The Search Is On For My Cockapoo Puppy In 2017
Now Steve and I have decided to fully retire and shut our online Silver business, it is now the right time after being without a dog of our own for many years (read all about my love of dogs here ) to once again own one and a Cockapoo is what I have chosen.
Why one of these?
A few reasons – I do not want a big dog, as now having reached a certain age I want one I can easily manage, and one of these is the perfect size. It will be low shedding as it has poodle in it, and after doing plenty of research they are full of character, they love people and make good family pets and need a fair amount of exercise which will help with keeping the weight off.
The time has come to search for one, and after much thought I have decided that it is a Cockapoo that I would like. However trying to find one is a lot harder than first envisaged.
The first thing I had to was to sell my lovely little Fiat 500 car as that would just not be big enough for a dog, so I now have an estate car in readiness.
We have also decided to have a small extension to the house to make a good dog and boot room, which is underway, so now it just the case of finding the right puppy and to make sure that I get one from a reputable breeder (as there are some unscrupulous ones out there, in it just for the huge amounts of money they can make).
The Search Is On For My Cockapoo Puppy
It seemed that the majority of the UK population also wants one of these pooches, and breeders have waiting lists, which is a nightmare even trying to actually get on one. Also when the majority of breeders ask for a non refundable deposit just to go on a waiting list, it can get quite expensive if you want to be registered with more than one breeder, but they are all full until the end of 2017.
Living in Devon, is also a problem as with only a couple of good breeders in and around the area, I have had to look further afield, which isn’t ideal as at least 2 trips would be needed before the right puppy would be able to be brought home and even that would be a very long for a little puppy to contend with as its first trip in a car.
I joined the Cockapoo of Great Britain forums asking for help, and also enquired about re-homing through the forums, but again it would mean travelling a great distance as the re-homing centre is up in Lincolnshire which is a long way to travel, particularly if you have to make a couple of visits.
However I have contacted a breeder in North Devon after looking at her website and see that she has a couple of litters in the future, that are the colour that I am looking for, which is an apricot/blonde little boy.
I want one like this please! Pawfect
So I have been in contact with her to make sure that she knows how committed I am to finding a puppy and to get on her wait list when the litter I am interested in are born.
As breeders are notorious for not keeping in contact, I have kept emailing her to make sure that she knows that I am really keen to have one of her pups. Last week she told me that the litter I am interested in was due the following week. Excitement ensued as it appears, hopefully that my new little bundle of fur could be amongst this. I emailed her on the 13th April 2017 asking if there was any news and she told me that the litter was born the previous day. However, no details of how many and what sex they are, but she said she would post some pictures. As she told me previously once a litter is born that is when she takes deposits, so I emailed her straight back saying that if there was a little boy, when would she like my deposit. I am still waiting and itching for a reply.
She did tell me previously that when pups are 5 weeks, that is the time when prospective owners can pay their first visit, so I am now waiting with baited breath to finally go and pick my puppy.
I heard nothing back from the breeder even to my question asking how many little girls and boys were in the litter. This was the final frustration as clearly the breeder had little interest in my enquiry.
However fate played a hand as on the 30th April 2017 I was notified of a litter of eight 4 week old Clumberdoodles from an alert on freeads. However I knew nothing about Clumberdoodles, but as they were not far away I made contact with the breeder who was most friendly and helpful and an appointment was made the following day the 1st May.
I immediately did some research about Clumberdoodles before we went as I wasn’t sure if it would be what I wanted as I really had my heart set on a Cockapoo, but the only way to find out was to go and see them.
It was an easy choice to make once I had met Molly a pup that the breeder had kept from the mum’s first litter so we could see what they would look like. Molly was utterly adorable and I fell in love immediately. There was actually only one little boy left so making a choice was easy.
THIS IS MARTHA THE MUM ON THE LEFT AND MOLLY ON THE RIGHT
After asking lots of questions just to make sure, “Archie” (as he will be called) was chosen and the deposit was paid.
HERE IS ARCHIE
So my search for a Cockapoo is now over and you can follow Archie, the Clumberdoodle’s progress here