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Adoption Process

A few things you should know:


Virtual Visits

You can follow all of our pups on Falls Family Goldendoodles FaceBook page.  This is a page dedicated exclusively to families that have adopted or are adopting from River Falls or our sister kennel Fountain Falls. Families share pictures, video and even information on their local get togethers for doodle romps. We start posting pictures and videos after the pups eyes open and when the pups become mobile which is around 4 weeks of age.  These pictures and videos a long with our temperament and personality assessments will help in our recommendation for the perfect pup to fit your family's profile. 


Puppy Placement:

Puppies will be selected in the order deposits are received with a few exceptions. If families have requested a particular gender and that gender is not available, their name will be passed and the next family on the list requesting the available gender will receive a puppy. Families are notified when the puppies are a few days old. Families will also be asked to supply a written description of any characteristics that are important to them in a dog personality profile sheet a long with other documents we will need signed and returned prior to puppy selection day. These will be emailed to you after said puppy is secured with a deposit. At 2-3 weeks of age we start puppy assessment testing to determine coat types, personalities, estimated adult sizes, etc. Photos of the entire litter are provided from birth, and around two, four and six weeks of age on our Falls Family Goldendoodles FaceBook page. After the assessment process is completed, we will provide results and make suggestions on puppy pick day at 6 weeks of age, based on characteristics you provide to River Falls on your Puppy Personality Profile sheet that you return to us in the adoption process.  We can select your puppy for your family based on your profile or you can pick your puppy. Puppy selection order follows the order that deposits were received. First and possibly second choice will always be reserved for River Falls Goldendoodles to continue our program. Your $500 deposit can be paid via Zelle, Apple Pay or Cashier's Check. The remaining balance is due at 6 weeks of age on Puppy Virtual Visit/Pick Day.  When pick day is scheduled for your puppy at 6 weeks of age, you must be available at the scheduled time to Zoom/FaceTime etc... If you decline due to vacation, business trips, elective surgeries, etc., your name will placed at the bottom of the selection list or we can choose for you.   

If you paid your deposit and circumstances are such that you decide you cannot buy a puppy at this time, you may move the deposit to the next litter of the same size one time without penalty. You must choose a puppy from the very next litter of the same size or your deposit is forfeited. You must inform River Falls Goldendoodles of this decision before the puppy is four weeks old in order to make the puppy available for other families. Deposits are non-refundable.  Although we are able to sell your puppy we may have encountered a loss of a potential sale for future litters.  The price of the puppy may change in future litters, and there is no guarantee that you will pay the same price as the litter on which the original deposit was made. 



River Falls prices vary.  Please complete an application for current pricing.  

Deposits are $500 and are non-refundable and only accepted after your application is approved.  The remaining balance is due on puppy selection day at 6 weeks of age.  Due to new Government policies regarding e-payments we accept only Cash or a Cashier's check made payable to Steve & Neelie Smith or River Falls Goldendoodles.  (NO PERSONAL CHECKS FOR FINAL PAYMENT)

*Please add 7% sales tax if you are a resident of South Carolina.

Included in your adoption fee: Licensed Veterinarian wellness check, Veterinary report card with proof of immunizations, lifetime microchip monitoring with Datamars PetLink, TLC take home packet and resources for Baxter & Bella's online puppy school. We are also available for lifetime support with any questions. 

We are not selling breeding rights at this time. 

Puppy Pick Up

Please arrange your schedule to pick up your puppy between the 49th and 56th day after birth. 

Transport - There are several ways to pick up your puppy.  It is always preferable to pick him/her up in person at our home. We can arrange to deliver your pup via Ground Nanny.  David Owen Pet Transport Services handles all of our ground transportation.  For a quote to your home feel free to contact David at If you would like to fly into (GSP), (ATL) or (CLT) to pick up your pup, we will meet you curbside outside of baggage claim.  Rates for airport delivery are as follows: Greenville/Spartanburg (GSP) Airport $200. Atlanta airport (ATL) $300 or Charlotte Airport (CLT) for $350. We also offer Flight Nanny service. Our Nanny will personally fly with your puppy anywhere in the USA for a fee between $700-$850. This fee includes Nanny and puppy tickets, required vet flight certificate, use of transport carrier.  The pup never leaves the Nanny's side.  Upon delivery, our Nanny takes a picture of you and the pup for confirmation of delivery. We do not ship puppies via cargo at this time.


Boarding/Training* - If we are boarding your puppy after the 57th day there will be a boarding/training fee of $50 per day and that payment is also expected with final payment. You can rest assured that your pup will receive daily age appropriate interaction and training so that you have a well socialized, intermediate crate trained puppy when it is time to present him or her to your family.


*We will not always be able to extend the time that your puppy stays with us. Please discuss any plans contrary to the 57th day pick up well in advance if late pick up will be requested. Insurance from Trupanion must be taken out by any family who will not be able to pick up their puppy by 8 weeks of age.



We health test all of our breeding dogs to make sure you are getting the healthiest puppy possible. No puppy from River Falls Goldendoodles has ever been diagnosed with a genetic disease. We strive in every way possible to provide you with a healthy puppy. Please do your part to follow all food and exercise recommendations that will be given in detail in your take home packet. The wrong kind of food or exercise can do irreparable damage to a fast growing puppy’s joints. You should read the recommendations several times over the first year as puppies are not fully mature until at least 18 months of age.  Our guarantee does not cover anything environmental as this is out of our control.


We offer a 3 day general health guarantee and a 2 year genetic disease guarantee. Please read further for more information on our health guarantee by clicking here.



All buyers most agree to and sign the contract prior to pick up. You should familiarize yourself with the contract before picking up your puppy so you are aware of all guarantees and expectations.

Guardianship Puppies

We are always looking for qualified guardian homes. If you live within 30 miles of Mt Airy Georgia and think you would make a good guardian home please click here and read more about our program. It is a great way for you to get the dog of your dreams at a greatly reduced cost.  We are in need of Guardian homes for Goldendoodles. 


If you have any comments or questions about our parents, the puppies, or Goldendoodles in general, or you would like to set up an appointment to virtually visit the puppies, or parents, feel free to email us at  All of our breeders live in guardian homes.  If you are  interested in seeing a particular River Falls dog we will make every effort to arrange a virtual visit. 




Steve and Neelie Smith

River Falls Goldendoodles


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