We are a family of 4 looking to welcome a new member to our family. We decided to get a mini poodle and we are willing to drive a little. How do I find breeders? How do we know if the breeders I see online are reliable?
Thank you for your help!
and here's my personal criteria in more of a list format
My ideal breeder is someone who is doing this because they love the breed. They want to see each new generation born at least as good as the previous, ideally better. They provide for every dog in their care as if that dog is their own. They will be there for the new family, and stand behind that pup for it's lifetime, rain or shine, with or without a contract. They will know the standards and pedigrees of their chosen breed, health and genetic diversity of their lines, and breed to better them. They will know of the latest studies in health standards for their chosen breed and variety.
They will have as many questions for me as I do for them. They invest in their dogs. They don't expect the dogs to support them.
! to maintain, improve, strengthen the breed
by breeding to standard, for health and genetic diversity,
and will prove their dogs meet these standards by showing or competing
or by breeding from titled parents. It's not the title, but what it shows
! focus is on quality, never quantity
! registry information available
! not too old or young for breeding
! not overbred
! genetic health testing done appropriate to breed and variety
! other health testing such as eyes, hips
! results of testing on own website, OFA site or testing lab
see Health Related Publications - Versatility In Poodles, Inc.
! in home with family
! breeder allows, even encourages home visits
! routine and urgent vet care, immunizations, dewormings
! first groomings
! registry papers
! they will not require spay/neuter before physical maturity
! health "guarantee" generally favors the breeder, not the buyer.
health guarantee is no replacement for health testing of dam and sire.
beginning housetraining is a bonus
temperament testing is helpful
! individual website to detail history of breeder, goals for their program
! information on dams, sires, puppies
! no trend pricing for color, gender or size,
! no marketing gimmick terms like "teacup" "royal"
! Anything not found on the website should be provided by breeder before buying
If a breeder wants me to believe that they believe in their dogs, they won't stop the investment when it comes time to find the new families. If they want to cut costs by using free advertising sites like craigslist or listing on retail marketplaces like puppyspot or puppyfind, or other classified ad sites such as newspapers, I wonder what else they've cut costs on.
I'm sure some specific breeder recommendations will be offered by members. I'll check the Search to see what comes up.
and you can find breeder referral reps listed on The Poodle Club of America site
Southern California Standard and Miniature Poodle Breeder, standard poodle puppies and miniature poodle puppies for sale, San Diego, AKC and UKC registered, health tested, San Diego Poodle Club, Versatility in Poodles, AKC & UKC Showing, obedience
They do look very promising! And you've switched to a standard! It happens frequently. A search is started with one variety or color or gender in mind and then the right breeder or right pup comes along, and you sort of get chosen .
I did a bit more online searching and I see that they may be doing minis too, just not seeing them on the website. Hope this all comes together for you all soon!