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Old 07-08-2005, 12:09 AM
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Hi all, first post here. Anyway, my wife and I (no kids yet; 1-2 yrs away) are looking for our first dog. We both had dogs growing up and now it's time for our own. We have narrowed down our breed choices to one of three Retrievers:

1. Golden
2. Flat-Coated
3. Labradoodle

I have researched these breeds to death and am very familiar with their attributes "on paper". What I'd appreciate hearing is some feedback on some of your real-world experiences. I can't find much on FCR's or Labradoodles. I listed a FCR because I've read it may shed less and is a better watchdog. I listed a Labradoodle for it's retriever tendencies, good looks, and not shedding.

Thanks for your responses.
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Old 07-08-2005, 12:12 AM
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I would go for a golden retriever, theyre the best of those three
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Old 07-08-2005, 12:17 AM
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What is your experience?
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Old 07-08-2005, 12:31 AM
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Well, labradoodles isn't a breed and if you get one of those from a breeder they're pretty much guaranteed to be shady. I'd steer far away from them unless you get a real mutt from a shelter.

I've never owned a retriever though so I can't say between the other two
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Old 07-08-2005, 12:33 AM
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Well, labradoodles isn't a breed and if you get one of those from a breeder they're pretty much guaranteed to be shady. I'd steer far away from them unless you get a real mutt from a shelter.
Actually, I think you got it backwards on the breeder/shelter thing. Check this out:

www.teganpark.com

My neighbor bought one from them and it's a beautiful dog.
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Old 07-08-2005, 12:37 AM
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yeah Labradoodles are the big craze now. My uncle has one and she is the sweetest thing and great with their 4 kids and very smart.
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Old 07-08-2005, 12:43 AM
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yeah Labradoodles are the big craze now. My uncle has one and she is the sweetest thing and great with their 4 kids and very smart.
Aside from the different look and shedding, is she much different from a Golden or Lab?
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Old 07-08-2005, 12:44 AM
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Well, what organization are they recognized by?
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Old 07-08-2005, 12:48 AM
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I haven't spent A LOT of time with her but from what i can tell she's a typical retriever lol. She is good natured, very sweet but LOVES to play but she is also very gentle with the smaller kids.
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Old 07-08-2005, 12:54 AM
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Well, what organization are they recognized by?
I can't find any because they're not. But I'm much more inclined to trust a dog direct from a breeder as opposed to a shelter. A Labradoodle is a mix. Therefore, it is bred. From a breeder. Some using reputable, quality dogs, and others not. I just have to find the right breeder.
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