ABOUT STANDARD POODLES
OF FOREST LAKES
OUR TWO AND FOUR-LEGGED FAMILY
The Human Component
We have had Standard Poodles since 2003. As a 4H Dog Club member and a 4H Leader, Amanda and I loved bringing our dogs to 4H to learn, practice and demonstrate showmanship, obedience and agility. In addition, our poodles have been fabulous trail riding, hiking, biking, traveling and camping companions. Our family fell in love with the breed so deeply that we have added to our 'pack' every few years and we currently have 6 standard and 1 mini poodle family members between three households. Our dogs have 20 acres to roam here at the homestead but are often found enjoying the lake during warm summer days.
Over our lifetimes, we have had other mixed and pure bred dogs, but gravitated to the Standard Poodle for a number of reasons. Standard Poodles are extremely intelligent, sensitive, patient, loving and loyal. Several times over the last two decades a poodle has stood between us and a predator or other potential threat (typically coyotes, sometimes people). I know each of these dogs would have given his life to protect us. Admittedly, as soon as the threat disappeared the poodle came running to us for reassurance but we've loved them all the more for it.
Poodles are very clean, do not shed, and are great for families with children. They have hair, rather than fur, and as a result are considered 'hypoallergenic'. Poodles require regular grooming to be healthy and happy. Many owners choose to learn basic poodle grooming skills and we can recommend an online educational source upon request.
Our poodles have been bred for good health and temperament, with low COI, which is very different from those bred for the show ring a few short decades ago. Further, we now DNA test for canine genetic diversity (UC Davis) and only breed dogs whose offspring will benefit the breed. We encourage you to conduct thorough research and ask questions to ensure the right fit for your family and needs.
Forest Lakes is dedicated to the standard poodle. We've completed many hours of AKC Breeder Education courses as well as BetterBred's Canine Genetic Diversity training. We belong to both breed and breeder associations to learn from our peers. Every year we embrace available learning opportunities to continuously improve the health of our dogs and puppies and to improve our breeding program.
Healthy Pets, Happy Pets
AKC DNA stud profile, 5-generation pedigrees, health records and Poodle Club of America OFA/CERF and/or PennHip health certifications for both parents are available for approved purchasers. Our moms and dads have been DNA cleared for Neonatal Encephalopathy with Seizures (NEwS), Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), Progressive Retinal Atrophy/Progressive Rod-Cone Degeneration (PRA-PRCD, PRCD), and VonWillebrand (vWD) Disease. Our poodle parents are veterinarian approved for breeding based on genetic testing, physical condition and overall health.
All puppies will be vaccinated, wormed and inspected by our veterinarian and will be released to their new homes at approximately 10 weeks of age. We strongly believe in giving our puppies the maximum opportunity to socialize. Purchasers may visit their puppy as often as once a day after immunizations, as long as no health risks are present. Temperament testing conducted by a consultant at the end of week 6 will aide us in matching puppies with new families.
A Great Start
The puppies, like our dogs, are raised in our home as family members. We have a bedroom set up specifically for the mother's comfort when whelping her litter. After a few weeks, we move them to the kitchen where they can absorb the sounds of the household and the comings and goings of people and adult dogs. Each puppy receives daily one-on-one time for basic training and individual human socialization in addition to our group activities. All pups will have baths and trims at least 4 times before they transition to their new homes.
With past litters, we imprinted our puppies using a series of touch, sound, smell, and sight stimulants. We gave them endless opportunities to safely interact with the world around them including other animals and humans of every age group. Our past puppies are happy family members and service dogs, but we continuously search for ways to improve. After talking with other breeders and dog trainers, we researched several methodologies for raising puppies and found Puppy Culture closely matches our standard practices and beliefs. In addition to 4H, kennel club, and our combined 100+ years of dog ownership we decided to fully implement this system in 2017 and track its effect on future litters.
Puppy Culture combines the US military's "Super Puppy" program consisting of early neurological stimulation with carefully constructed socialization and early training activities that lead to the development of well rounded and socialized puppies. We believe in taking these steps to give our pups the best possible chance to be successful in their new families and roles.
Sire and Dam: a.k.a. The Parents
Our foundation dam 'Gigi' is an old-fashioned type of Standard Poodle descended from the Canen line of standards who were bred in Europe. This line was cultivated by the late Shirley Bell as working dogs and has a 70+ year history. Currently, only 6 breeders in the U.S. have the Canen bloodline in their breeding program. Gigi is a stunning representation of the bloodline, inside and out. And this girl can run! No one catches her unless she wants to be caught. Gigi stands 24 inches at the shoulders and weighs 57 lbs.
Our foundation sire 'Memphis' was selected because his parents had all of the genetic, physical and temperament qualities we sought - and his father was the most handsome devil; he completely bewitched us!! We specifically chose a black male to improve color outcomes from future breeding matches. Memphis is 26 inches at the shoulders, weighs 62 lbs and has a very athletic build (seriously, the boy is chiseled!).
Our second generation of poodles includes Romeo CGC (Canine Good Citizen certified) who became a Champion and then a Grand Champion by the age of 16 months and Penelope CGC, trained in obedience and agility and a certified therapy dog, participated in her first show February 2020 and is working on her championship. Penelope came to us from Poland and is an outlier in canine genetic diversity. PennHips for these two were completed 3/6/2020 and results were scientifically better than the breed average (.33 vs .47 breed average on a scale of 0.0-1.0).
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