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Hi All,

I’d love to get a recommendation on some breeders for a toy or miniature poodle puppy? I’ve read up on some health issues that can accompany this particular breed and the most important qualities for my husband and I are health and temperament. The best dog I’ve ever had was a family dog that was more of a person than a dog, smart, super cuddly, always had to have a paw or face nuzzled on your lap, and just wanted to be where all the other people were and could care less what his dog sister was doing (usually hunting squirrels). Cute is also important! Ha! We live in NYC and we are willing to travel to find our little buddy. Color and gender are less important as long as health and temperament are great. I’ve always had different terriers growing up so a poodle is a first, but I hear they are so smart as well as don’t shed as much. I work from home so I’m able to take the dog out frequently and my husband can bring the dog to his office on the days I have meetings.
 

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Welcome, Abby. Take a look at the AKC Market Place (link). The requirements to list puppies there are thin: the sire and dam only need to be registered with the AKC when they register the litter.

Some of the breeders there are very good, while others not so much. Use the drop down menu that says "Options" too after you type in the breed and check "Now Available". You'll see other options too, but skip those for now.

As of today there are 57 Miniature Poodle litters and 56 Toy Poodle litters nationwide.

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What I'll say next reflects my strong preference DNA health testing of the parents. This applies for AKC Marketplace, breeders you've been recommended or found on Facebook groups and other sites.

As you look through the Market Place photos/ads, specifically look for info from the breeder info that says parents were cleared in DNA health tests.

The breeder may or not list all the genetic conditions that the sire & dam are cleared for, but this link will show you the five testable conditions. If both parents are cleared, the puppies will be too.

Here's a sample of an ad today for a toy poodle puppy that reflects a conscientious breeder (link).

Other ads might say "puppies are vet checked and have veterinary health certificate, up to date on age appropriate vaccinations, have been dewormed..." etc, but they don't mention DNA health testing. This is not uncommon even in a Breeder of Merit or Bred With HEART breeder where the pups have a great pedigree. Just call and ask, and you always want to see original documentation or listing on the DNA lab website or OFA.

Note: Many of the good breeders only test for PRA-PRCD which causes blindness for two reasons: it's the most common of the diseases and the only requirement by OFA as far as DNA testing goes.

It's also ideal in toys and mini's if the parents have had their patellas (knees) evaluated (takes only a few minutes by a vet) and the vet found them satisfactory; and in mini's, if the parents were evaluated for hip dysplasia.

Don't hold your breath that the majority of breeders out there have covered all the bases, and keep in mind that many diseases such as cancer have no DNA test to determine if a puppy will later develop one. With love and life, there is always risk.

See more info at this PF link, Genetic Conditions - OFA Blue Book: What to Know In Choosing A Puppy or Breeding.
 

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Hi All,

I’d love to get a recommendation on some breeders for a toy or miniature poodle puppy? I’ve read up on some health issues that can accompany this particular breed and the most important qualities for my husband and I are health and temperament. The best dog I’ve ever had was a family dog that was more of a person than a dog, smart, super cuddly, always had to have a paw or face nuzzled on your lap, and just wanted to be where all the other people were and could care less what his dog sister was doing (usually hunting squirrels). Cute is also important! Ha! We live in NYC and we are willing to travel to find our little buddy. Color and gender are less important as long as health and temperament are great. I’ve always had different terriers growing up so a poodle is a first, but I hear they are so smart as well as don’t shed as much. I work from home so I’m able to take the dog out frequently and my husband can bring the dog to his office on the days I have meetings.
I strongly suggest you check out breeders who are recommended by the Poodle Club of America. Here is the link for breeders in the eastern US:

Breeder referral East of the Mississippi:

Leslie Newing
Phone: (203) 255-3396
Email: [email protected]
Accepting calls from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Eastern time
 
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