Dixie and Magnolia, 'Maggie'
Isabelle and Louie
Previously, I bred golden retrievers for about 15 years. Despite finding breeding stock with outstanding pedigrees from some of the best breeders in the country, and having one of the finest bloodlines in the area, we still had problems with some of the offspring coming down with cancer. When my 10 year old golden retriever, Dixie died in my arms from adenocarcinoma of the lung, after being diagnosed just three weeks prior, my world was crushed. She was my best friend, my rock. Always at my side, we had been through some tough times together. I could not imagine life without her. That is when I said "no more". I did not want anyone to have to go through the pain that I had just gone through. I kept saying "she had at least 5 more years to be with me. It is just not fair." Her daughter, Magnolia, 'Maggie' died about three years later, also from cancer.
So after hearing about the health benefits of goldendoodles and labradoodles, I decided to give it a try. Since I could not find any breeders close by that I felt were reputable and truly 'cared' about the breed, but just seemed to be in it for the money, I decided to create my own bloodline the way I felt it should be done. Hence, Dixie Magnolia Labradoodles was started, named in honor of Dixie and Maggie. I found an awesome breeder of chocolate labrador retrievers close by. I have never seen a bloodline that impressed me more. Practically every dog had an OFA certification, not to mention several that had obtained hunting titles. For those of you that do not know what OFA stands for, it is Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. I know that hip dysplasia can be a genetic trait in labrador retrievers as well as golden retrievers and standard poodles. As I always cleared my golden retrievers of this before breeding, it was important to me to find a bloodline that did the same. So, since I had always wanted a chocolate lab, Dixie Magnolia's Gator Points Isabelle (Izzie) started our Labradoodle line. She was one of the smartest, most beautiful labs I have ever known and had perfect conformation with a loyal laid back personality.
Then came along Dixie Magnolia's Louis Fransua (Louie), a cream standard poodle from a breeder in Tennessee. He had a sweet temperament and a beautiful coat with apricot highlights. Their first litter produced 8 beautiful cream and apricot puppies.
From that litter we picked 'Dixie Magnolia's Evangeline Jolie' to continue our labradoodle line. When she became old enough and had completed her testing, we bred her with Jag, a local black standard poodle on the smaller side. Together they had three litters of beautiful puppies.
Even though these were F1b (first generation backcrossed to a poodle) we still had puppies with coats that were like an F1 that had some shedding, all the way to coats that were very similar to a poodle. So we decided to purify our bloodline and start breeding second and third generation puppies from dogs that have the coat and other characteristics we wanted in our bloodline, as well as cleared genetic testing and certified hips and elbows. Hence, 'Dixie Magnolia's Cajun Gumbeaux' joined our family. He came from a breeder in Alabama and has the most awesome soft fleece coat in a chocolate and white parti color. He is one of the smartest dogs I have ever owned and has the most gorgeous amber eyes that look almost human.
We kept one of Angie and Jag's puppies from her third litter, and our second generation, 'Dixie Magnolia's Cajun Lareaux' (Roux). She was the runt of the litter, a little cafe' colored girl with a curly wool coat. She only weighs 38 lbs. She sleeps by my side every night while Gumbeaux sleeps at my feet. (or on my feet, or my knees, or on my pillow when I am not on it!)
We added 'Dixie Magnolia's French Market Beignet Au Lait' in 2016 to start our golden doodle line. She is a tan colored F2 standard Goldendoodle with a beautiful curly fleece coat and the personality of a golden retriever. She always has to greet you with something (a gift) in her mouth.
After breeding Gumbeaux with Reaux, we had the best litter yet. Our third generation! We kept a female from this litter, 'Dixie Magnolia's Mint Julep in the Courtyard'. She has a beautiful soft fleece non shedding coat that feels like silk.
We have started a guardian home program so we will be able to have two to three litters per year to keep up with the demand for our puppies. We want our breeding dogs to be in a home environment, interacting with a family on a daily basis, receiving lots of socialization. We feel this is important, not only for their welfare, but for their offspring as well. Since we know how many dogs we can effectively manage in our household, this gives a family a way to own a doodle at a substantial discount while we retain breeding rights to the dog.
We love this breed and want to do everything we can to make sure we produce the best puppies we possibly can to represent this breed. We do not cut any costs on our facility, food, genetic testing or medical care. We invest any profit from the sale of our puppies back into our dogs and facility and donate a portion to our local animal shelter. We can't wait to see what Dixie Magnolia Labradoodles produce in the future!
Combining the loyalty of the Labrador with the intelligence and sophistication of the Poodle