Adoption Process

Steps to adopt a Doodle Roots Puppy

1. Fill out our online Puppy Application

The completion of our puppy application will help us get to know you and what you are looking for in your new family member. Once we receive the application, we will email you back to set up a phone call at your convenience. After we talk, you are welcome to place a deposit if we both feel a Doodle Roots puppy is for you . You can also choose not to pay the reservation fee and be placed on our wait list. We will contact you after selections are made and let you know available puppies to select from if you decide.

2. Place Reservation Fee

Your reservation fee will reserve your spot on our master reservation list to adopt a Doodle Roots puppy. We do note what pairing you are most interested in. Families are put on the reservation list in order of when the $250 reservation fee is received. Reservation fees are put towards the total purchase price of your puppy. Deposits can be transferred to the next litter or we do offer a deposit refund if there is a circumstance that prevents you from getting a puppy. We want out families to be happy with the puppy they select and not feel obligated based on deposits.

3. Litter Announcement

Each time a litter is born we will reach out to the families at the top of the master reservation list and offer you a spot for a puppy on the current litter. Once we contact you about the available litter you have 48 hours to let us know if you are committing to the litter or if you would like to wait for a different litter. Families will never lose their place in line on the master reservation list even if they pass on a litter. However, we ask that our families to choose to get a puppy within 2 years of placing their reservation fee. We will send weekly email updates to our families on the litter as well as post plenty of pictures and videos on our Facebook and IG.

4. Remaining Balance

We do selections at 7 weeks of age and require final payment due after selections ($2,700). If you prefer to split the payment, you can pay $1350 when you are placed on the litter/puppy birth and $1350 at 7 weeks of age.

5. Puppy Selection

At 7 weeks of age puppies have Vet checks and we begin our temperament testing. After Vet and temperament testing, we select a date for family picks. If we have more than one litter in the home, we will do virtual selections to keep down tracking of outside parasites and diseases to our puppies. We set up a Flickr album for families and you can also follow photo updates on our Facebook or Instagram page. This will allow you to interact with the puppies and with myself, to ensure a proper fit. We will assist each family in selecting your new puppy from your top 3 choices (should all 3 be available). Breeder reserves the right to first/second pick of litter for potential future breeders, and then top choices goes in order of deposits received, with our assistance. First deposit=first pick, 6th deposit=6th pick, etc.

6. Puppy Pick-Up!!

Between 8-9 weeks of age, the puppies will join their “forever” homes (please note we may request a puppy be held longer with us to aid in development and to ensure it will be the most successful when going to their new home – this is rare, but we do like families to know). We offer free delivery within 2-3 hours of our home and to local airports (Knoxville, Lexington and Cincinnati). While we are open to families coming here, we do feel the delivery is one of the best options. It takes the stress out of the car ride and the what to do situations. We can hand deliver them to you or meet you on your journey so the puppy has the least stress on its big day! We can also connect you with wonderful flight nanny services to fly your puppy in cabin to your local airport (additional fee). (Note: we are willing to hold a puppy a few days after official pickup at no extra charge. We do charge if over a week after pickup at $25 a day).


We offer lifetime support and are always available via phone or email.

  • Doodle Roots has the right to refund the reservation fee or deny placement if we feel any situation is not the best fit for the puppy.
  • We do not place puppies in homes where there are two or more children under the age of 5.
  • We prefer to place our puppies in homes where one adult is home and/or puppy is allowed to be taken to workplace.
  • Doodle Roots reserves the right to the first and second pick of litter for our breeding or therapy dog program.
  • Puppies are sold as companion pets only and are sold on a strict spay/neuter contract.

At Doodle Roots we believe in staying grounded in our own ROOTS so we sculpt our contract to include those values and provide incentives to our Doodle Roots families. Please reach our to us or check our Health Warranty and Contract for more details.