We have decided to allow others to raise most of our dogs in order to keep all our dogs as beloved pets. The dogs are kept in homes with only a few other dogs or as an only dog. We try to keep our Poodle population down to less than 4 dogs, puppies, rescues and re-homing older dogs not included. Right now I only have 3 poodles living with me here in Central TX. It allows me to focus on my own dogs, have time to go on vacations, and room to travel with everyone, kids and Poodles included.
All dogs health tested before being bred with OFA hips, thyroid, SA, vWD DNA, and CERF eyes done at a bare minimum. All studs tested NE and DM clear via DNA bloodwork. I’ve recently added Elbows to my OFA test because of the agility work I do.
No female is ever intentionally bred before 2 years of age, most are not bred before 3 years.
No female has more than 3 litters for us. Most have one-two litter in their lifetime. All females are spayed by 6 years.
Most Males and females have at least one title before being bred. This could be in conformation (how they look), service (therapy or SAR), or working sports (obedience or agility). All breeding poodles gain a title in something, though with girls it might have to wait until they are spayed. Coming into season causes issues with working sports and service work.
Our boys are kept IN our home, not in a ‘stud room’ or ‘kennel’. Poodles are very easy to train and learn quickly what is allowed and what isn’t, with a consistent trainer.