C sharp, thanks so much. Lily is an amazing girl and I am sure that you will make for Dillon a wonderful life no matter what. He is a nice looking boy, very happy. Poodles are the best.
Great stuff, I was fortunate that I found the right breeder that had my pups best interest in mind.Bravo, fjm!! I think this thread should be made a "sticky," or assigned reading. Thanks for doing such a wonderful "public service" for man, woman and poodles alike! Since "you can't unknow what you know," everyone can now go forward with their eyes wide open.
Hi Pella -- In answer to the above questions ...SUCH a great thread!
(You should be able to look up both parents by CHIC# or registered name here: Orthopedic Foundation for Animals)
Now, for my questions; could anyone post a photo (with names blacked out as necessary) of genetic testing so people know what to look for in the results? Sometimes I see 'good', sometimes I see 'normal'. Are both ok? Sometimes I see 12, 13, or 14 as a result in one of the tests. I have no idea which range of numbers indicates good things. What does a hip result of 'fair' mean? Should the dog not be bred if hips are only fair?
I've heard of the Poodle Health Registry (Poodle Health Registry) How often do breeders actually use this?
How long should puppies stay with their mom? Is 8 weeks enough? I am guessing 9 is preferable.
I know there is so much that is up to each individual to determine for themselves, like size, which variety of Poodle to get, color, gender, temperament etc. But I am also guessing there are some basic practices around breeding that still haven't been discussed here. I would love to hear more about them, as I think it's very good information for any prospective puppy buyers to have.
Check out eClassic/Eaglehill-South Poodles, in SC (Website). I've talked with Debbie and like her and her dogs a lot; we're actually facebook friends. She breeds primarily blacks but is not expecting any litters in the immediate future. At the least, Debbie will know other breeders in the region with upcoming litters.i find it difficult to buy a dog from a breeder I have never met based on photos, other info, even recommendations. I have always visited a breeder, gotten a feel for their breeding philosophy and general feeling about the dogs. So, even though this will be only a family pet, I still feel this is important. I may expand to VA, GA and TN. Amazes me that I could always find quality Standard breeders within the 2 states and I thought Minis would be easier to find. Best to get over narrowing my quest for a black girl LOL.
Didn't check date of post. D'oh! :doh:I decided against a Mini, have had one before, have my 6th Standard now. I went back to a breed I have loved for awhile, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, with help found one several states away that met my health requirements and more. She is now a year old, beautiful little tri color that is best buddies with my very active almost 9 YO Standard. I have had Standards (and a Mini and some other breeds) for over 45 years and will miss them when I lose Molly, hopefully not soon, but wanted a small dog with low maintenance (I have always done my own grooming), a personality more like my Standards--want and need human interaction and always with me LOL. Good luck to everyone here with their Poodles, I have loved all of mine.
Didn't check date of post. D'oh! :doh: