Saturday, October 26, 2013

Breeders of Multi-Colored Poodles

This blog is for all things Poodle, not just parti-colored Poodles. It just happens that since we added Hudson to our home, we have gotten to know, via Facebook primarily, many other owners of multi-colored Poodles.

Often I am asked, "where can I buy a parti-colored Standard Poodle from a reputable breeder?"  First of all, "reputable" means different things to different people and I am probably not even the best person to ask, because my criteria is very high!   Please keep in mind that even when I post an article or interview with a Poodle breeder on this blog, I don't necessarily know that breeder personally, so you still need to do your homework and ask as many questions as possible if you contact them about a puppy.

The United Poodle Association is the UKC parent club, and UKC is the venue in which you can show multi-colored poodles I’m conformation for championships. However, partis and other multi-colored poodles can be registered by the AKC and shown in performance events (agility, rally, obedience, etc.) The parent club for AKC is the Poodles Club of America, also known as PCA. Their website contains good information about things such as what health clearances are recommended for each variety (size) of poodle. But unfortunately they are not yet “parti-friendly” since they do not allow anything other than solid colored poodles to be shown towards AKC championships. But if you are a serious poodle fancier, and love ALL colors and markings then I urge you to join the United Poodle Association! There you will also be able to connect with ethical breeders of multi-colored poodles as well as solid colors.

Anyway, this list is in no way fully inclusive, there are many other reputable breeders of Standard Poodles and other sizes! These are people who are on the Parti Poodle list, which means that some of their litters do contain that color of Poodle, and they do enough health clearances on their breeding stock to quality for their dogs to have a CHIC number with OFA, but those acronyms are subject for another article! However there is a link at the end of this article if you would like to read more on that subject.

I do NOT know all of these breeders personally so please use the list as a starting point in your search for a nice Poodle, not as a "be-all/end-all" endorsement.  Often a breeder will have a litter only occasionally, but they can refer you to another reputable breeder who may have a litter of puppies coming up. Rule # 1 re buying a puppy is always...don't get in a rush!                                                

*Kathy Esio-King                                   *Gloria Ogdhal 
Jackninc Kennel                                         Tintlet Poodles                   

*Maggie Laney                                         *Debbie Cole
Highfalutin' Poodles                                   Debonair Standard Poodles            

•Barbara Caissie                                        *Angela Bieber
Opus Poodles                                              Angel Standard Poodles                   

If you happen to have had a "good" or "excellent" experience with one of these breeders, please leave a comment!  Remember, comments are moderated so they won't show up immediately.  If you have had a negative experience, you can email me if you like--I am always here for moral support. But please don't post a negative comment on the blog as I cannot approve those for liability reasons.

Remember, this list originally came from the Parti Poodle Facebook site. I do happen to know numerous breeders personally who breed only SOLID colored Poodles.  The reason we felt a need for a list of responsible breeders of partis, is because this color pattern is becoming in greater demand, and we want to help you find a good breeder.  Please stay away from people who simply have a pretty website, but do not have proof of health clearances on the parents, breeders who post prices and say to just send a Paypal deposit without screening you first, breeders who have many litters of puppies per year but none of them are ever in the show ring, or show in performance venues, etc.

Also keep in mind that the breeders who are ethical will want to screen YOU before offering to sell you a pup, because they want to make sure that each and every Poodle puppy they ever produce goes to a GREAT home, a home that is matched as perfectly as possible to that dog's needs. They also want YOU  to be happy, and you are not going to be happy if you simply buy whatever is available and have it
shipped to you without knowing much about the puppy's parents or the breeder.

Anyone who has purchased more than one dog in their life, has probably made a mistake or two! But why not, on your next dog, try to avoid mistakes as much as possible?

Many thanks to Tibby Rose for allowing me to post the above list for our readers. Remember, the list is not all inclusive, and we have not necessarily personally dealt with each breeder. So the list contains recommendations, not endorsements.

Huddy wishes everyone a happy holiday season! 

Understanding what a "Chic" number is, here is a link with more information on the requirements a Poodle must have before being given such a number:

*Note – In addition to the breed specific requirements above, a CHIC requirement across all participating breeds is that the dog must be permanently identified via microchip or tattoo in order to qualify for a CHIC number.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

News from Hudson, Before and After

I have been working on an interview with ? - it will be a surprise, but it will definitely be interesting to those of you who love Multi-colored Poodles, yet have trouble finding a breeder who is ethical and does health clearances. In addition, she has absolutely gorgeous dogs who are doing wonderfully well in the show ring and other venues.

For now, I thought you might enjoy seeing Hudson's before and after grooming photos. I truly gave it a good try, but was so very grateful that a very talented junior (junior showmanship), Cheyenne Maggart, offered to neaten him up and make him look a bit more like a show groom when we arrived at the show site.

Cheyenne, thank you again for all you did to help us. After showing AKC with another breed for over 3 decades, you wouldn't think I would be nervous but I was, terribly, about showing a Poodle for the first time in the UKC ring. And the grooming was the thing that was making me the most jittery, as I have always left the scissoring to the professionals!

Here is Hudson, pre-Cheyenne, before we left home, my efforts here at our grooming room at home:
Now here he is with Cheyenne, actually just before we left on the last day. He actually looked even prettier the first day, before he had played around all weekend. This is just a quick picture from my hubby's cell phone, please forgive lack of editing.
And lastly, here he is set up in the ring with me at the first show of this circuit:
We had a great time, and my little Huddy Buddy is getting close to his UKC Championship, he just needs one more competition win! Cannot wait to put the Ch. in front of Prodigy's Content of Character, his registered name. Sure wish AKC would accept our beautiful multi-colored Poodles so we could do that also, but for now, Huddy's plans are just to continue training, perhaps to go AKC for some Rally events when he is ready.  AKC does allow all colors of Poodles to be registered and shown in performance events.

He's pretty in the show ring, but the real treasure of this dog is the love he gives us on a daily basis. Right Huddy?  He got kicked out of my lap so I could type this post, so he is laying under the recliner right now, patiently waiting to see if there is any more playtime or lapdog time being offered this evening.  He stays as close as possible, but he is also a gentleman if he must be crated when we leave the house. 

But of course he's still a pup at heart, and sometimes gets the "zoomies" and chases poor Kate, our older Poodle, around until Mom puts a stop to it!  And he also knows exactly how to be a "Poodle clown", laying upside down in adorable postures or throwing his toys up in the air and retrieving them as if he is playing a game all by himself!

Thanks again Cheyenne, for all of your help at the Hickory, NC circuit this past weekend.  And as always, thanks to Hudson's breeder and co-owner, Heather Bryan of Prodigy Poodles for sharing him with us.

Poodles are truly wonderful, aren't they?


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