Jet-setting pooches go abroad
LITTLE wonder dog lovers from as far afield as the United States, Japan and Europe are spending a small fortune in pursuit of Labradoodle pups from Cloud Catcher Labradoodles at Reserve Creek.
They are just the cutest bundles of joy.
These puppies cost between $2500 and $3000 and the cost of transporting them to international destinations is well in excess of $1000.
Money well spent according to a host of happy-as-a-puppy chasing his tail Cloud Catcher Labradoodles owners around the globe.
There are currently six gold and red puppies from the same litter having the time of their lives running around their huge garden play-pen at Cloud Catcher, one of Australia's premier breeding kennels and puppy nurseries.
But come next week the five brothers and lone sister will go their separate ways - two are off to Japan, one is bound for Hawaii and the others will find new homes in Sydney and Perth.
It will be a sad occasion for the cute canines and staff but eagerly anticipating the pups' arrivals at journey's end will be doting owners whose love will be a balm to their separation "blues".
The term Labradoodle was first penned in 1955 by Sir Donald Campbell, who as well as being a dog lover and breeder was also renowned for his land world speed records.
Sir Donald crossed his Labrador with a poodle and produced an amazing progeny that has developed into one of the best loved hybrids in the doggie world.
As well as being intelligent, friendly, energetic and good with families and children, the Labradoodle is non-shedding and hypo-allergenic - a boon for dog lovers who have allergies.
Because of their temperaments, Labradoodles have been trained as guide, assistance and therapy dogs.
Labradoodles come in three sizes - miniature (under 43cm), medium (43.1cm-50.80cm) and standard (50.80cm plus).