How to Adopt

The Process Is Easy

The first thing that I suggest for all potential puppy owners is that you take the time to become educated about our beautiful Teddy Bear English Goldendoodles. 

You need to read our English Goldendoodles page to find out what makes our Smeraglia Goldendoodles so special. I would also suggest that you watch our videos in our video gallery.  Once you decide that you definitely want one of our special little Teddy Bear Goldendoodle puppies, you need to look at our photo gallery to decide if you like the more curly or the loose, wavy coated Goldendoodles. I love photography which is why we have hundreds of pictures in different albums for you to look through. We also need to know what size and gender you prefer. You need to learn about the different Goldendoodle generations, so that you can choose the type that will best suit your needs. You also need to decide what training goals you desire. We can help you decide how many weeks of Doodle Prep School you need. If you would like to adopt one of our puppies you will need to submit your application online along with the deposit. Once your application is approved, you will be contacted by phone to discuss the available or upcoming puppies. Please keep in mind that our puppies are very popular so there can be a 4-6 month wait to get the perfect puppy. We do occasionally have available puppies featured on our Available Puppy page for you to consider. 

  • If we do not have an available puppy, that is the perfect match for you, once your application is accepted.. then you will be placed on our wait list for an upcoming litter.

Puppy Wait List 2016

 Beginning Jan. 1st, 2016 all clients are placed on our upcoming wait list until the expected litter is born. The wait can be 1 day to 6 months, depending on specific size, gender, color and generation you request. If a puppy becomes available It will be offered to the wait list prior to going on the website. Please note, just because you do not see an available puppy on our "Available Puppy Page" this does not mean we do not have puppies. We believe in Planning ahead and if you know you want a Smeraglia Teddy Bear English Goldendoodle, Schnoodle or Twoodle then you need to get your application as soon as possible, so that you can place on the list.

Puppy Application

All potential puppy owners need to register with our site and fill out our online puppy application along with a $250 deposit. Deposits are non-refundable and will be applied to the total purchase price of your puppy. The remaining balance will be due when your puppy is 4 weeks of age. Once we receive your online application, we will contact you to discuss your application and begin the puppy matching adoption process. Click the "Start My Application" link at the top of this page.  We do screen all of our new clients and require a phone consultation once your application has been approved for adoption. Our lists fill up very quickly and so we strongly encourage all applicants to apply at least 4-6 months before you desire to bring your puppy home. If we do not have an available puppy that we feel is the PERFECT match for you and your family, then you will placed on our wait list.

How Do You Match Up These ADORABLE Puppies with their Forever Families?

It is our desire to speak with each family that desires to adopt from us so that we can know exactly what you want in a puppy. Its nice for us to know why you chose our Smeraglia Teddy Bear English Goldendoodles and we want to learn more about our puppy's forever family. If you are already on the waiting list, you will have first option to adopt one of the next available puppies that match your criteria.

It's important for us to know if you need this puppy for Service or Therapy work. We need to know if you are allergic to dogs and what type coat you desire. Do you prefer a curly coat, wavy, or shaggy coat? Would you prefer a small, medium, or large puppy? We have three sizes of Goldendoodles; small 18-30lbs, Medium 35-50lbs, and Standard 55 lbs and over. Most of the puppies in each size group are similar in size but there may be one that is a bit smaller. If that suites your needs best, please let us know. If you prefer your puppy to be from a specific litter, we really need to know that right away. We will try to work that out for you. All of these questions are asked in the puppy application to help with the matching process. 

If you are concerned that you or someone in your family is going to be allergic to your new puppy, we have a solution! We can provide you a T-Shirt Allergy Test. This test was developed exclusively here at Smeraglia. The test is designed to determine if you or one of your family members  can tolertate your new puppy. Please note there is a $125 charge for this service, but it is well worth not having to send a puppy back after it has arrived home and the family has fallen in love with their new puppy. Just call the office to schedule this test.

Puppy Socialization

We spend a lot of time loving on our puppies so they go home very well socialized. They have been played with by our children and handled from the day they were born. The first day a puppy is born at Smeraglia, we tag and weigh the puppy and then a schedule is developed. The very next day we begin "Early Neurological Stimulation".  This is very important for proper neurological development. It has also been proven to increase intelligence.

We continue to wait and perform daily stimulation until the puppies enrolled in Prep School or travels home. We have found that our puppies do extremely well with handling and they are highly intelligent and very social little puppies when they go home. The most common comment that I hear from a visitor is “Wow, I can't believe how still they are when you hold them, but the minute their feet hit the ground they are running and playing.” When the puppies are born we take 2 ,4, and 6 week old pictures of them and we also shoot a high resolution HD video at 6 weeks old. These pictures will be posted in a private puppy photo album that you will be enrolled as a member. We also do personality testing for all puppies at 7 weeks old. We allow our clients to give us their first and second puppy choice based on the pictures that we post. We allocate the puppies at 7 weeks old.

Temperament Testing

All of our puppies are temperament tested at 7 weeks of age so that we can most closely match you with the puppy that you desire and the puppy that we feel is the best match for your family. At 49 Days old, we temperament test each puppy and then we decide which puppy is the best for your family based on the needs that you have. We do highly consider the two puppies that you chose, but the final match is always based on the Temperament test.  Most of the time our Goldendoodles are very similar looking, with very similar personalities and there is rarely a problem with the matching process. In the event that you do not get the puppy that you want, you are welcome to roll over to another litter and go through the process again until you are 100% comfortable with your match.

We have several highly certified dogs trainers on staff that do the temperament testing for our puppies to ensure that we match each family with the puppy that best meets their needs. We spend lots of time with our babies and we get to know them in a very personal way and we have found that it is best for us to choose the puppy. We will definitely include you in this process as well. We have done this for most all of our families and he have had great success. 

What do I do until my puppy comes home?

When Is My Balance Due?

  • The balances for these puppies will be due at 4 weeks old
  • Puppies unconfirmed or unpaid for will be offered to next family on the list.
  • If this is a problem just let me know, I am willing to work with you if you let me know.
  • We suggest that you enroll your puppy in Doodle Prep School by 6 weeks of age. 

Not the best time to get a puppy? No Worries!

If this is not a good time for you to adopt a puppy you are welcome to submit or send in your application for adoption and deposit for an upcoming puppy, as long as you realize that it could take 4-6 months more to get your Goldendoodle.

If you have been placed on a litter for a puppy and you find that you cannot take the puppy at this time, you can go back on the wait list.

I look forward to hearing from you.

If you have questions that I did not answer, Please feel fee to email us at or call at (251) 960-1311.

I want to let everyone know that is getting a Teddy Bear English Goldendoodle From Smeraglia.... you're gonna be giving lots of Belly Rubs in exchange for those wonderful SLOPPY KISSES!!