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4 Questions to Ask Your Poodle Breeder

Red Toy Poodle Puppies for Sale

When adding a furry friend to your family, you want to pick out the perfect puppy. To decide which dog is right for you, start by talking to a responsible breeder. Create a list of questions that you can ask to help develop a better understanding about their passion, business, and pups! 

Do you need help coming up with questions? Here are some that will help get you started: 

It’s Alright to Ask to Meet the Puppies Parents

Meeting your dog’s parents can give you a better idea of what you can expect from your dog in the future. You can observe things such as weight and size, coloring, and health, which you can consider to help predict what your puppy will be like when it grows. 

Ask How Long They’ve Been Breeding!

If you’re set on bringing home a specific type of breed, you’ll want to know the breeder’s experience with that type of breed. A reliable breeder should be able to tell you the strengths, weaknesses, and genetic disorders that could affect their breed. Besides being knowledgable about the breed, you can also ask if they’ve had any other experience with the breed. Are they involved in any additional clubs or other organizations about that breed? 

Ideally, you’d like a breeder with a few years of experience with the breed before breeding their litter. 

How Does the Breeder Socialize Their Puppies? 

Socialization is a part of raising a puppy. Puppies should begin to be socialized as soon as possible, and in most cases, that starts at the breeder’s house. When your puppy is still living with the breeder, he/she may be introduced to people, surfaces, noises, and other household and environmental factors. You’ll want to work with a breeder who is passionate about socialization. 

How Old Are Your Puppies That You Sell? 

A healthy puppy shouldn’t be separated from its mom and siblings before it’s seven weeks old. At seven weeks, puppies are neurologically complete, and their personalities are usually set by 12 weeks. If a puppy is separated too prematurely, there is a risk that they may not have learned how to interact properly with others. Miniature Poodle puppies are usually best to bring home between 8 and 12 weeks old. 

Finding a Trustworthy Breeder 

Don’t be embarrassed to ask your breeder questions. A legitimate breeder will be more than happy that you have asked these questions, and it shows that you are a responsible owner. To add to your list of questions, check out our full list of questions that you should be asking your breeder! 

If you’re looking for a responsible, trustworthy, and experienced Poodle breeder, contact Scarlets Fancy Poodles. 

What Are Some Things You Should Know Before Grooming Your Poodle?

How to Groom a Poodle

Poodles make wonderful and adorable pets. They’re smart, social, and have a beautiful coat. However, one challenge that poodle owners struggle with is getting adjusted to the grooming. Poodles need a little extra love and care to keep their lush, curly coat free from tangles and knots. 

Because poodles have such a unique coat, it’s important to research how to best take care of it before picking up a brush and a pair of grooming scissors. 

Let’s take a look at some of the important things you should know about your poodle’s coat before grooming. 

Do Poodles Have Fur or Hair? 

Poodles are as close to being a non-shedding, hypoallergenic dog as you can get. Poodles are considered hypoallergenic because they have hair instead of fur. Because of this, poodles are very grooming-intensive. Their curly coat requires a lot of brushing, clipping and trimming to maintain their perfect condition. 

If you don’t take proper care of your dog’s hair, you can risk paying for veterinarian care to treat painful skin infections. 

Puppy Hair is Different Than Adult Poodle Hair 

Even from a young age, poodles are considered hypoallergenic dogs. However, they still occasionally shed their hair. However, because their hair is curly, it catches all of the hair they lose and keeps it from falling out easily. 

You should start a grooming routine as soon as you bring home your poodle puppy. Remember, a puppies hair will be a lot more sensitive than an adult poodle. Their hair is very fine, so make sure you’re extra gentle while grooming. 

What are The Best Cuts for My Poodle? 

There are plenty of ways that you can style your poodle’s coat to make it easier to groom and maintain. 

The Lamb Clip is a classic cut for your poodle. All fur is clipped to the same short length, leaving the poodle to look like it’s wearing a warm coat. 

The Puppy Clip is a popular cut for poodles that are under 12 months. With this cut, the groomer will shave the face, feet, and tail. 

The Teddy Bear Clip is one of our personal favorites. This cut leaves your poodle looking like a classic teddy bear, with hair evenly clipped throughout the body. This cut gives them rounded facial angles, and it’s an excellent choice for smaller poodles. 

Adopting Healthy Poodle Puppies

At Scarlet’s Fancy Poodles, we selectively breed only AKC Registered Poodles, all having Champion dogs in their immediate family. We raise puppies that are wonderful from the inside out, and we only offer them to families who can provide excellent care. Check out our available poodle puppies or contact us today for more information! 

Winter Poodle Care Tips

Winter Poodle Care Tips

At Scarlet’s Fancy Poodles, we understand the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for your poodle. They are a unique dog breed and require specific care to ensure their overall well-being. As we enter the month of February, it is crucial to be mindful of your poodle’s needs and how to care for them throughout this winter season.

Winter brings colder weather, which can be harmful to your poodle. Because poodles don’t have typical fur like most dogs, it is much easier for them to feel the impact of cold winter air. Most dogs have an undercoat, which provides an extra layer of protection and insulation. Contrarily poodles have a single coat of soft hair.

If you go outside and feel the chill in the air, chances are so does your poodle. 

 

Here are a few tips to help keep them warm and comfortable this season: 

If you live in a particularly cold region, you should put a jacket on your poodle before going out for walks.

There are a variety of jackets made specifically for poodles, but it is best to get an insulated jacket that is also waterproof. This will stop cold precipitation like rain and snow from getting into their coat and seeping down to their skin.

Paw Protection 

Walking on the cold or icy ground can wreak havoc on your poodle’s paws. If you find that it is particularly cold outside, purchase dog shoes to help protect your poodle’s paws. This will help provide insulation from the cold ground and keep their paw warm during walks.

Nose Protection

Your poodle’s snout is one of the first things that will get cold when exposed to chilly temperatures. Their nose is naturally moist, which can make it become chapped in the winter cold. Before heading out for a walk, apply nose butter to your poodle’s nose to help seal in moisture and prevent cracking and drying.

Be mindful of your poodle’s behavior and body language. They may not be able to tell you they are cold, but there are clear signs that show this.

Here are some signs you might notice:

  • Shivering
  • Whining
  • Walking with a paw or leg lifted
  • Visibly anxious

If you see any of these signs, be sure to return your poodle to a warm location.

We hope these tips will help you maintain your poodle’s health throughout the rest of the winter.

Scarlet’s Fancy Poodles breeds miniature poodles, toy poodles, and teacup poodles. Be sure to check our blog for poodle care tips!

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