Poodles are such an amazing breed with a long history as a preferred companion to humans. History has shown that they were defined as a breed as long as 600 years ago.  Both solid color and parti-colored poodles were known for hundreds of years as great hunting dogs, companions, carting dogs, guard dogs, herding dogs, and an all-around terrific companion.  They were originally bred in Germany and known as the “puddle dog” and when France aristocrats preferred the breed they carried the German name over to France with the modification to “poodle”.  Poodles have been the foundation for many other breeds and currently popular in the mixed-breed world as pets.  As we cannot judge those who purchase the “---oodle” dogs we warn that they must ask for a history of health testing and that the desirable traits of the poodle do not always carry over in these mixed-bred dogs. 
The traits that make the poodle so desirable are many.  They are very intelligent. An owner new to the breed is advised to take at least two obedience classes with their new pup.  They are extremely versatile and trainable in many venues as mentioned above.  They do not shed.  They can be groomed in many different styles from a close cut that is low maintenance, to a sporting cut that has a little more of the poodle style and needs regular washing and grooming, to the full show cut called the continental which is a high maintenance cut requiring daily grooming, hair banding, and weekly washing and blow drying that can take 3-5 hours.  Many people shy away from the poodle if they think it has to be maintained in the continental cut but 90% of poodle owners do a much simpler cut with low maintenance.  When our poodles are not in the show ring we groom to minimum hair for the summer months and a short, sporting cut in the winter times.    It makes maintenance so much easier.  As with any dog, grooming also includes cleaning their ears and clipping their nails – tasks usually done by your regular groomer or your vet's staff (usually for a nominal fee).
We came to become dedicated poodle owners after years of rescuing dogs through our local Humane Society.  We provided a loving home for over 20 rescued dogs with all of them living into their teens.  Some had serious socialization problems when they came to us and we nurtured them into loving companions.  After three of our rescues matured and passed away we consulted with a long-time groomer of 35 years about the best dogs she had ever worked with during her career.  Her response was, Standard Poodles, by leaps and bounds over other breeds.  Sue had had toy poodles growing up and she loved them.  So, we started researching Standard Poodles and instantly fell in love.  It took months to find a breeder with puppies but when we did we adopted two lovely females from their litter.  They proceeded to be terrific additions to our family.
After a few years with our girls we had met a lot of people in the poodle world and wanted to become active in the poodle show world.  We brought Mickie into our lives and it was love at first site.  In fact, Sue got to hold him when he was just one day old.  Mickie proved himself as a Champion show dog, passed all his health testing with no problems, and now is a proven sire of beautiful puppies.  We are so proud of him.  Two years after Mickie came into our lives Marty was offered to us and we agreed to show him in the AKC Show circuit.  Now we were stepping up and we rose to the challenge.  Marty became our first AKC Champion under our wonderful handlers, Paul and Crystal Clas.
We recommend poodles for anyone who desire adding a loving, beautiful, versatile dog with loads of intelligence to their lives. If you are new to training dogs that is not a problem but we recommend taking obedience classes to help you raise the best poodle possible.  Otherwise, your poodle may raise you and pretty much run the show.  Once poodles learn something they never forget it and can even be trained in groups like the circus poodles.  They are an amazing breed.
The most fun we have had with our poodles is when we go out in public and they turn heads.  I had Mickie at Niagara Falls during a show weekend in Buffalo so he looked beautiful.  We had about 20 tourists at the falls ask to take their picture with him.  My goodness, we were at one of the natural wonders of the world and they wanted a photo of our dog.  It was such a compliment.  We’ve had our poodles walk in local parades, gone to dog carnivals, and other canine events and everywhere they go they draw lots of attention.  When the poodles are riding in the car with us we see children in other cars waving at them and mom and dad are all smiles.  We’ve even had people take photos of them from their cars.  It’s so much fun!
So if you want an eye-catching, talented and sweet dog, poodles are it!  You can tell we’ve never regretted our decision to bring them into our forever home and we are devoted to bettering the breed with wonderful puppies.

For more information of the poodle breed we recommend the following sites:

http:/ofa.org
http://www.poodleclubofamerica.org/
http://www.poodlehealthregistry.org/
http://www.poodlepedigree.com/

And, to really see the versatility of the poodle breed watch this YouTube.com video about the poodles that ran the Iditarod:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDuBNEF9aXM
 

 

 

 

 

 We do not use a name for our training because it is a program developed from years of dog ownership and training.  We live with our puppies 24-7 and they interact with us like family pets, As a result they are handled, trained, and cuddled throughout the day.  We believe in healthy sunlight so our puppies do get a few hours of outside play a day when old enough to absorb that precious vitamin D and work their little bodies into healthy, happy athletes. 

We introduce them to various people, including children, household noises and activities like vacuum cleaners, TVs, cooking, and adult dogs.  They always have toys and stimulating features in their indoor play area and we do larger play features like steps, 'dens/caves', water pool, hanging mobiles, balls, and lots of toys in their outside area. 

Puppies are evaluated at the time of birth for conformation and at 8-weeks for structure and temperament to determine the best future home and expectations for each puppy.  We reserve the right to pick of the litter for both sexes so commitment of puppies to their new owners will not happen until the 8-week evaluation based on Pat Hasting's protocol is completed. 

Puppies are vaccinated using the guidelines recommended by Dr. Jean Dobbs.  When the puppies are young we wash and dry once per week and start grooming for clean faces and feet at 4 weeks old.  Whenever we are cuddling with our puppies we massage their feet, play with opening their mouths, and prepare them for vet visits and handling.  Our puppies stay with us for at least 10 weeks and from 6-10 weeks we do crate training which give the puppies their own place to call home and rest.  This also helps the puppy learn potty training.  We will try to honor requests  for starting specific training during the last 2 weeks the puppy is with us and we know which puppy will become part of your family.

To give the puppy the best chance of being a valuable and loved member of your family our contract requires that our puppy owners enroll their puppy in an obedience class and complete the class course before 8 months.  Owners are also to continue the Jean Dobb's vaccination protocol and take their puppy to a Veterinarian within three business days after they pick up their puppy from us. Every puppy goes home with an thick educational folder, a toy and towel scented with the littermates and dame, a 4-day supply of their food, collar and leash, and their vaccination and vet record.  We are always available for any questions you may have but remember, we are not a vet, so call your vet first with any health concerns.  

We guarantee the puppy from genetic health issues per OFA's guidelines for 1 year from birth.  We reserve the right at all times and under all circumstances to choose to either refund 1/2 the treatment costs (minus insurance reimbursement) not to exceed the purchase price of the puppy or provide you with a replacement puppy if the puppy is returned to us.  That will be the guidelines and extent of our liability for any issues attributable to genetics health.  When the puppy leaves us it will have 30-days of health insurance coverage and we require that you continue to maintain that insurance to cover the diagnostic and treatment costs for your puppy whether due to genetic health issues or other issues or our genetic health guarantee is nullified and you will have no recourse. All my dogs are insured.

We will always be available to provide a home for your puppy if you cannot keep it.  Our protocol is strict for rehoming so you can rely on us.