Frequently Asked Questions
Who is Doodles & Poodles Naturally?
We are a family who loves our standard poodles & doodles! We are not a dog kennel and we do not raise dogs to sell as you would expect from a kennel. Our puppies come from our beloved companion dogs who live with us, in our home, or in the homes of our guardian family member as their beloved companions.
We strive to have the healthiest, disease-free dogs and puppies possible using holistic whelping and breeding approaches. Why? Because we have been in a situation where others are when they purchase a puppy. We purchased what we thought was a beautiful, healthy puppy from a breeder, and soon learned from our vet, that we had a very sick puppy who had been over-vaccinated and chemically dewormed. He died 12 days after we brought him home. God worked in us through this situation and we have become avid researchers into the health, diet and care of dogs as a result of it.
What about the quality of your breeding dogs?
Bear with us, we’re pretty proud of our dogs…
- Our puppies come from healthy dogs that are our pets, not kennel dogs.
- Our parent dogs have passed our tests for best disposition (gentle, smart, friendly, and good with children), that we want to see in our puppies.
- All of our dams, from pregnancy through lactation, are conscientiously raised on organic, raw meat. They are not exposed to antibiotics in their food or otherwise. We believe that by avoiding these, it may help avoid future ear fungus, bladder weakness, and gut problems in the puppies. We also feel that organic raw meat naturally supports healthy bones, muscle, and connective tissue in the puppies.
- Our dogs are tested scientifically (saliva and blood testing), but more importantly, they are tested using biokinesiology. We do this to ensure both they and their puppies are free of genetic diseases and leave our home with a good start in life.
- Our adult dogs and puppies are conscientiously dewormed with herbs and foods that naturally repel worms, bacteria, and other pathogens. They are not exposed to chemical dewormers that have the potential of causing gut and colon problems, chronic illness, genetic damage, or death of the puppy.
- Our adult dogs and puppies are conscientiously immunized with homeopathics called nosodes. We feel these support their own body in naturally building antibodies to the bacteria, viruses and pathogens being targeted. Another advantage is there are no side-effects, no risk of seizures, collapse, chronic disability, genetic anomaly, or death to the dog or puppy. More and more natural minded veterinarians are turning to homeopathics to safely care for the pets of their customers.
- Our puppies come with a three year health guarantee from genetic anomalies 175+ heritable diseases.
Why are we breeding Standard Poodles and Standard Doodles?
Simply because we know first hand how these breeds are truly wonderful companions to have in the home even around newborn babies, toddlers and children. These breeds are easy to train, low-no shedding, hypoallergenic, and eager to please and snuggle. It is our passion to make these intelligent, healthy puppies accessible to others families.
What do we think is special about standard poodles & doodle breeds?
Besides the fact that they are beautiful when groomed, they are exceptionally smart, (rated as one of the top two smartest dog breeds). They are also clean (they don’t shed), they don’t have the “dog smell” so often noted in other breeds, and make great companions.
Because Poodles and Doodles are eager to please you, this makes them fast learners who are highly motivated. Plus, because these are low to non shedding breeds it means less time cleaning and more time playing, going on an adventure whether on a hike or to restaurant patio, or snuggling on the couch on a lazy Sunday. These breeds love humans as much as other dogs.
What about grooming: is that necessary, and isn’t it expensive?
It depends on what your preference is. Some people don’t groom their poodles & doodles for months on end and others plan a grooming about once a month to prevent knots in their fur. We love the look of groomed standard poodles, so we groom ours, but do it ourselves because of the cost. I knew nothing about dog grooming when we purchased our first puppy so I went on YouTube and watched how-to videos on grooming standard poodles (several times). There was also the initial cost of buying a clippers, but it was a lot less expensive then paying someone else to do it. The first few times I groomed our dogs, they didn’t cooperate as well as I would have liked. Lets face it, it was a pain, then I remembered, my children didn’t like their their first hair cuts either. I wouldn’t say the poodles like it now either, after a dozen or so groomings, but they do just fine. Its important to take your time, know its going to take 60-90 minutes, laugh a lot, make the dog feel relaxed about it, and have fun. Also, if you botch it, remember, its going to grow back. Then sweep up the mess!
What is a “natural” standard poodle & doodle?
The word natural, in reference to people, means the health of the whole person is taken into account, the body, mind and spirit. Health care and life-style addresses the whole person, not just one particular symptom or imbalance, and is done in the safest, healthiest way possible. In reference to dogs, it also means the whole dog is cared for in a healthy, non-toxic way. When we chose to breed our poodles, we did so with the intent of producing healthy, chemical-free puppies with wonderful dispositions. They are fed a wholesome, healthy diet, they are dewormed with natural medicines rather than the harsh chemical dewormers, and are given natural vaccinations. Each puppy receives natural medicine to support his or her body in building life long antibodies to all of the typical canine diseases. We will not in any way knowingly endanger our puppies or adult dogs. In addition, they also get to keep their natural tails & dewclaws.
When you choose to purchase a poodle puppy from us, you are getting a puppy that we are confident is healthy, has no known genetic anomalies or damage from chemicals, dangerous vaccines or chemical dewormers.
We do not X-ray our pregnant dams or expose them to ultrasound radiation. Both of these forms of radiation have been found to epigenetically harm developing embryos.*
How will I know when the puppies are born?
We will post information on this website as well as on Facebook when we have upcoming litters, an announcement will be made when they are born, and again when they are ready to go to their new homes. Pictures of the puppies will also be posted.
Who picks out the puppy for our family?
As much as possible, you do. There are many ways to do this:
- Watch our Facebook page and website for updated pictures and videos, then choose from those
- Do an online video chat or Facetime so you can see the puppies, and choose
- Give us a list of what you want in color, size and disposition of the puppy, and we will match as close as possible
- Or, come to one of our nurseries on or after their 6th week to see the puppies in person, and choose at that time. This opportunity is reserved for those who have already put down a deposit on a puppy. NOTE: If you choose this option, you will be choosing from puppies still available at this time, and some or most puppies from the litter may already be reserved.
Can we come to see the puppies?
For the health and well-being of the pups, we do not allow visitors before 6 weeks of age. You can come to one of our nurseries on or after their 6th week to see the puppies in person, and choose at that time. This opportunity is reserved for those who have already put down a deposit on a puppy.
Safe Puppy Visiting Protocol
Please be aware of our policies regarding visits and come prepared to follow them prior to arriving on our property: We will NOT allow anyone to visit our dogs or puppies who has very recently visited any of the following:
- other breeder
- dog shelter or adoption center
- pet shop
- veterinary clinic or animal hospital
- any other location(s) that we determine at our discretion is likely to contain germs or contaminants that can harm our dogs or your new puppy
Anyone who has recently (in the last two weeks) been vaccinated and could therefore potentially be shedding pathogens from said vaccination(s) must schedule their visit for 14 days after receiving any shot(s).
We ask that you wash your hands upon entry, before touching any dogs or puppies, and refrain from using hand sanitizers as some of these have harsh chemicals and scents (natural or synthetic) that can be harmful to pets, especially young pets.
We also ask that you refrain from wearing cologne or perfume as these can also contain natural or synthetic ingredients that can be harmful to pets, especially young pets.
We really want to keep our fur babies and yours safe and healthy and there are many horror stories of germs being spread that can kill or seriously injure puppies and dogs.
We reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone (even if they come to our door) if they might put our dogs or your new puppy at risk.
If you have any questions about whether this policy applies to your situation, please contact us directly. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in this matter!
How will I get my puppy if I am long distance?
We will arrange to meet you at a convenient place if within our driving radius, or if you are a great distance away, we can discuss the best option for transporting your puppy to you, using either a puppy nanny or meeting you at our local airport where you will fly back home with your puppy.
There is additional cost to have a puppy flown to your location using a puppy nanny. This cost will include the puppy nanny’s fee, the flight ticket, the kennel we have to purchase for the puppy’s flight, and the veterinarian bill for the “well puppy” check-up required by the airlines. The total is usually between $400 and $500, but is subject to change based on puppy nanny fees.
I understand you sometimes have older puppies available for adoption. Please tell me more!
Sometimes when a family puts a deposit on one of our puppies, plans change. This doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, while we still have the puppy with us, we use this opportunity to start basic obedience training.
In addition to house and crate training, these puppies learn the simple commands of come, sit, stay, down and off.
When we have one of these older puppies for adoption, because of the training we have done, they will cost more then if they are just 8-10 weeks old. These puppies are often desirable for busy families who have trouble balancing basic training with their busy lifestyle. They are often preferred by older people who no longer feel they have the energy, or maybe the desire, to train through the early puppy stages.
If you are interested in adopting one of these puppies, your first step is to fill out our adoption application. If you are accepted, the second step is to put down the deposit. The wait time for these puppies, assuming we have one available at the time, is generally 4-6 weeks. This allows for basic training to be done and the puppy to get ready to go to his or her new home. During this time, adoptive families will receive photos and videos of their puppy. We want adoptive families to be part of the training process by witnessing some of the training in the videos. This also supports the bonding process for the new family even before the puppy arrives home. Cost for the trained puppy, 12 weeks or older is $2,500+.
When are payments due and what forms of payment do you take?
The deposit is due when your name is placed on the waiting list for a particular litter and the balance is due when you take custody of your new puppy, or before it is shipped to you, whichever you choose. The deposit is non-refundable, so please be thoughtful and prayerful about your decision to get a puppy before you commit to a deposit. The deposit can be made through Zelle or you can send a money order or cashiers check.
A money order and a cashiers check are both subject to a two week bank confirmation of authenticity and funds.
Do you charge sales tax?
Yes. We are required to charge IA sales tax or CO sales tax depending on where the puppy is picked up.
Can I send in a deposit now?
We accept adoption deposits when puppies are 4 weeks old. The deposits are non-refundable.
Where are we located?
It depends which litter you are looking at. As a collective of families who companion breed, we have families spread out across Denver, Colorado and Council Bluffs, IA. We will let you know where the puppy is located when we contact you pending an approved puppy application form.
Do you have any referrals?
Yes, available on request.
Are your pups sold with a limited or a full AKC registration?
Our Standard Poodles puppies are AKC registered, however, if you choose to have full registration, meaning he or she can be bred and the puppies registered, that is an additional cost. Please see the contract. Doodle breeds are not registrable as the AKC and CKC do not recognize hybrid breeds at this time. We are very strenuous in our screening process and only use companion dogs that meet the standards of Ethical Breeding.
What puppy food should I feed my puppy?
We feed our dogs and puppies a premium kibble food along with organic, raw meat and eggs every day. We are very careful about the kibble we choose, and look for a flawless history, one in which has never had a recall, has healthy recognizable ingredients, and is specially formulated by the best in the industry to meet your puppy/dogs nutritional needs. More importantly, it tests healthy for my dogs to eat when tested with biokinesiology. And, my dogs like it. When my dogs reached 3 months of age, along with their dry dog food, this is the time I started feeding them raw, organic eggs, and organic, raw meat. I do not however, feed my dogs pork at any time, cooked or raw, for the purpose of avoiding the worms.
What can I do about heart worms?
There are many things you can do to avoid heart worminfestation, such as taking supplements that support the dogs body in the elimination of these types of worms. And another that supports the overall health and normal function of the heart, making it less hospitable to parasites. Then there is the option of using homeopathic medicine to support your dog’s immune system in either eliminating the parasites that cause heart worm, or in making antibodies to the parasites ahead of time.
We at Standard Poodles and Doodles think less is more when it comes to giving poodles chemicals, including heart worm prevention. We choose not to use chemicals here on our dogs, for heart wormor any other pathogen that may affect our dogs. Not because we don’t care, but because we do care, and we have read the side-effects of the these medicines. Rather then use the dangerous chemicals, that can shorten the life of our dog, and certainly, at the very least, make him sick, we give our dogs safe, non-toxic homeopathic medicines. For heart worm, they take the remedy called Heart Health. It contains the frequencies of the wormsthat can damage the heart of our dogs, and we give them this at 8 months of age.
*For more information on the dangers of using X-ray and ultrasound radiation on pregnant dams, see videos at www.PoodleDynasty.com