APPLICATION AND RESERVATION PROCESS EXPLAINED
Please visit our Contact page for information about how to reach us--an initial email is our preferred method of establishing contact, and we can then arrange for a phone call at a time convenient to all of us. At this time, we do not use a written application, since we prefer to speak directly with people interested in our puppies. After we have talked and you decide you would like to adopt a Cherry Lane puppy, we ask for a $500 deposit to secure your spot on our master list, where your name will be added in the order deposits are received. We don't add names to specific upcoming litters at that time, unless a litter has already been born that has availability.
When a litter is born, we call through our master list in the order deposits were received asking if you want to be placed on that particular litter list. We work from a master list instead of a future specific litter list so that before someone places their name on a litter list, we know how many puppies were born, genders, colors, the date the puppies will be ready to go home, etc. When we call you about a recent birth as we build that specific litter list, you have the option to place your name on that litter list or you may choose to pass on that litter and wait for another upcoming litter. You can choose to pass for any reason--perhaps the timing won't be good for you, or the litter was all girls and you want a boy, or any other reason. We are happy to leave your name on our master list for a year. If at the end of a year, you haven't chosen a litter/puppy, then you have the option to stay on the list longer, or we will refund your deposit.
We ask that you be quite certain that the go-home timing will work for you before you place your name on a specific litter list--once the litter is born, we know the exact time they will be ready to go home. It can be difficult for us to find homes quickly for puppies in a litter if someone decides to move off the litter list at the last minute, so we ask you to be sure the litter is what you want before adding your name to it. If we find, when we temperament test the puppies at seven weeks old and we go through the allocation process at eight weeks old, that we don't have a match for you in the litter, then you are welcome to revert back to the master list (in your original position) and continue waiting for the next litter, or we will refund your deposit since we couldn't provide you a puppy out of the litter you chose.
PUPPY ALLOCATION PROCESS EXPLAINED
With specific guidance from us, we like our families to participate in the puppy-to-family matching process. Our proven method from years of experience is to match puppies to families based primarily on temperament and energy. We work hard to observe and know our puppies well through all our interactions with them from their birth. We visit extensively with our puppy families about their lifestyle/activity level, experience with dogs and home environment (children ages, etc). Once the puppies are six weeks old, we also welcome families to visit, which gives us additional information about the puppies and families. We encourage families not to become attached to any one puppy--we know it's hard not to choose a favorite, but the process works best if you keep your favorites to 1, 1, 1, 1 not 1, 2, 3, 4. We encourage families to have an open mind about color, gender and other "cosmetic" traits. Of course, we understand people have preferences, and we will do our best to honor those, but first and foremost, we live with a dog's temperament and energy--so our preference is to match puppies and families based on that most important information.
At seven to eight weeks old we conduct a formal temperament evaluation using the Volhard Puppy Apptitude test, and we also do a structure evaluation. We hold the first two spots on every litter for our program until the evaluations are completed. With the evaluations in hand, we first make our selections of puppies to retain for further testing for inclusion in our breeding program--sometimes we keep a puppy or two, and sometimes we don't hold any back. Puppies that aren't retained for our program are released back into the companion pet category.
When the puppies are eight weeks old, with our notes about our puppies and families, we start through the litter reservation list in the order deposits were received, matching pet puppies and families. There are often several puppies in a litter that would be a good fit for a family, so at that point, the family is given the opportunity to select their puppy from those puppies we feel are a match for them. We start calling families in the order deposits were received, we will chat about the puppies in the litter, we'll make our recommendations about the puppies we believe are a match for them, families share their preferences with us, and then they are welcome to take a couple hours to think about it and get back to us with their choice. We try to move through the reservation list fairly quickly--within a day or two--so that no one has to wait too long to choose their puppy. Local families can come for a quick visit or we are happy to FaceTime or Skype if someone wants to take a closer look at the puppies we've matched with them. Often families come and visit the puppies during the week before allocation day so they are prepared to choose their puppy quickly when we call them. The live Puppy Cams also give families a lot of time to watch the puppies as they grow and develop.
Once a family has been happily matched with their puppy, the balance of the payment is due within 72 hours--wire transfer, Zelle transfer, cashier's check or cash are accepted payment methods. Puppies are ready to go home when they are nine weeks old.
We do not ship puppies in airline cargo.
Please contact us for delivery options.
Cherry Lane reserves the right to retain puppies as future breeding prospects before assigning companion dogs to families on our reservation lists. We also reserve the right to refund a deposit or to refuse to sell a puppy at any time, to any person, at our sole discretion.
Cherry Lane Labradoodles is dedicated to high quality breeding. We follow the strict best breeding practice guidelines of the Worldwide Australian Labradoodle Asscociation as we choose our parent dogs with care ensuring they have been fully health screened to the highest standard. We are happy to provide you with a quality family companion.
A $500 deposit will hold your puppy until it is old enough to join your family. Puppy allocations take place when the puppies are about eight weeks old--for details about the allocation process, please see below. Once a family has been happily matched with their puppy, the $2,300 balance of the payment is due within 72 hours--wire transfer, Zelle transfer, cashier's check or cash are accepted payment methods. Puppies are ready to go home when they are nine weeks old.
We sell our puppies for $2,800 each. This includes:
We are no longer offering early sterilization procedures before the puppies go to their homes. We feel it is in the puppy's best health interest to leave the ovaries and testes intact for normal hormone function during the puppy's crucial early development. We now place our puppies with their families on a strict sterilization contract, requiring sterilization to be performed by the time puppy is eight months old. Acceptable procedures are spay/neuter, ovary sparing spay or vasectomy.