Ethical Standards

 

Any dogs used for breeding through Groodles Australia are registered as part of the QLD Government’s new breeder registration scheme to combat puppy farms and backyard breeders.

Our Breeder Identification Number is 0000221842105.

We align ourselves with the RSPCA’s standards for responsible breeders and abide by the strict, ethical code of practice as follows:

We plan ahead and aim to find good homes for every puppy we breed:

We plan for EVERY litter. We make sure there is a steady demand for our pups, meaning they will all have loving homes to go to, and a smooth adoption process will ensue. We offer the following guarantees:

  • All mum/dad pairings and litters are planned for in advance.
  • The mother will always be at full adult physical development prior to breeding, and will not be bred during her first heat.
  • The mother will have no more than 3 litters and will have appropriate time to recover between litters.
  • The breeding program is run under the guidance of Greater Springfield Veterinary.
  • Suitable, permanent homes are determined through an intensive screening process before our pups are ready for adoption.
  • Any pups not adopted within a specific timeframe will continue to live with the breeder, or with a Greater Springfield Veterinary staff member until the right home is found.

We provide a high standard of care and appropriate living conditions for our animals:

Our Groodle mothers and fathers are existing pets within a loving guardian family. These families provide higher standards of living than most breeders, and as each guardian family is responsible for only one litter at a time, you can be assured that our pups have a safe, clean and spacious environment to grow, eat, sleep and play in. We offer the following guarantees:

  • The living environment that our pups are born into and grow up in is always clean.
  • There is ample space for the pups and adult dogs to move around and exercise in.
  • The pups (and adult dogs) are given appropriate items to chew and play with.
  • The parent dogs are well socialised with other dogs and people.
  • The pups (and adult dogs) are fed at regular intervals, and with a high-quality pet food product.
  • The entire litter will have regular visits to and from Greater Springfield Veterinary staff, who can provide full health information and records for new owners.

We are genuinely concerned about the welfare of our animals:

We do not breed Groodles for a specific colour or look. Instead, we breed with a focus on the health of the dog as our main priority. Our veterinary staff monitor the mother Groodles during pregnancy and our pups are checked regularly during their first weeks of life. We offer the following guarantees:

  • As our mother and father Groodles are members of guardian families, they are kept by their original owners once retired to live a full, happy life.
  • No Groodle from Groodles Australia will ever have its tail docked or dew claws removed.
  • To combat puppy farming and the ensure the welfare of our dogs, all Groodles Australia pups will be desexed prior to being re-homed.
  • Upon adoption of a Groodle pup, you will be provided with veterinary recommended advice on diet, socialisation, registration and identification requirements, and when future medications or vaccinations your puppy is required to receive, are due.

 

 

We are contactable, open to questions, and can provide a complete history of the puppy:

Groodles Australia staff are open to all questions. Individuals with general queries are encouraged to contact us.

Individuals chosen to receive a puppy will be given a more direct contact method and a specific contact person to liaise with. We offer the following guarantees:

  • Potential owners will be well informed about their new Groodle and will be provided with information regarding the background, size, breed, and temperament of the parents.
  • We will answer all reasonable questions and provide appropriate access to registration and veterinary records.

We make sure that you will suit the puppy – and the puppy will suit you:

When a litter is made public for adoption, you will undergo a vetting process to ensure you, your family and other existing animals are a suitable match for one of our pups. Individual pups may require specific adoption situations based on temperament, activity level, size, and purpose.

We breed to produce happy, healthy pets, free from known genetic disorders:

All of the breeding Groodles involved in our program are Hip Scored, Elbow Scored and DNA profiled. All of our pups are microchipped, health checked, vaccinated and desexed. We offer the following guarantees:

  • We take all required steps to ensure our puppies are bred without inherited diseases.
  • Our puppies are NEVER mated with close relatives, including brother/sister, father/daughter, mother/son, grandfather/granddaughter, grandmother/grandson, cousin/cousin.
  • We always put health, welfare and temperament above appearance. Our pups are bred to be family, companion and support dogs, not show dogs.

We provide ongoing support and information to new owners:

Groodles Australia provides ongoing support to new puppy owners by the means of email and phone communication. Local owners will be able to take advantage of continued veterinary care at one of our two veterinary practices – reinforcing the bond with our friendly and familiar staff.

We provide a ‘cooling off’ period:

Groodles Australia provides a minimum ‘cooling off’ period so families may ensure the pup they receive is the ‘right fit’ for them. We guarantee to take back any puppy that is not suitable during this period.

We can provide testimonials and records:

Groodles Australia is a veterinary run breeding program (as opposed to an ‘enthusiast’ breeding program), so you can be assured that highly trained veterinary staff have been involved in all stages of the process.

References and testimonials can be provided by previous and existing owners, the staff of Greater Springfield Veterinary and we can provide documents indicating the up to date registration of our breeders.

We meet all legal requirements:

All Groodles Australia Breeders are registered under the QLD Dog Breeder Registration Act.

As Groodles are a cross breed, they are not recognised as an official breed by the Australian National Kennel Council or Dogs Queensland, therefore no membership can be obtained through these organisations.

ABOUT US

Groodles Australia is a generous, community-minded, social enterprise, breeding the most beautiful, sound, healthy and intelligent Groodle pups for the enrichment of all involved.

Groodles have become a popular choice for many, with some being specially trained to become service dogs, companion animals for children with disabilities (including autism) and as medical alert dogs (for diabetics and epileptics).

This beautiful breed suits individuals and families from all walks of life, and we think they are very special indeed.

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COMMUNITY

Established in 2006, Groodles Australia has now morphed into a wonderfully fun and generous community project, allowing us to promote a beautiful breed of companion dog, and facilitate significant donations to charitable causes. 

As of 2018, Groodles Australia has donated over $400,000 to charity. 

The beauty of Groodles Australia is that it provides scope for significant donations to organisations which are dear to the hearts of our veterinary team and participating guardian families.

 

CONTACT US

 

Please email us for expressions of interest, to make a donation, or to join Groodles Australia.

Our website contact can be found here:

http://springfielddistrictvets.com.au/groodles-australia/contact-us/

TESTMONIES

Hello all its Bree, Locky and Donna We just wanted to let you know that Oscar (little boy) is doing very well. Today he went to puppy day care and he went very well top of the class. He is enjoying our garden very much, his our own little gardener, his pulling out the grass and watering it for us, oh and pulling out our sprinklers. He is so great he has made our life wonderful we still have much to learn. Thanks so much, we would recommend you to anybody who would be thinking of buying a groodle. Once again thanks.

Jenni & Tilly

We are very happy with our decision to purchase our groodle pup. Purchasing Tilly through Jeannet’s groodle program gave us confidence that we were buying a healthy pup Tilly has settled in quickly; and with the help of puppy pre-school is an easy to train, beautiful natured dog. She has quickly found a place in all our hearts. She is always close by, enjoys being handled, is easy to groom, easy to please. She puts a smile on all our faces every day!

Regards, Jenni

Thank you so much for the effort that you put in to join her with us, we couldn't be happier as she fit in straight away.
Her favourite things seem to be eating cheese (much like myself), attempting to get our cats to play with her (they do not agree with this), chasing her frisbee, and stealing the best seat on the couch!

Emma Bourke