We are Chad and Melissa Miller. We both grew up in Florida--Chad in Tallahassee, and Melissa in Panama City. We met in college and married shortly after graduation. In addition to our three biological children, we have been blessed through adoption with a son from Ethiopia and a daughter from China.
We have lived in Georgia, South Carolina, and Illinois. Several years ago, we moved back to Florida and have settled into the "Lake Life" of Winter Haven. We have been taught and mentored by our dear friends, the Attaways of Lakewood Labradoodles. We are a Puppy Culture breeder.
While it may seem we came across Southern Cove Labradoodles by chance, I believe everything happens for a reason. And that reason was to find our Sweet Dabo! It was important to us to have a reputable, honest, hands-on breeder. The Millers at Southern Cove Labradoodles are just that. They were, and continue to be, nothing short of amazing. During the puppy phase prior to puppy pick up we received frequent updates and pics on puppy growth and development as well as things we needed to get to make sure our puppy was off to a great start once home. Dabo had a very smooth and easy transition into our home thanks to the nurturing foundation and environment at Southern Cove Labradoodles. Our Sweet Dabo is an awesome dog child. So loving, playful, chill, well behaved, and comical. We love her so much and are looking forward to hopefully giving her a sister later this year. We are and will forever be grateful for the Millers at Southern Cove Labradoodles for bringing Sweet Dabo into our lives.
Southern Cove Labradoodles provided us with the perfect addition to our family! Our puppy is sweet tempered, playful, and loving. We have owned several other quality dog breeds, but they have not compared to our Australian Labradoodle in temperament and beauty (we love their fluffy coats!). The owners of Southern Cove went above and beyond in helping us choose the right puppy for our family. We cannot say enough good things about their integrity in breeding, puppy care, and business ethics.
We cannot thank Southern Cove Labradoodles enough for our little Willis. From the moment we
arrived at the Millers' house we knew we would not find a better temperament in a dog. We
were looking for a companion for our son who is an only child. The second we met Willis he laid
right on top of Ryan’s feet, and to this day they do everything together. At just ten months old
Willis will sit either in the chair with Ryan or under his chair while Ryan does his virtual
learning. He plays with him like a brother would. I have always been a black Labrador girl, but I
cannot imagine any other breed after having Willis. I cannot say enough about the Miller
family, and the love that shines through the nurturing of their dogs. If I had to use one word that Willis has brought our family, I would say Joy. Willis brings us a new Joy every day, and we are thankful God brought us this wonderful puppy.
At Southern Cove Labradoodles, we are committed to the well-being of our dogs and puppies. Therefore, we do not believe in kenneling dogs and instead, manage our breeding program through partnering with guardians. This approach ensures that our future breeding dogs will be raised as a well-loved family member in a nurturing home environment. Your puppy will be a puppy chosen by us to be a breeding dog as the first priority selection from a litter. We will retain breeding rights for the life of the Guardian Contract.
We have opportunities to guardian male and female puppies.
For females: Our charge to guardian a female puppy is $1000 (with a $250 reimbursement for each of the four litters). In exchange for a reduced sales price, the guardian family must be willing to meet us at predetermined locations to drop off and pick up the dog for health testing, breeding, whelping and raising puppies. After the dog is finished with her breeding career, she will be spayed at the Guardian's expense and the ownership of the dog transfers to the guardian family. Any costs relating to health testing and breeding will be Southern Cove Labradoodles' responsibility. Normal yearly wellness care is the responsibility of the guardian.
For males: Our charge to guardian a male puppy is $1000. In exchange for a reduced sales price, the guardian family must be willing to meet us at predetermined locations to drop off and pick up the dog for health testing and breeding (typically two sessions for each breeding). After the dog is finished with his breeding career, he will be neutered at the Guardian's expense and the ownership of the dog transfers to the guardian family. Any costs relating to health testing and breeding will be Southern Cove Labradoodles' responsibility. Normal yearly wellness care is the responsibility of the guardian.
GUARDIAN HOME REQUIREMENTS
The guardian must live within 1 hour of Southern Cove Labradoodles (Winter Haven, Florida).
The guardian must have a fenced-in yard.
For females, there can be no unneutered males residing in the guardian home or present during onset of the heat cycle. For males, there can be no unspayed females residing in the guardian home.
For females, the guardian must notify us when she starts her heat cycle. Identifying Day One of the heat cycle is critically important for a successfully breeding.
The guardian must feed the dog “Life’s Abundance” food purchased through our website and other high protein products (recommended by us) during the pregnancy (approximately two months prior to the whelping of her puppies).
The guardian must provide normal veterinary care during the contract period. This includes annual vaccinations, flea and tick prevention (we will specify the types used that are safe for breeding dogs), teeth cleaning, etc.
The guardian will provide continued basic obedience training and ensure that the dog is well- and appropriately-socialized.
The guardian must maintain open lines of communication with us on any matters relating to the dog.
The primary caregiver cannot work full-time outside the home causing the dog to left alone for long periods of time.
If you are interested, please contact us.