Minnie the GoldenDoodle—the all around perfect dog

Two years ago my 2nd Old English Sheepdog died (age 12) and I decided I needed a dog that would be a good loyal companion (since I retired), was smart and loving, really good with small kids, smaller than the 100 pounders I'd had, and be very well behaved in public. So, I did some research on Doodles and decided I wanted an F1b GoldenDoodle. I ended up picking Minnie (Cha-Cha at the time) even though she was the "runt" because she was so darned cute. Her parents are Cassie and Jake -- I don't know if they are still producing litters or not. I ended up with a "smaller sized" Standard GoldenDoodle (46 lbs) that successfully completed basic obedience training at 7 months old, can run with whippets, loves to retrieve, loves to swim, loves kids, is gentle with handicapped or old people, plays well with almost any other dog (or cat), likes to camp in the mountains, likes long walks or hikes in either the back country or the local trail system, does not chase wildlife (horses, cattle, moose, elk, deer etc.), has a terrific nose, is an excellent alert sentry dog, is not a bit gun shy, waits patiently outside businesses on the street in town, and just recently passed all requirements for off-leash "voice and sight" control for our county park system with no formal training at all. She is, of course, spoiled rotten, will not leave my sight, and insists on cuddling given the least provocation. She also has all the employees of businesses that do allow dogs wrapped around her paw. In short, if you're looking for a really good utility/companion dog, after 2 years evaluation I would still highly recommend a Heartland Classics Doodle. I got way more than I expected!

- Jim Bacon

What Our Clients are Saying!

I picked up my King Charles Cavalier, Baxter (formerly Sailor), from Barb at Heartland Classics 5 months ago. Baxter has been a great addition to our family. My experience with Barb and everyone at...

Tammy Chalek | Read More


I want to thank Barb for the wonderful advice and support in working with us to get our Soft Coated Wheten, Fanny. She has a wonder ful disposition and we feel very fortunate to have found Heartland...

Judy Karasch | Read More


I've now had my Wheaten Terrier, Bella (aka, Fanny), for about 10 days. She's been AMAZING. I've had new puppies before, but all my prepared notions of new-puppy-hardships have been shot down by...

Joey Preister | Read More


Two months ago we bought a male Havanese puppy from Barb. He is now 4 months old and weighs 6 1/2 lbs. He is so smart and cute. He loves long walks around the lake, playing with my 6 grandkids,...

Renae Soucy | Read More


Love at first sight but enchantment forever! Annie & Oakley are settling in nicely now that they are in their forever home. Their first "get to know me" visit with the vet went very well. Both...

Jenne Vandeveer | Read More


Murphy joined our family two days ago, we couldn't be happier. He is our fourth wheaten over the past thirty years. Previously, we have dealt with two other breeders and far and away Barb and David...

Spenne Cameron | Read More