San Francisco Bay Area, California
planning a litter with Fifi this fall/winter
we breed poodles to enhance the poodle breed
our first priority is quality proven by OFA tested results on the OFA database website
Everad and Hilde just had a beautiful litter of a few klein/moyens, mostly small and regular standard poodle litter. The puppies are excellent in every way: intelligence, conformation, a beauty bred from years of high quality poodles. You can see it in everything they do, they are exceptional poodles. We have two of them being trained in the PpaWWs as therapy doggies for wounded veterans of war. They come back to us b/c of our puppies' personality, intelligence and overall beauty.
Size is our second priority
when our breeding males and females pass and prove excellence do we breed them
our secondary priority is size, what FCI calls the kleinpudel/caniche moyen, 14-18" grown
we love this take along, easy to manage size of the very small standard poodle
Color is the icing on the cake
Our first real breeding female is Grace. I got her for her background and conformation, strong stocky body. I fell in love with the silver on her and her gorgeous silver puppies.
Our very first klein female was a cream, we got her brother due to their beauty, personality and overall size and just a gorgeous poodle. We now breed for creams.
My parents raised Irish Setters, once I lay my eyes on an Irish Setter Red Poodle my heart is smitten for this magnificent color. Of course always looking to quality first, size second and then color, we have come so far to perfecting the beautiful quality poodle puppies now in reds.
We get an occasional black and blue puppy with our foundation bitch "Hilde" Her quality and overall exceptional beauty is second to none. Being a 'blue' she throws any color we breed her to ... and throws in the quality and personality every poodle owner loves to have, including us.
We've taken a long time to get from quality to size to color, we are slowing getting back to showing and performance training. Havn't gotten to champion and titling our poodles more than a couple, but that's our next goal.
for now, we are raising our poodles holistically, neurally stimulating the babies from birth, raise everyone in our home, puppies are chosen after they are personality testing is complete (www.volhard.com). Our poodles live in our home and are well socialized and loved. They are part of our home and lifestyle.
The standard poodle is regarded as the second most intelligent breed of dog after the Border Collie, and before the German Shepherd. The poodle breed is found officially in toy, miniature, and standard sizes, with many coat colors. Originally bred as a type of water dog, the poodle is skillful in many sports, including agility, obedience, tracking and even herding. Poodles have taken top honors in many conformation shows, including "Best in Show" at the Westminister Kennel Club Dog Show in 1991 and 2002, and at the World Dog Show in 2007 and 2010.
Unlike most breeds, poodles can come in a variety of sizes, distinguished by adult shoulder (withers) height. The exact height cutoffs among the varieties vary slightly from country to country. Non-Federation Cynologique Internationale kennel clubs generally recognize three sizes: standard, miniature, and toy, sometimes as sizes of the same breed, and sometimes as separate breeds. TheFederation Cynologique Internationale recognizes four sizes of one breed, standard, medium, miniature, and toy. Only the Federation Cynologique Internationale describes a maximum size for standard poodles. France is the country responsible for the breed in the Federation Cynologique Internationale, and in this country the puppies of all sizes are listed together. The terms royal standard, teacup and tiny teacup are marketing names, and are not recognized by any major kennel club.
For comparison of poodle sizes defined by the major kennel clubs, click,
per the Federation Cynologique,
the standard poodle is over 45 cm to 60 cm (18ins to 24ins)
the medium, moyen poodle is over 35 cm to 45 cm (14ins to 18ins)
the miniature - Dwarf, Nain, is over 28 cm to 35 cm (11ins to 14ins)
the toy is 24 cm to 28 cm (9.4ins to 11ins)
AKC designates a grown poodle that is under 15" as a miniature poodle. The FCI's (European & Austrailia) designates a full grown poodle that's 14-18" at the withers is a caniche moyen (in most of Europe) and a kleinpudel (in Germany). The smallest of the moyen/klein size in FCI's size designation for AKC's designation is officially a miniature poodle (since AKC has not yet created the official size of caniche moyen) . A full grown poodle that's over 15" (even by a hair like Viktor) is registered as a standard poodle. I have been told that AKC is considering designating the size of the "caniche moyen" as a variety of the poodle breed. How AKC designates the height of a poodle in the future once this designation is official and in the conformation show ring as a variety of the poodle breed will bring clarity to this topic. But for now, any of our poodles that we project will be between 14-18" measured on the highest point of the shoulder blade is called the moyen/klein.
Otherwise notable is this breed's keen sense for instinctual behavior. In particular, marking and hunting drives are more readily observable than in most other breeds. Even Toys will point birds. Classified as highly energetic, poodles can also get bored fairly easily and have been known to get creative about finding mischief. Poodles like to be in the center of things and are easily trained to do astonishing tricks involving both brains and agility. They have performed in circuses for centuries, beginning in Europe, and have been part of the Ringling Circus in its various forms from its inception. The Grimaldis, the famous British clowns Kenneth and Audrey Austin, "developed a stronger circus act" with a clever poodle named 'Twinkle,' the success of which allowed them to continue performing even as octogenarians."
Poodles are extremely people-oriented dogs and generally eager to please. Standard poodles in particular tend to be good with children. Poodles are adaptable and easy to train, but sometimes their intelligence can make them obstinate and stubborn. Like most dogs, they appreciate daily exercise, such as a walk or a play session. Most are fairly agile and athletic.
Toy poodles will play ball and love to fetch. Play time is vital, but one must be sure that they get plenty of rest following long play periods and that fresh water is available at all times.
Poodles are very easy to housebreak. Whether going outside or being trained on a pad, they learn quickly where to defecate. They are still animals, however, and they need time to understand what is desired of them. It may take a while, but poodles are quite smart and learn more quickly than most dogs.