Welcome to Piccolo's Poodles!
NEXT LITTERS EXPECTED AUGUST 2020 AND JANUARY 2021
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We raise quality solid brown and black AKC Standard Poodles of sound health, excellent temperaments, and solid structure in a home environment with lots of love and attention. We are passionate about bettering the brown Standard Poodle as there is a limited gene pool of quality dogs compared to other Poodle colors. We love their fun personalities! We always select parent dogs that have strong performance and conformation backgrounds with excellent temperaments. All our dogs are screened for numerous orthopedic and genetic diseases by a multitude of tests and examinations by CHIC, OFA, and CERF so our puppies come from a healthy background. All our dogs have also been tested at the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory as part of the Canine Genetic Diversity project which helps breeders to improve the health of breeding programs. Greater genetic diversity reduces the likelihood of autoimmune and other diseases. All our puppies come with a written 2-year genetic health guarantee. All our puppies also come with a commitment to lifetime support. We help with any questions or concerns over the years and keep in touch with the families of all our puppies. All our dogs are family pets that live in our home. No dog is ever bred before the age of 2 years and completing all OFA, CERF, and CHIC health certifications. Our females only have 2-3 litters in their lifetime and are spayed when they retire from motherhood to live out their full life with us as a loving member in our family home.
Our family has been breeding and showing Standard Poodles since the 1980s. We are a member of the Versatility in Poodles, United Poodle Association, and Responsible Dog Owners of Maryland. We are are a member of the BetterBred breeder community that works toward maintaining diversity while decreasing complex genetic disorders within the Poodle breed. We adhere to the Poodle Club of America Code of Ethics. We have been certified as an AKC Breeder of Merit because of our dedication to the Standard Poodle breed, performance show achievements, and commitment to fully health certifying all breeding dogs.
Our puppies are home born and family raised with lots of love and care. They are socialized and raised to become confident puppies by exposure to various noises/music, people, Adventure Box play, play tunnel, and different surfaces including hard wood floors, carpet, and outdoor grass. We also expose puppies to early neurological stimulation protocol which helps puppies to able to cope with stressful situations, increase problem solving, and support better physical health later in life. Our puppies are evaluated at 7 weeks old with the Volhard Puppy Aptitude Test which aids in pairing the right puppy with the right home. All our puppies are current on vaccines, vet-checked, wormed, dew claws removed, and have had their tail docked per AKC standards. Puppies are bathed and fully groomed several times so they get accustomed to the process. Puppies come with a current health record, puppy pack, proof of parent genetic health testing, pedigree, supply of current puppy food, collar, play toy, and a lifetime of breeder support. We adhere to the Poodle Club of America Breeder Code of Ethics.
The puppies come from an obedience, performance, therapy, and solid conformation background. All our dogs have earned titles in competitive AKC, UKC, and/or CDSP obedience and rally performance events. Our dogs also show in UKC conformation events to achieve their Championship title. Several of our dogs are Therapy Dog International certified. Most of our dogs have also earned the Versatility Certificate Award. Putting a title on a dog proves the animal is stable, intelligent, sociable, and can work in a stressful environment.
To provide the absolute best care for each puppy and our dogs, we only have one litter every 1-3 years. Full registration is available upon request only to approved performance or conformation show homes that agree to complete OFA, CERF, and CHIC health certifications plus achieve a performance and/or conformation title before any potential future breeding. We encourage placement in performance and conformation homes but are also open to quality pet homes. Puppies sold as pets and not intended for breeding will have limited AKC registration and will be neutered by the age of 2 years. Puppies are shown by appointment only. We prefer in-person puppy selection/pick up as we want to be sure all our puppies are going to appropriate homes. We allow visits after 6 weeks of age. When visiting, we have a play area set up in our kitchen to play all the available puppies and also meet the mother. Our puppies are spoken for pretty quickly because of repeat clients, referrals from our previous clients, people who are familiar with the performance of our show dogs, recommendations on poodle forum websites, and our website. We are currently accepting deposits for our upcoming litter. We are located 45 minutes northwest of Baltimore, MD, USA.
The Poodle is one of the most versatile breeds of dogs. Athletic and energetic, they make a wonderful outdoor friend. Calm and intelligent, they make the perfect indoor companion. Their warm, loving nature makes them excellent with children. The Perfect Puppy by Benjamin Hart says, "If you select a Standard Poodle, you will be selecting one of the top-ranked breeds in trainability." Poodles are recommended by the AKC for allergy sufferers because they do not shed and have very low dander. Out of almost 170 total AKC recognized dog breeds, the Poodle has been ranked in the top 10 for many years!
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