Please do not buy a puppy on impulse. The decision to buy a puppy is the most important decision in the puppy's life. Important imprinting is done in the first few months of a puppy's life and the wrong environment can make the puppy's future difficult.
Please ensure that it is the right decision for your family as well.
Standard Poodles - Boy puppies have found their new homes.
Trevasco Ceres Earth Goddess, Eden, and Cantope's Mahogany Bogart (imp Canada) are the parents of these two boys.
litter is genetically clear of DM, NE and vWD.
Born 21 October 2016.
Trevasco Oscar Wilde - "Snowshoes" - a sire on ice.
Our last toys were born August 2015 but we are looking for a sire for our cream girl.
Socialisation and temperament
Puppies are temperament tested at 7 weeks using Volhard temperament testing. Whilst all puppies so far have come through this test with flying colours, it is still important to socialise your puppy to noises and experiences in the first few weeks after getting your puppy home. If you intend to ride your Harley to work every day and will be starting it up where the puppy can hear it, start it on day one whilst someone is there to reassure the puppy that it is just another noise like the vacuum cleaner noise that it knows and the sounds of doors opening etc. Pretty soon, the puppy will know that the sound of the bike arriving at home is the sound prior to a beloved family member arriving for cuddles.
Walking past the "barking dog on the corner" is best done early in the piece. Carry your puppy past the site until he is fully covered by vaccinations. Then walk past with your puppy on the lead as if there is nothing amiss. Pretty soon your baby will be bomb proof.
Remember that puppies have limited experience with the world and need to be introduced to everything that they have not experienced before. This includes swimming where puppies should be held up in the water until they get the idea to paddle. Lots of puppies drown as they have not been taught to swim in the early weeks.
This has led us to forgo our dream of quality silver minis. Perhaps we will seek a nice Australian apricot to show only.
We test our dogs so that new owners can have peace of mind.
Information about our breeding ethics.
I have high expectations of pet owners and all pets are desexed prior to going to their new homes, so as not to end up as slaves in a breeding factory. That is not negotiable. I only sell show dogs to people who have experience with grooming show poodles or who enter into a legally binding contract of co-ownership which allows me to limit my financial damages should the puppy be bred from without my consent. This is the type of contract that I had to enter into when I first started with showing poodles in 2007 and is typical in the poodle world. (We have had poodles since 1996.) The only dog that have I let go on main registry as an entire dog - supposedly for show purposes, has since disappeared, with the owner not contactable. This has reinforced my resolve in this matter.
I test for all known inherited illnesses, except where the parents are proven by DNA testing to be free of those illnesses. I also do a temperament test at 7 weeks and a kidney function test at 8 weeks (for puppies with mutant Renal Dysplasia genes). I test my adult dogs for hip scores to ensure that there are no issues with hereditary hip dysplasia. The international breed average for standard poodles is 12.02. The lower the score the better and my girls are tested at 7 (Bacall) and 10 (Hannah). It is not possible to test puppies as the scoring for these x-rays is not done before 12 months of age. Breeding with dogs that are better than the breed average is the best way forward for the improvement of any breed. (Traumatic hip dysplasia can happen to any dog as a result from an injury to the hip joint/s regardless of how sound they are.)
Parents are clear of Von Willebrand’s Disease, Neonatal Encephalopathy, and Degenerative Myleopathy, all illnesses that can kill our dogs.
I don’t knowingly breed with dogs that have close relatives with Addison’s disease or epilepsy. I rely on the integrity of others to keep me informed of familial links to these diseases. There is no genetic test for either of these diseases, however from my understanding, Addison's disease needs a number of genes to be in place and even then a dog may never show any signs of the disease. Addison's disease is not fatal and can be managed with medication. Good socialisation to prevent stress is important as stress can be a contributing factor.
Standard poodles rarely get retinal issues and there is now a DNA test for this in the Standards. In minis and toys the incidence appears to be higher.
I feed a complete dog food that is recommended by a vet. Puppies are born in our rumpus room and stay in with us, listening to TV and other household noises until they are 4 to 5 weeks old. At that age, they spend some time in our outside puppy area and go for twice daily walks – tripping over themselves and my feet as they go. Puppies cannot by law, leave before they are 8 weeks old, but I don’t let them go until about 9 to 10 weeks. State law requires that I microchip the puppies before they go off to their new homes. I would do this anyway as this ensures that the puppy can be reunited with its owners should they be separated for any reason.
If you are looking for a puppy I will ask if you have had any experience with poodles or other long coated breeds? Do you have a partner or children? What size yard do you have and what type of fencing?
I am sorry for the third degree, but I expect any person who cares about the welfare of their puppies to ask lots of questions of the potential buyer. I expect that you will have lots of questions for the breeder of your new puppy too. Please feel free to ask me any questions that you like. No question is too simple or complex.
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