Aug 16., 2017 / Poodle Care
Buying a Poodle
Why should I buy a poodle from you?
I breed for personality, confirmation and intelligence. I can determine a puppies personality and match it with a prospective buyer; a sturdier, larger toy for a young family, a dog with a softer temperament for an older person with no children. I breed out leg problems especially loose patellae which are common in toy breeds, and am careful of eye problems including PRA. Puppies do not leave Primrose Poodles until they are vet
checked, have their first vaccines and are groomed. Puppies are sold with limited AKC papers so that they do not end up in the hands of puppy mills. Only qualified puppies are sold as breeders.
Poodles come in three sizes: Standard (over 15”), Miniature (over 10” but not over 15”), and Toy (10” or under). The original Poodles were water dogs used for retrieving. Their conformation and the texture and pattern of their coats to this day reflect the purposes for which they were bred. Miniatures and Toys have been bred down from the larger Poodles and they exhibit the same general characteristics. The Poodle is an active, intelligent ruggedly-built dog which is at the same time elegant and refined. Well-bred Poodles in all three varieties have steady, calm nerves, hardy constitutions and they can be trained easily. A Poodle is a “person” and expects to be treated as one. A Poodle should be a member of the family. Prospective owners of Poodles should be equipped to provide a fenced-in area in which the Poodle can exercise, or be prepared to walk the Poodle regularly on a leash. Poodles permitted to roam are likely to be stolen or killed. Poodles require regular clipping. Poodles are not finicky eaters (unless made so by indulgent owners);
they thrive on simple, prepared dog foods.
Much time and effort in study, breeding, selection; and a breeding program is based upon the accumulated knowledge of which dogs to use to produce the best Poodles. Not all puppies in the litter will satisfy the definition of a show prospect. Maybe in a litter only one or two puppies will be retained for show; the others will be classified as pet puppies. The difference will be so small that only an expert Judge could tell the difference; the eyes may be a bit too light, the tail a bit too gay, or the hocks a bit straight. All Poodles in the litter will display essentially the same characteristics, the same quality of construction, personality and health. For a pet price, a prospective buyer can purchase a well-bred, professionally raised Poodle, backed by the integrity of the breeder accompanied by helpful advice, instruction, and the enduring interest of the breeder in the welfare of the dog which he is selling. Puppy mills and some pet shops exploit the popularity of the Poodle in order to make a fast buck. Temperament, breeding faults, and quality are secondary. They do not do health checks on the parents for potential problems. Although the puppy may be accompanied by a pedigree and “AKC” papers, eligibility for registration with the American Kennel Club is not a guarantee of health, disposition or quality.
Having purchased his beautiful Poodle from a reputable breeder; having noted all the helpful instruction and friendly advise of the breeder, the new owner should acquire and read books on the Poodle. Whether a Poodle owner becomes involved in the intriguing but complex hobby of breeding and exhibiting Poodles, or takes his pleasure in the happy association of a pet, he will find the Poodle a welcome member of the family.