Before filling out an adoption application please read through the following document to answer some of the common questions we get and to make sure that our puppies are right for you. If your questions aren't answered on this page feel free to contact us.
How do I get on your waiting list?
After reading through this page to answer any common questions you might have, fill out an Adoption Application. You will be contacted within 48 hours to confirm you are added to the list. If you do not receive a confirmation please contact us to make sure we have received it. There is no deposit needed to be on the list, but we ask that if you do find a puppy in the meantime or change your mind that you contact us to be removed from the list.
We breed 2-3 litters per year so usually we have one litter in the spring, one litter in the summer, and one litter in the fall but it depends on many factors. Our website is not frequently updated with photos but you can follow along with updates as they come on our Facebook page. Currently we are experiencing a very high demand for puppies and while we are still taking a waiting list it will likely be a year or more before any puppies will be available.
How long will I have to wait?
How long you will wait for a puppy depends on several factors. If we have just had a litter, it will be 3-6 months before we have another. If you are wanting a specific color, pattern, or gender you may have to wait longer to get exactly what you want. Because the demand for puppies right now is very high, you will likely have to wait a year or two to get a puppy from us.
What is the adoption process?
The first part of the adoption process is the adoption application which will give us a better idea of who you are and what your needs are in a poodle. Once you have filled it out you will hear back from us in 24-48 hours and you will be added to our waiting list if approved. You will be added to our mailing list so you will receive an email newsletter any time there is a new litter in the works or puppies available. We will usually send out an email when one of our girls goes into heat so it will remind anybody who is no longer looking to ask to be removed from the list. Another email reminder will go out once pregnancy is confirmed, usually about 6 weeks later. Once the puppies are born we will go through the list and start to confirm who is still interested. At this point we will only be emailing those high on the list who will be next in line to get a puppy. If they pass or do not answer their email within 2 days we will move down the list to the next person. For the first two weeks after the puppies are born we are merely getting an idea of who is definitely wanting one, but we do not start taking any deposits yet or deciding who gets what puppy. At two to three weeks old we will start going through those top names again and assigning puppies. At this time we will start taking deposits. A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to hold a puppy. Once all of the puppies are spoken for we will save the rest of our list for our next litter. We keep the puppies until they are 9 weeks old and the rest of the payment is due in full upon pickup, though often people will pay in increments for those 6-7 weeks in between.
How can I tell if you are real or a scam?
We are happy to provide photos and videos of the puppies, as well as allowing visitors to view our home and meet all of our dogs (unfortunately due to Covid restrictions in-home visits are not permitted until further notice. We are open to Facetime / Zoom / Skype visits). While most people do send deposits without visiting in person, we understand if you do not want to send any money without meeting us in person first! There are many scammers and puppy mills out there and it is very important for owners to do their research to make sure that a breeder is legitimate and ethical before attempting to purchase a puppy. We welcome all questions and we have nothing to hide! We take it as a compliment if you want to investigate our animal husbandry and breeding practices.
Do you sell adult dogs or retired breeders?
Though it doesn't happen often, occasionally an older puppy
or adult dog will get returned. In this case we will make sure it is
up to date
with all shots, neutered or spayed if it isn't already, and rehome it
for a reduced cost. We offer a one year health guarantee on adult dogs,
and will disclose any pre-existing temperament or health conditions
known at the time of sale.
Our retired breeders usually are not rehomed unless it is to friends or family members of ours. Most live out their lives with us as family pets.
Do you sell breeding dogs?
Most of our puppies are sold on a non-breeding contract and a limited
CKC registration if they are registerable. We do sell puppies as future
breeding dogs, however you must declare that in advance as there will be
other questions asked and references required for those intending to
breed. There will also be a separate contract to be signed. We also
want to make sure that only the best puppies go on to be breeders
so there may be less of a selection available if not all pups in a
litter are breeding quality. We also do not guarantee their breeding
quality or ability past 8 weeks so the puppy cannot be returned solely
is not able to be bred. If you are an established breeder there will be
some questions asked to ensure that your ethics are in line with ours.
If you are wanting to get into breeding and have little to no experience we require that you accept mentorship so that we can ensure that the puppy you receive from us is healthy enough for breeding and is bred ethically. Breeding dogs is hard work and when done correctly does not make for much profit.
Breeding rights for a puppy will incur an additional cost depending on the dog.
How much do your puppies cost?
The current price as of October 2020 is $2500 for a non-breeding dog. This includes vet check, first set of shots, deworming, flea treatment, microchip, 30 days of pet insurance, blanket with mother's scent, small bag of food, lifetime breeder support, and a two year health and temperament guarantee. We require a $200 deposit to hold your puppy for you which is put towards the final payment due upon pickup. This deposit is non-refundable if you change your mind. If any health issues are found with the puppy, the puppy dies, or the breeder decides to keep the puppy or otherwise revoke the sale then your deposit will be returned or put toward another puppy.
If you are concerned about the cost of a puppy, want a puppy sooner, aren't picky about which puppy you get, and you live between Victoria and Campbell River please contact us about our Guardian Home Program.
What is the Guardian Home Program?
Guardian homes are a way for us to expand our breeding
program without having too many dogs in the house. A guardian home is
carefully chosen, far more carefully than a pet home, and if they are
approved they will be given a female puppy of the breeder's choice at a
greatly reduced cost. When the puppy reaches approximately two years
of age, assuming she passes all of her health testing, she will be returned to the breeder to be bred, then returned
to the owner until 2 weeks before her due date at which point she will
return to us to have her puppies. She will remain with us until the
puppies are 9 weeks old and then returned to the owner until the next
heat. She will remain on contract to be bred as necessary until she is
4-5 years old (2 - 4 litters maximum) and when she is retired she will be spayed at the
breeder's cost and returned to the owner permanently. If you are
interested in this program please read more here and contact us for an interview. It is very important to us that a guardian / breeder relationship is the right fit and will be very picky about which homes are chosen. We currently have no dogs in guardian homes.
Why are puppies so expensive?
There is a lot that goes into raising a litter of puppies and it is far more than just a vet check and shots! The parent dogs are bought from quality breeders which can cost $3000-$5000. Health testing (DNA and OFA) costs approximately $600 per dog. Keeping the parent dogs in good health means regular vet exams and vaccinations ($200+ per year per dog). Quality food costs us about $200 per month (not including treats which we go through a lot of too!). Obedience and agility training / titling can cost $500 to well over $2000 per year including competitions, and not including the countless hours put into training!
As far as the puppies themselves, there are the normal necessary supplies such as a whelping bed, heating pad, supplemental milk and bottles if necessary, many MANY loads of laundry, paper towels, pee pads, puppy pens / kennels, enrichment equipment, and food. But the real cost of the puppies is in the time we spend with them. In the first couple crucial weeks there are many sleepless nights making sure they are warm enough, fed enough, gaining weight enough, and not being stepped on or sat on by their mother. Once they start walking around it is potty training and manners training time. Each puppy gets individual attention to get them socialized and started on their path to becoming a wonderful dog and this takes many hours per day. Not to mention all the time spent cleaning up after them! And this is assuming that nothing goes wrong! A C-section can cost upwards of $3000 and if puppies need to be hand-fed we are up every two hours for the entire day feeding them until they are old enough to eat on their own.
The entire litter needs to be seen by a veterinarian ($80 - $100) and given their shots ($60 - $90 per puppy) and microchip ($60 per puppy).
There is also the huge time cost of administration such as researching pedigrees, talking with other breeders to plan litters, updating my website, updating my Facebook and Instagram page, responding to adoption applications, answering questions from potential adopters over the phone or email, watching dog training and agility videos, and so on. If we were to add up all of the money made from a litter versus how many hours we put into making them the best they can be we would certainly be making less than minimum wage!
Are your puppies purebred?
Because Canadian law states that a dog must be registered to be called a
purebred and our puppies are currently unregistered, we cannot legally
call our puppies purebred. Most of our parent dogs are registered. All
of our dogs are poodles. We do not cross our poodles with other
breeds. We plan to move into fully CKC registered dogs in the future.
What colors do you breed?
The only colors we have available at this time are silver, silver
parti, silver merle, silver merle parti, cream, cream parti, cream
merle, and cream merle parti. All silver puppies are born black and
slowly fade to silver over the first year. All silver merle puppies
will eventually fade to silver and their merle markings will be less
apparent. Cream merle puppies will not show any merling at all and you
may not know they are merle unless they have blue eyes or they get DNA
tested. Any merle puppy has a chance of having one or two blue eyes or
partial blue eyes. Parti means that the puppy will be white and the
color will be spots of varying size all over the body.
You can see photos of the colors we breed on our Poodle Colors page. In the summer we will be having brown and black.
Aren't merle poodles a mixed breed?
Merle is a dominant gene that is naturally occurring in many breeds of
dog. It is not known if the gene naturally occurred in poodles and
possibly was introduced by breeding a poodle with another breed of dog
that has the merle gene, but because there are many merle puppies that
are registered and it would be very hard to hide crossbreeds in a
pedigree for the amount of generations it would take to breed the line
back to fit the poodle standard, it is unknown for certain where the
gene came from. Merle is a dominant gene, meaning if one parent was
merle you will always get merle in the litter, which makes the gene very
easy to breed into other breeds where it normally would not occur. If
merle poodles were created in such a way, they have been bred back to
poodles for so many generations that there would be no way to tell they
were not purebred except in color.
I heard that merle dogs have health issues. Is that true?
In merle dogs with a single copy of the merle gene, no. The reason you
may have heard that merle dogs are unhealthy is because a dog with two
copies of the merle gene (created by breeding two merle dogs together)
have a high chance of visual and auditory issues including deafness,
blindness, small / malformed eyes, or no eyes. These dogs are called
"double merle". Any responsible breeder breeding merle dogs will never
breed two merles together. Merle can be a tricky gene that hides the
outward appearance and some merle dogs may be genetically merle but not
show any outward sign. Any dogs from merle lines should be DNA tested
to make sure that they do not both have the gene before being bred
together. All of our dogs are DNA tested and we never breed merle to
How big do your puppies get?
Our puppies are miniature poodles which according to the breed standard are above 10" tall and below 15" tall. Most of our puppies finish out between 12" and 14" tall, weighing 10 to 14 pounds fully grown.
Do you breed toy or teacup poodles?
We only breed miniature poodles. We have had a few puppies from our retired females finish out as toys (under 10") but all of our currently breeding females and males are full size miniatures on the larger end of miniature. The smallest pups we produce finish out at 12" and about 10 pounds. Teacup poodles are not an official size and are often bred from dogs who are too small because they are not healthy or sound and are prone to injury as well as other health problems. We do not recommend seeking out a teacup poodle.
Why should I get a purebred poodle over a poodle cross?
Poodle crosses are a huge fad right now but unfortunately not many are
being bred responsibly. The whole point to crossing breeds is to create
a dog that improves upon one or both of the two breeds going into the
mix, or is creating a dog for a specific purpose or job and we do not
believe that anything crossed with a poodle fits that description.
Crossing dogs that shed with poodles also creates a coat that is
incredibly difficult for most owners to maintain. Many mixed breed
breeders do not health test their dogs and assure new owners that their
dogs are low maintenance and non-shedding which isn't always the case
depending on what type of hair they get. Mixed breeders also tend to
charge a lot of money for puppies simply to cash in on the fad, coming
up with outlandish crosses and calling them "rare" to make them seem
more desirable with no thought to the health or conformation of the
Many people also believe that mixing breeds creates a healthier dog
which is a common myth. Breeding dogs with different bone structure
together (such as a short faced or short legged dog with a long face
long legged poodle) can create underbites, twisted legs, and deformed
joints. And because most mixed breed breeders do not health test it's a
crapshoot as to what health problems may occur in the future. Purebred
dogs are not without problems, true, but this is why ethical purebred
breeders rigorously test their dogs for the common issues known to their
breed and do everything they can to avoid problems and only breed from
healthy dogs. And because ethical breeders breed to a standard and all
dogs have the same structure you know you won't be getting severe
conformation issues as are common in mixes.
Do you dock tails or remove dewclaws?
No. Not only is it illegal to do so in BC, we consider it cruel and unnecessary. Don't even ask.
What health testing is done on the parents?
The parents of your puppy will be health tested via a DNA test through Canine Health Check to rule out any potential genetic defects that could pass on to your puppy. If one of the parents has a gene for a genetic defect but the other does not, the puppy may inherit the gene but will not develop the condition. This would only be an issue if you were planning to breed the puppy. If the parents are clear on a genetic issue that means it is impossible for your puppy to develop that issue. Health testing reports are available to view upon request.
We follow the health testing guidelines for miniature poodles set up by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. This tests their joints and their eyes for any problems that may be passed on to the puppies. OFA results can be found for each dog on this page as they are completed.
Both parents are also regularly examined by our veterinarian at VCA Canada Island Animal Hospital to check for any issues with their hearts and teeth, as well as general health examinations and vaccines.
What does lifetime breeder support mean?
Lifetime breeder support means that for the entire life of the puppy, we will be there to answer any questions, help with any issues, babysit for a reduced rate, and offer grooming services at a reduced rate. We will also take back any puppy at any stage of its life if you can no longer keep the dog. Lifetime breeder support is our guarantee that one of our puppies will never end up in a shelter.
From birth to about two weeks of age our puppies are gently handled a few times a day, usually for cleaning the bed, weighing, and moving them into position for nursing. Once a day we perform Early Neurological Stimulation exercises which have many later benefits. Beginning at three weeks they are handled more frequently as they are more tolerant of handling and can be away from the mother for longer periods. They are brought out of the whelping bed briefly and allowed to experience the other animals in the household as well as different floors, surfaces, and sounds. They are handled by our friends and their children. At four weeks old they begin eating solid food (soaked and mushed kibble) and are let out for longer periods of time as they begin to walk. They begin age-appropriate conditioning and socialization at this stage. We follow Puppy Culture guidelines. Between five and six weeks they are able to run around almost as well as the adult dogs and are allowed to roam the house when supervised. They experience all the sights and sounds of a normal household. We start taking them outside to pee at this age to get them used to the outside world. We also try to challenge them with mini agility obstacles, treat dispensing toys, and puzzle games to challenge their bodies and brains!
Once the puppies go to their new homes there is still much to do! We send our puppies home with a Rule of Twelve Checklist which is a list of twelve things that a puppy should do before they are twelve weeks old to help them become well-adjusted adults. We strongly recommend taking a puppy training class even if you have experience training a dog before. We work with Best Paw Forward in Nanaimo.
Poodles are very smart dogs and love to be challenged! Poodles excel in agility, obedience, rally obedience, retrieving, lure coursing, flyball, and many other dog sports! We do agility training with Rave Dog Sports in Nanaimo. Sign up for a training class and see what your poodle can do!
Do you ship puppies?
No. I much prefer to meet owners in person before sending one of my puppies with them. I can deliver from Victoria to Campbell River if necessary and could possibly meet in the lower mainland if ferry costs are arranged. Otherwise you must come to Nanaimo to pick up your puppy. During Covid restricions we prefer to meet people outside of the house in the backyard.
What age do the puppies go to their new homes?
While we used to allow puppies to go to their new homes at 8 weeks, more recent research has shown that the puppies are more well-adjusted if they stay with their breeder until they are 9 or 10 weeks old. It also takes about 7 days for their vaccinations to be effective in their bodies. Puppies also go through a fear stage at 8 weeks old and moving to a new home at this time can possibly be detrimental. For these reasons we have decided to keep the puppies until they are 9 weeks old before they go to their new homes.
Before I take my puppy home, what should I do to prepare?
You should have basic supplies on hand such as a leash and collar, crate or kennel, food and water dishes, brush and comb, and puppy-safe toys. Make sure your house is puppy-proof! Gate off any rooms you don't want your puppy to go into and put away or put up any health hazards or things you do not want chewed.
You will receive a microchip registration paper which you can do online before your puppy even comes home which is great to do in case they happen to get lost or stolen. If you prefer to mail it in you will have to wait until you pick up your puppy.
Your puppy's pet insurance 30 day trial can also be signed up for 24
hours before or after the pickup date and it is good to do so
immediately in case of any unexpected accidents. We will give you
instructions on how to do so.
Once you know the date of their first set of shots (done by the breeder) you should immediately book them for their second or even third set of shots with your own vet, as veterinarians are extremely busy and if you wait too long they will have to start the vaccination series over again and it may leave them more susceptible to serious diseases.
You should also book a grooming appointment with your groomer (or find a groomer if you do not already have one) before your puppy comes home. Groomers book up extremely quickly and many are not taking new clients. We recommend a puppy be groomed once every 4-6 weeks until they are at least a year so they become used to the process and after that you may extend time between groomings if you are maintaining them at home yourself or are keeping them in a short cut.