I purchased a standard goldendoodle puppy from the Tropico Kennels. After several emails along with a $300 deposit, I arranged for an appointment to choose a puppy. My dog is wonderful...extremely loving and dotes on me, is eager to please, etc. In addition she has no major medical problems. From that standpoint, I guess that I am lucky compared to some of the other reports that I read. My only complaint was that after driving several hours, having decided on a pup, the price was suddenly much higher than discussed.
Although she had mentioned that the price would depend on the dog chosen, the "average price range was $1200." Peviously aware that I did not want a black goldendoodle or a male, "surprisingly" only the black male puppies were priced at $1200. The dog I chose was $2000. I felt that she was definitely taking advantage of my situation, I was recently widowed and wanted companionship, but I did go ahead and pay the price requested. No sire or dame information was provided for my pup which bothered me, along with the fact that neither were onsite for inspection, but I knew that I wouldn't be able to inspect the parents if I went to a local pet store either.
I have recently considered purchasing another pup and noticed that the name of the kennel had suddenly changed, the mother dogs were still not available for inspection, so I have decided to go elsewhere. With the emotional and financial expenses involved with pets, I cannot rely on luck twice.
Buena Park, California