How Big Do Poodles Get?

- There are 3 different size varieties of poodles. Toy, Miniature, and Standard. Standard poodles will range from 40-50 pounds (female) and 60-70 pounds (male). It is best to look at the size of both parents to get an idea on how big your puppy will get.

How Often Do You Have To Groom Them?

- Depending on the length of hair you would like to keep on your poodle, the recommended time frame for regular grooming (haircut) is 4-6 weeks. If you are keeping your poodle in a shorter haircut then you can space out the time between grooms more than if you keep their hair longer. Though the haircut is spaced that long, you should be getting your poodle professionally bathed every 2-4 weeks to prevent matting, which can cause health risks. Brushing should be done regularly.

What Tips Do You Have For Grooming?

-We start grooming our puppies as early as 3 weeks to get them conditioned to the process. My favorite quote I've heard about grooming is "if it's done regularly it becomes routine". The more your puppy is around the grooming process, the more comfortable they will be for it. You can begin getting your puppy a full haircut as early as 3 months old, if the puppy will tolerate it, though some grooming salons prefer to start with a "puppy trim" (face, feet, and sani) to understand their temperament with grooming.

What Is Their Temperament Like?

-Patience is definitely one of the Standard Poodles strong suits.  They are very smart so you can train them for any occasion (ei. do well with children, other animals, accompany owners to stores, traveling, etc). 

Are Poodles Hypoallergenic?

-Though no dog is truly hypoallergenic, as allergies can be a reaction to saliva, dandruff, shedding hair, or even non-shedding hair, poodles do not shed. Poodles are known as a "hypoallergenic" breed because many peoples allergies aren't affected by them. Dog allergens are specific to the individual person, the best way to find out if a dog does activate any allergies is to spend time around it.

What Is The Difference Between Limited and Full Registration?

-Limited Registration is for those who are only looking for a family pet. Having Limited Registration means that the puppy is not eligible to breed and offspring from that pup can not be registered with the AKC. Limited registration also prevents the puppy from participate in any AKC sponsored conformation events, though they can be shown in all other AKC sanctioned events.

Do You Sell Puppies With Full Registration?

- We only offer Full Registration to approved Show Homes. We do not sell our pups to doodle or Merle breeders. We only offer Full Registration under a co-ownership agreement.

Do You Remove Dew Claws and Dock Tails On Your Puppies?

-Yes, we do. Docking tails can prevent "happy tail" and helps any working dog from getting its tail caught in machinery. Since the dew claw does not scratch on the pavement when the dog walks, it can not file itself down naturally like the other claws. We remove dew claws to prevent them from growing out and curling into the pad later in life. We do not guarantee that the dew claws will not grow back, as it can happen on occasion if it is not removed deep enough. A dew claw growing back does not pose any serious threat to the puppy.

Why Do You Have A 'Return-To-Breeder' Contract?

-We have written up a "return-to-breeder" contract to ensure our puppies are taken care of properly when they go to their forever homes. This contract states that if you ever need to rehome your Nay Design Poodle born puppy, you will contact us and give us first chance to inherit the puppy. At Nay Design Poodles we value the love and care we put into our puppies and want to ensure they never are without a home or in a home that can properly take care of them.

My puppy is just a companion/family pet, why should I register them with the AKC?

- Registering your pup with the AKC allows me, the breeder, to keep easily accessible records of my pups. We register our puppies before they leave for their new homes so their owners don't have to worry about doing it correctly. When your pup gets registered under AKC you will receive 30 days of free pet insurance and a pedigree that shows your poodles ancestry.

How do you prepare your pups for their new homes?

- We raise our puppies on Puppy Culture to help ensure proper socialization and neurological growth. Starting at three days old we begin the pups on ENS (Early Neurological Stimulation) where we add small stresses to the puppies. This allows us to stimulate the puppies which helps with neurological growth. Puppy Culture allows us to introduce certain environmental stresses and stimulation's at the proper age. This helps prevent puppies from going through a rough fear phase and helps socialize them for different situations in the real world. This program prepares the pups for their new homes by introducing them to aggression prevention, potty training, leash walking, and more. Starting at 3 weeks old we begin grooming the pups (weekly baths with faces, feet, and sanitary's being shaved) so they are used to the grooming process, making it easier for owners and their groomers.

Why choose a poodle over a poodle mix?

- Poodles have been bred to a standard and for a specific job. Poodles have a set temperament, hair type, body shape, and prey drive. Though these factors may vary slightly based off the stud and bitch used in the breeding, the outcome of the puppies is more predictable than poodle mix breedings. Because there is no standard for poodle mixes, the puppies physical and mental health outcome can vary. 

Why is it important to title your dogs before breeding?

- Titling our dogs helps us prove what we say to be true. It allows us to show potential owners that our dogs temperaments, conformation, and skills are as great as we say they are. It is a great bonding experience with our dogs when we go to events to earn points and titles. Titling and attending events allows outside eyes to view our dogs potential and abilities.

Why is it important to get a puppy from health tested parents?

- Just because the parent dogs are healthy does not mean they will produce healthy puppies. We care about our puppies and want to ensure they can live long healthy lives. We genetic test our adults to ensure they do not carry any genetic diseases that, if bred with another dog that carries the same disease, will pass on to the puppy as a dominant gene and the puppy will actually show symptoms. We test our dogs hips, elbows, eyes, thyroids, and hearts as issues with these areas will not show up on genetic testing. We want to prevent issues such as hip dysplasia (though environment does play a factor in its development), elbow dysplasia, heart murmurs, cornea issues, and issues with the thyroid that can lead to hair loss. Health testing should not be confused with a "health check" that is done at a veterinaries office as they do not do the proper testing to check for these issues.

Why do you recommend spay/neutering to be done closer to 2 years of age?

- Larger breed puppies are not done developing and growing until 2 years of age. The hormones that their reproductive systems produce help ensure the puppies growth plates close completely and properly, which allows the puppy to have a more structurally sound skeleton. For this reason we give our puppy owners until 2 years of age to get their puppies spayed/neutered.