Frequently Asked Questions

Are Poodles “hypoallergenic”?

Poodles are considered a hypoallergenic breed and can be great for allergy sufferers. It’s typically the dog dander that people are allergic to so since Poodles don’t shed their coat, they don’t shed their dander all over the house, making them much easier to live with.

Do You Offer A Health Guarantee?

Yes. 2 Years for Hips, and 3 Years for Genetic Diseases we test for (these can be found on our parent dog pages).

What Testing Do You Do On Your Breeding Dogs?

We test our Standard Poodles through Animal Genetics based in Florida. They have breed specific panels for genetic diseases commonly known to affect different breeds. The tests for the Standard Poodle include Degenerative Myelopathy,  Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Von Willebrands, and Neonatal Encephalopathy with Seizures.  We also have hip x-rays done through our veterinarian on all of our dogs before they are bred to ensure they do not have hip dysplasia. 

More recently we have begun using Embark which tests for over 200 genetic conditions, 7 of which are breed specific for the Standard Poodle.

In addition to Hips and Elbows, we have begun the process of getting OFA certifications for Heart, Patella, and Eyes on our dogs.

How Much Do Your Puppies Cost?

Our prices typically range from $1800 – $2400 depending on breeding pair used, size, color, and other factors. Please feel free to enquire about the price of any specific puppy.

Can I Come And See The Puppies?

This is a highly debated topic. Unfortunately since we have all of our dogs in our home, we are not set up to safely allow visitors before puppy pick up date due to the possibility of bringing in illnesses. This protects not just us and our animals, but also those that have purchased puppies and are waiting for them to be able to go to their new homes. We have heard tragic stories about breeders losing entire litters from having too much traffic coming into their homes. Especially from people whom may have visited puppies or adult dogs at multiple places in one day. There are people that say “if they don’t allow you to see their facility, it’s a red flag”. To combat this, we provide as many pictures and videos as we can. You can view many pictures on our website as well as our Facebook page, and you will also receive personal pictures of your puppy as they await their departure to your home. If you have a deposit on a puppy and for some reason are not satisfied with your choice when you come to pick him or her up, we will gladly transfer your deposit to a new litter if no other puppies are available at the time.

Do You Ship Your Puppies?

We do ship our puppies but only with our fantastic flight nanny. We don’t use a flight nanny service, we have our own nanny whom is very accommodating and takes incredible care of our pups. That way no pups go unsupervised in the cargo area. They have their own personal caregiver for the trip to make sure they arrive to their destination safely. Price can vary depending on flights available.

Can I Breed My Puppy?

NO. We want our puppies to go to pet homes and we require you to sign a spay/neuter contract with the purchase of your puppy.

What Dog Food Do You Recommend?

Oh… the dog food question! There are so many dog foods and so many opinions out there. I don’t think that there is a one size fits all dog food, although I truly wish there was. Dogs are individuals and can have different needs. Since we have multiple dogs, we were at one point feeding multiple foods until we found a food that everyone tolerated well. We have tried numerous foods including TLC Whole Life, Wellness CORE, Acana, Orijen, Victor Hi-Pro plus, Victor Professional, Diamond Naturals, Bil-Jac, Adirondack, Vital Essentials, Purina Pro Plan, Holistic Select, and Blackwood. We recommend feeding grain inclusive diets due to recent findings with there being a possible link to grain free and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).

We currently feed our dogs and puppies Life’s Abundance All Life Stages.

What Chew Toys or Bones Are Safe For My New Puppy?

We like most Nylabone options except for the Healthy Edibles that they carry. We have heard of dogs swallowing big chunks of those, causing blockages.
Rope toys are usually a great option. If they get too worn out and your dog or puppy is able to pull strings off, it’s time for a new one!
We typically stay away from giving stuffed animals unsupervised, unless we have a gentle dog or puppy, as they tend to rip them apart and eat their stuffing guts out.
For Adult dogs, we do also like beef marrow bones. Antlers can be a nice chew, but if your dog is an aggressive chewer (only meaning that they chew hard with their back teeth) these can be a hazard for molars so we tend to shy away from them.

Words of caution: keep your socks or anything sock-like away from your pups! Many puppies not only like to steal and chew socks from the laundry hamper, but they also like to swallow them.

What Vaccinations Do You Recommend?

Our vet gives the first set of vaccinations to our puppies which includes what are considered core vaccinations. Core vaccinations provide protection against: distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus. You’ll typically see this abbreviated as the DHPP vaccine. This is just the first of a series needed to ensure proper protection. You will have to take your puppy to the vet to receive two more sets of the core vaccinations. You’re puppy will also need a rabies shot as required by law when he or she is old enough.
There are also vaccinations that are considered more optional including: lyme disease, kennel cough, and leptospirosis. It’s best to go over, with your trusted veterinarian, what is recommended for your puppy in your area and for your lifestyle. For example some areas are considered epidemic areas for lyme disease so it may be highly recommended to vaccinate for it. Also, if you are going to be boarding your puppy, the kennel cough vaccine may be a requirement.