Barbara, I'm glad you're going for a poodle for one very important reason. You mentioned in your Intro your age, and here that some doodle breeders are reaching for excellence in their program regarding to DNA and other testing, but one thing they have difficulty in controlling is temperament.because our experience was with a mini goldendoodle we started our search with them before deciding health issues were so important a poodle is the wiser choice.
that said,some doodle breeders are organizing and self rating/regulating with the major health tests done on parents. this means both poodle Breed tests and gold or lab Breed tests. Knees, hips, eyes, cancer. Etc etc.
I know a few goldendoodle owners in this situation and they always say "It's the poodle part that's crazy!" Looking down at my couch potato as I type this, I can only shake my head.For unknown reasons a lot of labradoodles and golden doodles are extremely high energy to the point it's like they're wired and have no off switch, which is especially hard for an older person to handle. They've even been called crazy more times than I can count
Yes we heard about the temperament issues. In fact the perfect doodle we know arrived from breeder With full size doodle puppy for second family member. I understand that he has been hyper for all these 13 years. As noted owner asked for the laziest puppy, and has told me to do the same.Barbara, I'm glad you're going for a poodle for one very important reason. You mentioned in your Intro your age, and here that some doodle breeders are reaching for excellence in their program regarding to DNA and other testing, but one thing they have difficulty in controlling is temperament.
For unknown reasons a lot of labradoodles and golden doodles are extremely high energy to the point it's like they're wired and have no off switch, which is especially hard for an older person to handle. They've even been called crazy more times than I can count, so selecting a really calm one as a puppy is critical. But the thing is, with pure poodles or labs or GR's, you pretty know what you're getting in terms of temperament; at the same time always observe the temperament of the mother, and if available, the father, even with purebreds.
Meanwhile, how is your search going for a poodle?
This is something of a common misperception. For breeders who happen to show their dogs as part of their breeding program, if they're lucky, there may be a single pup out of several litters that might have show potential and you can bet they're going to keep that pup for themselves or possibly co-own with another breeder who is looking to enhance their own line. The rest of those litters go to lucky us, the general poodle buying I Want A Pet public .I want a dog that will be inside with people, not in a show.
I can't help but wonder if only breeders who don't show would say that to justify why they don't.As I read and research, some dog breeders online websites claim a show line is less healthy, less trainable.
If there's a phone number, it can't hurt to try a phone call too.I have written to three breeders, with no response which I understand is common. Booked up and busy I bet.
Start with something very simple, your history with dogs, why you have decided a poodle is the dog for you, how you heard about them and when is a good time for further conversation?other issue I am not sure how To phrase.
The medium variety is not a recognized variety (size) in the North American registries. In NA, they are simply smaller standards based on the poodle breed standards. It is a primarily European size, recognized by the FCI.like the Klein/Moyen. assume most are just too big/small which works for us But am unsure of marketing is ethical.
Even in these times, quality, conscientious breeders won't be raising prices to take advantage of the situation we're all in. Whether for a toy, miniature or standard you should be able to find a quality pup from a quality breeder in the range from a low end of $1500 to a high end at $3000, with $2000/2500 most likely.Some increasing prices beyond my range.
Any breeder charging over $3k is one I would be very cautious of. That screams disreputable breeder to me because they're raising prices simply because they can during the current puppy shortage. Good breeders aren't breeding for profit like that.Wow thanks for all the info and help! our Sheltie who just passed away was from show kennel. sire was ch and ROM with 13 champion offspring including another ROM. he was from frozen sperm of her beloved dog. We did not know any of that, or what it meant at first, though we read up on titles, and later on i would look at Westminster show shelties to find his 3rd cousin once removed Every year. We assumed he was eccentric because it was his personality but I read a few harsh comments on show lines this week and was bothered enough to ask.
we had assumed the prices you mentioned, but $3,000, $3500 and $4000 and up are online plus new thing is the breeder trains puppy til 14 weeks and cost is $10,000 to $15,000.
I am looking at various sites because as noted wait lists are full. if I put a $500 deposit for a pup for winter 2021 I might still wait longer depending on litter sizes in meantime. want to be very sure.
starting to wonder WHY a breeder has a litter arriving this next 6 months. Covid crazies.
i have so much to learn here.