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hello everyone, I’m new to the site and only just stumbled upon it this evening. Just a little bit about me: I live in London, I’ve never owned a dog before and until I started following cute doggy accounts on Instagram, I never in my wildest dreams thought I would want to. Yet here I am trawling the internet most evenings in search of the perfect puppy. Only as most of you know it’s not that easy so just thought I’d ask if anyone could recommend a breeder? Thanks in advance. Alex
 

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Just to say dog ownership and cute dogs on Instagram are miles apart. They spend the early months biting you, ruining your sleep, weeing on your carpets, chewing your house up and depriving you of sleep. They need lots of time spent on their training, walking 365 days of the year whatever the weather and your mood, they can hamper your social life, alter your holidays. They need grooming, track mud onto your carpets and can cost you many thousands and much heartache if they are poorly.

I would not be without my girls ever and they are very much worth all the work and life adjustments but just thought a warts and all post would be useful.
 

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I was just going to ask if you’d had any experience of looking after a dog or puppy as though cockapoos do certainly look very cute and I think they are amazing dogs, they are generally quite needy and active dogs that need physical and mental exercise every single day and the puppy stage can be challenging as well as very rewarding. If you haven’t had any experience it would be worth testing out dog parenting either through borrowing a friend or family members dog or you might even consider fostering- you never know, you might even find a foster dog becomes your forever dog. Good luck in your journey.
 

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Just to say dog ownership and cute dogs on Instagram are miles apart. They spend the early months biting you, ruining your sleep, weeing on your carpets, chewing your house up and depriving you of sleep. They need lots of time spent on their training, walking 365 days of the year whatever the weather and your mood, they can hamper your social life, alter your holidays. They need grooming, track mud onto your carpets and can cost you many thousands and much heartache if they are poorly.

I would not be without my girls ever and they are very much worth all the work and life adjustments but just thought a warts and all post would be useful.
Hi and thanks for taking the time to comment. I can see how my original post might have come across as naive and somewhat flippant but rest assured it’s not a decision I’ve come to overnight and it’s certainly not come about from looking at cute photos on Instagram. That said I do appreciate the warts and all depiction as this type of reality check only reaffirms my decision. And I have considered all the points you highlighted and not having carpets anywhere in my home was the real clincher :) The only quandary I have though, which was the reason for my post in the first place, is making sure I don’t help fund a puppy farm which is why I was asking for leads or recommendations. What I don’t want is for my purchase to bring any harm or suffering to another dog.
 

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I was just going to ask if you’d had any experience of looking after a dog or puppy as though cockapoos do certainly look very cute and I think they are amazing dogs, they are generally quite needy and active dogs that need physical and mental exercise every single day and the puppy stage can be challenging as well as very rewarding. If you haven’t had any experience it would be worth testing out dog parenting either through borrowing a friend or family members dog or you might even consider fostering- you never know, you might even find a foster dog becomes your forever dog. Good luck in your journey.
Hi, I’m a novice so no former dog experience but I’m at home all day and relishing the thought of nurturing and training a puppy. I don’t think fostering is really an option for me given that previous dog experience is a prerequisite.
 

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Thank you for taking the comments in good heart and I hope you find the dog you are looking for. No help on breeders I am afraid as Molly was a rescue and my other dog via a friend.

Do try and make sure the parents have at least some health tests done and are feared in a family situation to help them become happy well socialised babies from the very start.

Hard work but the best thing ever for people prepared to do it

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Thank you for taking the comments in good heart and I hope you find the dog you are looking for. No help on breeders I am afraid as Molly was a rescue and my other dog via a friend.

Do try and make sure the parents have at least some health tests done and are feared in a family situation to help them become happy well socialised babies from the very start.

Hard work but the best thing ever for people prepared to do it

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Oh how adorable they both are 😍
 

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Hi,

my puppy is about to be born. I did lots of research before selecting a breeder. You have to be prepared to drive quite far.
I ended up going with Sussex Cockapoos. Went to meet them and the parents etc. I wanted a breeder that treats their dogs and the puppies more like family, because that’s how the puppy will be raised.
Maybe try looking through these breeders:

Make sure they are approved, have health checks, treat the dog right, visit of you can etc
 

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Be careful with the Cockapoo club of GB - it is a group set up for breeders by breeders and has some places on their that I would not touch with a bargepole in terms of how they raise the pups. They do support health testing though

Honest - I am not always totally grumpy lol
 

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I’m not going to rush into anything. Two breeders which I know are kosher are just not taking any new enquiries… I’ll just wait until they open up their W/lists….
 

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It is really hard to find a reputable breeder that you like. I’d say do your homework online about testing and how they say they raise their puppies then when you visit look for evidence both of testing for your individual pups parents and also that they seem to raise the pups as they described. Sorry I can’t recommend a breeder as I wouldn’t buy from ours again despite Digby being a great dog. I grew up with family dogs and I’ve had four now as an adult and if I could go back in time I’d advise myself to enrol in puppy classes straight away with my first dog. I did with my other three and it made such a difference. It helped train me to train the puppy, helped with socialisation and also helped me get to know other dog owners. If you meet any dog owners in your area you could try asking where they got them from- us cockapoo owners tend to love talking about our dogs 😉.
 

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Hi,

my puppy is about to be born. I did lots of research before selecting a breeder. You have to be prepared to drive quite far.
I ended up going with Sussex Cockapoos. Went to meet them and the parents etc. I wanted a breeder that treats their dogs and the puppies more like family, because that’s how the puppy will be raised.
Maybe try looking through these breeders:

Make sure they are approved, have health checks, treat the dog right, visit of you can etc
Thanks Lena. I’ve come across this list before but when I did my research on one of the breeders on there, I found they had quite a few negative Google reviews about them so that has cast some doubt on to it’s validity at least for me anyway. Also there’s very limited info on some of the breeders on there. I spoke to one of them and they said they deliberately limited what they put on the web so as not to attract thieves!? Anyway I’m glad you’ve found your pup. I’m sure it is adorable x
 

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It is really hard to find a reputable breeder that you like. I’d say do your homework online about testing and how they say they raise their puppies then when you visit look for evidence both of testing for your individual pups parents and also that they seem to raise the pups as they described. Sorry I can’t recommend a breeder as I wouldn’t buy from ours again despite Digby being a great dog. I grew up with family dogs and I’ve had four now as an adult and if I could go back in time I’d advise myself to enrol in puppy classes straight away with my first dog. I did with my other three and it made such a difference. It helped train me to train the puppy, helped with socialisation and also helped me get to know other dog owners. If you meet any dog owners in your area you could try asking where they got them from- us cockapoo owners tend to love talking about our dogs 😉.
…Your closing remark made me laugh! Very sound advice which I will definitely follow. Thank you. PS your closing remark made me laugh 😂
 

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hello everyone, I’m new to the site and only just stumbled upon it this evening. Just a little bit about me: I live in London, I’ve never owned a dog before and until I started following cute doggy accounts on Instagram, I never in my wildest dreams thought I would want to. Yet here I am trawling the internet most evenings in search of the perfect puppy. Only as most of you know it’s not that easy so just thought I’d ask if anyone could recommend a breeder? Thanks in advance. Alex
 

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I got my little pup from Justdogz they were fantastic sent pictures and videos every week, I have been so lucky with Eddie he goes outside to do his business and hasn’t chewed any of the furniture yet! Yes he is a lot of hard work but really worth it, it is hard thinking of games to play with him with him but so much fun.
 

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Hi, distance might be an issue as I’m in London but I’ll add them to my list to look into. Thank you.
 

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Best to look at many different sites (don't focus on flashy sites or something but substantial info like health checks), then speak to the breeders, ask lots of questions and visit!
Make sure the breeder only focusses on Cockapoos and has only one litter at a time. One litter is a full time job.
I visited my breeders a few months ago when they had a different litter of pups that were all reserved to meet the mother of my puppy, see how the breeders keep and care for the puppies and get to know them. They raise their puppies in a family home and truly love their dogs. The puppies get exposed to all normal household things and kids, other dogs etc. That was important to me, personally because well...for me that dog is a family member and I have a normal home not a barn, so a puppy raised in a barn was not useful to me (Same for you as it sounds that you do not live on a farm)
I recommend taking your time and doing that research! Hope this helps. My breeders are in Brighton and just had my litter yesterday, so I could not be more excited. Get ready to drive quite far for a good breeder that you trust! Again, always ask yourself, would you trust these people to raise your child? :) Hope that helps
 

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It does help thanks. Just a question, the Justdogz you got your puppy from, are they in Preston? I keep getting different results regarding where they’re based???
 

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yeah it does help a lot thinks for the post
Update: I’ve started to look at other breeds. The fact I’ve been researching cockapoo breeders to buy from for almost a year and not coming up with any satisfactory finds ie ethical trustworthy breeders who are not just in it for money making motives draws me to the conclusion that it would be morally incorrect of me to pursue this any further. Im so disillusioned that the most harm to animals comes from the very people that profess to love them :(
 

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I think being open minded about breed is probably your best bet to be honest. All of my dogs have been older dog rescues apart from my one pup who was a genuine accidental litter a friend had and she gave me one of the pups to be my first ever shiny puppy. I think as life returns to normal there will be lots more dogs and pups in rescue very shortly as so many people have taken one on without really thinking about the long term.

I really hope you find the dog you deserve.
 
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