Frequently Asked Questions
Can we come visit to see your dogs and puppies?
Families often ask to visit Apple Creek and meet our dogs. There is no easy response to this request because we
understand your desire to see, first hand, where your puppy comes from. We know that you would like to meet
the puppies before you bring one home to become part of your families. However, our visitor policy is limited to
those with deposits who have reserved a puppy. Due to the prevalence of Parvo virus we are no longer
accepting visitors to our home except for the families with deposits and only when they come to pick up their
puppies at 8-9 weeks old. If for any reason you are not happy with the puppy or the environment in which they
are raised then we will offer you a refund of your deposit and in no way should you feel obligated to keep the
Where are you located?
We are located just NW of Port Huron, Michigan in the city of CLYDE, ZIP CODE 48049. It is about 1 hour 30 minutes
from Detroit Metro Airport, 2 hours from Ann Arbor, 2 hours 45 minutes from Mt. Pleasant, 3 hours from Grand
Rapids, 4 hours 20 minutes from Traverse City. We are about 5 1/2 hours from Chicago IL, 2 hours from the
Michigan/Ohio border, 4 hours from Fort Wayne, IN and 5 hours 45 minutes from Indianapolis, IN.
Do you ship your puppies?
We no longer ship or deliver puppies. All puppies need to be picked up at our home in Clyde, MI 48049. This
includes anyone flying in to get your pup.
Do you have an application form that I need to fill out?
Yes, you will need to fill out this form only if you are reserving a puppy.
How do I reserve a puppy?
It's easy. Fill out my application form and then you can make your $500 deposit via paypal to reserve a pup from
a current litter. You can also send a personal check for the deposit if you don't want to use paypal. Paypal fees
do apply. Your deposit will only be accepted if you plan to pick your puppy up when they are ready to go. I no
longer keep puppies once they are ready to go to their new families. For deposit information click here.
Is the $500 deposit refundable?
Yes and No** - *#1 No, the $500 deposit is not refundable. We do this because some people will put their names
on several breeder’s lists and take the first available puppy. From very early on we begin looking for the characteristics and personality traits in our puppies that are best for each family on our list. When there is a non-refundable deposit
involved the chances are a lot higher that the party will be dedicated to picking a puppy from us and will not
make an impulsive decision to buy the first puppy they see. Your deposit is made to hold a puppy for you and to
reserve your picking order.
*#2 Yes - The deposit is refundable if once you've come to see the pups you don't like me, the parents or the
puppy you've chosen then your deposit will be refunded in full and you will have no obligation to finalize the
purchase of the puppy.
How does the picking process work?
See our page on this topic here...Selection Process
Will you keep puppies once they are ready to go?
NO, I am no longer keeping puppies once they are of age to go to their new families. I feel the early age is very
important for you to bond with your new puppy. I will only accept deposits from those who plan to pick up when
the pups are ready to go. Otherwise you will need to wait for a later litter or find a breeder with a litter better
suited for your schedule. Typically deposits are received way before litters are even born, that gives you plenty of
time to plan for when your puppy will need to be picked up and you can spend those special first days bonding
with your new puppy.
Will I be able to choose my puppy?
Yes, you will be able to choose what puppy you want. Since we are around the puppies from birth and are aware
of their personalities we can suggest which puppy will fit into the lifestyle of your family but ultimately you will
choose which puppy you want based on my opinions or yours. Puppies are available for deposit once posted on
the "Available Puppies" page link, this is when they are 5-7 weeks old.
Are your parents health tested?
YES, we have worked very hard to make sure we are only breeding the healthiest of dogs. All parents health
certificates will come with each puppy in their custom made folders. We are very proud to have only quality
health tested moms and dads so we can have the best doodle babies possible.
Do you offer a health warranty?
Yes, all of our doodles are sold with a 24 month health warranty against genetic hip, elbow, eye and heart
defects. You do not have to return your doodle to use this guarantee. To read our complete health warranty
click here...2 year warranty
Are your puppies spayed/neutered before they go?
They are not but we do require them to be spayed/neutered by the age of 10 months old. Proof will
need to be sent to Apple Creek Doodles to activate our two year health warranty. We do have the
option to get male puppies vasectomies and female puppies ovaries removed if we so choose to.
SPAY/NEUTER AGREEMENT - We require spay/neuter/vasectomy/hysterectomy to be performed by the time
your puppy reaches 10 months of age. Spay/Neuter greatly reduces the chance of breast, uterine, and ovarian
cancer in females and testicular and prostate cancers in males. A neutered male does not have the sexual
tendencies of a non-neutered male such as running off for females in heat, humping, frequent marking of his
Spay/Neuter is also the only way to guarantee the prevention of unwanted litters.
We want to breed our doodle, is that ok?
WE NO LONGER SELL PUPPIES FOR BREEDING PURPOSES,
WE SELL TO PET HOMES ONLY AND PUPS ARE SOLD UNABLE TO REPRODUCE OR REQUIRED TO BE SO BY 10 MONTHS OLD.
This helps us do our part in fighting the problem of pet-overpopulation and irresponsible breeding practices.
Does a male or female make a better pet?
The wonderful personality of the DOODLE DOG is not sex specific. Males and females are equally great pets.
Many people have various reasons for preferring one sex over the other, most of which are stereotypical. Both
males and females are affectionate, playful, intelligent, trainable, and loyal. A neutered male is likely to squat to
pee instead of hiking his leg, and if he does hike his leg he’ll pee all in one spot instead of in several different
places to mark his territory. A neutered male does not have the tendencies of a non-neutered male such as
running off to look for females in heat, humping, aggressive toward other male dogs, etc. Spayed females do not
have a heat cycle so you do not have to deal with bothersome bleeding during their cycle or personality
changes that can come with the hormones. Spaying and neutering greatly reduces the possibilities of breast,
uterine, and ovarian cancers in females and testicular and prostate related cancers in males.
What is the difference between a F1 and F1B?
See our page on this topic here....F1 vs F1B
What is the difference between an American and English Doodle?
See our page on this topic here...English vs American
How much are your doodle puppies?
See our prices here...Pricing
I've never seen a doodle before, can we come see what they look like we might be allergic?
Sorry, I don't allow visitors just to "see" what a doodle looks like. I have tons of pictures and videos available for you
to view on my site. This will give you a great idea of what a doodle looks and acts like. I only allow those that have
a deposit on a puppy to visit and only at the time they are picking up their puppy. There are so many doodles
out in the world, take a trip to the park and you're bound to see one.
Are your puppies born in your home?
Almost! We have a building 30 feet from our home where moms are kept when delivering and nursing puppies.
New moms need a quiet place to care for their puppies, we decided to give them a great place to do this away
from adult dogs and the noise and commotion they make on a daily basis and have an easier way to let them
out to potty 4-5 timer per day! (their own private fenced yard we let them out in!) It's heated and cooled and a
great addition to Apple Creek for sure!! Pups are taken outside for playtimes...weather permitting and it gives
them a head start to potty training. Our puppies are very well socialized, sometimes with adult dogs and cats as
well. I spend a lot of time with my puppies, my website is updated with new pictures often and a video once
older. As puppies get older they get messier! This cuts down on the amount of puppy smells in our home :)
They are still brought inside to run around and play and our puppy playroom is just like a room of our house so it's a
home away from home and their own space to play in and go crazy!!
Will my puppy be potty trained when they come home?
No, we do not begin potty/house training the puppies before they come to you. It would be impossible for us to
potty train a litter of 7-12 puppies! Our puppies are very smart and with proper diligence I've been told they can
be trained in as little as a few weeks....but most pups will not be fully potty trained until 4-5 months old. The potty
bells you hang on the door work great to quicken the potty training process.
Will my puppy be crate trained when they come home?
It really depends on the litter size, I typically will put a large crate in their sleeping area that they can go in if they
want. I don't close the door but it does give them some idea of what a crate is. If I have a smaller litter, when
they are older I may close them in the crate at night to get them use to it. This doesn't crate train then fully but it
will cut down on the amount of protest they will give you come time to take them home and put them to bed at
Please let me know if you have any questions that were not addressed on this page.