kimberlene labradoodles

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gillandlola
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Re: kimberlene labradoodles

Post by gillandlola » 01 Nov 2013, 14:06

Kimberlenes was the first place we went to look for a doodle as their website was so impressive. However, when we went to view the puppies, several things didn't add up and we just got a bad vibe about the place. He very quickly dropped the price from £1500 to £1200 before we'd even seen the puppies. He didn't know the parents hip scores, and just seemed to trade off the back of selling puppies to Graham Norton and Richard Hammond. When he brought the dad out, he was the skankiest dog I've ever seen; he looked and smelled disgusting. As it was our first breeder, we were inexperienced, but did wonder if it was a puppy farm. We walked away.

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Re: kimberlene labradoodles

Post by Cate » 01 Nov 2013, 20:56

As everyone has mentioned you cannot guarantee a doodles coat, I have 7 little angels and no 2 are alike. As an ex breeder myself of American bulldog, my girl was hip, elbow and heart tested, but 1 of the pups I had sold died from a heart attack at 4 months. The owners vet told them there was no way this could have been predicted. The owner came back for another pup, which I offered at a reduced price, but he wouldn't accept this as no one wad to blame.
There is only 1 thing in life that can be guaranteed unfortunately.

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Re: kimberlene labradoodles

Post by Vincento » 02 Nov 2013, 11:41

Cate wrote: but 1 of the pups I had sold died from a heart attack at 4 months. The owners vet told them there was no way this could have been predicted.
My friends had their 10 months old German Pointer PTS this time last year. He attacked and badly mauled their other dog without any warning :( . After a PM it was found he had a brain tumour. They had done everything right when picking their puppy but now a year on they are still very upset about the whole experience.
gillandlola wrote:Kimberlenes was the first place we went to look for a doodle as their website was so impressive. However, when we went to view the puppies, several things didn't add up and we just got a bad vibe about the place. He very quickly dropped the price from £1500 to £1200 before we'd even seen the puppies. He didn't know the parents hip scores, and just seemed to trade off the back of selling puppies to Graham Norton and Richard Hammond. When he brought the dad out, he was the skankiest dog I've ever seen; he looked and smelled disgusting. As it was our first breeder, we were inexperienced, but did wonder if it was a puppy farm. We walked away.
Things must have really gone down hill at Kimberlenes if this was your experience. It been almost 9 years since we were there and took home Vince, pre Graham Norton/Richard Hammond purchase. If it is the same man he was very open and upfront about his dogs. Knew every thing about them. We met Vince's mum "Kimberlenes Daisy" and
his Granddad, a white standard poodle "Kimberlenes Sweep" and we met all of his other Doodles. He allowed and encouraged me to take photograph's of everything.

:idea: Perhaps you should consider reporting your finds to the animal welfare people as that sort of thing should be public knowledge.
Vince doodle ...you will always find him in the kitchen at parties ......

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Re: kimberlene labradoodles

Post by michala » 02 Nov 2013, 16:19

I do wonder if the original thread starter was a little upset when he began this thread and the very similar other one too? Sometimes when upset over our dogs that are not well we are not particularly rational with the facts which seem to be.

An unhappiness that a breeder has not been in touch, but no mention if the owners have contacted the breeder to let them know they have health concerns in the first place.

Blaming the breeder for a sick dog then finding after X-rays the problem could have been a recent injury.

Concern that doodles are not as expected. Kimberlenes website has photos of all the different coats that doodles can develop.

An issue with the age of puppies, when purchased, not deliberate i would guess or a lineage with dob would not have been given. Almost 4 months or almost 5 months is very easy to confuse in a kennels that have many litters around. This would not be the case if you bought from a home breeder with just one litter.

I have been to kimberlenes (not recently) and know of a friend who has adopted two of his ex breeding bitches. Both experiences were positive, although it is what it is - a kennels.

The one thing I can say for kimberlenes is his progeny all seem to have a wonderful temperament and great nature, have met lots over the years and they are all so far lovely lovely dogs.

What I am trying to balance out is whether the poster had valid criticisms or were they written in the heat of the moment? I am hoping this is not a troll? I spoke to someone last week who had just purchased a kimberlenes Labradoodle so I will investigate further, and let you know what she has to say.

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Re: kimberlene labradoodles

Post by molsp » 02 Nov 2013, 20:20

Kimberlenes has only ever had 1 owner Steve, he was one of the first breeders in the country and is very highly regarded not just in the UK but also in Europe. His mother was also a well known breeder, specialising in breeding westies and poodles, so he has a very good 'pedigree'.

I cannot say a word against him because I found the man completely honest and up front.

He isn't a home breeder, (which I realise for a lot of people is the preferred way to obtain a puppy) but anyone who uses compares his set up to that of a puppy farmer , is , in my opinion completely misguided, and will do more harm than good in getting those places stamped out.
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Re: kimberlene labradoodles

Post by lizziesmum » 11 Nov 2013, 22:08

I went to Kimberlene 7 years ago, I walked away, I wasn't impressed at all.
I found the whole set up grubby, the sheds / stables that the dogs lived in were only just ok.
There was a certain amount of pressure, pushing one chubby black bitch puppy that had a hernia.
They weren't people that I could take to.

Yet there's no denying they produce litter after litter of good natured good looking dogs.
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Re: kimberlene labradoodles

Post by eileenandmolly » 11 Nov 2013, 22:51

I also contacted Kimberlenes many years ago - before I got Molly (my first doodle) and didn't get a reply . after many tries I did wonder at the time whether they were unwilling to engage with me as I had dog-allergic daughters
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Grizz
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Re: kimberlene labradoodles

Post by Grizz » 16 Feb 2014, 14:47

I've not been on here for a while but I thought I should add my experience of Kimberlene's.

I have a Kimberlene's doodle who will be 1 year old on the 28th of February, his name is Prince. When we bought him we were told his exact birth date and given a 5 generation pedigree certificate with the hip and elbow scores of his parents and grand parents. His parent's were Kimberlene's Thyme and Kimberlene's Mercury if there are any brothers and sisters out there. We went a couple of times to see Steve prior to picking up our puppy and met his more mature dogs. They were obviously very happy animals with a farmyard type environment to grow up in. I don't see anything wrong in that in fact I think it is ideal, he regularly has his dogs following him on his quad bike across the fields. Our Prince has been exactly what we hoped for, a dog with a huge character and perfect temperament and has been lots of fun for my whole family. Indeed, everywhere we go with him he has the wow factor with everyone he meets. I cannot fault him in any way and would always recommend Kimberlene's to anyone looking for a quality labradoodle. Here's a few pictures taken a few months back, he still looks the same now just a bit bigger!

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Re: kimberlene labradoodles

Post by suzeekinz » 18 Nov 2014, 13:29

Looking on here to see if our Oscar (5 months) has any brothers or sisters & stumbled on this post.
Obviously our experience is relatively fresh, having picked our pup up in May.
The place is how you'd expect a farm to be, the dogs love the owner & he's knowledgeable, clearly cares a great deal about who his dogs go to & is still in touch with many of them today (photo updates etc)
He takes time & trouble to point out misconceptions about the breed & is clearly devoted to the cause. (I read the website from start to finish & we talked extensively about the dogs before purchase!)

In short, we are fabulously happy with our Kimberlenes Labradoodle Oscar & will happily recommend them to everyone! :D this man breeds cracking dogs & is a thoroughly conscientious breeder in our experience.
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Re: kimberlene labradoodles

Post by willow&kobi » 18 Nov 2014, 14:19

I can only agree with the two above posts, my Willow is a Kimberlene Doodle, her mum is Pansy and dad Mercury. Willow is one year old now and she is loved and adored by all the family.

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Re: kimberlene labradoodles

Post by minnie the gdoodle » 19 Nov 2014, 07:07

i realise that i am late on this thread but to put in my tuppence worth nothing is guaranteed except death and taxes when you have a gene pool there will always be suprises and any time someone says you will get a,b,c always take it with a pinch of salt.when we got minnie we saw mum and dad and suprisingly she doesnt look like either,she is great dane when cut and now her coat is longer she is half poodle and half scruffy urchin,curly legs and chest and a bit of an afro the coat on her back is wavy!

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Re: kimberlene labradoodles

Post by willow&kobi » 19 Nov 2014, 15:50

she is great dane when cut and now her coat is longer she is half poodle and half scruffy urchin,curly legs and chest and a bit of an afro the coat on her back is wavy!
heeheee :lol: yes i agree with with you, that was the exciting part for us was waiting to see how she was going to turn out, as you say people should keep this in mind :D

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