I have some concerns here, particularly:Does anyone know about Silken poodles in Ontario in terms of the health, temperment etc. of their dogs? I am especially interested in their female Bindi.
I am sure Lori is a lovely person, but the way she breeds her reds just makes me think that it is purely for colour and nothing else...I am "poodleseeker" who asked earlier about Silken Poodles of Ontario. I have to say that I have been overwhelmed by the supportive response that I have received from Silken's many fans. Several people have written to me saying that this is an ethical breeder of excellent companion, and sometimes working, dogs in an in-house setting. Others have sent photos and references. Lori of Silken has replied to my inquiries in a professional and caring manner. She clearly knows what she is doing and cares passionately about her dogs and their offspring. I would feel very confident buying a puppy from her.
Thank you to all of you that responded to my question. You have been very helpful.
Now that said- in the 3 weeks i've had Bella- i've been very happy with dealing with Lori- She was upfront on a minor (and i mean MINOR) issue in Bella's bite. Something that myself as a breeder and CKC show person wouldn't have noticed with out it being pointed out that came up in her vet check...As you know i just got my puppy from Silken. I love Phantom poodles. I had on the whole crossed them off my list as a possibility. There is one breeder in the US (who bred my pups dad) who at the time i had on my 'not a bad breeder' list for phantoms. But no litters coming up...
I also was looking at a pup from one of the best kennels in canada. color would have been black or cream.
It took me a while to decide which i wanted. First off- if i felt Lori/Silken was a bad kennel i would have never even glanced at that litter a second time. Does Lori do everything i'd like her to? no. Do i put her in the 'bad' breeder list? no. She does do testing on her dogs. Though not always to the standard i would expect from a great breeder. Is she the same level of breeder as the other litter i was looking at? no.
However what i did feel is that
1- Silken breeds healthy dogs
2- Silken stands behind their dogs
3- Silken takes VERY good care of their dogs
4- Lori is an honest person who is great to deal with.
5- i felt i would be getting my dream color in a healthy dog with a good gaurentee and a lifetime of support from Lori.
i felt that she had good enough breeding practices for me to feel fine supporting her with my money for this dog. If she hadn't- i would not have gotten a puppy from Silken.
That said i do hope that Lori takes the jump from being a ok/good breeder towards more of a very good breeder. i would like to see her change a few things- and she knows that- ages of males used in breeding and OFA final's on joints.