Frequently Asked Questions
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What is AKC Limited Registration?
All of our of purebred Standard Poodle puppies are registrable with AKC. Unless specified otherwise, all poodles are sold with AKC LIMITED REGISTRATION. The difference between "full" and "limited" is that if you breed a dog with "limited" registration, the AKC will not register any progeny. Our doodle puppies will be registered with CKC (Continental Kennel Club) for the purposes of lineage tracking. All puppies sold as pets and/or with "limited" registration are NEVER to be bred, whether it be to other purebred dogs or to create unregistered doodles.
If you are interested in breeding, please fill out the Full Registration Application. Breeding rights will ONLY be granted after a thorough interview process. We will not be granting full registration for those that "just want to have the option to breed" their pet dog down the road. We are very particular who we will grant breeding rights to and limit the number of full registration pups from every litter. We will sell breeding rights to other breeders if they perform the same level of health testing appropriate for their breeds and raise dogs and puppies in a manner in which we are comfortable.
Do you dock tails or remove dew claws?
We DO NOT dock tails or remove front dewclaws for any puppies, poodles or doodles.
This is not done to save money, but to save our puppies the pain of an unnecessary amputation.
Although the procedure is commonly performed in the United States, it is falling out of favor in many other countries. The American Veterinary Medical Association opposes "tail docking of dogs when performed for cosmetic reasons and calls on breed organizations to remove mention of the procedures from their standards".
Although an argument can be made that dewclaw removal prevents common injuries, we do not feel that the low incidence of these type of treatable injuries justifies the painful digit amputation for all our puppies. FYI our bernedoodle puppies MAY even have back dew claws as this is a trait common to Bernese Mountain Dogs.
If you feel passionately about your new puppy having a docked tail or removed dew claws, we are not the right breeder for you!
Do you offer shipping or transport?
We do not typically export puppies out of the country. Out of state clients are responsible for arranging and paying for transportation of their new puppy. We highly suggest that you fly or drive yourself to come pick up your puppy and take him/her home, but if you need a recommendation for a trusted flight nanny please let us know. On rare occasion we may hand deliver a puppy to their new family for a fee to cover the flight, drive and time it takes to do so. Please send us a message if you want to discuss this option.
How big will my puppy be?
We cannot guarantee size of puppies at adulthood. Generally speaking, most puppies fall somewhere on the spectrum between the sizes of the dam and sire. However, it is possible to get some puppies smaller or larger than both parents! Remember we're dealing with mother nature here and do not have the ability to control everything, even though I would absolutely love to if I could!
Embark DNA panels performed on our puppies will estimate adult size based on genetics. However, we find that these estimates consistently OVER estimate size for poodles and doodles specifically even though they are pretty accurate for other breeds.
What colors and patterns do you breed?
We specialize in multicolored poodles and bernedoodles. We breed for tricolor (called phantom parti in poodles), phantom, and sable. Based on the color genetics of our dogs, we expect black tricolor, brown/chocolate tricolor, black or brown based shaded sable with white, and on rare occasion cream/apricot/red with white. If you're looking for a specific color or pattern send us a message below!
What food is my puppy on?
All of our dogs eat Purina ProPlan dog food.
A small bag will be sent home with each puppy to get you started.
If you choose to change your puppy's diet please do so SLOWLY over the course of several weeks to prevent upset tummies.
When can I meet my puppy?
Prior to go home day, we prefer correspondence with clients to be via text message, emails, phone calls and/or video chats. This is done to limit the amount of people in our home in order protect our puppies from deadly infectious diseases. I will do my best to provide photos +/- videos of the puppies at least every 2 weeks for families on the waiting list! You will also get the temperament evaluations as well as our thoughts about what type of family would suit each puppy. Our goal is to be completely transparent and help you make the best choice for your family so you will get a LOT of information prior to pick day!
Puppies will go home at or fter 8 weeks of age. If you've already chosen your puppy but have not picked up by go-home day, we will charge a daily boarding fee of $50 per day so please plan accordingly!
Can I purchase two puppies?
We will not sell 2 puppies from the same litter to anyone. We want each of our puppies to have the undivided attention of their family for the first several months of their lives! Raising two puppies at the same time can lead to long lasting behavioral issues.
If you love your puppy and want to have a sibling with similar genetics, you can request to be added to the waitlist for future litters! Returning clients will receive a small discount.
Will my puppy be microchipped?
Yes, we microchip every puppy prior to go home day. This microchip is implanted under the skin between the shoulders. We will register the microchip for you when you take your puppy home. The most important thing to know about a microchip is that it is only as good at the information you register to it so DON'T FORGET to UPDATE the information if you move or change phone numbers.
Do you deworm puppies?
Puppies are dewormed several times before going home to cover for a variety of parasites with products including but not limited to fenbendazole. A fecal test is performed for every litter prior to them going home. Even with our strict parasite protocols, unfortunately we cannot guarantee your puppy will be parasite free and recommend you have a fecal sample evaluated the first week he/she is home and continue to deworm your puppy as instructed by your veterinarian. You should begin giving your puppy monthly heart worm prevention at 8 weeks of age.
Do you vaccinate puppies?
Vaccines save lives. Every puppy in our program receives at least one combination distemper and parvo combination vaccination before going home. This vaccine needs to be boostered every 3-4 weeks until your puppy is over 16 weeks of age. We also recommend that puppies receive rabies vaccinations by your veterinarian at the appropriate age. Vaccines are critically important for protecting your pup against preventable disease.
Puppies are not fully protected by their vaccinations until 2 weeks after their final series at 16 weeks. Precautions should be taken until then to protect your pup from exposure to these diseases. Never take an under vaccinated puppy to a pet store or dog park! Please reach out to us to discuss safer ways to socialize your young puppy!
My puppy's Embark test says "Baseline ALT Level May Be Low Normal". Should I be worried?
Short answer, NO! You do not have to worry about this! This genetic variant is only reported because it can be useful for your veterinarian in order to interpret your puppy's future blood work. This is very common in Standard Poodles and it is NOT a disease, nor does it impact liver function in any way. Click the button below to read more!
What are "Weak Furnishings"?
Furnishings is the word we use to describe the fluffy facial hair on poodles and doodles. Furnished dogs have hair (not fur) on their face and body that continues to grow throughout their life and must be trimmed. An example of an unfurnished dog is a purebred Bernese, which will always have a smooth and clean face.
F/F = two copies of furnishings, dog will be furnished
F/IC = one copy of normal furnishings, dog will be furnished
Fw/Fw or F2/F2 = two copies of weak furnishings, dog will typically appear furnished
Fw/IC or F2/n = one copy of weak furnishings, dog will appear weakly furnished
IC/IC = dog is unfurnished, smooth face
You will see a tremendous variety in doodle coat types, even within dogs of the same generation. Furnishings is arguably one of the most important genes for determining the doodle coat type! There are many other genes involved, including curl and the shedding gene, but in hopes of keeping this simple, let's talk about furnishings by themselves.
Poodles typically have two copies of furnishings resulting in their characteristically low shedding hair coat. Weak furnishings, a trait that has been unknowingly present in poodle lines for many generations (because they almost always have two copies of furnishings), is now starting to become more apparent when a poodle produces a doodle puppy with ONLY ONE COPY OF FURNISHINGS. When a doodle puppy has only one copy of furnishings, that also happens to be weak, this puppy will appear "weakly furnished". Weakly furnished means that you will typically see more sparse facial hair, especially for the first 4 to 5 months of their life. Some weakly furnished pups will grow so much facial hair as an adult that you can no longer tell they were ever weakly furnished, while others may have more sparse facial hair forever, and this can be difficult to predict. Weakly furnished dogs MAY also have a slight increase in their shedding compared to a dog with a normal copy of furnishings. Weakly furnished puppies MAY also need less frequent grooming than a dog with normal furnishings, so some people may actually prefer this type of coat due to the lesser requirements for maintenance.
**Not all laboratories who test for furnishings can differentiate weak furnishings from a normal furnishings gene. Embark, a commonly used lab, CANNOT differentiate! For this reason, we test all of our poodles and doodles for furnishings through either PawPrint Genetics or Animal Genetics so that we will always know if there is potential for weak furnishings in our litters!**
If there is a possibility of weak furnishings in our litters, we will also test every puppy in the litter individually so that client's will have this information prior to picking their puppy! If furnishings is something that is very important to you about your next doodle puppy, please send us a message to discuss so we can help you choose the right litter and the right puppy for you!
Click the link below to read a blog post written by Sarah Beasley with Daisy Mountain Doodles with more in depth information about furnishings and to see photo examples!