Interview with Amy Lane from Fox Creek Farms
D2D: Tell us how you got started in breeding?
Amy: I began breeding horses and then branched into breeding dogs. I started with Golden Retrievers, but now breed only Goldendoodles.
D2D: What variety of dog do you breed?
Amy: Multigen Goldendoodles only.
D2D: What is your favorite part about being a breeder?
Amy: The joy that a puppy brings to families is wonderful, but I think the puppies I provide that become service dogs is the most rewarding part of being a breeder.
D2D: What is your least favorite part about being a breeder?
Amy: Being a breeder is a very confining life. It is a 24/7 job regardless of holidays, family responsibilities, or even when I am sick. Vacations are far and few in-between.
D2D: These breeds tend to be expensive and we frequently get asked why. Could you explain why these dogs are particularly expensive to purchase?
Amy: Responsible breeders do extensive health testing on their breeding stock. Many times a puppy is raised into adulthood as a prospective breeding dog only to be removed because a particular health clearance is not achievable. Health testing in itself isn’t where the cost lies, but when a dog is removed as a breeding prospect, all the costs associated with raising that dog is an expense that never is recouped. It is labor intensive to whelp and raise a litter of puppies.
D2D: Out of all of your litters so far, who has been your favorite puppy? Tell us about him/her?
Amy: Pebbles is 14.5 years old and is a puppy from the first litter of F1 mini Goldendoodles ever produced. Everyone that met Pebbles many years ago had to have a dog just like her. She is very much responsible for the quick rise in the popularity of the Goldendoodle.
D2D: Why do you believe this breed is a good companion to people and families?
Amy: Goldendoodles are companion dogs first and foremost. They are happiest when they are touching a human. I call them velcro dogs. They are low to non-shedding, trustworthy with small children, and always happy. Who wouldn’t want to have a dog like that?!?!
D2D: Do you breed at home or in a special facility? If at home, what do your neighbors think about all those cute little pups?
Amy: I have a separate kennel from my house on my property for whelping and raising puppies. I live in a rural area, so I have very few neighbors:)
D2D: Tell us a bit about you and your family, how do they feel about your breeding business?
Amy: When my children were still at home, they had a difficult time parting with puppies. It was also difficult as all family functions had to fit in around puppy schedules since all deliveries were assisted by me. If a puppy needed extra support, my schedule was set by the needs of that puppy.
D2D: Lastly, tell us how our readers could contact you if they are interested in adopting a pup from you?