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Old 11-10-2012, 03:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi my name it Natalie and i own a toy poodle Called sooty. he is a total darling! i have grown up with poodles being bought one for my Birthday when i was 8 years old ... he was also a toy poodle called Bruno. he passed away a year ago just before his 18th Birthday!

i was wondering if any of you lovely people could give me some advice. I live in Northern Ireland and i am really interested in becoming a kc Poodle breeder. i was wondering what is the best way to get started and if there is anything i need to do/know before i start on this venture. all help/ advice welcome and much appreciated.
Thanks in advance. xo

(the photo is of my mums poodle Angel she is the sliver one and my sooty is the black one)
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome, PoodlesArePrecious! I am a first-time poodle owner/long-time poodle lover who joined the forum a few days ago, so I can't answer really answer your question. I just want to warn you that you might get some harsh comments about wanting to become a breeder. Don't take it personally; people just get excited because they love the breed.

One thing I would ask is, have you looked at any breeder reference books yet? There are some that I have seen very highly recommended on Amazon, including one that has detailed information on nutrition and genetics and reads like a science textbook (The Dog Breeder's Guide to Successful Breeding and Health Management). Warning: don't go to Amazon and type in "breeding," as you'll get the weirdest erotica you've ever seen. Put in "dog breeding" instead. These books help you figure out what you need to keep in mind when buying and breeding a bitch or choosing a stud and what could go wrong in whelping (a lot!).

Also, a common piece of advice I've seen given is to find a breeder in your area who is willing to serve as a mentor to you, even if the person doesn't breed toy poodles.

Finally, put some money away (at least a few thousand). Medical emergencies may happen, or you may have to take in an unruly dog a year after you sold it if the owner can't handle it. So be prepared for a long-term commitment.

Welcome to the forum! All of the above advice is second-hand, but I hope it may be helpful! How old is Sooty, by the way? He's a cutie!
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Thanks for your reply. i am waiting on a few books coming in the post that i have already ordered off amazon... think that is actually one of them. yes i have already prepared myself for negative comments but thank you for mentioning it.
i basically want to do this because I think that poodles of all sizes beautiful and are under appreciated well in this country anyway. i have been trying for a while to get a standard here and they are very rare. There are toy poodles (not a great deal) but very limited standard poodles. Any that come close are a cross with golden retrievers etc. Ultimately i would like to do it as a time consuming hobby that i know i would love. I'd also like to participate in dog shows. Additionally I would like to try and make the standard poodle a more popular breed in my area by selling some pups.

Sooty was 1 on the 1st of september. He is the most loveable dog .. he is always by my side.
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Welcome! I don't have any advice on breeding, but had to comment on the picture, they are adorable!
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Just wonted to say welcome to you & that sweet baby.
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