Here at Homestead Poodles, we sell only purebred, home raised puppies. The advantages of home raising are obvious: increased socialization and ability to adapt to the new family. But what are the advantages and disadvantages of buying a purebred puppy?
PUREBRED PUPPIES ARE MORE PREDICTABLE IN BEHAVIOR AND APPeARANCE
While there are certainly many variations among purebred poodles, you always know basically what your puppy will look like when it’s grown. No purebred poodle will have a sleek or silky coat, for instance, or a blunt muzzle, or short legs in proportion to the body. Color and size can also be predicted with reasonable accuracy.
Attitude and behaviors are also aspects that can be predicted to some extent in purebred puppies. An English sheepdog is going to want to herd things, a beagle is going to want to track things, and an Akita won’t tolerate another dog of the same sex. Purebred poodles are by temperament cheerful, friendly and intelligent dogs, and easily trained.
The danger of a purebred animal, of course, is that inbreeding might increase the chances of combining genes that carry negative traits. Poodles can be susceptible to certain defects such as luxating patellas, heart murmurs and hypoglycemia. That is why it is so important to buy your purebred dog from a knowledgeable breeder. All of our breeding dogs have been Optigen tested for PRCD-PRA, and their breeding is carefully controlled to avoid the dangers of inbreeding.
This is one of the primary reasons why our puppies come with a registration from the AKC. The American Kennel Club is far better known, and AKC papers are necessary for most shows. However, we feel that the UKC standards on inbreeding and the ethics of breeders are more stringent.