Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is an F1 Generation Breed/Hybrid?
A. Dogs that born as the result of breeding two purebred dogs. Half of each dog is the mother’s breed, and the other half is the father’s breed.
Our mixes are F1 hybrids generally using our AKC registered males. As hybrids, they do not come with AKC registration paperwork as a pure breed. However, AKC now offers PALS registration for hybrid puppies, if the owner so chooses, opening up their eligibility to participate in many of the AKC companion events. Check AKC website for more information.
Q. What hours are you available for visiting?
A. By appointment Mon.-Fri. 11. a.m. until about 9 p.m. Sat. usually about the same. Sun. about 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. You can come once for an hour to see parents and puppies. You can come a second time for an hour to select your puppy at about 6 weeks. You can come a third time for 1 hour to pick up your puppy when ready, usually at 8 weeks but may be up to 12 weeks or longer if a tiny toy.
Q. What is your accountability?
A. We are checked annually by a licensed vet for the county and had to appear multiple times before our county's board to get a conditional use permit. We are usually checked once a year by an AKC inspector unless we have not had at least 7 registered poodle litters. We also have our MN Kennel license which is MN998693. We are also USDA inspected once a year. After 26 years of breeding we have puppies in most states in the country and in Canada. We are rated well by the BBB although we have not paid to be a member yet as we only minimally advertise, doing much business by referrals. We can also provide you with references if you ask.
Q. Do you have any food recommendations?
A. Yes, one in particular. We really like the Fromm brand which offers many varieties and is a Wisconsin based company. We have also longs used Nutro products like Nutro Venison. There seems to be less tartar build-up. Also venison (and also bison, buffalo, and lamb for that matter) are at least partially grazing so that there is more than corn and such in their diet which should be better for Omega 3 fatty acids. Incidentally our local Fleet Farm Store carries Nutro as well as a very good selection of dog supplies and bones. Menards carries Cadet Bully Sticks which we strongly recommend for dental health, too. AKC this year endorsed the Nutro, Royal Canine (probably the largest dogfood research facility in the world), Innova, Eukanuba.
Q. We are interested in your dogs but hesitate buying a puppy online. Can we have someone we trust or a vet we know come to your house to take a look at your puppies?
A. Yes, your vet, a representative from your family or a friend is welcome to come visit. We have also sold puppies to vets and been recommended by vets.
Q. What is the procedure for getting a puppy?
A. If you are interested in adopting a puppy you can call us to set up an appointment to come visit our puppies, meet their parents, and meet us. If you decide you'd like a puppy, we ask for a $100-200 non-refundable deposit to hold your spot. This deposit will be deducted from the total purchase price and can get switched between litters if you decide you'd rather wait for another litter.
Q. Do you offer any guarantee?
A. Yes, the standard 10 day guarantee on general health but actually a LIFETIME CONGENITAL HEALTH guarantee and we provide it in writing along with a copy of the MN law.
Q. Do you ship?
A. Yes, if the puppy is a miniature rather than the smaller toy, or if the toy is older or larger and we think the pup can handle the trip, or if the toy will be accompanied by a person. Cost is usually at least $300 including airfare, the crate and the vet certificate.
Q. Do you have a return policy if the puppy doesn't work out for us?
A. Yes, we offer unconditionally to take the puppy back if for some reason you can no longer take care of the puppy. In fact we strongly recommend that you do this as many so called rescues and humane societies have a very high euthanasia rate and we don't ever want to see one of our puppies or dogs go there. There are some good ones and no-kills and while it is unlikely that a good well behaved puppy or dog from us would be euthanized we certainly don't want to chance that. We go to great lengths to initially provide you with the information you need to have a successful experience so that this isn't needed in the first place. But should you need a home or placement help we will provide this for your dog or puppy. The incidence of this has been very low- 4 times in 26 years as I recall.
Q. Do you do genetic testing?
A. Yes, we check patellas on all puppies we keep and on all we sell. This is done by one of our vets. This is a good indication but the final result on patellas is not known until about a year. Same with hips, 7-13 months. OFA prelimanary tests (orthopedic evaluation by the OFA) is usually done as early as a year on the males we hope to use as studs here). Optigen and CERF are other tests (for middle age blindness ) we like to do. We have bred poodles for 26 years with most of what we breed having been bred here. Often our dogs are several generations deep meaning we have owned the mother, the grandmother, great grandmother or even beyond and same with the males. There are only DNA tests available for some traits, not all by any means. However, with miniature and toy poodles and some of the poodle mixes our opinion is that patellas, hips, eyes are the main things to test or have progeny analysis for. You can also go to offa.org (Orthopaedic Foundation for Animals) to see what their recommendations are for various breeds.