Here are some F.A.Qs that will hopefully be able to clear up any queries you may have about Spoodles. If you need any more assistance you can email or ring us.
Q. What should I be looking at when trying to choose a puppy that will suit my family. ?
A. The most important thing you need to consider when choosing a type of dog is its "activity levels" and your family's activity levels. Its no point getting a dog that is not compatable to your family if you are all sedentary or too busy to exercise the dog daily as this will cause the dog to develop behavioural problems such as boredome and destructive types of behaviour.
The types of dogs we breed here are catagorised into high to medium to low levels of activity with the Spoodle being the highest, the Schnoodle being the next, the Cavoodle being medium to low and the Moodle being the lowest. So if you are an active family that does not mind walking the dog daily and taking it to the dog park at least three times a week for a good run off the lead and or jogging for exercise beside you then you should be well suited to a Spoodle. The other types of dogs then go down the scale of exercise needs to just having a good walk in the park and some time off the lead for a run out. Dogs need to leave their back yard or apartment to ensure their mental wellbeing as well as you do enjoy going out for your type of entertainment. It also makes them tired so they are less likely to do naughty things to burn up that pent up energy especially when they are young.
All dogs should have a discipline regime and understand obedinece either basically or to a higher level if required as this also balances the dog and they are more likely to be managed properly so dont overdo the " love metre" or spoil the dog by allowing it to do what it likes because it might not love you if you discipline it. They will respect you more if they know their place within the pack and should always remain in the Omega position behind all adults and children respectively. Exercise, Discipline and then affection will ensure your dog stays social, well behaved and happy in its pack..... always remember you are the boss.
Q.What is a F1.
A. An F1 is the offspring of two different purebeds
Q. What is a " Generational Spoodle"
A. Generational Spoodles or any other " Oodle" that goes beyond an F1, which is basically a pup produced through the mating of a Purebred sire and a Purebred dam... in the case of an Oodle, it is the father that is the Purebred Poodle, and the dam is the other breed, whether it is a Cocker, a Cavalier, a Maltese or Schnautzer or any of the other combinations. Anything further than an F1, is generationaly bred.
When pups are bred into the realms of F4 or F5's for example, an enormous amount of time has gone into getting to this stage..... most of them can take a lifetime to produce and a large amount of "Foundation stock" to use with careful attention to traits favoured for the resultant end product. There are four options on breeding systems open to breeders. Inbreeding to produce F3 or over is a clever " shortcut" and can produce pups with traits within the genepool that are very undesirable. Inbreeding is when breeders breed brothers and sisters, fathers and daughters, mothers and sons etc.. and that can produce health problems for the pups over the trait that is desired. The other three types can be used with different results and timeframes and are :- Linebreeding, Outbreeding and Outcrossing. Any of these methods can be used or a combination of all or just some and to do it successfully and this means by elimination of all of the possible " faults" that are within the gene pool going back five generations to the great, great, great Grandparents.... 32 in total, is a dedicated task indeed.
So it would be suggested that doing this to produce a dog that is sold based on one attribute.... that it does not shed hair, seems like a whole lot of work and years of toil for one trait that can be bred into a dog just in the first generation. We believe that if you are considering purchasing a pup that has been advertised as an F2 or even as far as an F4 Oodle, you would seriously consider seeing evidence of a full pedigree going back to all those great, great, great grandparents and some, as most breeders of dogs that are sold to the public as Pets only... desexed or not, dont have this type of documation as proof so this would suggest that it is a deceptive line spun to encourage you to believe the pup you are purchasing is a multi-generational Oodle and is superior, and anything less is inferior. Which is untrue and misleading and breeder spin.
Q. Do your pups shed hair.
A. All our pups mated with a poodle have a low- shedding coat. All dogs coats shed to some degree either into the coat itself or shed seasonally. As a Spoodle or a Cavoodle have a mixture of coat blends, they tend to be low shedding or not seasonal shedding. Moodles and Schnoodles have a very low shedding coat as the foundation parents are considered a non shedding coated animal. If the coat is not kept groomed or clipped, the coat tend to "mat" and look like felt as the hairs get trapped within the coat and this causes knots and that dredlock look in the coat and is quite uncomfortable especially during summer as it traps heat and the dog can suffer from heat stroke. Keeping the coat trimmed and tidy is better for the health of the dog as it can control its body temperature better and also is less likely to harbour fleas and dander.
Q. Are Spoodles suitable as pets for kids of any age.?
A. Yes, spoodles are a non-aggressive natured dog and can get along with all age groups. Our mothers are selected for their temperament and vigour. As with all breeds or the other types of dogs we breed here, no matter how big or small, supervision is very important for both children and dogs safety to avoid accidents that could be potentially life-threatening. Children can squeeze dogs too hard and injure them and a bite could be the result and although done in defence could change the dogs attitude towards children and bring on a fear aggression towards them making them unsuitable to be near children so understand its a two way street... children taught to respect the animal and the animal will respect the child.
Teach the children to assist in all the management aspects of the dog so the dog learns that the child is to be respected and odeyed just the same as the adult. Helping with the feeding and grooming, bathing and exercising of the dog will build good strong bonds and respect mutually between them and they will have alot of good times together.
Q. What sort of temperament does the Spoodle have and can they get along with other dogs and other animals?
A. The temperament of Spoodles is generally active, intelligent, interactive with people and easily trained. They can be relaxed and attentive but are not generally barkers, diggers, aggressive or destructive.
Taking them to the dog park to interact with other dogs that are also friendly and social is good for the dogs mental wellbeing so if you have a single dog, make sure that it has the opportunity to " make friends" with other like minded dogs in the area and allow it to be a dog with other dogs it meets.
Their greetings to each other may not be so attractive to us, but its how they communicate with each other and recognise friend from foe. Being home all day can get lonely so balance the dogs needs and give it the opportunity to have some fun with other dogs as well as you.
Q. What sort of medical needs do Spoodles need to stay healthy?
A. Spoodles don't require or acquire too many health issues, but as their ears are floppy, they need some attention to prevent infections, mite infestation, or some types of fungal problems associated with this characteristic.
Your Vet can be of help with some treatment to prevent these from getting out of hand. On the whole, other types of organ or skeleton problems are not common but may or do occur from time to time in some dogs. A good yearly check-up is best to keep on top of your dogs general health and wellbeing. Regular worming and de-fleaing will enhance your Spoodles health along with a good well balanced diet.
Q. What is the difference between males and females?
A. Apart from the normal physical differences, once a pet dog is de-sexed, there is not much in the way of definitive differences between the sexes. Most people either like or prefer one over the other and if they are de-sexed early enough, they really don't exhibit a lot of difference. It is more in the personality of the dog itself that makes the individuality of the dog different from another.
We desex all of our pups as policy now before they leave and although we have them an extra week ..... nine weeks before they go can off to their homes, will take the worry out of having to do this further down the line. The pups personality will still develop as normal and will still mature to its potential in height and weight. There wont be any hormonal surges that can change the pups temperament or its focus on your family as a pet. When they are desexed before maturity, they dont know what they are due to none of the hormones that define male and female behaviour develop.
We have given this alot of thought and believe that its the best course to take in this direction with not contributing to unwanted pups ending up in shelters or pounds or dumped as well as the changing attitudes of Councils who now require pups to be desexed prior to registering at three months of age. All you have to do is take you pup home and begin to enjoy it without the added expense of desexing later on or the worry of an unwanted pregnancy due to alot of people not understanding the biological cycles of dogs at six months and beyond.
Q. How often do you need to groom the coat of the spoodle and do they need clipping regularly?
A. As their coats are low-shedding and have a low odour and allergy factor, they will grow a coat that is soft, wavy and full bodied. They can be brushed as often as is required and normally at the age of nine months, a professional trim is given. Depending on the owners desire, the coat can be left to grow long and trimmed minimally or stay trimmed as often as the conditions suit.
Bathing can be done no more or require no more than once a week and at this time any hair can be trimmed away that is causing knots or irritation. Make sure your brushes don't scratch the skin of the dog and are kept clean after each grooming.
Q. How much exercise do the spoodles need?
A. Spoodles are active especially when they are young and enjoy walks and runs out from the home environment. General obedience is a good thing for all dogs, so make sure that your Spoodle learns come commands so you are not chasing it all over town when it is let off for a stretch.
They do very well in obedience so it is recommended you undertake some formal education with your Spoodle. They can and do learn tricks as well and enjoy the interactiveness of these as they are eager to please. A good walk each day for about an hour or just a bit less, will be sufficient for your Spoodle and do enjoy water so trips to the beach will be enjoyed or any other water environments you take them to.
Q. How much food should be fed to the spoodle and how often should you feed them as puppies, young dogs and adults.?
A. Puppies need to be fed three times a day with a good balanced puppy food either prepared from you or a commercial brand dog food. As they get older, they can be put on two meals a day and at adulthood, once a day. Good fresh water at all times should be available and if fed a dry food diet, should be complete.
Don't ever feed dogs cooked bones of any type rather they are better with a good raw shin bone once or twice a week or some chicken necks to help with the gum cleaning and chewing instincts dogs have. There is so much dog food available nowadays its hard to pick which is best, but do go for quality rather than what's cheapest.
Q. Can the spoodle puppy be left alone all day and should we keep it outside or inside? Can it play with other dogs when we get it home and when can it go to puppy school?
A. When the puppy is very young it should not be left alone for long periods of time as it will display anxiety and stress related behaviour and get ill. You should make time for the pup to be with you as much as possible for the first two to three weeks . They are not used to being alone at all so keep that in mind when considering buying a Spoodle puppy. They can be sensitive ( its the Poodle in them). They can go outside but when young supervision and brief periods on their own for a while.
Exploring the back yard can be scary alone, so give them confidence and encouragement if you want them to be more outside than inside. Keep the pup away from unknown other dogs for the first two to three weeks as their immune systems are still undeveloped and they can pickup a bug or virus still. Puppy schools vary depending on the school its mainly to get the pup to stay social with other dogs, but can also include more intenstive training sessions and they are usually run by animal trainers or Vets. These are popular and if you are considering doing this contact your vet or qualified animal trainer in your area, its also lots of fun.
Q. How do the pups handle being on a plane?
A. Pups fly very well and have no problems being transported this way.
Q. Some people ask if its a good idea to have a blanket with the scent of the mother and the littermates rubbed onto it to take home to its new home. Is this a good idea. ?
A. Leaving here at Billabong Creek Farm to go to their new homes is an important phase of the pups life and we want to make it as easy as possible to transition from us to you. We bathe and groom the pups to make them not only lovely and clean and smelling great, but to wash away their old smells and odours and help them to forget their siblings and mothers smells and start to bond to your family and homes odours and smells. We believe this helps them settle in quicker and begin their new lives without the confusion of smelling their past in a new environment.
Giving them something of yours, with your scent on it.... like an unwashed T-Shirt and putting this in their bed will help them to begin the bonding process and settle into your home quicker and with less stress.