Great point Dechi! I appreciate your comment- I will make genetic testing and grooming in my future criteria.I’m not particularly fond of the look of her dogs, but the fact that she doesn’t do traditional puppy grooms, even for puppies, make it hard to see the dogs’ features. I generally don’t have a good feeling about breeders who don’t take the time to get puppies used to being groomed at a very young age. Poodles need to tolerate grooming.
There is no mention of genetic testing either, and she seems to decide on the price of the puppy based on looks, which would be a red flag to me.
Unless there is something I’m missing, I would pass.
Good for you! I went through that same journey when I got my pup. There is nothing like a well bred dog from an ethical breeder that you know has done everything they can to ensure the best chance of your dog living a long and happy life with you. Even if you have to wait months and drive or fly to pick it up!Thank you, Dech and Raindrops! It is quite a journey to find trustworthy breeders!
I am getting more educated with the help of the forum - In the beginning, I was thinking about getting a puppy from PuppySpot.com, then learned about puppy mills and all the bad stories about online pet stores. It feels a bit daunting task, but I believe I am heading in the right direction!
Really appreciate getting some specific breeder recommendations, especially from your personal network MaizieFrosty!!! I will reach out to Cindy and Martha. Thank you very much!?I think you dodged a bullet, seadog
I would look into Cindy Barker if you can travel to Utah. She has received the highest recommendations from one of my poodle friends for having beautiful dogs and having extremely high ethics. https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.p.barker.9
Also Martha at Custom Toy Poodles in Montana/TX comes very highly recommended by a friend who has two of her dogs. https://www.facebook.com/martha.carrolltalley
And here's Cindy's poodle page. I found the link on her personal Facebook page. No mention (at a glance) what health testing she does, but that doesn't seem like a red flag to me. I'm sure there are lots of great breeders out there who rely on word of mouth rather than maintaining a detailed online presence. In fact, a slick website can in itself be a red flag.