Island Mini Doodles

Q: How do I go about getting an iDoodle?! A: You can email me or call me and find out what litters we have planned. Our puppies are currently selling for $2,000. While that may seem like a lot of money, remember your iDoodle puppy comes with a full 2 year health guarantee and from generations of health tested Havana Silk Dog mothers!! I am also available to all of my puppy buyers for the life of their dog. We aren't the kind of breeders that cashes your check and then never answer the phone (or email) when you contact us.

We will accept a limited number of deposits ($300 will secure your spot on our list) to approved homes. I have a puppy application that I will email to you to fill out and return to me via email, which will start the process. But no one is guaranteed a spot on our list without a deposit secured.

Since there are only 3 other breeders in the country breeding iDoodles, I can put you in touch with one of them as well if you wish.

Q: Are Island Mini Doodles or iDoodles, good with children and other pets?
A: They are natual little "forever kids" themselves and they love children. If a puppy does not grow up with kids or is never around them, they may feel intimidated by children at first. So keeping them socialized to all kinds of people and things is important throughout their early development. NEVER let a small child be alone in a room unsupervised with a puppy, no matter how gentle the child is with puppies. This is probably not the right breed however for toddlers, as no small breed is!

Q: Are iDoodles yappy dogs and nusiance barkers?
A: Island Mini Doodles are great watch dogs and will bark at the door, or at people or other dogs passing by on the street. But they are not generally yappy dogs.

Q: Are iDoodles difficult to housebreak?
A: Because we have combined two very intelligent breeds in creating the iDoodle, from our first observations, these puppies are 'getting' the potty pad routine really quickly! They are so smart and seem to appreciate keeping their area clean! We are impressed!! Remember this is a toy breed, and toy breeds usually take longer to housebreak simply because their bladder is small and they can't hold as much as a larger puppy. We always litter train our puppies, while they are here with us, and by the time they go home, they are doing really well with this method. If you live in a high-rise or apartment, the potty box can be a life saver! If you prefer to not use a litter box, you can start training your puppy to ring the bell to go outside, as soon as you get him/her home. Remember it may be several months, before your puppy is mature enough to understand complete housebreaking rules, so don't let them have too much run of the house, too soon!

Q: We are gone all day at work, how will a puppy respond to this?
A: Havana Silk Dogs and Poodles have been lovingly referred to many times as a "velcro dog". Whatever room you are in, that's where they'll want to be too. A young dog does not do well being left alone for long periods of time. And housebreaking then becomes a huge issue, as no one is home to train them and keep them on a schedule so they can learn housebreaking. An iDoodle cannot be an outside animal and must be allowed to live inside the house with its family. If there is no one home at your house all week during the day, think how unfair this would be to a new puppy (of any breed!) but especially with a breed that doesn't like being alone in the first place. If you have another dog in the home to keep your new puppy company when you are away for long periods, this can help reduce their stress a great deal. But keep in mind that all puppies are like little kids. They demand alot of time and attention when young.

Q: Which make better pets? Males or Females?
A: Both males and females make wonderful companions and family members but there seems to be something extra special about the males. The best way I can describe it is: "My girls love me, but my boys are IN love with me!" The girls will give me a kiss and lay next to me, where as the boys love to be in my face and lay partly on my lap to touch me and look lovingly into my eyes. They are so mushy! LOL
As a rule, the females are more independent and the boys are simply more lovey dovey, but that is not to say that females aren't loving and sweet too. Females can actually show their dominance by humping more than the males do, too. Both of our male poodes are true lap-sitters.

Q: Why do I have to get my puppy spayed or neutered? I may want to breed him/her one day!
A: All reputable breeders will sell their pet puppies on a spay/neuter agreement or get the pups spayed and neutered before placing them. This is to protect the puppy and the breed itself. There is much to learn before embarking on breeding dogs. It's so much more than just putting two dogs together to make puppies. It's important to know the dog's lines, to health test (which is very expensive), to understand conformation and how to create a sound animal for optimum health and stature. Most importantly, there can be some serious health issues to learn and know about which the average owner and back yard breeder may not take seriously before breeding, or even understand. Breeding dogs is a huge responsibility and alot of work not to mention a great expense. You will not make lots of money breeding dogs, contrary to popular belief, if you do it 'right' by health testing breeding dogs and providing a good guarantee to new owners. Once you bring a litter of puppies into the world, you, the breeder, are responsible for them for their entire lifetime in many ways. Most states have 'Lemon Laws' and can hold breeders responsible even without a good contract. How many would really be prepared for these huge responsibilities? There is alot to consider and should not be done without much thought and planning and financial backup.

Q: Where should I keep my young puppy when I bring him home?
A: At night, the best thing to do is keep your young puppy in his baby crate next to your bed so he/she can see/smell you at all times during the night . If he fusses at night, you can slip your fingers into the crate to reasure him you're still there. If he continues to fuss, he probably needs to go potty. You cannot expect a young puppy to 'hold it' all night long, so expect to get up with him for outside potty breaks once or twice a night for the first few weeks. Once he can hold it all night for several weeks, he can remain in his crate for bedtime, or he can then join you in your bed at night.
During the day, when your puppy cannot be supervised, it's beneficial to invest in a puppy x-pen. (you can buy nice ones made out of hard plastic at Toy's R Us, Wal-mart, etc. that work well). Put his open crate in the pen along with his toys, potty pads or litter tray and his water. This gives him enough room to move around but to also go into his crate if he wants to, for a nap. A gated off kitchen or laundry room can work too.
Never let your puppy roam the house unattended. Young puppies can and will chew phone cords, or electrical cords, or other things that might harm them. While iDoodles are not destructive dogs or pups, and generally don't chew alot of things up, they are still puppies and WILL chew occasionally! So please keep your puppy and your belongings safe at all times.

Q: Are iDoodles hard to groom?
A: If kept in a long coat, you can expect to brush your dog's coat every 3 or 4 days to keep the mats at bay. Brushing the dog 'line by line' all the way to the skin is important. Bathing a dog with a long coat should probably be done every 1 to 2 weeks. Many pet owners chose to keep their dog in a cute puppy clip instead of the long beautiful coats. If you don't know how to do this, you'll have to hire a professional groomer for the job about every 2 or 3 months. The iDoodles are not hard to groom, but depending on what look you want, they can require quite a bit of time for upkeep.

Q: What grooming 'tools' will I need?
A: A pin brush, a greyhound comb with rotating long teeth (for mats which you can purchase at Cherrybrook.com), a flea comb (for eye goobers) a rubber bath mat (placed on top of a table or washer or dryer for grooming purposes) diluted shampoo and conditioner and a blow dryer. Mix your shampoo and conditioner in spray bottles diluted about 10:1 (water/product) and spray it on the dog during its bath. Be careful with the hair dryer so you don't burn the coat or the dog's skin. If you're serious about grooming, invest in a 'metro blow dryer for dogs' (purchased in any pet catalog. These dryers blow the water off the dogs and do not get hot.. just warm!) Remember to blow the coat dry in all one direction so you don't cause more matting during drying.

Q: What can I do to prevent eye staining on a light colored Dog?
A: Not all pups/dogs will have eye staining, but many do. Many of them outgrow the tearing too, when they stop cutting baby teeth! You can either clip the hair short at the corners of the eyes or pull it back into a small topknot when long, which may help irritation to the eyes. Secondly, giving them bottled water instead of tap water can help reduce the eye staining significantly. Adding some dried or fresh parsley to their food or water each days helps alot too! Just a heaping teaspoon should do it. There are also products on the market to clean the staining with. These are not all that valuable but they are worth a try to see if they'll work on your dog or not.

For any other questions you may have, that have not been addressed here, please contact me!