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About our puppies

Read below to learn how our puppies are raised, evaluated and guaranteed

Puppy Culture

"Puppy Culture is a video series that explores in detail the critical early periods of development that each puppy goes through as well as what you can do to increase your odds of raising a happy, socially successful, and trainable dog" . Check it out at puppyculture.com. In order to raise puppies that are enrichment seekers, who want to explore new things and not fear them, we introduce them to something new every day, such as tunnels, wobble boards, even new toys and sounds. They listen to classical music and get plenty of individual attention every day. 

Health and wellness

There are a lot of new/different protocols for puppy vaccine scheduling.  Some people choose to wait until 9 weeks before giving the first vaccine, and I respect their decision to do what is best for their puppies. I will be exposing my puppies to other people and places before that time, so, to be sure they are protected, I choose to stick to the tried and true vaccine schedule that I've used for nearly 40 years. My puppies will receive their first vaccine at 6 weeks, followed by 9, 12 and 16 week vaccines. They are wormed at 2, 4, 6 and 8 weeks old. 


All puppies will have a vet checkup at 6 weeks old. 

Volhard's Puppy Aptitude Testing

 Puppy aptitude testing evaluates a puppy's behavioral tendencies ranging from social attraction (degree of social attraction to people, confidence or dependence), to retrieving, to sound and sight sensitivity. The test is performed at 49 days and helps to determine the  temperment the puppy will have as an adult and what type of family best suits him/her.  The puppies are tested one at a time, in a location they've never been, and the test is carried out by someone they've never met. This person is a disinterested 3rd party with no involvement in the puppy's sale or future home. 

Conformation Evaluation

At or around 8 weeks a disinterested 3rd party, who is familiar with the structure of the breed, will evaluate the puppies structure to help the breeder make decisions on the placement of puppies. The purpose in mind it the betterment of the breed. 

Grooming

Grooming is a big part of a poodles life. In order to stay healthy and comfortable they should be groomed approximately every 6 weeks. I groom mine every 3 weeks if possible. Our puppies are exposed to the sound of the clipper at a young age, and by the age of 6 weeks have had 4 nail trimmings and 2 face shaves. 

Guarantee

My breeding dogs have been thouroughly health tested per Poodle Club of America and CHIC guidlines and beyond. I guarantee that my puppies will never get any of the diseases that my dogs have been DNA tested not to carry. They include Von Willebrands and Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) , an incurable disease of the spinal cord. You can find links to the full report of their DNA testing on the dogs individual pages. If your puppy is diagnosed with any disease that my dogs have been DNA tested for I will offer a full refund and spay your puppy.


My breeding dogs have had their hips xrayed at 2 years old and show no signs of hip dysplasia at that time. The tendancy to develop hip dysplasia may be part genetic, but it is also an environmental disease that depends drastically on how your puppy is raised. I honor a 2 year guarantee on puppies hips, but insist that they are not kept on slippery surfaces, or allowed to run up and down stairs, or jump on/off furniture and beds or do agility work, jumping exercises, weave poles until 1 1/2 years to ensure damage isn't done to the hips. If I believe you have taken care not to cause permanent damage to your puppy's hips and he/she is diagnosed with hip dysplasia (not injury related) before the age of 2. I will refund your money and spay your pet. As OFA is drastically subjective, and known to reverse their decisions (therfore they were incorrect the first time), I will not accept their "diagnosis". A second opinion will be required. 


I have no heart issues with my breeding dogs. Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy is  a primary disease of cardiac muscle that results in a decreased ability of the heart to generate pressure to pump blood through the vascular system.  It has been linked to certain grain free foods. For this reason, and others, I use and recommend Purina Pro Plan. I guarantee my puppies against genetic heart related issues for 2 years. This guarantee is voided if you are using any boutique, trendy grain-free food.  Many puppies are diagnosed with an innocent or physiologic heart murmer, that has no impact on the dog's health. The murmer may first appear at 6-8 weeks of age, and disappear by about 4-5 months of age. I have all of my puppies checked by a vet at 6 weeks and will not knowingly sell a puppy with an innocent murmer until it has cleared.  If your puppy is diagnosed with a genetic heart murmer I will refund your money and spay your pet. 


Temperment - Great pains have been taken to ensure your puppy is a happy and friendly member of society. He/she will be temperment tested, using Volhard protocols, at the recommend age of 7 weeks. Puppies go through fear periods, and much can happen after they are tested, to turn a perfectly lovely puppy into a fearful animal. Your job in the first 6 months of that puppy's life - is to teach him or her that he/she is safe. No dog parks, no visiting friends who might have dogs who could overwhelm your puppy. Socialization is only a good thing if it's completely controlled and non-threatening to your puppy. No refunds will be given for temperment since I have no control once the puppy has left me, and any bad habits learned are hard to break. However I will always take the puppy back. 


At any time, for any other reason, I will take any of my puppies back. No refund will be given, but if I can rehome them and recive a fee I will share that with you. I just want my puppies to be wihere they can be loved, and if you cant do that for whatever reason , I will not judge, your reasons are not my business. I want to take care of the puppy.