If you are wondering why you should choose one of our pups, please read our Why Us page.
GENETIC TESTING: We take our commitment to the breed very serious by going beyond surface testing with hips and eyes. In an effort to protect our gene pool and preserve genetic diversity in our Poodles, we accomplish DNA testing for several harmful mutations. We test for Degenerative Myelapathy (DM), Neonatal Encephalopathy (NEwS), and vonWillebrands Type I (vWD) to ensure that our pairings will not result in affected pups. Details are noted on our Genetic Testing Page.
Additionally, we have had all of our breeding dogs DNA tested by UC Davis. The University has identified 33 genetic markers (66 genes as there is one gene per parent for each marker). Comparing these markers in our breeding dogs allows us to breed as diversely as possible to further the improvement of health within our own program and our breed. The University's test also includes markers in the Dog Leukocyte Antigen (DLA) class I and II regions, which regulate cellular and antibody immunities and are carefully weighed in our pairings.
We have made a large investment in the diversity of our breeding stock, and that isn't because we believe that dogs with high Wycliffe (whose genetic makeups are found in the largest percentage of standard poodles) are bad. Quite the contrary. We believe that all purebred poodles are necessary to correct the damage done through intense inbreeding. The reality is that even some of the diverse lines we have been blessed to find are inbred, but they are inbred on dogs from different countries, which has allowed them to create diversity in larger numbers of standard poodles. Breeding to "different" dogs is the key to restoring balance within standard poodles and lowering the frequency of certain diseases, etc. We are committed to that.
When selecting dogs for our breeding program, we consider the following, in order of importance to us:
We no longer remove dew claws as doing so does not support a performance dog (read this and watch this video). Additionally, we no longer dock tails (read this). Our dogs definitely use their tails when swimming, so tails have a very real and significant purpose.
UCI Int'l CH Cali and Moshe have gentle and loving dispositions which should pass to their offspring. Moshe is a happy boy who loves to work and swim, but is also content hanging out with family and friends. Cali has a quiet and gentle spirit. In addition to having two littermates who are certified service dogs (and a half sibling who is also a service dog), Cali (with Moshe) has a son who is a barrier dog for a disabled veteran. Cali loves to swim and retrieve but is my velcro dog, preferring to be with me than Richard. You can click on the links which begin this paragraph or their pictures to learn more about them.
Moshe comes from parents with uncommon bloodlines imported from Russia and France. Moshe loves to work and Richard has finally been able to get back into training him. After one year of basically no training, Moshe remembered nearly all of his early work. Richard was impressed. (I have lost two of my real estate research/publishing partners within the past 2 years, one just this past June. These losses and an out-of-state home construction and move set us back further than we desired in our work with the dogs.) Moshe is a blessing in his intelligence and fun, gentle spirit. Nearly all of his previous pups carry these same qualities.
Because inbreeding suppresses the immune system and is believed to be responsible for the majority of autoimmune issues found in dogs today, we have chosen to genome test our parent dogs via DNA through UC Davis. We then entered their results into Betterbred.com to help us predict the DNA make-up of their offspring.
The litter analysis is available here. We hope the outcome of this pairing will be pups whose healths will stand the test of time. With 63% of standard poodles being unrelated to Moshe and 50% unrelated to Cali, the results are no surprise.
You can learn more about the testing on UC Davis' website.
If you are interested in a pup, please contact us.
Most breeders would not perceive us to be a kennel in that all of our dogs live in our home and walk beside us in life as companions, contributors to our evening meal, protectors against predators for our family (we do not live in the City), and as true family members.
We enjoy outdoor activities with our dogs, and growing up in hunting families (and hunting ourselves) has inspired us to train them to retrieve birds in the field and water, but mostly in the field. Poodles are not double-coated like many breeds so extremely cold water does bother them.
Our greatest joy, as a family, comes from watching them do what they were bred to do; and our entry into the breeding world was something we chose to do "as a family."
That love has taken us far in the hunting world, and we are immensely grateful for the interest we have in our pups.
I do not want to stifle that interest, because we are thankful for each and every one of you who are able to envision poodles as more than beauty queens or kings.
True studies of the breed are well aware of a poodles ability to retrieve dinner, herd cattle or sheep, guard the herds or their master's children against outdoor predators; then come indoors at night (grateful for the love that allows them to lay in bed at the feet of the children or at the foot of their master's bed.) See the Poodle History Project.
Encouraging awareness of the attributes of our breed is our goal; and while we want to respond to each and every person who emails us, we have many obligations that oftentimes keep us from doing that in a timely manner; like family, jobs, training, hunt/field tests, etc. In fact, unless we are planning a litter or have pups on the ground, we oftentimes are completely unable to respond to inquiries about our pups.
All of that said, we understand people's desires to stop in and meet our dogs as they travel to Utah (buyers have a right to assess temperament, health, etc. of the parent dogs whose pups they are considering purchasing). However, time dictates that we cannot currently accommodate these travellers except on severely limited days (and generally only on Sundays because of our jobs and our desire to honor the Saturday Sabbath).
If you are interested in a pup, please do not hesitate to contact us; just understand that we may not reply if we don't have pups currently on the ground (we need catch-up time).