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Hi, I'm hoping for some advice. I am looking for my next buddy and am trying to find a reputable breeder (preferably one who puts puppies on multiple different surfaces, exposes them to sound and a home environment, lets them play with items hanging - usually from a pvc pipe type thing, health testing). I'm looking for a companion first, but would also like to do competition obedience and trick dogs, maybe dock dogs.

I've contacted several breeders. Most have not responded. I'm beginning to lose hope and am willing to expand my search. I'm in northern CA, but am willing to look beyond CA for the right puppy. I've even contacted a couple in Colorado, but no response from one and the other doesn't have anything available.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I'm looking for a small miniature or even an oversized toy would be fine, too. And while color is not my main focus, I'd prefer to keep the color to black, white, silver, or blue.

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Carrie
 

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Clarion or Black Pearl would be my first choices in Nor Cal. Also since you want to do sports and are willing to travel, I would look into Horizon, Safranne, and G8rcreek, as they produce many performance pups. I don't know as much about the first two, but I follow G8rcreek on FB and really like what I see in terms of the way the dogs are raised plus titles won.
 

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You might try Betty Brown, Donnchada Poodles in Texas. A couple of members here have minis from Betty and my Standard, Poppy, is from her. You could not do much better than a Betty Brown Donnchada Baby.
 

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Clarion or Black Pearl would be my first choices in Nor Cal. Also since you want to do sports and are willing to travel, I would look into Horizon, Safranne, and G8rcreek, as they produce many performance pups. I don't know as much about the first two, but I follow G8rcreek on FB and really like what I see in terms of the way the dogs are raised plus titles won.
Thank you! I've contacted Sufranne already, but will look into the others. I've also contacted Clarion, but they haven't responded.
 

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Thank you! I've contacted Sufranne already, but will look into the others. I've also contacted Clarion, but they haven't responded.
You're welcome. Word on the street is that Clarion is normally very responsive, so they were probably at a show when you contacted them. I would try again :)
 

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absolute silver poodles in minnesota is advertising a litter. the sire is a horizon dog.
 

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I would second Ash's Mystical. I just got a cream mini poodle from Marie at Ash's last month. We requested an average energy and calm, friendly poodle. That's exactly what we got. Marie knows her puppies well. Her dogs are health tested and our puppy seems to be healthy so far.
 

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if you look at ash's mystical pedigrees, you will find that dogs of many of the breeders mentioned here are part of her breeding stock. i think she is probably excellent, but like a couple of others, she is a fairly large scale breeder and that scares some people off. i'm glad you're able to put in a good word for getting the temperament of the dog you wanted.
 

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I would second Ash's Mystical. I just got a cream mini poodle from Marie at Ash's last month. We requested an average energy and calm, friendly poodle. That's exactly what we got. Marie knows her puppies well. Her dogs are health tested and our puppy seems to be healthy so far.
Thank you. I sent an email, but haven't heard from her.
 

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I have never visited Ash's Mystical, but I've met a couple of dogs from them and they were very well adjusted. But, I would only buy from a small breeder, personally.
 

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Since you are considering out of state - I would look at Morning Glory in Texas and Aery's in North Carolina - those are the breeders who bred my silver miniature poodle.

My dog was held back for conformation - Richard of Aery is both a poodle judge and a professional handler - he was training my dog to be shown. She was beautifully socialized and knew the first night we brought her home to go upstairs to bed and snuggle all night.
She was almost a year old, toilet trained so I didn't have to worry about having her in my bed..... and she slept instead of crying her first night here.

We are training and competing in obedience, rally, nose work and agility. Her number one task is cuddly couch potato and bed snuggler at night; she excels at both.

As for some of your requests - if you get your puppy at 8 weeks, you can start training multiple surfaces, sounds and of course a home environment. You can train your dog to play with a flirt pole. These requests shouldn't be a deal breaker. What I would look for is someone who starts the socialization - the puppies should have exposure to men, women and children. Once you get your puppy home continue socialization.

Health testing of the parents is definitely something that must be done by the breeder.

I too had trouble getting breeders to return my emails and calls. One breeder I had hoped to get a puppy called me finally 6 months later, weeks after I got my dog to say she was going to have puppies. Needless to say if she had returned my call and told me she was planning puppies earlier and if I wanted to be on the list, I might have ended up with one of her puppies, instead of my Babykins. Each breeder is different how they handle communication. Spring and fall is filled with competition shows so they may be particularly busy then.
 

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Since you are considering out of state - I would look at Morning Glory in Texas and Aery's in North Carolina - those are the breeders who bred my silver miniature poodle.

My dog was held back for conformation - Richard of Aery is both a poodle judge and a professional handler - he was training my dog to be shown. She was beautifully socialized and knew the first night we brought her home to go upstairs to bed and snuggle all night.
She was almost a year old, toilet trained so I didn't have to worry about having her in my bed..... and she slept instead of crying her first night here.

We are training and competing in obedience, rally, nose work and agility. Her number one task is cuddly couch potato and bed snuggler at night; she excels at both.

As for some of your requests - if you get your puppy at 8 weeks, you can start training multiple surfaces, sounds and of course a home environment. You can train your dog to play with a flirt pole. These requests shouldn't be a deal breaker. What I would look for is someone who starts the socialization - the puppies should have exposure to men, women and children. Once you get your puppy home continue socialization.

Health testing of the parents is definitely something that must be done by the breeder.

I too had trouble getting breeders to return my emails and calls. One breeder I had hoped to get a puppy called me finally 6 months later, weeks after I got my dog to say she was going to have puppies. Needless to say if she had returned my call and told me she was planning puppies earlier and if I wanted to be on the list, I might have ended up with one of her puppies, instead of my Babykins. Each breeder is different how they handle communication. Spring and fall is filled with competition shows so they may be particularly busy then.
Thank you so much for this! Yes, agreed an all counts. I know breeders also have to wade through a lot of unscrupulous people, too. They probably get quite a few emails. I will check these recommendations and if nothing comes of it, I do have one who I can be placed on a waitlist for a fall litter - as #5 on her list. Still hoping the right one will fall into place when it should.
 

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I'm late to this thread and I haven't even seen the op around lately. But just in case, if you don't mind going to Washington here are two outstanding breeders I'd go for if I were in the market for a mini. The first lives not far at all from where I use to live.

http://www.kamannpoodles.com/



Christine Dallas is awesome...secretary of the Puget Sound Poodle Club. I knew her when I was showing Matisse. Super nice lady. Very well regarded. And beautiful dogs.

https://www.farthingpoodles.com/mini-poodles/
 

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Be patient and persistent, because you have an awesome list of breeders. They are busy and have shows and lives. I found leaving a VM was a better tactic than filling out a form or emailing from the website. I would have to be on a list for a Clarion or a Black Pearl Puppy.
 
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