Hi, there! My name is John Jess. My wife and I, along with our two children, Kayla and Shanda, are the proud owners and operators of Central Illinois Doodles in Arthur, Illinois. We’re a family breeder in the truest sense and have made it our mission from day one to help other families choose their next K9 family member.
As you begin your search for the perfect Goldendoodle puppy or Bernedoodle puppy, we want to share with you our passion for these beautiful, intelligent, fun-loving animals and help you choose a puppy that you’ll be proud to call a family member for years to come.
My passion for becoming a dog breeder began as a young child growing up on my family’s farm in central Illinois, where I spent my days with our Blue Heeler named Lazzie. She was a kind, loving, loyal, gentle friend whom I truly loved. Every time Lazzie would welcome a new litter of puppies, I would be thrilled. I spent my summer holidays watching her carefully tend to all her many young puppies, raising them with nothing but love and her God-given instincts. These fond memories and happy days spent growing up with Lazzie, and her pups are some of the most precious and happiest I remember.
After I was married and my eldest daughter Kayla was born, I began thinking about all the wonderful childhood memories and the countless hours I spent playing with my loyal, gentle, loving friend, Lazzie, once again. I knew in my heart that I wanted my children to have the same wonderful experience of a loving, loyal K9 friend.
After many conversations, my wife and I decided that the Jess family was ready to grow and add another member – a furry K9 member! But we had a ton of questions.
But, most important of all…
After many research hours, we knew that two breeds would make the perfect family pet: The Golden Retriever and the Bernese Mountain Dog. The most important part was finding a breeder we could trust to provide us with a happy, healthy, and well-socialized puppy. We began diligently searching for an honest breeder we could trust. We looked far and wide and eventually found our first Golden Retriever puppy, whom we adopted and named Trixie.
Adopting our first Golden Retriever puppy made the Jess family a much more joyous, connected, and vibrant family. I watched my children grow to love her and form a special bond as we did fun things together and spent time hiking, playing, and just walking in the outdoors. I learned all over again that there is no limit to the incredible amount of joy a new puppy can bring.
As time flew by and Trixie got older, I realized that I wanted my family to experience the wonder and joy that I had as a child caring for each litter of Lazzie’s puppies. Our family loved our Golden retriever, though we realized that a slightly small dog with less shedding would be even more beneficial for our children.
We began researching cross-breeding and soon discovered the unique blend of the miniature Poodle with the Golden Retriever. These cross-breeds retained all the benefits of the Golden Retriever’s special traits and fun-loving personality, but in a smaller size and greatly reduced shedding due to the Poodle line. As we researched more, we discovered the Bernedoodle mix between a Bernese Mountain Dog and a Poodle and became interested in breeding these lovable mixes. We were delighted to learn that both the Goldendoodle and Bernedoodle mixes allowed for a healthier animal and an increased life span. The choice was easy, and soon after, with the wonderful help of our local veterinary clinic’s canine reproduction and canine welfare specialists, we decided to raise our first litter of Miniature Goldendoodles!
Our very first littler of Goldendoodle puppies were so well received and so loved by all that we wanted to bring even more quality family pets to people who desired them. The success and reviews of first litter helped us expand to offer more litters and varieties, including Bernedoodle puppies! Over the years, we have gained a wealth of experience and provided puppies to amazing families everywhere. Because of our commitment to excellence with the breed, high health standards, and hands-on approach to socialization, we have a family business that keeps growing and customers who keep coming back.
We know how difficult it can be for families to find trustworthy Goldendoodle breeders & Bernedoodle breeders that put their animals' health and the breed's quality first, so we have worked long and hard to become that trustworthy breeder for you and families everywhere. Our mission is to assist you with your search by not only being extremely transparent in our practices, personal in our communication, and reliable with our standards, but by providing superior quality Goldendoodle and Bernedoodle puppies that are healthy, socialized from day one, and the perfect family companion.
Read more about our adoption process, our unbeatable standards, and the top five reasons you should adopt your next family member from Central Illinois Doodles.