Here are some of the most common questions we are asked. If you can’t find your answers here please let us know.
How much do your puppies cost?
The average price for a male is 2600.00 and females are 2800.00.
How much is the deposit?
A 500.00 deposit is required to reserve a puppy once your application has been approved.
That’s a lot of money!! What does that price include?
Our puppies are given a kennel cough vaccine at 4 weeks of age. They are given a parvo vaccine at 5 weeks of age, a distemper vaccine at 6 weeks of age, another parvo vaccine at 7 weeks of age and another distemper at 8 weeks of age. They are also spayed or neutered at 8 weeks of age and microchipped. They go through an extensive protocol of deworming to make sure they are parasite free.
Our pups are fed a special diet as they transition from nursing to eating solid food. Before leaving us, we also transition our pups to high quality dry food that they will be eating at their forever homes. All the little extras that go into creating a healthy, balanced puppy is expensive.
Also, you are buying a puppy from tested breeding stock. Health testing breeding dogs is very costly resulting in a higher priced puppy. What you are spending on your puppy now, will hopefully save you in vet bills for years to come. Our pups come with a two year health guarantee against any genetic problem that could arise. So if your pup does develop a genetic problem, we will cover the cost of vet bills up to the purchase price or replace you puppy.
Lastly, Australian Labradoodles that come from the founding lines of Australia simply cost more. Buying and shipping dogs from Australia is expensive. We imported four dogs directly from Australia and all our puppies are direct descendants from these lines.
Is your deposit refundable?
That depends. If something goes wrong on our end and we can’t provide you with a puppy during the expected time period, then yes. If you have been on our wait list for a current litter and change you mind for some reason, then no. We turn away many potential customers once deposits are made and the litter is fully sold. When buyers change their mind, we have to reopen the litter and start advertising once again. In those cases, deposits are not refunded.
How does the adopting process work?
First we ask that you email us for an application. Once the application is received and approved we can move on to the deposit phase. That can be done via check.
When the puppies are 6 weeks old, we start the allocation phase. We go in order of when deposits were received so the earlier you get your deposit in, the more choices you have. We ask that you be open to either sex so that you choose a puppy that works best for your family.
Once the picks have been done, the balance is due. We desex our pups at 7 weeks and they can go home after their 8 weeks shots.
Why do you desex your puppies so young?
There are a couple reasons we desex the pups before they leave us. First, we consider ourselves guardians of this wonderful developing breed. Our registries are tracking the breeding lines as they develop across the country and around the world.
Secondly, as responsible breeders, we will not contribute to the population of unwanted pets in shelters across the country. Therefore we make sure that our puppies that are sold as pets, can not reproduce. All our puppy families sign a contract with us stating that if they can no longer care for their pet, they will return them to us. No Southern Cross pet will ever end up in a shelter!!!
If you would like to learn more about Early Spay and Neuter I encourage you to visit these websites.
What are the health problems found in Australian Labradoodles?
Because they have long, floppy ears, some labrdoodles have a tendency towards ear infections. Keeping the hairs inside the ears plucked or clipped and regular deep cleaning will help prevent ear infections from developing. Hip Dysplasia is a problem that occurs in labs and in poodles. All our breeding dogs have been health screened for HD and elbow disorders. We do everything we can to assure our pups do not develop these problems but environmental factors such as improper exercise and diet can increase the chances of dogs developing HD. We advise our puppy families to be careful with diet and over exercising especially as their puppy is growing.
Do you have any references?
We have a large extended Southern Cross family. Many of our families have bought their second doodle from us. Upon request they will be happy to tell you about their dogs and their experiences with Southern Cross. Please email us if you would like a list of references and visit our scrapbook page to see some of our doodle families.
Which is better, males or females?
In many breed of dogs, males tend to be more dominate and females sweeter and more laid back. NOT true with the Australian Labradoodle. From the time the breed began, dominate males were never used as stud dogs. Our stud dogs are every bit as sweet and loving as our females. Because all our pups are desexed before they leave us, the testosterone related behaviors associated with male dogs never develops. Therefore, gender should not be a factor when choosing a puppy.
Are your dogs really allergy friendly?
Many people who have never been able to tolerate dogs due to allergies, do fine with our dogs. There have been a few people with severe allergies who have had mild reactions after visiting. Because our dogs are nonshedding or very low shedding and they do not have dander, they can be a blessing to families with allergy sufferers. If you are allergic we encourage you to come for a visit. If you live too far away, we will send you hair and saliva samples of our dogs. You can tape the hair to the inside of your arm overnight to test for reactions.
Do they need a lot of exercise?
We live in a neighborhood and have an average size yard. We take our dogs for a 30 minute walk every morning and evening. Most of our dogs don’t need much more than that. Puppy training during the first year is very important. This training will set the stage for the rest of your dogs life and is invaluable. (see socialization) Behavior problems are often a sign of a bored dog. Training is the key to keeping your dog’s mind stimulated and balanced.
Do they require a lot of grooming?
Our dogs do require regular grooming. We bath and thoroughly brush our dogs once a month. During the first year and a half more regular brushing will be necessary. Since they do not shed, broken and dead hair will become matted. It is important to strip this hair away with regular brushing, especially as they transition between their puppy and adult coats. we take our dogs to the groomer three or four times a year to have their coat’s trimmed. A shorter coat is easier to maintain but if you like a longer coat, and you are willing to put in the extra time it takes to keep them mat free, you can limit trimming to once or twice a year.
Are your dogs good with children?
YES, but young children should always be supervised around animals, especially baby animals. If you have young children, we will work with you to make sure your puppy and children can coexist and thrive. Our dogs are completely nonagressive and make excellent children’s pets.
Where are you located?
We are located in Covington, Louisiana which is 30 miles north of New Orleans.
Do you ship?
We do ship, if we can get a nonstop flight out of New Orleans. Most of our families prefer to fly in themselves and bring their puppy back home in the cabin. We have in-cabin approved carriers that we loan to our buyers and they mail the carrier back to us. We acclimate the pups to the carriers to assure a comfortable ride home for everyone. If you can’t fly but would like your pup to travel in the cabin, we will personally escort them to your city. All shipping and travel cost are not included in the purchase price of the puppy.