Frequently asked questions and other important information

How big do they get to be as an adult and why the unique haircut?

AKC states they should be over 15 inches tall at the withers (base of the neck) however many of ours are 24 inches tall but how big your new best friend will get to be depends on genetic factors as well as how much you feed your new best friend and how much exercise they will get. The Standard Poodle originated in Germany as a water retriever and their stylish "Poodle clip" was actually invented for hunting. It was designed by hunters to help the Poodles move through the water more efficiently. The patches of hair left on the body are meant to protect vital organs and joints which are susceptible to cold temperatures. The Standard variety is the original Poodle breed. Isn't a Standard Poodle too big for me? The Standard Poodle can accommodate nearly any size living quarters. They are typically very calm, easy going and an excellent companion in any living quarters when raised correctly. Keep in mind that the Standard Poodle is an active breed and requires daily exercise whether it is in a back yard or your local park. If I'm allergic to dogs, won't I be allergic to Standard Poodles too? Their hypoallergenic coat may reduce allergic reactions, but may require regular professional grooming if you aren't into grooming. Do you ship puppies and dogs? Isn't it scary for the puppy? My career allows me to get huge discounts on airfare. If you purchase a puppy from us ahead of time, it will still be small enough to ride in the airplane cabin with one of our family members and be personally delivered to a select airport of your choice (Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atlantic City, etc) vs. being treated as a piece of cargo or freight. No one else can do this exceptional service for the pricing we are able to do. It typically costs the same as cargo pricing elsewhere! An example I flew (not shipped) a puppy and a family member from Philadelphia Airport to Orlando Aiport and it cost $278.00! Shipping would have cost $250 + $100 for a crate = $350.00! What forms of payment to you accept? I'm a hobbist, not a business, so I do not accept credit cards nor paypal however I do accept Zelle (fast and free), Western Union as payment which will allow you to do a credit card payment. United States Postal Service Money Orders which are purchased exclusively at any United States Post Office as well as a personal check ahead of time (over two weeks in advance of puppy pickup) if it is from one of the following banks Bank Of America, South State Bank (pka Center State Bank), Chase, Citizens Bank & Trust, PNC Bank, Mid-Florida credit union, Sun Trust, TD Bank, or Wells Fargo. Please ask for me to check if your bank is acceptable if not on this list. If I have a puppy over eight weeks old (they are usually sold out long before then) and you are fortunate enough to live close enough to be able to drive to our home and be able to meet our family that is wonderful! Please note I only accept cash if picking up your new puppy the same day as visiting. WOW! Your Standard Poodles puppies have full tails!!!? I am proud to announce we specialize in non-mutilated puppies. In fact, I only ever did my first ever litter of pups. My Veterinarian of over 30 years had me "assist" him by holding the puppies while they are done. I'll spare you the details but, it is absolutely horrible when done officially correctly. When I came out and was ready to cry, I was shaking and told my husband, "We won't be doing that ever again!" I went home and did some research and found out it is completely unnecessary now-a-days. It was originally done for hunting and tax purposes but they have a special tape for their tails now. In fact, mutilating your puppies is banned = illegal in over 28 countries now and some states, including New York, and Vermont have considered bills to make the practice illegal. Also, although it is not common, some mothers will kill their young after the proceedure thinking their offspring are damaged! Robert Wansborough argued in a 1996 paper that docking tails puts dogs at a disadvantage in several ways. Dogs use their tails to communicate with other dogs and with people a dog without a tail might be significantly handicapped in conveying fear, caution, aggression, playfulness, etc. Certain breeds use their tails as rudders when swimming, and possibly for balance when running, thus active dogs with docked tails might be at a disadvantage compared to their tailed peers. In 2007, Stephen Leaver, a graduate student at the University of Victoria, published a paper on tail docking which found that tail length was important in the transmission of social cues. The study found that dogs with shorter tails (docked tails) would be approached with caution, as if the approaching dog was unsure of the emotional state of the docked dog. The study goes on to suggest that dogs with docked tails may grow up to be more aggressive. The reasoning postulated by Tom Reimchen, Biologist and supervisor of the study, was that dogs who grew up without being able to efficiently transmit social cues would grow up to be more anti-social and thus more aggressive. Wansborough also investigates seven years of records from an urban veterinary practice to demonstrate that undocked tails result in less harm than docked tails. Finally, the practice is currently opposed by the American Veterinary Medical Association.