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I had a lab mix for 12 years and he was the perfect dog...It's been almost 2 years since he died and am thinking of getting another dog. I would like the lab personality but much smaller since Jake was over 110 pounds. Am looking at mini golden and labra doodles. Am really wanting a dog that will retrieve and in general be a playful dog. I knew a doodle puppy and he didn't really play or do too much of anything, didn't retrieve, and mostly was scared of things and want to make sure being laid back and kind of nonchalant is not a common trait. This one mostly liked to cuddle with his owners.
I talked to a breeder and she said that generally you have to teach retrieving and that the puppies that she has are about 8-10 weeks old and they don't retrieve at that age. I always thought retrieving was an inherent trait and you didn't have to teach a dog that.
A couple of questions:
1. Do most of your doodles retrieve and like water?
2. Did they always retrieve or did you have to teach them?
3. Anyone that has lots of experience with doodle puppies, is what the breeder saying true and you have to train them to retrieve? Or they don't grow into that until what age?
Thanks so much...just trying to do as much research as possible on this breed before making a lifetime commitment.