Welcome! We are Bev and Arnie Eckert, the owners and caregivers of Hilltop Pups. Since 2002, we’ve been breeding English, or “Teddy Bear,” Goldendoodles on our estate in Jasper, Indiana. We use our professional knowledge and experience along with the most current research to produce genetically sound puppies with loving personalities and exceptional coats. My two daughters Abby and Brittany are breeding a few dogs at their houses and you can choose between any of our litters raised with the same excellent breeding practices.
You are encouraged to visit us, as I believe everyone has the right to see where the puppy they are adopting has been raised. You do need an appointment and let me know if there is a certain dog you want to see. I list all our dogs on our website, as I don't hide how many dogs we have and it is a real time saver to keep them list with their records. All my dog's and daughters' dogs are listed on my website. Many of the stud dogs live at various foster homes, as for the females my son has two at his house, another son has one, Abby has 5, and Brittany 4. The size range of our dogs are 8 to 38 lbs. Most of our puppies are now F2b or multi Gen, just because I prefer the coat types as they get more predictable and 95% of the puppies all have the same look. For AKC to recognize Goldendoodles as an official they would need to be at least 5 generations down to have conformity. Our biggest goal is to maintain the health and longevity of this amazing breed as we work towards a healthy future for the Goldendoodle Breed. Continue reading to the bottom of this page for vital Goldendoodle Breeding techniques and what makes Hilltop Pups different from other breeders.
Covid-19 Notice - Moving past Covid-19 into phase one. First understand our visitation room is 10 by 10 feet, thus difficult for more than one family with extended family and neighborhood kids in tow to visit and adequately view and play with the puppies. We schedule visits one hour apart at the top of each hour. After each visitor we disinfect everything that has been touched. Please be on time and/or wait outside if someone else is in the Visitation Room. I am aware some of your are coming a great distance. Go to your car in advance and GPS our address, make sure your GPS is set for highways "not scenic route" as we live on the edge of a town and the GPS will take you through winding country roads. Then give yourself an extra half hour, as I prefer you be early than late running into the next appointment. If you are not able to visit I take many videos of the puppies and if you have narrowed down your selection to two puppies; we can make you videos of just those two puppies. Rarely in the last 18 years has someone changed their mind when they got here and picked a different puppy than they fell in love with in the videos. Airlines have suspended unsupervised air travel delivery for puppies unless someone is flying with the puppy in the cabin. You are welcome to fly here to get your puppy.
Update 7-1-20 American Airlines has resumed puppy shipping, but temperatures at any point in the flight including departure and layover, must be below 85 degrees. Which is a challenge through August here and only stop over choice is Chicago which a lot of destinations can not be serviced. If flights are not available it is your responsibility to get your puppy home to you. Louisville Kentucky airport is the closest at only 80 miles away. Many people are choosing Delivery to your door via vehicle delivery service. Here are four reputable delivery companies I have been using for years; you contact the companies directly, arrange shipments with them, and pay them their shipping fee when they deliver the puppy to you. Mary Vennekoetter 812-604-3028, Tobey Collins 859-404-7439, Eric Clark 765-759-9798, and Paul Garrett 765-749-4145. Flight Nanny Service contact Mary Vennekoetter for cost 812-604-3028. Mary lives closer to the Indianapolis airport; maybe check with her to see if she could drive the puppy to the Indianapolis airport for you rather that you renting a car and driving 2.5 to 3.0 to get here. I can meet people at the Louisville Airport on Thursday mornings, if I do not have any puppies going home that I need to be at my house. I have 7 litters right now and can't see how I can leave my house for 4 hours. You may need to rent a car and drive here 1.5 hour drive. Just remember when hiring outside companies; you must verify with the driver you are going to use their service and then notify me of your plans. For West Coast people possibly look around West Coast for Puppy Nanny Service, I have talked to Puppy Nanny people at the airports and many of them are able to get the cost down because they have family working for the airlines and get stand by flights at a significantly lower cost. The earliest go home date for your puppy is listed on each litter page after the litter is born, giving you 8 weeks to plan travel. Inform the driver of the earliest date the puppy can leave, as they try to plan routes to delivery more than one puppy in a trip to keep the cost down for you. God Bless everyone trying to make it through this incredibly difficult stressful time and I for one am glad my fur babies are here to keep me relaxed.
Training puppies starts at birth using the Puppy Culture practice starting with Early Stimulation Training.
See what your puppy learns before you get the puppy home. The first step in your puppy's future.
We also play a desensitization CD at least twice a day, so puppies become more comfortable with the sound of kids screaming/playing, thunderstorms, fireworks, traffic, doorbell, etc.
The next step in your puppy's future is your training from the very first day your puppy enters your home.Want to train your puppy from the convenience of your home as early as the day the puppy arrives home? No waiting until your puppy is fully vaccinated to start training. Instantly save 25% using our unique discount code "HTP" https://www.baxterandbella.com/Do you want your dog to be a Canine Good Citizen? After completing this course your puppy should qualify.I highly suggest utilizing a puppy school and the best I have found is the online puppy school Baxter & Bella. They are very friendly, helpful, easy to understand, and encouraging; which motivates you to continue in your training adventure. They offer video lessons, plus one on one training question and answer sessions via video chat. This is a Lifetime Program with Members Only Access to training methods, materials, and other resources needed for Pet Parenting and beyond.To continue training where we left off I highly suggest you have the first unit completed before you get your puppy home.We create the best puppy for you and you create the best Dog Ever!
VISITATION: We highly suggest you visit us. We are proud of our establishment and have a Visitation Room which includes windows for you to view where our Adult Dogs are Housed. We bring the puppies and adults to you to visit with them. For the safety of our dogs and puppies we do not allow you to walk through the facility, because we would need to disinfect everywhere you walked. We have had this practice in place since the beginning of our breeding program and have never contacted any health concerns by doing so, beware of Breeders that do not allow you to visit hiding behind false statements. Breeders walk everywhere in the world, shopping centers, gas station, Veterinarian Offices and then come home and walk around their kennels, just like anyone else. So why shouldn't people visit? I prefer puppies to get all the interactions they can with different people; you are providing valuable puppy training as well.
OUR LOCATION: Downtown Louisville is one and half hour drive. Evansville is one-hour drive. Downtown Indianapolis is a minimum 2 and half hour drive depending on traffic. This is our house not a public shopping center. We require appointments to visit as you do want to make sure we are home and want to be able to focus our attention on you and have adequate time to get to know you and interact with the puppies. This is not a large place, so the Visitation area can get crowded quickly if more than one family is visiting at a time. Our visitation Room does have windows on two sides, so you can see where and how all our dogs are housed. It is very important to stay as close to expected arrival time as possible, give yourself that extra half hour for traffic concerns. We are on Eastern Time. Jasper is an aesthetically pleasing clean town of 15,000 and always rated at the top of best places to live listings. https://www.14news.com/2019/01/07/jasper-named-among-us-best-cities-liv…. If you approach from 231 North from Indy or South from Evansville you will drive through town. If you are approaching from the east, Louisville direction your GPS may take you on the country tour past Patoka Lake which is beautiful to see, you will reach our house before getting into Jasper.
Creating the perfect Goldendoodle has been our mission from day one. It took a lot of research, traveling to Breeder Conferences, and enduring some lengthy Goldendoodle Breeder Circle meetings; not to mention the search around the world for the perfect most healthy English Goldendoodles (Russia) and poodles (Germany & Paris). The RKF Kennel Club of the UK has strict breeding requirements. For a puppy to be registered RKF the parent dogs must pass OFA and DNA testing, plus become a show champion to maintain conformity in the breed. How amazing it would be for AKC to do this, thus it is up to Breeders to commit to keeping their breed healthy going forward by health testing the parent dogs. Which believe me very few Breeders invest their money back into their dogs; so always demand copies of health testing prior to even submitting a deposit. DO Not trust Breeders that say they will provide the documents when the puppy goes home; demand proof up front. It is a nightmare to try to get paperwork from a Breeder after you have the puppy, because they do not have it. The Breeder is pulling on your emotions knowing you are getting attached to the puppy and then you are stuck with no proof that you have a healthy puppy that will live a long healthy life. Breeders never to rarely give you the correct documents after you have the puppy, learn from heart breaking experiences of having to re-home dogs that couldn't pass health screening. My research, commitment, and due diligence has paid off. Here is the foundation for creating the perfect Teddy Bear Goldendoodle and how to build conformity into the Breed.
Here is a video of one of our Goldendoodles displaying his many talents:
The terms F1, F2B, etc. specify the generation of the Goldendoodle, as detailed below.
First Generation (F1) Goldendoodle: Golden Retriever + Poodle
First Generation Backcross (F1B) Goldendoodle: F1 Goldendoodle + Poodle
Second Generation (F2) Goldendoodle: F1 Goldendoodle + F1 Goldendoodle
Second Generation Backcross (F2B) Goldendoodle: F1 Goldendoodle + F1B Goldendoodle or F1B Goldendoodle + F1B Goldendoodle
All further crossings are simply referred to as multi generational, or Multi Gen
The shed and allergy factor of a Goldendoodle can be different from Breeder to Breeder depending on the Coat Type their Goldendoodles have inherited. At Hilltop Pups we DNA test the coat type of all our dogs so we can create the most non-shedding hypoallergenic coat as possible. When breeding a Goldendoodle to a Goldendoodle the parent dogs need to be DNA tested for "IC" Improper Coat, which determines the dogs shed factor. If one of the Goldendoodles in the pairing is F/F gene carrier for Furnishing and the other is F/F or is a carrier for IC then none of the puppies will shed. I have three males that are IC clear with F/F. I follow this DNA rule when breeding to make sure my dogs are non-shedding. No guess work involved here;) You can brush them and not even get hair to pull out.
Next we only breed with English Retrievers which produce a softer less shedding less matting coat than the coarser American Golden Retriever coats. Plus, you get boxy, compact, big boned Teddy Bear Features of the English Golden Retrievers. The weight range of English Golden Retrievers that I have owned is 45-55 for female and 65-72 for males, although they look just and big and fluffier than the American Golden Retrievers.
Next we consider the color genetics behind the poodle: Reds, browns, and cream colored poodles produce soft non-shedding coats. White, Gray, and Black poodles produce shredders even in the curly dogs; thus they have been removed from Hilltop Pups breeding program.
- In 2017 we started breeding the Irish Goldendoodles. I am very pleased with what I have seen in the Irish Goldendoodles. The American Golden Retrievers are very unhealthy and have a life expectancy of 8-13 years with 80% of them having cancer by age 8. Therefore I only breed English Golden Retrievers as their life expectancy is 11-18 years and very few ever have cancer. It takes a few generations to build the dark red poodle color back into the English Goldendoodles since the English Golden Retrievers are only white to cream. For the Irish we started with breeding a health tested American Golden Retriever to a health tested Irish Setter to get the hybrid vigor and dark red color; then bred that with a health tested male poodle and then back to another health tested poodle creating the F1b Irish Goldendoodles to insure the hypo allergenic non-shed coats, plus get the dark red color and fabulous coats.
Advantages of adopting an English Goldendoodle from Hilltop Pups
- Size range available 8 - 38 pounds
- Predictable size ranges for F2b and multi Generations
- Hypoallergenic if past the F1 (First generation, because we can DNA test the coat types for breeding.)
- Decreased shedding in F1 and no shedding in further generations
- Increased longevity average life expectancy 13 - 18 years
- Parents have extensive health testing
- Parent dogs come from long lines of health tested ancestors
- Wonderful temperament
- Intelligent and trainable
- Excellent with children and animals
- 100% lovable
Most pups are between $2,500 and $3,200 and:
- Dewclaws removed
- Fully Vaccinated for their age
- Trained with Early Neurological Stimulation
- Trained not to jump on people, but sit at your feet for attention
- Paper potty trained
- Pre-spoiled, loved, and well socialized
Puppies go home with:
- A 2 year health guarantee; 4 years if you provide NuVet Vitamin Supplements
- Microchipped with pre-paid membership enrollment form
- CKC Registration Papers
- Health record
- Spay/neuter contract
- Personalized Travel Bag
- Door Bell
- Blanket with mother's scent
- Large stuffed animal
- Small squeaky toy
- Rope bone chew toy
- Safety show lead (leash/collar combo), such as the ones used in Veterinarian Offices.
- Sample of top quality puppy food most recommended by Veterinarians: "Eukanuba" Puppy Chicken Formula
- Sample of NuVet Vitamins
- 30 Days of free Health Insurance
- Puppy care instructions
- 24/7 lifetime support of the breeder
- Available upon request is the online Goldendoodle book The Owners Guide from Puppy to Old Age, which includes how to care, groom, train, and understand your Goldendoodle By Alan Kenworthy
We air ship or we can provide excellent driver service recommendations!
Shipping is available in the continental USA for $450; recommended and very safe if done properly.
- You keep the shipping crate which includes Puppy's Blanket, food & water bowl, food package, and shredded paper for comfort and potty if necessary; so your puppy arrives fully rested and clean.
- Health certificate from the veterinarian
- We book the and email the flight instructions for picking up your puppy at your airport.
- All toys and paperwork listed above will be mailed in advance to the New Puppy Parent.
Older pups and other locations may need to have the shipping rate adjusted.
Here is a video of a puppy that flew to Pennsylvania: You will need to copy and paste it and it is worth watching. This family came back and adopted a second puppy from us two years later.
Here is a video of one of our puppies after an 8 hour flight to meet its new family, arriving clean, healthy, rested, and ready to great its new family:
Puppy Boot Camp
If you wish to have your puppy stay with a licensed professional dog trainer for a few weeks before going home to you, we can recommend a great local licensed professional trainer that will come to us and pick up your puppy for training. She is independent of us and you will need to contact her for details and pricing. Contact me for her information.
Our Goldendoodles are very easy to train.
Please take a look at our featured Goldendoodle eBook available to you to download for free! Bev assisted in writing the book and attributed pictures; thus obtaining the permission to use the book.
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