We have spent the past few months searching for the perfect new stud for our females. Important qualities we were looking for were: the health of the stud, that he be part of a great family (not a big breeder or puppy mill), his temperament (friendly, smart, social) and how it would pair with our girls, and his color (looking for apricot/cream like Nacho).
Last week we took Kona and Zyla to the vet for an exam and health testing for prior to the next breeding. She says they both are in great health and she has no concerns. We also discussed with her more about how she would go about examining potential studs and specifics to look for.
On Friday, we spent the day driving around Michigan visiting potential studs that we had contacted. We selected a F1 labradoodle (first generation; 50% lab, 50% poodle; just like Nacho), who lives in Middleville, MI. His name is Flagger and he is 7 years old. He lives with a great family, with one other dog, and he is a proven stud who has sired many labradoodle, goldendoodle, and doubledoodle litters both for approved breeders and his family when they used to breed. We checked out his ears, teeth, body shape, feet, genitals, and ensured he has not had any health issues, is up to date on all vaccines and exams, does not have allergies, etc. He is very friendly, social, and gentle. He is non-shedding with a curly coat and weighs about 60 pounds. He is also CKC registered.
We are excited to see what colors of puppies he and our females produce in the near future! We anticipate Kona's next litter to be born in February and Zyla's first litter in April.