Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to commonly asked questions about Crockett Doodles

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I decide which breed is right for me?

How do I decide which breed is right for me?

How do I decide which breed is right for me?

How do I decide which breed is right for me?

We have a wide range of amazing breeds of Doodles available in our family network. So whatever kind of Doodle you are looking for – whether you’re looking for a jogging partner, a puppy to run around with the kids, or you want a snuggle bug for the couch – we have a Doodle for you! So first, I want you to start with our Breed Comparison Chart if you haven’t checked it out yet. You’ll want to go to our website, click on Compare. The very first article, “Compare Breeds,” is where you want to go. Scroll down and find the breed that you’re interested in and as you have questions, please reach out to us. We love to answer questions about breeds and help you find the furry family member that is best for you. So just email us at [email protected]

Can I adopt two puppies?

Can I adopt two puppies?

Can I adopt two puppies?

Can I adopt two puppies?

Yes! Puppies love furry companions just as much as their humans do. If you’d like to adopt two puppies, you just need to place a deposit for each one and then let the Matching Team know once you start receiving puppy announcements that you’d like to receive two pups.

What kinds of coats do Doodles have?

What kinds of coats do Doodles have?

What kinds of coats do Doodles have?

What kinds of coats do Doodles have?

Doodles tend to have one of three coat types: straight, wavy, or curly. Most often we have wavy or curly pups, but from time to time we do have straight-coated pups and you can have all three in the same litter! Typically, the curlier the pup, the less likely the puppy will shed and the more hypoallergenic it will be so we do recommend to our families that have mild allergies that you would consider adopting a curly-coated pup. You can find more information about these coat types including pictures on our website by going to www.crockettdoodles.com and clicking on Resources and scrolling down to the article entitled “Coat Types.”

Do you have a Health Guarantee?

Do you have a Health Guarantee?

Do you have a Health Guarantee?

Do you have a Health Guarantee?

Yes! We are committed to the health of our puppies and have a wonderful Health Guarantee that you can read about on the Frequently Asked Questions page of our website at www.crockettdoodles.com. Simply click the About tab, select the FAQ page, scroll down that page until you see the question, “Do you have a Health Guarantee.” Click on that link and it will take you directly to the page where you can read the details of our guarantee there. Read our full Health Guarantee.

What if someone in my house has allergies?

What if someone in my house has allergies?

What if someone in my house has allergies?

What if someone in my house has allergies?

While no dog is completely hypoallergenic, if you or someone in your family has mild allergies we do encourage you to consider adopting a very curly coated F1b puppy. Typically, the curlier the coat the less likely the puppy will shed as an adult, and the more hypoallergenic it will be. Keep in mind that since our puppies are raised at private homes, that we are unable to arrange visits ahead of Adoption Day to check to see if you have an allergic reaction. For more information about the benefits of an F1b puppy, please go to our website at www.crockettdoodles.com,  click on the Resources tab and scroll down to see the article “The F1b Advantage.”

Are your puppies micro-chipped?

Are your puppies micro-chipped?

Are your puppies micro-chipped?

Are your puppies micro-chipped?

Most of our puppies go home with a microchip. This is a brand new, unregistered chip that you can register with the company of your choice. Your vet may have a suggestion for companies to use, or you may also want to use a company that many of our Partner Homes use: Home Again at www.homeagain.com Not all of our puppies go home with a chip. If your puppy does have a chip, that microchip number will be located on the paperwork you received in your Adoption Day folder.

Will my puppy be up-to-date on vaccinations?

Will my puppy be up-to-date on vaccinations?

Will my puppy be up-to-date on vaccinations?

Will my puppy be up-to-date on vaccinations?

Yes! On Adoption Day your puppy will be up-to-date on all of her vaccinations. You will receive a formal Vaccination Record that will list out all the vaccinations and de-worming medications that your puppy has received up to this point. This record is designed for you to take to your vet at the first puppy visit and be able to schedule the next vaccinations that your puppy will need. We do want you to keep in mind that while your puppy is under our care, they are too young to receive the rabies’ vaccination, so you’ll want to make sure that you schedule that and it usually happens around 14 weeks of age.

Help! I’m a brand new puppy owner!

Help! I’m a brand new puppy owner!

Help! I’m a brand new puppy owner!

Help! I’m a brand new puppy owner!

First we want to say, “Congratulations!” We are so excited you have embarked on this new journey with a furry family member! It’s going to be amazing! The first few months can be challenging as you learn to care for and train your new puppy. It will also be challenging for your puppy as he learns to love and trust you and get acclimated to his new forever home. We have gathered together some articles for you on grooming, socialization, potty training, vet care, nutrition, and many more. You can go to our website at www.crockettdoodles.com and click on the Resources tab and you will see there the Puppy Start Guide and the Puppy Shopping List. You can click on those and they will give you many ideas to get started on your journey. We want you to feel as prepared as possible as you become your puppy’s new forever home.

Do you sell your breeding rights?

Do you sell your breeding rights?

Do you sell your breeding rights?

Do you sell your breeding rights?

Our puppies are meant to be beloved family pets, so no, we do not sell our breeding rights. We do have a required Spay/Neuter Contract that our Forever Homes sign on Adoption Day agreeing not to breed their pet. We ask each home to send us a copy of the paperwork from a licensed veterinarian once this procedure has been completed.

Do you offer stud services?

Do you offer stud services?

Do you offer stud services?

Do you offer stud services?

Our parent dogs are privately owned family pets. We are so sorry, but we are unable to offer stud services outside of our family network of breeders.

Do we have to spay or neuter our puppy?

Do we have to spay or neuter our puppy?

Do we have to spay or neuter our puppy?

Do we have to spay or neuter our puppy?

Having these procedures done on your puppy too soon can have a negative impact on healthy growth. We ask that you not have your pup spayed or neutered until they are finished growing. For most of our breeds, this is between the ages of 6 and 12 months. If you have one of our larger breed dogs, and your vet would like you to wait until they are older, we certainly defer to your vet. Once this procedure has been completed, you can email a copy of this to [email protected] This fulfills the spay and neuter agreement that you signed on Adoption Day agreeing not to breed your pup.
Do we have to spay or neuter our puppy?

When Will I Get My Puppy?

Historically, at Crockett Doodles most families receive the announcement of their ideal puppy within 4-6 months (on average); for several doodle breeds, the wait time has become longer since the COVID pandemic. It is very difficult to predict an exact date or litter that you will be matched with. We cannot predict number of pups, genders or colors until a litter is born. Often families are registered for more than one breed or more than one size so the deposit list is constantly moving and changing as families at the top of the list are being fit into various litters. The greater your flexibility, the greater likelihood that you will be matched fairly quickly with a puppy. For example, if you’re fine with a male/female, any color, and a Sheepadoodle or Newfiedoodle, you’ll likely be matched faster than someone who needs to have a 15 pound, dark red, petite mini Goldendoodle, that has to be female. In general, the more specific your desire, the longer it will take for us to have that exact pup. Read this article for a much more detailed explanation of our wait time and how it has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can scroll down to the bottom of that article for our Breed Wait Times chart that is updated weekly.


What is the Price for a Puppy from Crockett Doodles


How Do You Match Puppies?

When your name gets closer to the top of the deposit list, you and several other families will receive a puppy announcement via email.  We ask families to view the pictures and descriptions and reply to us with their choices in order of preference. We match the puppies based on your preferences and the order in which the deposits were placed. You are always welcome to pass on a litter announcement if the timing isn’t best for you or you want to wait for something different. Unlike almost all other breeders, we don’t “lock you into” a particular litter. We also offer a refundable deposit (minus a 9% processing fee). Read more about the process here.


Can You Explain Your Partner Home System?

Our family network is comprised of Partner Homes that serve in a variety of ways. We have three kinds of Partner Homes: Guardian Homes, Surrogate Homes and Transition Homes. Every family is unique, and these different roles within our family network allows flexibility for each family in raising and/or caring for our puppies. Many of our Partner Homes hold more than one role in our network. For example, a family may be both a Guardian Home and a Transition Home or a Surrogate Home may also be a Transition Home, etc.

Our parent dogs are privately owned family pets whose families have partnered with Crockett Doodles. Nathan does not have a required breeding schedule for our family network and each family is free to decide when they want to breed their pet. Nathan has two dogs in his home, but most of the Crockett Doodles program parent dogs are raised in Partner Homes – specifically Guardian Homes. We do not have parents dogs that “retire” from our breeding program who need a new home since our parent dogs are already family pets.

Most of our Partner Homes have children and many have other pets. While it is certainly not a prerequisite, the extra attention that a puppy receives being raised around children is a huge plus for their early socialization. Exposure to other animals also helps a puppy learn good canine social manners.

Our Partner Homes are carefully supervised and provided solid, on-going accountability to the high standards required to be a member of the Crockett Doodles’ family network. Raising healthy puppies is hard work and requires a significant level of commitment for the entire family. We are very selective in choosing Partner Homes.

Over the past several years, we’ve expanded to have Partner Homes in multiple locations: South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Michigan, Texas, Iowa and California. Our Crockett Doodles Partner Homes in multiple states offer convenient pick up options for adopting families. Click here to see pictures and read bios of several of our Partner Homes.

Crockett Doodles Goldendoodle

Guardian Homes: Our Guardian Homes are family or friends for whom Nathan has purchased a high-quality dog. They keep that dog in their home as their beloved pet and have occasional litters for the Crockett Doodles’ program. Their puppies are born, raised and socialized with their family.

We oversee a few litters from each Guardian Home dog, where we take care of finding the exact right stud dog and supervise the breeding process. The puppies will be raised at the Guardian Home or may be raised at a Surrogate Home if the Guardian Home so chooses. We give a monetary gift back to the Guardian Home for allowing us to use their dog. The primary difference between a Guardian Home and a Surrogate Home is that the Guardian Home has the mom as their family pet and raises the puppies, while a Surrogate Home does not own the mom, but can be asked to care for the mom and raise the puppies if the Guardian Home is not able to do this because of family schedules, vacations, etc.

The Crockett Doodles’ Team arranges for each of the puppies to go to Forever Homes, and the Partner Home, who helped raise the pups, gets much of the profit from the litter. Many of our Partner Home families live in beautiful Greenville, SC.

We encourage you to watch this video of one of our Guardian/Partner Homes that recently raised a litter of puppies.

Surrogate Homes: A Surrogate Home is a home that loves raising puppies occasionally. We work closely with these homes and pay these homes to partner with us.  These puppies are raised under strict supervision from Crockett Doodles, and in close harmony with the veterinary team. After raising a litter of pups and caring for mama at their home for 8 weeks, we help the Surrogate Home wean the puppies. The mama dog returns to her Guardian Home where she continues to be a beloved pet, and we take the 8 week old pups to a Crockett Doodles Transition Home to transition into their new life as they meet their Forever Family. At Crockett Doodles, we value family-raised puppies that have been well-socialized so Surrogate Homes are also held to a high level of accountability even though they do not own the mama dog. Surrogate Homes do not have to be close family friends of the Crocketts, are not given access to bank account information, and are not burdened with communication with Forever Families. Surrogate Homes are families who are willing to responsibly raise a few litters a year of pups at their house and are paid well for doing so.

Transition Homes: These homes are family members or friends who specifically care for puppies in the days immediately before Adoption Day and introduce our puppies to their Forever Homes. Crockett Doodles invests a significant amount of time, training and finances into our Transition Homes. They are trusted with the Crockett Doodles’ bank account information and collecting adoption fees from Forever Families on Adoption Day. Transition Homes work in close contact with the Crockett Doodles Team as the pups are matched to their Forever Homes and receive their final vet checks before Adoption Day. Transition Homes help their pups transition into better crate training, begin actively house-training, and help the pups become accustomed to being away from their mom (if the pups have transitioned from a Guardian or Surrogate Home). In our experience, it’s a healthier process for puppies if their transition away from their family to your home is gradual. Many of our Guardian Homes are also Transition Homes because they want to handle their own Adoption Days and take care of this last transition week with their own puppies. If a Guardian or Surrogate Home cannot do this (due to family schedules, conflicts, or just being uncomfortable with strangers coming to their home especially during Covid), they may ask a trained Transition Home to handle this process and their puppies’ Adoption Days.

No matter which type of Partner Home your puppy experiences, you can be sure they are loved and cared for well.


How Can I Be a Partner Home for Crockett Doodles?

We are so thankful for more than 150 families who have partnered with us (in various ways) to make Crockett Doodles possible. We are currently accepting applications, but are not actively adding new Partner Homes right now as our supply and demand is balanced. We are also focused on developing our family networks in Iowa and California. We are glad to keep your application on file so we can reach out to you if/when we decide to move forward in adding more families in your area of the country.

Click here for the detailed application to be a part of our breeding program.


Can We Visit?

Our parent dogs are privately owned family pets and live at our Guardian Homes (see description above). Pups are raised at our Guardian Homes or Surrogate Homes. Years ago when Crockett Doodles first started, we could have people into our homes to meet our parent dogs (who are pets first of all). As Crockett Doodles has expanded through the years and as dealing with Covid became a reality for all of us, it is just no longer possible to accommodate the numerous daily requests for home visits although we wish we still could. Dr. Nathan Crockett is a full-time administrator and professor who travels nationally to speak and has five young children at home. Welcoming daily visitors to his private home has become impossible. It is a similar situation for our Partner Homes, who have families and other professional jobs as well. We certainly understand that not everyone is comfortable with this arrangement, and we have no problem encouraging families to seek out other full-time breeders who can accommodate visits to their kennels. Many “traditional” breeders have dozens of leftover puppies that they can show to you, so they’re thrilled to have you visit and buy a pup. We’ve been blessed to have more people wanting our pups than available supply. We can say that we’ve almost never had a family come to pick up their puppy and walk away without the pup. We’re so grateful for the encouragement we receive daily from our families that adopt our puppies (click here to read reviews).


What Can I Expect On My Pick-up Date?

Once you are matched to your new puppy, we will work with you to schedule a pick-up day and time around the time that your puppy is 8-12 weeks old. We assess each puppy individually and will let you know the best time for your puppy to make that transition to your home. We are glad to take some pictures of you and your new puppy meeting for the first time on your phone. One of our trained staff members will walk you through our Puppy Quick Start Guide which includes helpful information about vet visits, choosing  a groomer, our Health Guarantee, and tips on feeding and crate training.

Your puppy’s Vaccination Record will be given to you with all the vaccinations and de-worming medications and dates of administration your puppy has received thus far. We encourage you to give this record to your vet at your puppy’s first appointment. You will be asked to sign our spay/neuter contract and will be given a receipt of purchase for your puppy. If you pick up in the state of SC, there will be a 6% sales tax. If you pick up in another state, or have your pup delivered to a state other than SC, you will not be charged sales tax.


Puppies and Potty Issues?

Your puppy should have the ability to sleep through the night. Sometimes they have a bit of an adjustment once they separate from their siblings but it doesn’t take long for them to adjust to their crate.

We’ve found that typically puppies can “hold it” half the number of hours of their age; so an 8 week old puppy can hold it 4 hours, a 10 week old puppy can hold it 5 hours, etc. At night you can usually add a couple hours to that formula.  During the day, puppies seem to go through spurts where they have bursts of energy, and then they tucker out and sleep for a while. A young puppy is still a baby and needs quite a bit of sleep. Read the links here for more helpful information about Crate Training and House Training.


How Far In Advance Do I Need To Reserve a Christmas Puppy?

Our 2022 Christmas List is now OPEN.

If you are interested in adopting a puppy to bring home in December, you’re invited to join our Christmas Priority List! Being on the Christmas Priority List means that you will be the first to receive announcements of puppies available for adoption during the month of December ahead of families on our regular waitlist.

You can do this by signing into your account and clicking the Christmas Priority List button in the left hand menu. You can then follow the instructions to place your $100 Christmas deposit.

If you are not already on our regular waitlist and therefore do not have an account with us, but you would like to apply to adopt a puppy in December, you can fill out the application here to begin that process. Once you’ve been approved and have placed your $300 deposit to join our regular waitlist, you’ll be able to sign into your account and also join the Christmas Priority List.

The Christmas Priority List deposit of $100 will automatically be credited towards the balance of your puppy on Adoption Day.

Ground and Flight Nanny delivery as well as Training options will be offered in the month of December and are subject to availability.

Due to our own families’ Christmas plans, we will be unable to arrange for holdovers past your puppy’s scheduled Adoption Day in the month of December. Many of our adoptive families in past years have just had a friend or family member “hide” their puppy until the time came for the big surprise moment.

It is still too early to know for certain all the breeds we will have available in December, but we know we are planning to have a variety of breeds and sizes including but not limited to Goldendoodles, Bernedoodles, Cavapoos, and Sheepadoodles. All are subject to availability.

If we do not end up having puppies available in December in your preferred size/breed(s) of preference as indicated in your account, your Christmas Priority Deposit will be refunded in full, or it can be applied to a puppy available after the month of December.

Christmas Priority List families are still eligible to receive puppy announcements before December. If you are on our Christmas Priority List and end up adopting a puppy before December, your $100 Christmas deposit will be credited towards the balance of your puppy.

If we have your breed/size preferences available to you in December, but you decide not to adopt a puppy in December, you will forfeit this $100 Christmas deposit in full.


Do You Offer Delivery Options?

Yes! We offer both Ground Delivery and Flight Nanny Delivery Services to our adoptive families. Here’s a link to our pricing and more information about our Ground Delivery and Flight Nanny services: Delivery Services

Additional pups delivered to the same location will be $100 each for delivery. So if three family members (or neighbors) each had a Doodle puppy delivered, you could save on delivery costs. 

If you want to pick up your puppy yourself, you are welcome to do this! Through the years, we have had families fly in from all over the US (and even Canada and Mexico) to pick up their new puppy from us in Greenville, SC, or one of our Partner Homes in another state.  Most airlines allow a passenger to carry their puppy (as long as it is under 15 pounds) on the plane with them in a soft carrier under their seat.  Be sure to check with your preferred airline for their guidelines before purchasing tickets. We find that the puppies travel very well.  For families who fly in to adopt their puppy, we’ve had many who have found better airline options into Charlotte or Atlanta than Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP) and have requested their puppy be delivered to them at the Charlotte airport or Atlanta airport. Remember, too, that if the adoption takes place outside of SC, you won’t need to pay sales tax.


What Will I Need for My Puppy?

We will start you off with several supplies, but the biggest item we recommend you purchase is a crate. We recommend choosing a size that will fit your puppy when full grown (the description of each crate should give you a weight range) and use the crate’s divider to make the crate smaller when your puppy is little. (Dogs are “den” animals and love to keep their “den” clean which really helps with the potty training process. If the crate is very big, they often create a “potty corner” which defeats one purpose of the crate which is to help complete the potty training process.)

Will I Receive a List of Vaccinations That My Puppy Has Received?

On Adoption Day, you will receive your puppy’s Vaccination Record that will have listed the two vaccinations your puppy has received as well as the dates of administration. Typically, our puppies receive Neopar and Nobivac Canine 1-DAPPv (Canine Distemper Virus, Adenovirus 2, Parainfluenza Virus, Parvovirus). Also noted on the Vaccination Record will be the de-worming medications your puppy has received to date.

This Vaccination Record is designed for you to give to your vet at your puppy’s first visit so that the next required vaccinations can be scheduled. Most vets recommend a 12-week and a 16-week vaccination as well as other vaccinations for your puppy’s continued health. Our vaccinations are administered by family vets or by our breeders and health coordinators who are trained in the proper storage and administration of puppy vaccinations. The only vaccination required by law to be administered by a vet is the rabies’ vaccination. Your vet will need to administer the rabies’ vaccination to your puppy at the appropriate age which is typically when your pup is around 14 weeks of age.


Do You Do Health/Genetic Testing (including hip testing)?

We are currently in the process of getting our parent dogs health tested. In general, we’re working with Partner Homes and Guardian Homes to test for Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Progressive Rod-Cone Degeneration (PRA-prcd), von Willebrand’s Disease Type I (vWD 1), Hair/Coat Curl, and Hair/Coat Furnishings (IC). The coat testing is not as much about genetic problems as it is trying to breed for wavy/curly doodles more than straight coated doodles.

Tricolor Bernedoodle

For some of our doodle breeds, we are working to do the testing on specific issues that could be a problem for that particular breed. For instance in addition to the 6 genetic tests listed above, Labradoodles can be tested for Centronuclear Myopathy (CNM), Cystinuria, Exercise Induced Collapse (EIC), and Hereditary Nasal Parakeratosis (HNPK); these four issues are occasionally found in Labrador Retrievers. (Cystinuria is also a good test for Newfiedoodles and Newfoundlands which can be prone to this issue).

We pay for all of the genetic testing for dogs in Partner Homes and Guardian Homes and do not use a dog to breed that has any genetic issue we are aware of. We’ve let people know through the years, that once all of our breeding dogs have been fully tested we will likely increase our prices, as it is expensive/time-consuming to get all of the testing done. Some veterinarians we’ve talked to are not fully aware of every type of test that should be done for a doodle. We strive to have doodles of excellent health, temperament, and appearance to match with wonderful forever homes.

For hip testing, we are in the process of testing all of our larger breeds (Newfiedoodles, Bernedoodles, Sheepadoodles, Saint Berdoodles, and Pyredoodles). We have had a few parent dogs that we have had to remove from our program because they did not have ideal hips. I respect the rare Doodle breeders who have all the testing done, even on their minis. I’m not aware of any breeder who does all of the DNA testing and hip-testing whose adoption prices are not considerably higher than ours.

At this time we don’t require hip testing for our guardian homes with mini puppies (though some have it) for several reasons:

  1. Some of my guardian homes are uncomfortable sedating their smaller dog for the x-rays.
  2. Hip Dysplasia is primarily a problem for large breed heavy framed dogs (70 pounds or more) or pitbull/bulldog type of dogs, Labs also can have issues.
  3. For instance 61% of Bulldogs tested are dysplastic. Since many of my guardian homes have mini/medium-sized dogs, dysplasia is not as big of a concern
  4. Also, Poodles are one of the least likely breeds to experience hip dysplasia (only 8.5% of those tested are dysplastic); 84 breeds rank ahead of them. Since we specialize in F1b pups, they are 75% Poodle, from separate genetic lines, and with the addition of hybrid vigor, we estimate that in our mini doodles, there would be about a 5-7% chance that one of our adult breeders may be dysplastic. We would easily recognize it in our females, as we don’t like to breed dogs until they are at least 2 years old. We did remove one female from our program before she was a year old, because she showed signs of dysplasia.
  5. We believe it is for these reasons that if you look at the OFA’s website, you’ll find that although some breeds have had more than 100,000 dogs tested, there have only been 288 Labradoodles tested since 1974, and fewer than 100 Goldendoodles. We are one of the rare doodle breeders who likes to test, but we don’t require it for our minis.

What Food Do You Recommend?

We highly recommend TLC Puppy Food, and we think it is one of the best food on the market for most dogs. We switched our dogs to it a few years ago and we have seen a noticeable difference in their health. TLC is only available online and is not sold in stores, so you will probably want to place your order once you’re matched to your puppy. (Click on this link to receive a discount on your first order:  TLC Website Then enter this Code in the Coupon Code space: 687651025)

TLC is often made 3-5 days before it is shipped to your door for free, is only sold through top quality breeders, has an auto-ship feature so you’ll never run out, and is similar in price to brands such as Blue Wilderness. It is our favorite food by far, and we believe in its quality so strongly, that we extend our one-year Health Guarantee to three years for families who feed TLC the full three years. We certainly know there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all puppy/dog food, so we definitely encourage you to choose the best food for your pet.


Where Will I Pick Up My Puppy?

Right now our main location is in Greenville, SC, area so most likely you will be picking up your puppy there. We have several other partner locations, but those locations do not yet have as many Partner Homes as we have in Greenville. Greenville, SC, is where Crockett Doodles began and continues to be our central hub. Many adoptive families decide to use our Delivery Service and you can read about those services and see those prices at this link: Ground Delivery and Flight Nanny Services


Do You Arrange International Adoptions?

We’ve had many puppies adopted by families who live outside of the contiguous United States. We’ve found nations have a wide range of health and age requirements for a live animal to be brought into their country so we encourage you to reach out to the Department of Agriculture in your country to find out their guidelines. Our puppies are adopted by their families when they are typically around 8-10 weeks of age and are up-to-date on their vaccinations at that time.

Most countries require that a puppy has received the rabies’ vaccination before allowing that puppy to enter the country. The rabies’ vaccination is usually administered when a puppy is around 12-16 weeks of age. Because of this, we ask our international families to work with a friend or family member in the United States to adopt their puppy for them, and then keep their puppy until the puppy is old enough to have finished all of their booster vaccinations and receive the rabies’ shot. The vet that administers the rabies’ vaccination can provide the necessary paperwork required by most countries. Your friend or family member can then work with you to arrange travel for your puppy to you in your country.

We encourage you to also reach out to your preferred airline for their pet travel requirements. Currently, we are not able to make these travel arrangements for you and cannot hold your puppy until he/she is old enough to receive the required vaccines. If you live internationally and would like to adopt a Crockett Doodle puppy, please reach out to us with the name of your friend or family member in the contiguous United States who will be adopting your puppy for you and we’ll be glad to work together to help you adopt a puppy.


Why Don’t You List Your Phone Number?

We are often asked for the Crockett Doodles’ phone number. Sometimes families go so far as to say they will not adopt a pup from us if we won’t give them a number to call immediately. We want to explain why we no longer give out a publicly listed phone number for Crockett Doodles.

The first reason is that we like to have all correspondence in writing. Occasionally in the past, a Forever Family has told us that a particular team member promised them something (huge discount, etc.). If the “promise” was verbal, we had no way to validate it. By keeping communication in writing we are able to have a clear record of all previous communication to be sure that we follow through on our commitments (no matter which Crockett Doodles’ team member made the commitment).

The second reason that we no longer publicly list our number has to do with the logistics surrounding the increased demand for our puppies. At Crockett Doodles, we have always had FAR more demand for our Doodle puppies than supply of available puppies, things have become even crazier following the COVID-19 pandemic. Our daily puppy applications tripled, and our website page views grew to almost three million a month (with more than 900,000 monthly unique visitors).

Before the pandemic we often received over a hundred emails a day of correspondence with puppy questions, but during the pandemic email traffic increased to more than four hundred emails a day. Nearly a decade ago, we frequently talked to people on the phone (sometimes for more than an hour) answering all their questions. As we have grown to become a nationwide network of more than 150 Partner Homes, we have tried to answer 99% of your questions through our website and email correspondence.

Additionally, we found that often the families who spent the longest time talking on the phone were not actually ready to commit to a puppy. Our team members ended up spending the most time with families who never ended up adopting. With 25,000 to 35,000 daily website visitors, we estimate that we would receive 450 to 650 phone calls a day if we displayed our number. If the average call length was 15 minutes, we would estimate approximately 140 hours a day (980 hours a week) of phone time. This would mean hiring and training 25 new full-time employees for our team or 50 part-time employees. The adoption pricing on our puppies would likely need to double to accommodate the extra expense.

For families who have an application accepted, place a deposit, and are matched with their puppy, we give them the full contact info (including cell phone number) of the Partner Home where they will pick up their puppy. Additionally after your puppy adoption, we like for you to receive personal correspondence from Barry (the Crockett Doodles president) and receive the personal cell number of our team member who works with any potential health concerns that you may have about your new puppy once its arrived in your home.

We’ve learned that it is very important to give phone numbers to the right people at the right time. In the past, we’ve occasionally had families tell us that because that they are to busy to read our website and they don’t want to do business with someone if they can’t pick up the phone and call. We understand that, and we realize that Crockett Doodles is not a perfect fit for everyone. If you have concerns or questions about our reputation, please read our hundreds of amazing reviews on Facebook or the Better Business Bureau. We wish we could talk to each one of you, but it’s honestly just not possible. Our team will do their best to serve you well via email.


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