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i have to agree i was put off the american crosses, as we owned a full ACS, a few years back, we had one health problem after another with him, he died at two from inherited liver disease, of course there are some healthy ACS out there, i just did nt want to take the risk myself x
 

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i have to agree i was put off the american crosses, as we owned a full ACS, a few years back, we had one health problem after another with him, he died at two from inherited liver disease, of course there are some healthy ACS out there, i just did nt want to take the risk myself x
Oh no, I'm sorry to hear about that, how sad for you. My british shorthair cat died last year, aged only 2, it broke my heart. She had feline infectious peritonitis, a horrible disease. This has made me very cautious when buying new pets. I want a dog that's as healthy as possible!
 

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I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I understand the obsession bit though… Marcus and I went to a meet six months before we got Saffi and it was torchure!

I personally have reservations regarding Sylml – I know some people have had good experiences with them but there was a thread recently detailing a very sick puppy and the Sylvia’s response (or lack thereof). Do a search for ‘Hope’.

How about Anzil – I know Anthony’s quite far in Liverpool but his show pups are just gorgeous!
I read that Sylml thread with great interest! It did put me off quite a lot but if it was a choice of not being able to have a puppy this year and having one from sylml, I'd go with sylml.

My dad will be driving me to get the puppy and i think a drive from brighton (where i will be living by then) to liverpool will be just too far for him. Shame.

My search continues! :)
 

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Well Turi I have been thinking about what you have said and I must admit that I have had a niggling feeling about the Dartford ad.I am going to work on my hubby this evening and then the search for a breeder begins.Can anyone recommend a good breeder as near to west Sussex as possible and who will be having puppies ready around June.I am going to go for it and I feel I should go for an 8 week old pup to get the best start possible.
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Hi there - I've only just caught up with this thread and must admit I haven't read all the replies. Puppies are hard work especially around young children but once you get past the 16 week mark they definitely get easier and it's great to see them playing together.
Please don't worry about leaving the puppy for 4 hours while you work. That is certainly an acceptable amount of time for a dog to be alone. As you are a teacher don't you think it may be better to wait until the end of July to get your puppy so that you will have 6 weeks at home during the holidays to settle the puppy? It might also be advisable to see if you can find a good breeder with a slightly older puppy - maybe 12 weeks or so which might get you past some of the early toileting, biting stuff.
But most of all - good luck with your search, keep us posted, try not to worry and enjoy :D
 

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I think if you find a good breeder and explain your cirmstances they will toilet and crate train the puppy for you up till 12-13 weeks,yes you will still have alot of hard work .

To be completley honest having a puppy has been the hardest thing ive done ! you need to be able to give them all of your time ,its like having another baby really they're needs come first.
 

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I think if you find a good breeder and explain your cirmstances they will toilet and crate train the puppy for you up till 12-13 weeks,yes you will still have alot of hard work .

To be completley honest having a puppy has been the hardest thing ive done ! you need to be able to give them all of your time ,its like having another baby really they're needs come first.

Sorry Donna I don't mean to disagree with you at all:eek: BUT I would be wary of leaving a puppy with a breeder up to the age of 12/13 weeks. This is a very important time in puppyhood and during this time it is best to expose your puppy to lots of different things, places, noises, people etc. I doubt even the best of breeders would be able to commit the time and effort this requires, plus they will not know the situations that may be unique to your house or lifestyle and so will not be able to do this on your behalf.
It is hard work and I am afraid there aren't really any short cuts but it is soooo worth it in the end. All the hard work, worry and stress melts away when you go on a lovely long walk with your companion :)
 

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Have to agree with Karen all the advice suggests pups are best to fit in with your family if you have them between 8 and 10 weeks the nearer 8 the better. Try Breeders Online they apparently have a code of ethics for their advertisers ie health checks etc. Must say I am not a fan of "free ad" when it comes to livestock as to me a good home is more important than a quick sale. It sounds as if you have a supportive partner so you won't be going it alone puppy blues happen but soon pass. You cannot erradicate all the issues but people with much less support than you survive so go for it and don't worry, nobody will die and it will work out in the end.
 

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Well Turi I have been thinking about what you have said and I must admit that I have had a niggling feeling about the Dartford ad.I am going to work on my hubby this evening and then the search for a breeder begins.Can anyone recommend a good breeder as near to west Sussex as possible and who will be having puppies ready around June.I am going to go for it and I feel I should go for an 8 week old pup to get the best start possible.
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Don't worry - didn't sound rude at all!

I don't know of any breeders in the West Sussex area. In Kent, however there is Ian and Claire Smith (who we visited) who 'do' Working crosses. We really like their set up but they didn't have a pup ready within our time-frame.

In Surrey there is Debbiesdoodles - she 'does' American crosses.

Those are the closest I can think of but to be honest I think health and temperament should take presidence - this pup will be a part of your life maybe over 15 years!

Good luck and let us know how you get on :)
 

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Thanks everyone for the encouragement.I have sent out lots of emails to all of the breeders nearby on breedersonline (My hands ache now :)) Quite a few have replied,many asking £900 which we just can't afford.A lady called Sally Ruane from Maldon in Essex has replied to say she has puppies due today or tomorrow.Turi I have emailed Ian but as of yet had no reply.Do you remember how much his pups were?
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i know corrine o connor, in tolleshunt knight, has a litter of pups, i think about 4 weeks old now, we got murphy from her, lovely lady, good set up , pups DAD PRA test clear, we paid less than a lot of breeders are asking, look up benbela cocker spaniels for her number x
 

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Thanks crazy lady,
I have just been emailing Corrinne.She seems like a lovely lady.Are the puppies well socialised?
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yes puppies well socialised, murphy was already booked by some one who sadly genuinely had to back out, so he was nearly 11 weeks when we got him, corrine was a breeder of cockers first, but now breeds cockapoos as well, she has nt got a website as such, but we are very happy with murphy, there is someone else on here who has a pup from her, who told me how god she is, hope this helps x in the end though , you have to go with your own instincts x
 

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Thanks everyone for the encouragement.I have sent out lots of emails to all of the breeders nearby on breedersonline (My hands ache now :)) Quite a few have replied,many asking £900 which we just can't afford.A lady called Sally Ruane from Maldon in Essex has replied to say she has puppies due today or tomorrow.Turi I have emailed Ian but as of yet had no reply.Do you remember how much his pups were?
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I think Ian's pups are around £800... not 100% sure :rolleyes:
 

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Before you decide on a puppy, why don't you see if there is a Cockapoo Meet in the near future. They are often being held and they are a great way to meet Cockapoo's and their owners. You can have a really goot chat with the owners and hear all the pro' & cons to owning a cockapoo.
 

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Sorry Donna I don't mean to disagree with you at all:eek: BUT I would be wary of leaving a puppy with a breeder up to the age of 12/13 weeks. This is a very important time in puppyhood and during this time it is best to expose your puppy to lots of different things, places, noises, people etc. I doubt even the best of breeders would be able to commit the time and effort this requires, plus they will not know the situations that may be unique to your house or lifestyle and so will not be able to do this on your behalf.
It is hard work and I am afraid there aren't really any short cuts but it is soooo worth it in the end. All the hard work, worry and stress melts away when you go on a lovely long walk with your companion :)
I would agree with you also a puppy should be brought home at 8 weeks,however she said she was anxious etc about bringing home a puppy so early etc so as an alternative for her situation i thought this would be the best option.
I know a few puppies from JD that were'nt picked up until 11-13 weeks because of different reasons all this puppies have gone on to become lovely socialized puppies (Luna being one of them).

Yes in an ideal world 8 weeks is better ,but sometimes we dont live in an ideal world.
 

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I would agree with you also a puppy should be brought home at 8 weeks,however she said she was anxious etc about bringing home a puppy so early etc so as an alternative for her situation i thought this would be the best option.
I know a few puppies from JD that were'nt picked up until 11-13 weeks because of different reasons all this puppies have gone on to become lovely socialized puppies (Luna being one of them).

Yes in an ideal world 8 weeks is better ,but sometimes we dont live in an ideal world.
murphy was a day off 11 weeks when we brought him home, and we have had no problems whatsoever, from first night has slept through, confident around other dogs, not phased at all by washing machine hoover etc, but i guess every puppy is different, and we already had a dog!
 
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