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Does anyone know just how in the world I could be on a list to buy a fabulous, healthy, young adult standard Poodle?
Although I am very active (walk, bike, swim) I am approaching an older age where I just don't want to house-train or go through the high energy demand that only a puppy can bring. I have had fabulous dogs my entire life, but never my favorite breed, a standard poodle. I Love Reds and Apricots but would be lucky to get any color.

Suggestions? Do I go through breeders for retired dogs? If so is there a tip on who to go to?

I have always been an animal lover. My late husband was a veterinarian and so I believe in the very best of care. I don't want to housebreak another man either : ), so a poodle would be my favored family member. I live a block from Mission Bay and walk constantly. And I have a lovely home. I need a fabulous dog!
 

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PS I just saw that a Giraffe is used for my picture. Her name is also Connie because she was named after me for conservation work I have supported for Giraffe through Sand Diego Zoo Global. Connie is at the Safari Park, at least until she comes into estes when she'll have to be moved to prevent inbreeding. You can recognize her by a butterfly shape on her chest. Yep, Love animals!
 

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A retired dog from a nice show breeder would probably be your best route to finding your dream dog. I wish you success.
 

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Attention Breeders:

I have recently retired and am looking for a lovely poodle who is also retiring. Please see my above posts for a general sketch about me. Do any of you know of an adoption list for breeders? My fingers are crossed!
 

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Hi and Welcome to PF!

I'm not aware of any specific adults-only adoption list but there's a collection over in Finding the Right Puppy & Breeder.

It sounds like you're no novice to animals but not knowing your experience in selecting and vetting poodle breeders, here's some tips to help identify better breeders.

Health testing of the breeding parents is a good indicator of a quality, conscientious breeder. The Breeder List has info on what to look for in the testing for each variety. Mentioning health testing on a site is nice but isn't proof. For proof, look for health testing results spelled out on the breeder's site, then verify for yourself by going to the site the results are published on. If you don't find any evidence of testing or can't find the info but the breeder appeals to you, contact them and ask where you might see the testing they do. Reputable breeders put in a lot of effort to make sure they're breeding the healthiest poodles and will be happy to talk about it and provide the info.

A caution that a health "guarantee" on a puppy doesn't have much to back it if the sire and dam were not given the testing for breed and variety. "Guarantees" without the testing often favor the breeder, more than the buyer.

Conscientious breeders have a waitlist at the best of times and with pandemic puppy seekers, that wait is stretched well into 2021-2022. There have been more than a few serendipitous contacts between seeker and breeder, so don't be put off by the thought of a waitlist. Also, don't be put off if online sites aren't particularly updated. As often as not, breeders may prefer communicating by phone as well as email or text, and are busy with their dogs rather than keep a website updated.

When you start making contacts, let them know if you're open to an older pup or young adult.
Color preferences are understandable but keep in mind that you're limiting your options even further in a very limited supply of puppies. Many poodle colors change thru their lives.
Temperament is lifelong trait.

Be prepared to spend in the range of $2000 to $3500 USD. Conscientious breeders are not padding pricing due to Covid.

Be prepared to travel outside your preferred area.

As a very general rule, websites to be leery of are those that feature cutesy puppies with bows and such, little or no useful info on sires or dams, the word "Order" or "Ordering" (these are living beings, not appliances) and a PayPal or "pay here" button prominently featured "for your convenience".


An excellent source for breeder referrals is your local or the regional or national Poodle Club. An online search for "Poodle Club of ___ (your city or state)" will find them. You can also go directly to the national club site.

Some Poodle Club links are in the Breeder List.


As a sort of checklist of things to look for or ask, this is my personal criteria (I have another more detailed but just this for now):

My criteria need not be yours but I think it's important for a potential poodle owner to understand why these things matter in finding a conscientious breeder and to get a well bred puppy to share life with for many years to come. Simply being advertised as "registered" or even "purebred" doesn't mean that a puppy is well bred.


Every one of these is a talking point a conscientious breeder will welcome, just not all at the same time :)

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 and do the health testing of their breeding dogs.
They prove their dogs meet breed standards and are physically capable by breeding from sires and dams proven in competition or participating in other activities.
They do not cross breed.
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.


This is not a complete list so be sure to look at the Multi listings too. Every name on the list has been recommended by a PF member or several, or I have found them by searching thru websites for breeders that the recommended breeder also recommends. Then I went to every website and/or the OFA site and/or a general internet search to verify any health testing done. I only did this initially, before adding them to the list. It's up to the seeker to verify the breeders current standing.

Definitely use the Poodle Clubs for breeder referral too.

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Welcome, @Connie Custer! Yours sounds like a fabulous poodle home. Poodle Forum is not to be used for the direct buying and selling of poodles, but we have loads of resources to help you in your search.

I’d recommend starting with that breeders list that Rose shared.

When I was looking for a poodle puppy, I had an older adolescent offered to me by a breeder, because he was a little too much for the children in his new home. Good breeders will have take-back clauses in their contracts, so they’ll know if any of their poodles need to be re-homed.

They may also sometimes have retired breeding poodles available, but be sure to vet those situations carefully or you could end up with an adult poodle who has never been socialized beyond the breeder’s property line. Some high-volume breeders seem to have a never-ending supply of such poodles, which are really only a good fit if you’re looking to invest the time and money into proper rehabilitation. Even then, they may never make good adventure partners, which would be a shame with your lifestyle.

So although you are seeking an adult, I would still use the same criteria that would guide you in a puppy search. Make contact with those breeders, let them know you’re open to an older poodle, and go from there.
 

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Hi and Welcome to PF!

I'm not aware of any specific adults-only adoption list but there's a collection over in Finding the Right Puppy & Breeder.

It sounds like you're no novice to animals but not knowing your experience in selecting and vetting poodle breeders, here's some tips to help identify better breeders.

Health testing of the breeding parents is a good indicator of a quality, conscientious breeder. The Breeder List has info on what to look for in the testing for each variety. Mentioning health testing on a site is nice but isn't proof. For proof, look for health testing results spelled out on the breeder's site, then verify for yourself by going to the site the results are published on. If you don't find any evidence of testing or can't find the info but the breeder appeals to you, contact them and ask where you might see the testing they do. Reputable breeders put in a lot of effort to make sure they're breeding the healthiest poodles and will be happy to talk about it and provide the info.

A caution that a health "guarantee" on a puppy doesn't have much to back it if the sire and dam were not given the testing for breed and variety. "Guarantees" without the testing often favor the breeder, more than the buyer.

Conscientious breeders have a waitlist at the best of times and with pandemic puppy seekers, that wait is stretched well into 2021-2022. There have been more than a few serendipitous contacts between seeker and breeder, so don't be put off by the thought of a waitlist. Also, don't be put off if online sites aren't particularly updated. As often as not, breeders may prefer communicating by phone as well as email or text, and are busy with their dogs rather than keep a website updated.

When you start making contacts, let them know if you're open to an older pup or young adult.
Color preferences are understandable but keep in mind that you're limiting your options even further in a very limited supply of puppies. Many poodle colors change thru their lives.
Temperament is lifelong trait.

Be prepared to spend in the range of $2000 to $3500 USD. Conscientious breeders are not padding pricing due to Covid.

Be prepared to travel outside your preferred area.

As a very general rule, websites to be leery of are those that feature cutesy puppies with bows and such, little or no useful info on sires or dams, the word "Order" or "Ordering" (these are living beings, not appliances) and a PayPal or "pay here" button prominently featured "for your convenience".


An excellent source for breeder referrals is your local or the regional or national Poodle Club. An online search for "Poodle Club of ___ (your city or state)" will find them. You can also go directly to the national club site.

Some Poodle Club links are in the Breeder List.


As a sort of checklist of things to look for or ask, this is my personal criteria (I have another more detailed but just this for now):

My criteria need not be yours but I think it's important for a potential poodle owner to understand why these things matter in finding a conscientious breeder and to get a well bred puppy to share life with for many years to come. Simply being advertised as "registered" or even "purebred" doesn't mean that a puppy is well bred.


Every one of these is a talking point a conscientious breeder will welcome, just not all at the same time :)

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 and do the health testing of their breeding dogs.
They prove their dogs meet breed standards and are physically capable by breeding from sires and dams proven in competition or participating in other activities.
They do not cross breed.
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.


This is not a complete list so be sure to look at the Multi listings too. Every name on the list has been recommended by a PF member or several, or I have found them by searching thru websites for breeders that the recommended breeder also recommends. Then I went to every website and/or the OFA site and/or a general internet search to verify any health testing done. I only did this initially, before adding them to the list. It's up to the seeker to verify the breeders current standing.

Definitely use the Poodle Clubs for breeder referral too.

🐩 Breeders Listed by Location 🐩 Plus Additional Resources 🐩
GEOGRAPHICAL BREEDERS LIST AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES PLEASE READ THIS FIRST What this list is NOT: This list is not an endorsement of any breeder by Poodle Forum This list is not a list to just go buy from without doing more investigation This list is not comprehensive What this list
Thank you for the fine information. I would like to add that you are a responsive moderator with good writing skills. I appreciate your help! Wish me luck! Connie
 

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Thank you for the kind words. I'm actually not one of the Mods but always happy to help if I can.

PTP's info and advice is spot on. I'd suggest a several pronged approach, in no particular order.

In the Breeders List, one of the Multi sources, PoodlesOnline does list breeders with adults available, when the breeders notify them.

Also in the BL, look thru websites at least within a days drive. Get familiar with the type of information to expect from quality, conscientious breeders in a public facing site. If any of them appeal to you, don't hesitate to contact them to make a connection. It's really not very important if the site isn't updated and keep in mind that it might take a week or more for a response. Follow up with a phone call if no response to email, if there's a contact number.

Possibly the best starting place is the official Poodle Clubs. The referral folks generally have the most updated info, or will know who's likely to be a good choice for you.

We have several breeder/members who have reds and apricots but they're East and South of you by a bit, if you're up for a road trip. We also have some in Canada but that door is mostly closed for the time being.

Happy Poodle searching, and please stay in touch. We'll help as we can :).
 
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