What is special about Alpen Ridge and why get your puppy here?
Alpen Ridge has had Australian Labradoodles since 2003 and has been a constant member of Australian Labradoodle Breed Associations in good standing the entire time, which includes the Breeder's Code of Ethics.
Alpen Ridge has always been based on a guardian program where the breeding dogs live with families not in kennels or overcrowded situations. This allows them to be the companions they were bred to be and have their life long families. Also, the puppies are born in my home. They receive lots of socialization and handling including with children. The puppies get to remain with their mothers until approximately 6 weeks of age which allows them the crucial development and learning that a mother gives her puppies especially between 4 - 6 weeks of age. Alpen Ridge is not into mass production of puppies. My focus is quality puppies that are reared in a home environment. You become part of the Alpen Ridge Family, not just a customer.Researching for your Labradoodle:
Chances are, in your research, you'll come across terms like "Multi-Gen" (Labradoodle and Australian Labradoodle), "Early-Gen" or "F1" (Labradoodle Origin) and "Back Cross" or "F1B". Here are some helpful tips to understand what a breeder means when they are using these phrases.
The original multi-gen Australian Labradoodle, which is the original Labradoodle, has a foundation stock including 6 different parent breeds. These dogs were developed in Australian, and hence the "Australian" in the name of the dogs. The verified parent breeds by the ALA (Australian Labradoodle Association, Inc.) are: poodle (all three sizes), Labrador retriever, Irish water spaniel, curly coat retriever, American cocker spaniel and the English cocker spaniel. This was a breed that was developed with goals in mind for a low shedding service dog, not a designer dog.
The multi-gen Labradoodle has only poodle and lab in its heritage. It does not include the other parent breeds that were originally used by the creators of the breed. These have been primarily developed later in the U.S. and do not carry the Australian lines.
The early-gen F1 (Labradoodle origin) is a dog from a labrador/poodle mating that has not had the multiple generations of Labradoodle mated with another Labradoodle nor the addition of Australian Labradoodle foundation stock or multiple parent breeds. These dogs tend to shed their coat since they are more closely related to the Labrador and often have a wire hair or feathered look to them.
The "Back Cross" or "F1B" is a dog from an F1 (see above) mated back to a poodle usually for coat correction. These dogs have not had the multiple generations of Labradoodle mated with another Labradoodle nor the addition of Australian Labradoodle foundation stock or multiple parent breeds. They are often developed to bring new bloodlines into the breed and bred into the mulit-gen lines.
When you reserve an Australian Labradoodle from Alpen Ridge , you get the highest quality pup. Alpen Ridge breeding dogs also have some imported lines.
About Alpen Ridge
C. Sue Broady owns and runs Alpen Ridge Australian Labradoodles, being careful to do what we can to make sure the breed is preserved. For us, it's as much about the happiness and health of the dogs as it is about matching families with the perfect Australian Labradoodle.
I was raised on a horse ranch being responsible for all breeding, record keeping and showing. I won several high point awards during my horse show career. This gave me a great base for recognizing desired conformation. I also took a genetics class in university which gave me a good foundation for understanding recessive and dominant genetics.
After getting married, I had Rottweilers from German lines. We showed once and won the class, but with small children and our business to manage, I decided showing was going to take more time than I wanted to take from my young family. I had Rottweilers for 17 years. After my last Rottie died at age 14, I wanted to get away from the shedding, but still have the intelligence. The Standard poodle I had was great and very tolerant of children. But there wasn't that "oh boy grandkids are here" attitude. I also wanted a dog that would have therapy potential.
In 2002 while in South Australia, I met my first Australian Labradoodle, Rutland's Chalani. I was so impressed with this dog, that I knew I had found my breed. My first Australian Labradoodle was a daughter of Chalani. I later was able to get 3 granddaughters and others since then.