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Hi, I am an animal lover living in Ottawa and come from a dog breeding family. My (late) Grandmother was a breeder of Boston Terriers and my sister is actually one of the best breeders in Canada of Exotic Shorthair cats (yes I am so proud of my little sister!). Although I adore cats too, my life is incomplete without a dog. My other grandmother was a poodle
lover and had a truly regal standard poodle. I love the breed, mostly the miniatures, moyens, and standards.

My last dog was a registered Bichon Frise who lived to be 17 1/2. She was a special girl but I am now more interested in a poodle as they are better at house training, do not have that long back that is prone to injury, and have slightly longer legs so a little easier to keep clean in our winters and muddy springs! I am looking for a poodle puppy. I considered a smaller moyen but I think a larger miniature poodle would be perfect for us. Ideally I want a male, and either apricot or red.

I - out of the blue - I had a “once in a career” opportunity to be seconded to London, England for 4-6 months so I am currently in London until the spring, then back to Ottawa. Meanwhile I have been educating myself on the breed, health testing, and genetics. I am looking forward to having a dog in my little family again!
 

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First welcome to the forum. You will get a lot of good advise, breeder recommendations etc. here, we even like to generally chat about our poodles. Its already a good time to talk to breeders and perhaps get on a waiting list. Exotic shorthair cats, nice. I have had persians for like always and wanted an exotic because they have the same personality but without the long fur which mats if you aren't consistent with their grooming. I did not find one here in the states. But ow I have my 1st standard poodle. He is 1 year old. I've had many different breeds in my lifetime and he has been my most challenging, smart learns quick but very enegenic and bouncy. LOL That wouldn't have bothered me 20 or 30 years ago but now it is a challenge. He is getting better all the time and I love this dog dearly. I am sure you will soon find yours.
 

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Welcome. If you do ever reconsider the size you want, one of our members on the forum, Cherie Ambeault Perks, Arreau Standard poodles in Ontario breeds some truly fabulous reds and apricots, with the occasional black as well.

A couple of our members have pups from Cherie. You certainly could not go wrong choosing a pup from her. Her standards are not particularly large in size. If you still want a mini, then maybe Cherie knows of a Canadian breeder of that size.
 

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Hi there and welcome to PF. I am sure you will find resources here to help you find a great pup when the time is right.
 

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Hi and welcome.
 

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Welcome! I hope you are enjoying London - Oh for roast beef and yorkshire pudding. Anyway the forum is a great place for advice, a very caring community.
 

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Welcome to PF! Hope you find the 'perfect-for-you' poodle!
 

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Welcome to the Forum! Even if you are not interested in a standard, I agree you should contact Cherie Parks. The good breeders know of each other and she can probably recommend the top breeders of mini and toy reds and apricots in Ontario. Best wishes on your search!
 

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Welcome, Sharon! I'm excited for you as you start on your poodle journey. I love Bichons too, but poodles definitely have the edge in terms of trainability and intelligence :)
 
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