has been raising the Goldendoodle since 2002. Our Goldendoodle puppies are
socialized in a family setting following techniques taught by Jan Fennell,
The Dog Listener. We
own both of our puppies parents, and in most cases, owned
their grandparents and great-grandparents as well. Each of our puppies
come with a three year health guarantee and a puppy care package.
They are current on their vaccinations and have been given the best of
preventative veterinary care.
Raising Goldendoodles is our family
project, as well as a family love. Our
Goldendoodle puppies are socialized with our children and
handled individually every day
as we know how the trainability and
intelligence of a puppy is directly linked to what their
early exposures and imprinting have been.
Our children and the puppies enjoy interacting with one
Since Michael has completed Jan Fennel’s Foundation
Course in Canine Communication, our Goldendoodle puppies are
socialized according to Jan Fennel, The Dog Listener’s
techniques in a family setting.
at Sunshine Acres, our family strives to continually
improving the health, genetics, and quality of our parent
lines, and is actively involved in breeder education.
We are committed to responsible breeding practices,
and are equally dedicated to educating our Goldendoodle
puppies’ new families about responsible dog ownership.
If you would like to learn more about Sunshine
Acres and our Goldendoodles, talk with some of our Doodle
owners on the online forums such as
We welcome visits by appointment. Our website also has
many testimonials listed from our Goldendoodle puppies
owners (see link above). We are glad to answer
any questions you have about our Goldendoodle puppies, or
the Goldendoodle breed, not only when you are purchasing a
puppy but years afterward as well. Give
us a call at 219-863-3970, or send us an email at
It has been very rewarding to
now have many repeat customers as well as customer’s
referrals coming to purchase their newest “Best Friend”-a
Goldendoodle- from Sunshine Acres. While our puppies are
delighted to fill this role of best friend and companion to
their families, we also have many of Sunshine Acre’s
Goldendoodles filling different roles as they work in search
and rescue or as service, therapy or assistance dogs.
Michael and Grover (our Goldendoodle who is a certified
Partner with Michael through the
Delta Society) enjoy doing Animal Assisted Activity work
together at our local nursing home.
Northwest Indiana -- Wolcott, IN
Our rural home and acreage is located
just outside of Wolcott.
hrs from O'Hare (Chicago, Illinois), 1.5 hrs from Indianapolis, Indiana
Statement: To provide a healthy, intelligent, sweet-natured
puppy that is supreme at making families laugh together, give individuals
devotion and companionship, and reduce the effects of dog allergies.
website: You can click on the individual menu items located on
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click on "Home"
Doodlepuppy Goldendoodle: This
fun-loving dog has been the object of many newspaper articles, Animal
Planet, and various talk shows. Most people that are buying
Doodlepuppy Goldendoodles are looking for a Golden Retriever with a lot less shedding
hair. In addition to good hair qualities, the Doodlepuppy Goldendoodle is also a
wonderful family companion, they are highly intelligent, and they are very
trainable. That is the lovable Doodlepuppy Goldendoodle in a nutshell.
Sunshine Acres' beginning:
Although Michael grew up on a family
farm in Iowa, and was involved in Agriculture, his
first experience with genetics was in his undergraduate
research with Dr. Walt Fehr’s soybean breeding.
Genetics quickly became an interest to Michael in
this work. In
2000 he located on a rural acreage at our present location
near Wolcott, Indiana.
It was then the Doodle
dream was conceived and began to materialize.
At this time, there were very few hybrid breeds of
dogs available, as the majority of breeders focused only on
purebred breeds. Michael’s interest in
genetics led to him deciding to raise a family pet and
therapy dog from lines that had been strictly selected for
good health, outstanding temperament and trainability that
was not a purebred, but a hybrid.
Interestingly, at this time, there were very few Doodle
breeders in the U.S, especially in the mid-west.
Few people had ever heard of a “Doodle”.
Michael began to research parent lines, and acquired
his first Doodle mother in 2000. So
Sunshine Acres was born, and along with it our first much
anticipated and carefully planned for litter of
puppies. Over the course of the next
several years, we carefully selected our Golden Retriever,
Irish Setter and Poodle parents from good, healthy lines
that were solid in temperament and had coat type and
coloring we were looking for. We
have found the Goldendoodles to be a well balanced, tender
hearted, warm, wonderful breed that we love to work with.
After years of carefully selecting and breeding our own
lines, our Goldendoodle puppies have developed a distinct
"Sunshine Acres" look that sets them apart from many other
Goldendoodles. Through experience we have learned
which lines make exceptional "Doodle" parents.