Located two hours NE of San Francisco
we breed poodles to enhance the poodle breed
our first priority is quality proven by OFA tested results on the OFA database website
(www.offa.org). Each of our poodles have their OFA link and/or pedigree below their pictures.
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 or caniche moyen
14-18" grown. We love this take along, easy to manage size of the very small standard poodle, maybe you will too.
Color is the icing on the cake
My parents raised field Irish Setters champions, once I lay my eyes on a dark red poodle my heart is smitten for this magnificent color. Of course always looking to quality first, and then our preferred size and color.
We get an occasional black and blue puppy with our foundation bitches Hilde and Zirka. Their quality and overall exceptional beauty is second to none. Our foundation bitches in the reds are La Roux, Reba and Keegan.
The first of our breeding is Fifi. She is a cream. She's lightweight, smart and no push over. She will give us beautiful creams with red highlights and apricots from our red boys.
We've taken a long time to get from quality to size to color, we are getting back to showing and performance training. Havn't gotten to more than a couple of champions and titling our poodles, but we are back in class and working on it.
Our poodles and their puppies are raised as holistically as good care allows. Neurally stimulate the babies from birth, raise everyone in our home, puppies are chosen after their personality testing is complete at seven weeks old (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 with many coat colors. Originally a water retriever and excellent swimmer, the poodle is skillful in many sports, including agility, obedience, nose work and water sports. 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. More I'm sure to come.
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. The Federation Cynologique Internationale recognizes four varieties (sizes) of the poodle breed: standard, medium, dwarf 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. The terms royal standard, teacup and tiny teacup are marketing names, and are not recognized by any major kennel club.
The Poodle is a breed of dog . It was one of the original hunting dog suitable for hunting in water, which is grooming "a lion" which is often used, which was very fashionable at the Belle Epoque . It certainly goes the mullet . This is a very dog used in circuses because we can easily draw [ref.needed] . In addition, life can vary between 12 and 19 years.
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/klein 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 (Europe & Austrailia) designates a full grown poodle 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 recognize the size of caniche moyen) . A full grown poodle that's over 15" is registered/shown 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 we call them the caniche moyen or kleinpudel.
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.