The AKC marketplace requires all the cautions needed when considering any breeder. There are no requirements beyond selling AKC registered puppies (which only indicates that they are 100% poodle - and even that is sometimes not the case) and paying the fee to list.I truly appreciate all this information. There is a local (1 hour away) breeder. Found him through AKC, and he has all the things on his website you advise to watch out for as bad. PayPal, cost starts at $6000 and goes up from there, ships all over the country, no genetic testing. He has a phantom available as of today, previously reserved, family backed out. I am so confused.
copy and paste a small block of text from the website into google (adding quotation marks). I choose something that doesn't specifically mention poodles, but ideally has lots of marketing adjectives, such as bragging about how "the cute and precious puppies are raised in a warm and loving family home."
There will always be exceptions, but some of the most egregious scammers and puppy brokers show up this way, using identical text across multiple websites, each masquerading as an independent breeder.
Here's an example:
Not trying to sway, just to explain the discoloration, if it's tear stains you're referring to.I have a thing with the discoloration of fur around the eyes
thank you, I know what it is, I just don't like it. Perhaps I'm further on the spectrum of OCD than others. I like things neat and clean. LOL!Not trying to sway, just to explain the discoloration, if it's tear stains you're referring to.
They're the result of the saline in tears drying on the fur and reacting by changing the color of the fur, essentially dyeing it unless wiped dry first. It can happen to all colors, just harder to see in the darker colors. Not all poodles have this, and of those that do, it varies in intensity.
"Tear stains are usually caused by dye molecules called porphyrins. Porphyrins are iron-containing molecules, produced when the body breaks down red blood cells. Porphyrins are excreted primarily through bile and the intestinal tract, but in dogs a significant amount of porphyrin is excreted through tears, saliva and also urine.
When porphyrin containing tears or saliva sits on light fur for any length of time, stains result. These iron-related stains intensify/darken in the presence of sunlight.
All dogs produce porphyrin, but of course porphyrin staining is most noticeable on light colored dogs. If you have ever noticed a light dog who has been licking or chewing on his leg, the hair in that area will turn iron-brown in color as well.
Primarily, then, most tear stains in most dogs can be simply prevented by keeping the face free of porphyrin-containing tears. That means keeping the face hair trimmed, and wiping the face at least twice daily with a slightly damp wash cloth, to dilute out and wash away the tears."
My girls, Holly and Noel, had very noticeable stains and I was lax in daily cleaning to keep the tears from staining, at least as much.
There's speculation over what causes it, what's being fed is one potential cause.
I fed my girls what I thought was a decent food but their tearing was noticeable, as mentioned.
My current light boy, Remo, has hardly noticeable staining. I think partly because his fur is simply a bit darker surrounding his eyes, partly because I keep up much better with cleaning, and maybe because I'm feeding a better kibble and using filtered water.