If you are going to buy a poodle puppy, and you want to make sure your puppy will be of good health and sound temperament, you should buy her from a reputable breeder. Finding a reputable breeder may take a little work and you may have to wait longer to get a puppy but the search is well worth the time and effort.
A reputable breeder is a person who breeds dogs out of love for the breed and is extremely knowledgeable about the breed. Reputable breeders get health clearances on all the dogs they breed and immediately stop breeding dogs they discover are carriers of inherited diseases.
When a good breeder has a litter, the puppies become the focus of the breeders life. A responsible breeder will know each puppy as an individual, ask you many questions and help you choose the right puppy for your family and lifestyle.
A reputable breeder will answer any questions you may have and be proud to show you their entire kennel. A good breeder will be happy to give you copies of health certificates from the appropriate registries:
- Orthopedic Foundation For Animals (OFA), Provides x-ray evaluation and holds information on seven diseases that commonly affect poodles, including hip dysplasia and Von Willebrand’s disease.
- Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF), Registers dogs that are certified by board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists to be free of hereditary eye diseases.
- Canine Health Information Center (CHIC), Certifies poodles that have received health certificates for a set of diseases recommended by The Poodle Club of America.
- The Poodle Health Registry (PHR), A non-profit association that provides a centralized online database containing all available information about veterinarian-documented health problems in poodles.
Avoid Unethical Breeders That Mass Produce Dogs For Profit
Often referred to as “Puppy Mills”, breeding stock are often overcrowded and over bred without adequate health care, nutrition and exercise. Oblivious to any temperament and genetic health problems the parent dogs may carry, unethical breeders churn out carelessly bred puppies to make money.
Most pet stores get puppies from commercial breeders. Puppies are usually taken away from their mother too early and transported in less than ideal conditions. Unless the puppy is sold right away, they languish in a cage. Isolated, without the human companionship and mental stimulation they need. Puppies bought under these conditions are likely to develop emotional issues and life-long health problems.