Frequently Asked Questions

  • What IS an Australian Labradoodle? That is a mouthful for sure! Simply put: An Australian Labradoodle is a distinct breed, bred over multiple generations from Australia. See our home page for more information. Home

  • What is the difference between a Labradoodle and an Australian Labradoodle? A labradoodle is a cross between a Poodle and Labrador Retriever. An Australian Labradoodle has been breed for multiple generations consisting of Poodle, Labrador Retriever, and Cocker Spaniel. Please see Labradoodle 101 for more information under the Resources tab.

  • Is the Australian Labradoodle a recognized breed? Yes! When a puppy is registered the AALA, the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) will designate the breed code "LD" rather than "hybrid" on all health testing paperwork.

  • Do Australian Labradoodles need to be groomed? Yes, the ALD needs routine grooming to keep the coat beautiful. Please take into consideration a 4-6 week grooming schedule is recommended. In addition to professional grooming, your dog will need to be brushed *regularly* to inhibit the formation of matts. We use a stainless steel pet comb with good results. Please click here for more at home grooming tips.

  • How much exercise does an ALD need? Low to moderate. We walk our ALD at least one time per day for about 20 minutes in the morning. This walk helps get our exercise in as well as elimination needs.  If possible we also take a second walk in the evening. Any exercise you do with your dog will keep "doggie boredom" at bay.  

  • Can I purchase a puppy from you if I am unable to drive and physically pick him/her up? We do not ship or fly our puppies. You will need to make arrangements to drive or fly into Norfolk Airport (ORF). We work very hard at developing our puppies trust not to alienate them on an airplane flight.

  • I live in a condo/apartment, is an ALD a good choice? Yes! A miniature or small medium would be a good fit for you. Potty training could be a little challenging at first if you do not have quick access to grass, or you could litterbox train if you desire.  

  • How much are your puppies and what is the process? Please see PRICING and PROCESS under the puppies menu heading "Puppies."

  • Do I get to pick my puppy? Yes. You pick your puppy and selection is based on order of deposit received. We will conduct informal temperament testing and are happy to assist you with your choice. Breeder reserves first and second choice from each litter. You will be placed on the list for the specific litter which you are interested in, and your place will be based on the order in which your deposit is received. IF however, you opt NOT to pick a puppy from the litter you first placed your deposit with, your NEW deposit date will be the date in which you chose to PASS on a litter.

  • What food will my puppy be going home with? We feed all of our dogs a raw food diet. Your puppy will be going home with a commercially prepared "all stages" raw food which will be easy for you to give to your puppy along with kibble made by TLC for an easy transition to dry food.

  • What vaccinations and medications will my puppy be given prior to coming home? We vaccinate at week 8 with single dose Parvo and Distemper.

  • What microchip brand do you use? We use FiNano which is all about accessibility for microchips for our pets! All of our puppies will receive a pre-registered chip which can easily be transferred to you after you complete the puppy spay/neuter.

  • Can I breed my new pet? Sweet Tea puppies are sold as companion pets and NEVER to be used for breeding purposes.

  • Is there health insurance I can purchase for my new puppy? Your puppy will go home with 30 days of health insurance. You must register with Trupanion within 24 hours of taking your puppy home to qualify for insurance.