Finding a Quality Poodle Breeder
Finding a quality poodle breeder in your area may be a challenge. The internet, of course, is one place where breeders advertise. Simply type your location and “poodle breeder” into your favorite search engine (e.g., “Omaha poodle breeder”). You will get back thousands of hits, some completely irrelevant, others just barely relevant, and perhaps three or four that are exactly what you’re looking for. But that’s a pretty time consuming way to find a poodle breeder who may or may not have the quality you’re looking for.
Another solution is to check your local paper. Look in the advertising section under “pets.” You might find a poodle breeder there.
The problem with locating breeders online or in the newspaper is that you have no idea who you’re working with. Maybe the person is a reputable poodle breeder. Or maybe he or she operates a nightmare puppy mill.
A better way to find poodle breeders is to ask for recommendations. Start with any members of your family or your friends that have poodles for pets. Ask them where they purchased their dogs. If they used a breeder, ask what they liked and didn’t like about the breeder.
If your friends and family are not poodle fans, contact the Poodle Club of America and ask for a list of breeders near you.
If you want to become more familiar with poodles as well as find a qualified poodle breeder, you might consider going to AKC (American Kennel Club) dog shows in your area. Ask the poodle owners where they got their show animals. Poodle breeders often attend these shows as well, and you can get into a conversation with them about their animals.
What about Pet Stores?
Anyone wanting a dog, let alone a poodle, should be strongly discouraged from buying a pet store dog. These dogs usually come from puppy mills where animals are neglected and mistreated. Pet store dogs often suffer from severe health problems.
Backyard Breeders–Watch Out!
“Backyard breeders” is the name given to people who allow their female poodle to have a litter of puppies for fun or profit. They often sell poodles at inordinately low prices. However, these folks are not true poodle breeders and will not be able to give you comprehensive information about your puppy’s health and background like a qualified poodle breeder can. Better to spend a little (okay, a lot) more and get a dog whose breeding and background is impeccable.
Now that you know how to find quality poodle breeders, it’s time to learn how to choose the right poodle breeder.