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The Best Poodle Breeders

Jul 12, 2008
The Poodle is one of the most loved and hated dog breeds. Often seen fully coiffed either in competition or strolling with their owners, their fur simultaneously pouffed high and trimmed close, poodles appear to be a haughty and decadent dog breed to the Poodle layman.

Today the Poodle clip is used to showcase the delicate beauty of the breed. Poodles were clipped historically to make them mobile in water. They were adept water dogs used primarily to retrieve game on water and on land. They are often called gun dogs or water dogs. The breed retains strong pointing and hunting skills, especially regarding duck and other fowl.

Poodle breeders understand Poodle history and Poodle breed standard characteristics. The American Kennel Club, which defines breed standards for all breeds registered and competing in AKC competition, has specific characteristics that are required in each purebred Poodle. Poodles must meet the size requirements for miniature, toy or standard sized Poodles.

All Poodles must appear energetic, alert, and elegant, must have a regal carriage, must be intelligent, and must have physical characteristics such as: curly, dense and coarse fur trimmed in the appropriate style, proportionate features, dark eyes, oval-shaped feet, straight and delicate muzzle and deep, wide chest.

Breeders may specialize in toy, miniature or standard Poodles. The difference in the types of Poodle is their size and weight. Toy Poodles are six to nine pounds and up to ten inches in height at the shoulder. Miniature Poodles are fifteen to seventeen pounds and eleven to fifteen inches in height at the shoulder. Standard Poodles are forty-five to seventy pounds and over fifteen inches in height at the shoulder.

Buyers can find reputable Poodle breeders by asking for referrals from local animal shelters. The American Kennel Club or local dog clubs and organizations are other good places to begin. Buyers must research Poodles and have a good understanding of Poodle information so that nefarious breeders won't take advantage of them.

Buyers should first educate themselves about Poodle history, health and behavior to make sure this is the breed desired. Next, they should ask local shelters or rescue centers for referrals to good Poodle breeders. The American Kennel Club's website is another excellent source of information on various, certified breeders.

Buyers can avoid bad breeders by asking to see the kennel where puppies are raised, requesting pedigree information, registration papers and medical records, and by interviewing breeders to make sure they do not mass market puppies or sell them to pet stores. Good Poodle breeders will interview buyers to make sure they can give Poodles a good home.
About the Author
About the author: Lisa A Collins is a passionate lover of the Poodle and has a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Poodle . Among other topics there, you will find out more about Poodle Breeder types plus a whole lot more.
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