Labradoodles , just another business. UPDATE, Nichii Gakkan the Multinational Puppy Farm.

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Since I posted that Nichii Gakkan had bought both Sunset Hills and Cloudcatcher Labradoodles, I have continued my investigation.

There is a lot of secrecy but some extraordinary facts have come to light.

Nichii Gakkan now owns another Puppy Farm in Australia in the suburbs of Sydney which is their head quarters and 3rd Australian breeding kennels.  This was previously  Tuxzat (AKA Dogtrainers) who run a “buy a puppy and pay for training”  scam which has angered a lot of owners. The kennels  have had a much needed refit for mass production.

Nichii no longer pretend that the Labradoodle breeding is for their discredited therapy dog business. How could they, a bitch has 8 puppies, are all of them intended for therapy work? Of course not, they are for sale and the therapy tag is just for publicity and to excuse puppy farming. One or two from 10 litters might be trained as a genuine therapy dog.

250 Australian Labradoodles are already in Japan and the number is rising – not pets, but entire breeding animals. The intention was to attract  Guardian homes, but of course most of these labradoodles are in their kennels, where they recently advertised for a vet.

Here I experienced culture shock. Nichii have opened a Dog Park  at Lakewoods Gardens linked to their kennels. Some of this is harmless, a field to exercise your dog, a grooming parlour; but they also have dogs for you to meet  of many different breeds.

Their annual statement has already admitted that they are breeding a variety of pet dogs – labradoodles and “other rare breeds”.

The produce of 250 entire labradoodles + any other of the rare breeds they mention takes a considerable effort to sell. Anyone experienced in dog sales  knows that, with such huge numbers, secrecy is important to keep up the myth of scarcity and prices high and that many puppies remain unsold. They must either be destroyed or sold on to pet shops. In the case of Nichii Gakkan we do not know which course they have chosen to take, we do  know that they intend to export to Singapore and China where the pet shops are looking for labradoodle puppies. Black puppies unfortunately are usually not wanted in the Japanese and Chinese market, their fate is often grim. However prettily packaged, Nichii is factory-farming dogs and every factory has a reject bin.

Nichii Gakkan has realised that the sales model of a public anxious and willing to part with their Yen for mass produced puppies has failed and they were losing large sums on the dog venture.  Now there is a new strategy in place, a Puppy Market in the Lakewoods Gardens dog park. Initially this was for a few days but it has become a rolling event.

 The 4 month old puppies for sale are well past the small cute-and-fluffy, easily sold stage. However bitches are still being mated to their flagship dog Ty (who has his own blog), giving them a constant supply of tiny saleable puppies in fashionable colours for $4000 AU. It is the sale of high priced little puppies that fuels a dog business. The lucky ones go to good homes; what happens to the rest of the litter that remains unsold in the first few weeks is the big dirty secret of the puppy factories.

The Japanese public should be made aware that Ty comes from Sunset Hills and the alternative Cloudcatcher lines are also ALL from  the major Australian Puppy Farms, Valley View, Rutland Manor, Tegan Park, Trentons and  Crawford Farm  with all the problems that we know so well.

So we  now have the extraordinary spectacle of this multinational company, respected in the field of elder care, dominating the breeding of Australian Labradoodles and Puppy Farming on a multinational scale.

Four GIANT Puppy Farms in Japan and Australia .
Did Nichii not do the minimum research before buying into this fraud?  It seems extraordinary that when all the other breeders in the world were turning their backs on these lines full of epilepsy, HD and other diseases that a reputable company allied themselves with this farce .

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46 Responses to Labradoodles , just another business. UPDATE, Nichii Gakkan the Multinational Puppy Farm.

  1. Levi says:

    It didn’t take long for Nichii to lower their standards when they could not sell all of the puppies.

  2. Marie says:

    It was and is all about money. I didn’t think for one minute Nichii was a compassionate company looking to do good things. It’s about the bloody money.

  3. Levi says:

    It should be mentioned that there are still some very dedicated and focused breeders who are developing and ethically breeding some gorgeous Multi Generation Labradoodles and have a very ethical and professional breeding program focused on developing and bettering the breed. There is only one that I know of in Australia but there are a few very good breeders in the USA also who have a history of health testing, do not overbreed their dogs and facilitate a Guardian program so as not to Kennel their dogs. they would NEVER sell through pet shops nor to a person who purchased a puppy “on the spot” such as a Market in a Park (the thought of this makes most of us sick to the stomach as you have no idea where these innocent little puppies will end up)
    It is such a shame that breeders such as Nichii, (Cloudcatcher and Sunset Hills), Rutland Manor and Tegan Park have been exposed for what they really are all about – but let us not forget that there are still a few very moral breeders out there.
    It is possible to have a breeding program as a business as long as your remain dedicated to the animals in your care. Operate as an “open book” with your faciities open for inspection.
    Nichii have retained almost every puppy that they have bred since the “Take Over” just so they can build their numbers up to increase their income. They “breed” their puppies at a diffent address to where they “sell” their puppies.
    This is NOT how you conduct an ethical and selective breeding program. Combine this with the fact that the Sunset Hills and Cloudcatcher Bloodlines have been developed from the purchase of puppies from Puppy Mills such as Valley View, Tasmanian Labradoodles, Crawford Farm and Trentons (just to name a few) and were endorsed by the Australian Labradoodle Association (the Epliepsy was know by them for more than 4 years before they made any attempt to address the issue and many ALA breeders are still breeding with the ancestors of these bloodlines) you can understand why Epilepsy and HD have become prominent throughout the bloodlines. Now that Nichii have retained almost every puppy they have bred – in order to breed even MORE then you can get an idea of the increased risk of Health Issues in these bloodlines now and in the future. What Nichii (and others so named) have done has brought the name of what was a wonderful Breed into question but please let us not forget that some good breeding programs still exist. It is all about research, communication and NOT buying on impulse. If they are not professional experienced breeders (very different from a backyard breeder who usually has no experience and just “Breeds a few dogs”) , If you are not able to communiacte with the breeder directly (not staff), if their facilities are not open for you to view, if they are not licensed breeders (different to members of an Association) and they do not facilitate a guardian program DO NOT BUY A PUPPY FROM THEM. and NEVER buy from a Pet Shop no matter how cute the puppy looks. I congratulate Ubique on the research and for exposing this to the general public to make them aware. The breeding of live animals should not be conducted by “Just anyone” it takes a great deal of experience to breed live animals morally, ethically and honestly.
    It is NOT just about Putting a dog with a dog – it is SO much more than that.

    • MI opinion says:

      I am in a position where I have been looking for a Labradoodle for sometime now and want to have a new puppy in our home next year. I have looked at websites, emailed, spoken to managers/breeders. I was almost convinced by my impression of one breeder (named and shamed here) and got off the phone and did more research, only to find that they were lumped-in with the bad guys.
      I am in Victoria, and in communication now with another breeder. I have had Labradoodles in the past, born almost 18 years ago (gone now for three years) – and there’s no doubt that they came from a puppy farm, even that long ago. I never even knew something like that existed. For quite a few years there, nobody had ever seen dogs like ours and had never heard of Labradoodles. They were beautiful dogs. However, they both carried the common genetic problems of Poodles and Labradors. Who do you recommend I follow-up as a very responsible, ethical breeder?
      I look forward to hearing from you.

      • Kris says:

        I know you message was a few years ago, but i read it and was shocked by the goings on in the Labradoodle breeding. We are currently looking for a happy healthy puppy as well but im now worried on which breeder is reputable and cares for their puppies. Can i please ask you who you ended up going to?
        We live in Adelaide, but there are limited dogs here so i know we will need to travel for a happy healthy puppy.
        Any information would be appreciated if you have the time.

  4. Tracey says:

    At the recent pet expo in Adelaide South Australia, Sunset Hills had a stand and they were asking $7000 for a Lavender Labradoodle ??? I observed a number of people ask questions only to have the staff of Sunset Hills walk away refusing to answer any questions. The public seemed to realise that they were a puppy factory. I asked one of the ladies who introduced herself as Mrs Lamb as to why they were so expensive , she stated “We are trying to get them recognised” and then walked away refusing to answer any more of my questions.

    • Gigi says:

      That is so innaccurate. I spoke to the lady from SH for over half an hour, and she answered every question I had.

  5. Thank you Tracey, that was very illuminating
    “Lavender ” was one of Tegan Park Angela’s (AKA Melodie Woolley etc) inventions for her almost brown, almost poodles and god knows what else oodles. $7000 for a faded chocolate pet puppy! Good grief, did they find someone who fell for that? Any attempt by Rachel Lamb to suggest that the ANKC will recognise Australian Labradoodles is a BIG FAT LIE and she knows it.

    The staff cannot answer the questions because Sunset Hills is a puppy factory and only the absent Boss may (or may not ) know the answers. Levi’s wise words should be read with care by anyone wanting to buy an Australian Labradoodle. Can you see the facilities? Can you meet the parents? Can you ask questions which get honest answers from the BREEDER, not – no answer – or worse – lies – told by staff desperate to make sales to keep their jobs.

    Do not buy from Puppy Farms or their Pet Shop outlets where you will never be told the truth! As Levi says the place of sale is separate from where the dogs are bred and dogs and puppies are shipped around the puppy factories like so many spare parts to where sales can be made.

  6. A Tree says:

    I read about the Japanese pet industry in the Mirror. The truth is too awful for words.
    The article is online

  7. How could they!!!! says:

    Gut wrenching – makes me sick to my stomach. Dogs are just commodities to these people – not man’s best friend. Our dogs give unconditional love – they never judge us. To our pets – it makes no difference what mood YOU are in – they will still be there for you, They will still wag their tail and be happy to see you. Yet they are treated with such disrespect,and discarded like garbage. Greedy, shallow people who breed and buy these amazing creatures for the sake of the almighty dollar or as a “token’.

  8. Gigi says:

    It would be great if information on this site was not so one-sided. I recently visited Sunset Hills in Adelaide and I could not believe how wonderful they are with their dogs. They answered ALL my questions, took me through their facilities, introduced me to their staff, and allowed me to meet some of their BEAUTIFUL puppies. The facilities reminded me of an upmarket day-care centre for dogs – the few puppies there were happy, entertained, in lovely enclosures – not sure if this is what a “puppy farm” is meant to be like. I think you would be better harassing Shopping Centre pet stores that keep puppies for weeks in GLASS CASES and SHREDDED PAPER and are passing off mutts as exclusive mixed breeds. Their suppliers are Puppy Farmers.

  9. kiddicare says:

    Nichii Gakkan’s puppy farms in Australia are only breeding for money and that is never right, its the typical argument we keep hearing that there is somewhere else worse so go and harass them. Before your organisation gets too cosy with these people you better realise that they are selling nothing more than puppy farm mutts with a shockingly poor health record.

  10. Phyllis says:

    Anyone has experience with Tasmania Labradoodles. We are attempting to buy from them

    • Fiona says:

      Please don’t buy from them. They have a lot of dogs and they told me many of their females have 5 or more litters, which is too many in my opinion. They also advertise on TV in Tasmania which speaks volume of their priorities. I would not any dog of mine to know that life. At least the Australian Labradoodle Association has some regulations.

    • tracey says:

      I have a dog from Tasmanian Labradoodles and am about to get a 2nd pup. Our first is a fantastic dog. I visited TL and whilst they are a large breeding centre they are professional, caring, and in terms of socialisation and feeding – best practice. I researched breeders and the controversy surrounding labradoodles extensively prior to selecting a breeder and pup. I suggest that you visit TL if you can so that you can check first hand and see how you feel. The other option is to buy from a boutique breeder. I was very convinced by the raw food/no processed dog food regime of TL. It shows a care for the health of the pup throughout it’s life as does their advice to not over-exercising a pup in it’s first year – again best practice advise.

      • P says:

        I too bought a pup from Tasmanian Labradoodles. He is a happy, confident healthy little dog with no problems. When we visited at first we were a little shocked by the number of dogs, however all were clean, healthy looking and clearly cared about. They were happy to show us around and answer question and have continued to be willing to discuss the dog with us throughout the year. Obvioulsy they are making a living from the sales, but I have no problem with that as long as the dogs are well cared for – after all we all do our jobs for money! They were able to discuss the personality of each pup in our pups litter to help us choose which suited us best. They also handled the dogs in a very gently and affectionate way.

    • rebecca says:

      HI Phyllis I have a Labradoodle from them and he has had multiple health problems including vomiting, ear and skin conditions, seizures and now has been diagnosed with an auto immune disease where his nails fall off. We currently have him on $800 medication every 3 months and seeing many specialists. it is heartbreaking what we have gone through.

      We originally had a female pup on order from them before purchasing our male Labradoodle and she died from skull complications. This should have been a BIG warning bell to us but being our first pet it wasn’t. If we only knew then what we know now.

      Interestingly a customer of mine commented that my boy looks like his Labradoodle and asked where I purchased him from and did he have any health issues – you guessed it Tasmanian Labradoodles and this poor dog has Addisons Disease.

      Hope this helps

      I wish you all the luck to purchase a Labradoodle which is healthy – the breed is truly a joy.

      • M says:

        Hi Rebecca,
        It is very sad to hear you have had such problems – our boy from Tasmanian labradoodles has been great in health and personality. Also when we first had one on order they wrote to us warning us that that particular pup had a slight jar mis-alignment and gave us the choice of either having him cheaper or changing to a different pup (which we did). However I am just wondering if yours had the health checks? Ours had had a big check up and we had all the vet notes. He came with a health guarantee that covers any gentic disorders. I admit I was cross I had to “buy” their book to get the health certificate, but decided it was worth it. I also have two friends who have bought from there that have no problems. One of those dogs is now 8 years old. I guess I would suggest that anyone buying from any breeder would make sure the health checks were done prior to purchase.

      • rebecca says:

        HI M..You make it seem as Tasmanian Labradoodles did, that in some way that we have done the wrong thing? I made contact with them twice when the dog first became ill and each time they NEVER asked the puppy number and actually asked me did I get the puppy from them. Any reputable breeder would surely take down details for future breeding. As for suggesting we should have purchased a book to get health checks done – we were assured and got a certificate saying he had been checked from their vet. Epilepsy is not something that can be screened as a puppy but like I previously said, any reputable breeder would want to know details as opposed to denying that any of their puppies have been ill. The proof is in the animal being sick and yes it is very sad. Imagine a family who could not afford the medication. At no stage when the first puppy failed the health check did they even contact us – the picture just disappeared from the website. You have obviously got exceptional service from them. It is not all roses and people deserve the right to know.

      • Alf says:

        We have a 4 year old female from Tas Labradoodle who has Addisons Disease.
        They paid us back our money but not until I rang them consistently. They said that they have had very few cases…but seems to me that my be stretching the truth. My mother went and looked at their facilities and was horrified at the size of the breeding operation.
        We love our dog but I would not recommend buying from them. Addisons is a really serious disease which requires medication for the duration of the dogs life.

  11. Rebecca says:

    Anyone had problems with labradoodles from Tasmanian labradoodles?

  12. alison says:

    They told you your orignal puppy had “Jar” ? Jaw? misalignment, and another puppy purchaser was told their original puppy died of skull complcations? and this was all from the same breeder? More then alarm bells ringing… obviously those chosen matings didn’t work out… and they only picked the jaw deformity up when the puppy was to be sent to a new home??? And it was appropriate to think of sending this puppy out to a new home just because it’s price was being reduced? I think i would have wanted an independent vets report to accompany any statement from that breeder…. The thinking that you have to “Buy” their book to get the health certificate doesnt sound right either….the health certificate should be provided one way or another, and probably should come from or with a vet check statement… something sounds dodgy here….

    • M says:

      I think with any breeder – or any other business – there are people with good and bad experiences. I can only say we had no problems and no complaints and neither did my friends who already had dogs from there. My understanding (and I used to work for a vet) is that mild jaw problems are not obvious when really young.They usually do not effect the dogs health in any way and when mild it is ony a cosmetic problem. Of course if severe it is a different story. Personally I am more concerned by breeders who will not let people see their premises or meet the parent dogs. I agree their lack of interest sounds bad – my only contact since purchase has been to ask questions and that has been fine. Certainly I would expect them to have an interst in one of their pups health. Rebecca I did not mean to infer you did anything wrong, I was just wondering if you got the same sort of service we did. I did do some research on several breeders and it appears that all Labradoodle breeders in Aust have someone complaining about something – maybe the breed just is not so sturdy yet.

  13. Rebecca says:

    I don’t think anyone would argue that consumers have good and bad experiences. I also think that the farms of shame include puppy mills who do not look are their dogs and also those who breed regardless of health issues. Just because a breeder has clean premises this does not preclude them from reckless and continued breeding of animals with reported health issues. I feel this is the main problem with the labradoodle industry. Any other breeder be it Labrador, collie or kelpie would cease breeding when serious health problems are reported to them. Australian Labradoodle breeders need to get professional and address health issues for the breed to be considered seriously.

  14. Jen Cole says:

    does anyone know of a good labradoodle breeder in south australia. Sunset Hills was the only one i could find and it doesn’t seem to have a good rap.?

  15. K says:

    Anyone know if Jajaca labradoodles, Tallai labradoodles or Rusty Amber labradoodles are of the same poor standards as Cloudcatcher, etc?

    • Alf says:

      I’m looking again and my choices are Goanna, Tallai and Rocky Creek Vineyard plus one near Gisborne in Vic starting with K. They are either very small scale and / or have all their breeding adults as family pets in the community with a maximum of 3 litters per bitch.

      • Mike hamilton says:

        I have tried to contact Goanna, twice. Asked to vist. Told no, puppy time. Second time, no reply. May I ask why you surveyed three breeders.

  16. Momoka says:

    Hello everyone.
    I am lucky to find out this an article, “Labradoodles , just another business. UPDATE, Nichii Gakkan the Multinational Puppy Farm.”
    Actually, I chose “My Own Pet Dog” and payed a booking fee to Nichii recently.
    I can get my deposit back, so I made up my mind to cancel my reservation.
    I thought that I don’t want to buy from TL after I read these replies.
    I read another breeder’s website, but usually, they described they do not export their puppies internationally.
    Can no longer be expected to have labradoodle in Japan. It can’t be helped……

  17. A Concerned Person says:

    This place is nothing but a puppy farm. The poor misinformed family care homes. The poor dogs that are being bred from. The staff being lied to. The truth will always surface. They hide behind the FCH program to mass produce.

  18. jason says:

    I am wanting to purchase a labradoodle puppy. Do you have any suggestions on a reputable breeder around sydney. Thanks

  19. Kate says:

    I worked at Suncatcher Sydney another kennels owned by Nichhi and would NEVER recommend anyone buy a puppy from there,they are nothing but a puppy mill and when myself and other staff started asking questions we were sacked on the spot.

  20. Paulomi says:

    Are there any genuine and reputable breeders in Japan? Glad to have found this article as I was totally bought into the professional looking website and programs.

  21. Jackie says:

    I have been looking on Jajaca website and all looks very professional and seems to have high standards…is this true or is this just another Puppy Farm?

    • I don’t know them so the following comments are just general. Go and see for yourself. Do your research online first and make sure you see the dam and puppies together. It is far too easy for bad breeders to buy in puppies, stick a pedigree on them and sell online. If you can’t go and see maybe you could consider a reputable rescue in your neighbourhood. Far too many dogs need homes for me to support large scale commercial breeding even if it clean and decent. Best of luck!

  22. PriL says:

    Hi, I’m new to the world of labradoodle breeders/breeding. I am looking to get a labradoodle puppy for our family and have been very saddened to read about how a fair number of breeders with what appear as professional websites are operating their breeding like a puppy mill. I would be horrified to support this in any way and was hoping that posting here (although I know it’s over an year old) can help me gain some insight into choosing an appropriate breeder from people with way more experience and knowledge in this area than myself. I live in Adelaide, South Australia and I’ve seen that two breeders : Myamba Labradoodles and Alpen Ridge are listed on the ALA website as breeders in SA. Does anyone have any insight into these breeders and how they run their breeding? Any advice or knowledge that you can provide in helping my identify someone with the right morals and breeding ethics would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    • Dogmate says:

      Hey there, I’ve worked in the animal industry and for a labradoodle breeder on this website. I have taken a look at the breeders that you asked about and they do not seem reputable. They have many litters going at once, many adult dogs as well and (Myamba) are willing to ship puppies.

      First of all I would get a dog from a pound or a rescue. Many dogs are put down unnecessarily that need a home. So, if you do really need to get a labradoodle do your research first, keep in mind that the “no shedding” thing is spin. I worked at a breeder and they definitely shed.

      Generally reputable breeders I have dealt with go to shows and have awards, GET DNA TESTS FOR BREED CONDITIONS, and have pedigree papers. When breeding they spread the bloodlines well across many mates. A reputable breeder will not have cheap puppies or multiple litters at once, you will have to wait to get a puppy. They breed to improve the breed not to make a profit. They will operate out of their home and not be a commercial enterprise. You will have to apply to get a dog not just rock up and buy one.

      • Brian says:

        Your description “A reputable breeder will not have cheap puppies or multiple litters at once, you will have to wait to get a puppy. They breed to improve the breed not to make a profit. They will operate out of their home and not be a commercial enterprise. You will have to apply to get a dog not just rock up and buy one.” sounds just like Myamba, you have to apply and then wait and they are not sold on the cheap so maybe you should take another look.

  23. PriL says:

    Dogmate, thank you for your insight. While I was waiting for your response I had looked a little closer into these breeders and contacted them to get more details on some of the criteria you had mentioned….they said it was a wait of about 9-12 months or so for a puppy, and one said it was operated out of the home (still need to go visit I haven’t had a chance yet)..I did not realise that the shedding of Labradoodles was common – isn’t it just with the so called hair coat rather than fleece or wool coat? And they did say I needed to apply as well. Judging on their responses do you still feel I should be wary.?
    My first port of call was the Rspca and animal welfare agency and even a few local vets to see if they had info on rehoming any Labradoodles but none of them had any labradoodle or even poodle type of dogs with limited/non shedding (my son has allergies) which leaves me stuck and not sure what the next step should be….
    thank you once again for your useful tips..greatly appreciated.

    • Dogmate says:

      If you can hold out for a poodle or a poodle cross near you to rescue, or consider driving to Melbourne to get one if one comes up. This will be a lot cheaper as well.

      As for the coat they don’t shed a lot from what I remember but there is variability in how heavy their allergic reaction will be, they arnt completely hypoallergenic. I’ve heard poodles or water spaniels are more reliable for this. In any case you have to take your son to see the dog multiple times and see how he goes.

      I’m not sure about those breeders, you’ll have to go in to take a look and see if it looks good. I think you should be wary with any breeder and just ask questions. Its especially important to get the DNA information or you could end up with a dog with horrible conditions in a few years and huge vet bills! Remember they have to prove themselves to you so ask all the questions and make sure you get answers, and they should also ask you about yourself and your home as well.

      Take a look on this page for rescues

  24. PriL says:

    Thanks so much for that info. I have since I posted done further research and there are several other options to the labradoodle hype – Lagottos, poodles and as you say the range of water spaniels. I’m considering contacting some of the breed specific rescue agencies ..I know there’s a few around, to see how I go while I keep looking at RSPCA and sorting out my son’s allergies. many thanks once again 😊

  25. tamika says:

    I was looking at getting a Tassie Labradoodle. Just met a lady on a walk near Hobart who has one and it has Addisons disease. She said the breeder was unhelpful and didn’t want to know. I was also told by a local trainer to stay away from them. Now I understand why. So glad I didn’t get one now.

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