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Greetings, all. I live in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, and want to become a poodle owner. Right now, I'm trying various internet searches. I'm looking forward to a place where I can post all my queries once I have found my dog. If anyone has general recommendations, I would be happy to hear them.
 

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Thank you. Your attachment is very helpful. I'm looking for a miniature poodle, old enough to be separated from his/her mother. At first I had my heart set on a black and female dog, but I realized that what's most important is a healthy, happy dog. I want to be able to drive to the puppy's location, so that means Virginia and the surrounding states.
 

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Hi!

These are general links for breeder searches that I keep handy. Will this be your first dog? first poodle?

The more questions you have and ask, the more we learn about what you're hoping to find in a puppy, and the better we can advise you.

https://poodleclubofamerica.org/find-a-poodle-breeder/
This link should get you to pages which direct you to folks within PCA who can help with breeder referrals for your desired area.

https://marketplace.akc.org/puppies/poodle
These are AKC registered breeders but review their websites thoroughly. Look for OFA, CHIC health testing info in the site. If not on the website, ask the breeder to provide all health testing results and links (this will be on the dam and sire fyi). In fact, do that with any breeder you make contact with. A quality breeder will not hesitate to show the health documentation.

http://www.poodlesonline.com/
"Poodle Breeders" Standard Poodles, Miniature Poodles, Toy Poodles Breeders Directory!
All the breeders listed here are required to do appropriate health testing in order to list on that site.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/477233365657056/
Breeders here all do appropriate health testing.

https://www.poodlebreeders.com/
Another site with multiple breeders listed. Use the same cautions.

Most of us aren't breeders and don't have poodles for the purpose of showing or competing, they are our loving companions. We are grateful tho to the breeders who do take the time and spend the money to show or compete and health test their dogs so we can have our healthy and well bred pets.

There are some sub forums here where you can find discussions of breeders recommended, and some, not so much. They're listed at the top of Poodle Talk.

If you use the Search at the top of any page, use Advanced search for breeders in your area.

Contact a few breeders to introduce yourself. Even if they don't have or don't offer what you're looking for, it can be a close knit community. They may know where to refer you.

We'll wait here for you :).
 

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Now a new poodle owner!

Thank you all so much! Now a poodle owner: Charlie, twelve-weeks old, miniature poodle, red. Sweet and cute. Working on acclimating him to his new home and crate. I'm sure I'll have lots of questions.
 

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Congratulations to you and Charlie!

We'd love to see pictures, and consider starting a 52 Week thread. It's a great way to record your adventures, and, bonus for the rest of us, we get to share in it :).
 

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Thank you all so much! Now a poodle owner: Charlie, twelve-weeks old, miniature poodle, red. Sweet and cute. Working on acclimating him to his new home and crate. I'm sure I'll have lots of questions.
Wow, that didn’t take you long. Congratulations. I hope you post photos of your new baby Charlie.
 
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