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Oodles of Love

Oodles of Love is a small cavoodle-breeding business in Chambers Flat.

23 year old Kaitie Sampson started the business in April 2019 after being introduced to dog-breeding by her friends, who invited her to participate in some of the births and raising their litters.

Oodles of Love has produced a total of 29 puppies through 7 litters since 2019.

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Oodles of Love owner Kaitie Sampson holding a litter of Cavoodle puppies in June 2020.

Kaitie’s dogs include Ivy, a purebred female cavalier, and Chester, a purebred male poodle.

Chester has fathered 4 litters for Oodles of Love.

He travels around Australia as a stud dog for other dog breeders and has fathered a total of 25 litters.

“He has babies all around; he’s quite popular,” Kaitie said.

Kaitie’s job allowed her to stay at home while supporting her young family, which includes her husband Jake, their two-year-old son Tommy, and their 6-week-old daughter Lettie.

“I was pregnant with Tommy and I didn’t really want to go back to work in a full-time capacity.

“I really just fell in love with the idea of breeding puppies and good family dogs.”

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Cavoodle puppy “Lorenzo” at 13 weeks old.

A few of Kaitie’s family members also supply poodles and cavaliers for breeding.

The Oodles of Love team includes Kaitie’s mother-in-law Melinda, her sisters-in-law Chelsea and Chloe, her brother-in-law Elijah, her mother Karen and her sister Jaden.

“It’s good to do it as a family, and not just by yourself,” Kaitie said.

Oodles of Love is different to other breeders because they put extra effort into raising and training good family dogs.

“In the first 16 weeks of their life you want to try and introduce them to as many things as possible that generally cause dogs anxiety, like being washed, being groomed, and going to the vet,” she said.

Getting the puppies used to being around other dogs and being handled by children was important for preventing anxiety.

Oodles of Love also send home “puppy packs” with the cavoodles’ new families.

These include puppy records, vet health, parent information, photographs, information for raising puppies, worming tablets, puppy toys, tote bags, customised bowls, dog brushes and blankets with the mother’s scent.

“We just like to do a couple of extra things to help the puppies settle in,” Kaitie said.

Kaitie prioritises the health of the parent dogs above them having a litter and producing puppies.

“We genuinely care about our dogs first and foremost,” she said.

Two important things to look for in a dog breeder is that the parent dogs were healthy and well looked after, and that the puppies were raised in a clean environment.

“The behaviour, care and personalities of the parent dogs play a really big role in the type of puppy you’re going to be getting,” Kaitie said.

Kaitie said dog breeding was a big commitment.

Anyone interested in starting their own dog-breeding business should do a lot of research into the type of dogs they want to breed, and make sure it’s something they can properly invest in.

“Work alongside other breeders if you can at first, find a mentor, or talk to other people that breed,” she said.

She also recommended finding a reproduction vet to work alongside the dogs to ensure they were suitable for breeding.

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Oodles of Love breed cavoodles using a male stud poodle and a female cavalier. Pictured: Chester and Ivy
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