Monday, April 29, 2013

Puppy Love {Introducing Barkley the Goldendoodle}

This little guy joined our family in December and quickly stole our hearts! As I shared before, we lost our chocolate lab back in July. Our home and my heart felt so empty with him gone. While I knew we could never replace our beloved Hana, I also knew another dog could bring some joy into our home; joy I desperately needed because I was still pretty depressed after all the grief I endured. 

Given Taylor's severe dog allergies and asthma, I knew another lab was out of the question. I've always loved Golden Retrievers, but with their long hair, that would also be an allergy nightmare. A friend suggested we explore getting a Goldendoodle. A Goldendoodle is a Golden Retriever/Poodle mix. So, I did some research. These dogs have the temperaments of Golden Retrievers and the intelligence of both breeds. I never knew poodles are so smart! They are highly trainable and are great dogs for people with allergies because the poodle genes make them hypoallergenic. 

In my research I learned that an F1B Goldendoodle is the offspring of a Goldendoodle mixed with a poodle. Thus, the puppy is 3/4 poodle 1/4 Golden Retriever. Don't get stuck on the math (not my strong suit). My point is that the F1B is recommended for families with severe dog allergies. So, an F1B was the right choice for us! 

We got him from a family breeder a couple of hours from our home. We got him a few weeks before Christmas and he was the best Christmas present EVER! He's 13 weeks old in all of these pictures. He weighed about 22 lbs when we got him at 11 weeks! He's a standard size Goldendoodle so he's going to be a big guy. Now, at 7 months, he weighs about 53 lbs! I love big dogs and I fully believe that big dogs can be lap dogs! Hana was a lap dog and Barkley is, too.  How could I deny couch cuddles to such a cutie?


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