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Hi all,

I am in LOVE with the Doodles and can't wait to get ours, but I am really nervous about buying a doodle over the internet.

I found a breeder Smeraglia Kennel who has a great website and beautiful picture of parents. They also do all of the genetic and health checks. They look great.

I have been researching the internet and it is making me very vervous about internet puppy buying in general. We have a 6 year old son who would be devistated if we get a new puppy and something was wrong with her that could have been prevented.

Does anyone have any experience with Smeraglia Kennel out of AL?

Thank you,


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Comment by Michelle Cowan on November 23, 2010 at 6:57pm
Hi Robin. I live in Mobile, and got my Bailey in Sept. She was 3 months old when I picked her up-also from the Gracie/Caspian litter-so I guess her brother and sister are with Lauren! She is by far, the best puppy I have ever had. She is healthy, well-adjusted, and was already crate trained when I got her. Housebreaking has been a breeze. I actually went to the kennel to pick her up. The entire kennel is like an oasis for dogs. All the trainers are fabulous. Like Lauren, everyone comments on how well mannered and beautiful Bailey is. You absolutely cannot go wrong with them!
Comment by Lauren Tavares on November 18, 2010 at 5:19pm
Hi Robin,
We adopted a brother and sister from the Gracie/Caspien litter at the end of August. Like everyone else has said, we all had concerns about going through a kennel on the internet, but, believe me when I tell you that you cannot go wrong with Smeraglia. Healthy, well bred puppies are their top priority, and these babies are everything that you could ever want and more. My Finnegan and Fiona are now 21 weeks old. They are F1 standards, with the wavy loose coat and ultra cream in color. They are absolutely beautiful and everyone who meets them, loves them. Everyone wants to know where I got them. They are the sweetest things on 4 legs and you will be totally in love.
Comment by robin ford on November 17, 2010 at 1:16pm
Hi Carrie,
We are on the list for a May or June delivery. We are looking for a standard and we finally decided on an F1 we had a hard time choosing between the F1 and the F1B. We like the wavy loose coat look, but we liked the no shed on the F1B. We finally decided to go with the F1. We like the ultra cream for a color. We want a laid back temperment but a very personable friendly puppy. We have a six year old boy and are so excited to get our puppy. I can't wait to find out the breeding schedule and what parents they are going to breed.
Comment by Carrie Jessica Boone on November 17, 2010 at 10:45am
Robin, it was so hard to look at pictures and choose. I had a type needed for my sons allergies (F1B) I had a size and look I preferred and a timeline to consider. My husband is active duty Army and is not always home but he wanted to drive down to pick up our new puppy. We knew we wanted a puppy within a 6 week window after we made the final decision to go with Smeraglia and he was only going to be home 3 of those weeks.

All of our criteria narrowed us down to one litter and we had 2 we really liked, one boy one girl from the same parents. I called and asked questions about what they were like, watched the videos on the website and made my choice. (and changed my mind and changed it back).

I had never gone through a breeder before and never even considered buying a puppy without even touching it first, so I had a lot of reservation. I am very happy with Smeraglia, my sweet Maggie and all the support from Smeraglia staff as well as other puppy owners.

Hope that helps. What would you like in your doodle? The temperments all seem similar with some more energetic and others more laid back but all friendly. Do you have a favorite color, coat type and size?

Carrie and Maggie
the pic I fell in love with

Comment by Sherri Willett Forrest on November 16, 2010 at 1:26am
We loved our F1B standard doodle from Smeraglia so much, we adopted a F1B mini 4 months later. We live in CO and our puppies were shipped to Albuquerque and Phoenix. The staff at Smeraglia took our "wish list" and chose the perfect puppies for our family. These dogs are wonderful, people loving dogs. The staff at Smeraglia was/is wonderful to work with...and they obviously love what they do!
Comment by robin ford on November 15, 2010 at 8:37am
Carrie, How did you decide from the pictures which puppy was right for you? They are all so cute. I am so excited.
Comment by Carrie Jessica Boone on November 12, 2010 at 6:32pm
We have a Smeraglia pup too! It was odd to look at pictures and pick my pup based on what someone else said, the cost involved also added to that stress. We are within driving distance so my husband was able to go pick up our Maggie and he was so impressed he said we will (someday) be back for another.
Also my vet said not to worry about prep school and that a pup that young isn't going to learn that much. I was so glad we didn't listen to him! We did just one week of extended care prep school and Maggie slept through the night!
Comment by Pamela Davis on November 12, 2010 at 10:45am
Robin: I have a doodle from Smeraglia. I too had researched for many months for kennels, and always kept coming back to Smeraglia. I found my little guy on a Sunday, fell madly in love with him, paid for him on that Monday, and he flew to me that Friday. Sort of impromtu, however, but I never doubted Smeraglia's reputation. Any questions I had, they always answered promptly. Zeppelin's health is 100%. The vet absolutely adores him. He's quite comical and has a very outgoing personality. And is plentiful with his kisses!! Good will be pleasantly surprised. Pam
Comment by robin ford on November 12, 2010 at 10:08am
You guys are great..I am so excited to get my pup. I am on the wait list now for one of their next litters. I can't wait to see who parents are.
Comment by Janie Guzowski on November 12, 2010 at 9:46am
Hi, I purchased my F2B mini doodle from Smeraglia in September and I am totally in love with my pup. He was shipped to Boston. The Smeraglia staff were wonderful to deal with.

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