Finding A Quality Breeder

Adding a new furry friend to the family is both exciting and challenging. As you browse through websites deciding on the breed you want, it can become overwhelming to decide on which dog breeder is right for you. Many people may recommend that you “adopt instead of shop” but what if you are looking for a specific breed? Purchasing a dog is completely safe as long as you are dealing with a breeder you can trust.

It may not always be clear if a dog breeder is trustworthy, so here are a few tips to help evaluate their legitimacy:

They only breed one kind of dog. Breeders who have a wide variety of breeds available cannot be trusted to fully understand each breed. A breeder who specializes in one kind of dog is usually an expert dedicated to the knowledge of their specific breed.

They allow you to visit their home/kennel. If a breeder wants to meet at a different location or does not allow you to see the conditions in which your potential dog is living, chances are they are not engaging in ethical breeding practices. 

They know your puppy’s genetic background– A good dog breeder will have all the information you need to know about your new puppy. Be sure to ask questions about your puppy’s parents and grandparents and take note of how knowledgeable your breeder is. Check our Quality Breeder page for more information.

They require you to sign a contract– A responsible dog breeder will require anyone buying a dog from them to sign a contract stating that you will follow the care rules outlined for your dog. Be sure to carefully read the contract.

With these tips in mind, you can ensure that you are not scammed by puppy mills, or “backyard breeders”. For more information on reputable breeders, and questions to ask your breeder, click here.

Scarlet’s Fancy Poodles is dedicated to raising happy and healthy poodles, miniature poodles, toy poodles, and teacup poodles. As a licensed breeder with nearly 60 years of experience, you can be sure the poodles raised by Linda DeBlauw are properly cared for using ethical breeding practices. If you are interested in adopting a poodle, check out the available puppies here!

The Dangers of The Doodles

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Poodles are a popular breed, well-known for being extremely intelligent, loyal and adorably cute. One of the main appeals to poodles is their hypoallergenic quality. Because they have hair instead of traditional dog fur it makes them  the perfect dog for someone with allergies. This is the very reason the labradoodle was created in 1989. Wally Conron first crossbred a Labrador and a Standard Poodle for a client that needed a guide dog that was also hypoallergenic.

Because these mixed breed dogs are a hybrid of two different dogs, these crossbreeds do not have predictable characteristics. For example, only three of the 10 dogs Conron bred were tested as hypoallergenic. This means that without proper testing, uneducated buyers can potentially purchase a dog marketed as hypoallergenic when it is not.

This also created a market for unethical dog breeders, some who operate puppy mills in cruel conditions, carelessly creating mixes.

Many different issues can arise when crossbreeding two different kinds of dogs. These different mixes of “doodle dogs” can have an increase in health problems, which can impact their quality of life and longevity. This is something that has been commonly ignored in favor of creating a “cute dog”.

If you are in the market for a labradoodle of other mixed Poodle breed, it is important to have a clear understanding of that dog’s history and any potential health issues they may have. Be sure to purchase from a reputable breeder. Check our Quality Breeder page for more information.

In an article by the NYTimes, Conron stated that he regretted his decision to crossbreed the poodle and Labrador. “I’ve done so much harm to pure breeding and made many charlatans quite rich. I wonder, in my retirement, whether we bred a designer dog—or a disaster!”

Before purchasing a dog, whether it be a purebred or mixed breed, be sure to check the history of your dog. Ask the breeder about their parents and health history.

For ethically bred poodles, visit Scarlet’s Fancy Poodles. Scarlet’s Fancy Poodles specializes in Red and Apricot Poodle puppies in varying sizes. Visit our website to start your puppy application today!

The Puppy Socialization Rules of Seven

Adding a new puppy to your family can be both exciting and challenging. The first several weeks of your puppy’s life are extremely crucial to their growth and development. It is important to be patient and consistent with your growing puppy. By encouraging your puppy’s socialization skills, you can help develop your puppy’s behavior and personality traits. Poodles are an exceptionally intelligent breed. They will need stimulating activities and fun challenges to help them progress.   

When developing your puppy’s socialization skills be sure that the places you take them are safe for dogs. By the time your puppy reaches 12 weeks of age they should have been exposed to the following situations:

Visited 7 different homes– By taking your puppy to different homes they will learn how to behave in different social settings. Just like a young child, your puppy needs to learn how to act in public and how to react to strangers. Take note of how your poodle behaves around new people. Poodles are extremely social and love to please a crowd. This is why poodles are one of the most popular breeds in dog shows.

Interacted with 7 new people– Just like taking your puppy different homes, interacting with new people will teach them how to socialize with others. Observe how your puppy treats new people they encounter.

Played with 7 different toys– Toys are an important part of cognitive development in your puppy. You want your dog to learn how to play with different toys. Poodles are intelligent and energetic. To keep your poodle mentally stimulated, opt for an interactive toy like Babble Balls. It is important to let your puppy play with toys alone and with other puppies.

Encountered 7 different challenges- Challenges help developmental skills by encouraging your poodle pup to overcome difficulties. Going up and down the stairs, climbing on a box, and playing fetch are great challenges to encourage you poodle’s development.

Heard different noises– There are many different sounds that we hear throughout life. It is important to make sure your puppy is exposed to different noises so that they can get used to hearing things like blow dryers, car alarms, and babies crying. Be cautious when exposing your puppy to new sounds. Don’t go chasing your new puppy around with the vacuum cleaner! Make the experience natural and give them reassurance if they show signs of fear.

Some other things that will help your puppy develop are driving in the car, wearing a collar, and playing with other dogs.

When purchasing a puppy be sure to do your research. Read our blog on finding the right breeder to help with your search.

If you are interested in purchasing a poodle, Scarlet’s Fancy Poodles is an excellent breeder. With a history of over 60 years in breeding poodles, Scarlet’s Fancy Poodles is committed to providing well-bred puppies. We specialize in breeding toy, miniature, and Moyen poodle puppies. Visit our website and start your puppy application today!

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