above. We hope to see you there!
Doodles Picked, Picked Up...
In what has to rank as one of our busiest days EVER at Powderhill, twenty owners came to see us today to select their puppy or pick up their puppy.
While Gracie's litter went home with their new owners, Luna's, Sunny's and Araya's litters of puppies were selected by their new owners. Hectic? You bet! But exciting?! Gay-run-teed!!
We now prepare for Bailee's Litter's Puppy Pick Day next week, as well as our special week six pictures of the puppies who were picked today. Stay Tuned!!
Breeding Operations Update
Willow has been bred to Jack for a litter of F1 Mini Goldendoodles. She is due to deliver in late September.
Belle has been bred to Jack and Jango for a litter of MultiGen Medium Goldendoodles. She is due to deliver in mid-Ocober.
Mardi is in heat. She will be bred to a yet-to-be-named Golden Retriever for a litter of Golden Retrievers within a week. This should lead to a litter being born in late October.
Melli is not in heat as yet. As soon as she comes into heat, she will likely be bred to Maximus Prime for a litter of F1 Mini Goldendoodles.
In Search of Guardian Homes
We have six Guardian Home opportunities available for Golden Retriever puppies from upcoming litters expected to be ready to go home in December, 2018 and March 2019. If you meet our criteria, this could be an opportunity to share ownership for the first three years, then own your Golden Retriever outright, with the cost of your dog reimbursed. If you would like more details, please call Janet at (860) 942-7889.
At Powderhill, we are constantly tweaking and evolving the process for planning, breeding, marketing and delivering puppies to our clientele. Here is our current process (Updated May 19, 2018):
VERY IMPORTANT: Just about every single Powderhill Puppy is sold before it is conceived. The likelihood of getting a puppy from us on just a week or a month's notice is less than 1%. This is due to the huge interest in Goldendoodles, limited supply of puppies, and a large following of prospective and returning customers that we have enjoyed through our many years as a breeder. We do plan litters extremely far in advance so we are able to tell you what types of Goldendoodles (or, to a much lesser extent, Golden Retrievers) we are planning up to 24 months away. We can always provide the name of the litter's mother, but we usually do not select the father until we are close to the breeding time.
We breed puppies throughout the year as our dams come into heat. People can call at any time to be added to any of the upcoming litters' waiting lists. If you wish to reserve a puppy from one of the available litters, you will need to send a deposit check for $500.. within a few days. The deposit is not refundable unless there is no puppy available, however the deposit can be used on any future litter. We take eight deposits on each litter. The first deposit received for a litter has first pick of the litter, the second deposit received gets the second pick, and so on. Note, Powderhill reserves the right to take the first female from any litter in order to continue our breeding operations. If there are not enough puppies in a litter to satisfy the eight people placing deposits, those not getting a puppy are offered their choice of moving up to the next round of litters with a better pick priority, or having their check returned.
Our dams usually become breedable on a six month heat cycle. We do not decide when any of our female dogs goes into their heat cycle – they do, but it's usually every six months. Many times the lead female is followed closely by one or more of the other females, but this is not always the case. The dam is bred 10-15 days after her heat cycle begins..
At Powderhill, both dams and sires are health tested before being added to our breeding program. PHG reserves the right to substitute a different sire if necessary to enhance the potential for a successful litter. From the date of the first tie with the sire to the expected delivery date is nine weeks, but the delivery could take place up to 4-5 days before or after that date.
Once delivered, we prepare the mother and her puppies for their first picture, usually within 2 days, and we post that picture to the home page of our web site: www.powderhillgoldens.com
After they are born we allow the puppies to bond with their mother for a period of four weeks. This allows the mother to concentrate solely on nurturing her pups. The mother is fed frequently and given plenty of quiet time with her babies.
At three weeks of age, we microchip and begin taking weekly pictures of each individual puppy. The microchip will stay with them for the rest of their lives; initially allowing us to assure each owner that they have the right puppy, and later helping those owners to find them if they are ever lost or stolen.
When the puppies are five weeks old we hold a Puppy Pick Saturday where the owners and their families can come to our locations to meet us, meet the litters and select their puppy. The owners of the first pick of the litter must come first, then the owners of the second pick, etc… It’s a great opportunity for pictures and a unique chance to treat your kids to one of life’s great pleasures. Each family is given thirty minutes to select their puppy.
Pictures continue each week reaching an apex on weeks six and seven when we do special pictorials, sometimes including video, that are centered around a specific theme like TV programs of the 80’s, Academy Award nominated films, the Super Bowl, the Olympics, etc…
On week eight, the puppies are ready to go home and each owner determines a specific time to pick up their puppy and take him/her home. Besides a food sample and a bag of pine shavings, we provide a binder that includes the Puppy’s initial health records, instructions for registering the microchip, our written guarantee, care and feeding instructions, a new collar and their choice of a toy.
Powderhill Goldens 424 Kick Hill Rd Lebanon, Connecticut 06249