Royal Standard Poodle FAQ

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Royal Standard Poodle-FAQ

Last updated 8/22/15

Note: The Royal Standard Poodle pictures shared on this page have been taken over the years and various seasons we find here in MN. We hope you enjoy them and learn from the many questions asked over time...

...we've been given fresh beef bones - yummm! 2011

About our Standard Poodles

1. What are Royal Standard Poodles? 

Just remember-it's strictly a marketing term referencing the larger size standards which TI breeds for the desire of her customer base.

The one book that actually defines Royal - the dictionary - you'll find the word "regal". This exemplifies these poodles size and temperament to a T!

October 1, 2006; It has been agreed by individuals in communication with TI; Toy, Miniature, Standard, and "Royal" should be a new category to the Poodle world. They should start at a shoulder height of 25" and over. Adulthood weight at 60 pounds and up. Those who think of their poodles as "Giants"; which would you rather name them? Most surveyed wanted "Royal". The name says it all. If you want to see this new category write AKC. The more who write in, attention will be given to this new category. American Kennel Club (AKC): Visit them to learn more.

2. What colors do you have?

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3. How big do your poodles get and do you have smaller standards?

  • Answer: We do have "Standard Poodles" yet "Royal" is what I enjoy. "Our" Standard Poodle "parents" are between 55-85#, 25"-28" at the shoulder. I share 1/3 puppies will grow between 80-100#, 1/3 65-80#, and the other 1/3 50-65#. Check out the "Customer Poodles" tab for pictures and tracking data of their growth! When the girls or boys are spayed/neutered, on the average they grow taller instead of fuller when done within 5-6 months of age. Their hormones, when done early enough, do not focus on filling out masculinely or working to become a dam. Instead the body continues to grow in another dimension :-)

The colorful leaves were taken after an early morning Fall walk. In the backdrop of blue, that is fog coming off of the swamp on our lower ground. The fallen maple tree leaves gave breath-taking color that pictures can't equal in real time, yet I hope you enjoy them as much as the spoos enjoyed chasing the fresh beet I'd pulled from the garden to get them to be in the pictures :-)

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"Kodi Color"

  • 4. Do the Royal Standard Poodles live with you?
  • Answer: Yes - they all live within our home and parks. You can see by the many pictures I try to provide to share our living together. Pictures say a thousand words :-)
  • 5. What are the steps along the way in working with you and I have a lot of other questions about bringing one of your puppies home...when to wear a collar, and many other questions...
  • Answer: Once a down payment is placed, I send a checklist of things to know along the way in working with us. Here is a link with many other answers to miscellaneous questions I have been asked (UNDER CONSTRUCTION)...
  • 6. What commands should I know in bringing home a pup from you?
  • Answer: Commands used and grooming for your pup can be found at this web page -   *Royal Standard Poodle-FAQ
  • 7. How often do you breed?

    • Answer: I only like to breed when I have down-payments, knowing the litter is wanted is key! I don't just breed to breed. So if I don't have pups at the time, your patient willingness to plan ahead benefits everyone.

    8. Do you have older poodles for sale?

    • Answer: Rarely. Generally my pups are all sold by the time they are 8 weeks of age. It may be that several might be with me for 4 months.

    I must be vigilant to assure all the breeding spoos will be the best breeder with offspring my customers desire. If the breeding poodle turns out to not be qualified for whatever the reason, I will seek to place them in a home in MN. If the poodle is several years old I like to go to the owners home and introduce the poodle to the home for several hours, then bring it home with me. It is within the next weeks time frame that I ask the potential new owner to make a decision as I do not want the pet to be jumping around from home to home.

    9. What are your breeding practices?

    Answer: I do my best with the knowledge I have at the time. Here is a website at Bijou Poodles Canada, with permission, that covers a good perspective - Breeding Practices . I see many of my goals growing, education among them, above all I want to create a loving, structural healthy, Royal size line of offspring. I also see and work with Pat Hastings research on canine structure for the future health of our future poodles. Puppy puzzle at www/ on my books link web page.

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    10. Do you Line-breed or In-breed?

    • Answer: This question is answered with educating a consumer on the pros and cons of Line-breeding or In-breeding. This is an excellent article written by Jerold S. Bell DVM who was a speaker at a canine symposium I went to for further education.

    AKC article by Jerold S. Bell

    With the knowledge in this article, if I have found GOOD characteristics outweighing any bad, I have on occasion chosen to strengthen that in my lines. It is with educated knowledge in bettering the future of the poodle that this is done on my part.

    11. Why are some of your Royal Standard Poodles tails short?

    • Answer: Can you imagine in the momma's womb, being squished together with anywhere from 5-11 other puppy mates? A tail may kink into a position and upon birth, it is still kinked and won't un-kink. We dock it just below the kink...I know, too kinky!

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    Traveling Pets and Visiting

    1. Can I come and see your poodles?

    • Answer: Yes - I invite all to come and visit us, depending if I have a litter under 6 weeks of age. Then I ask that you wait until they get their first set of shots at 6 weeks of age to protect them against the negative germs that might effect them. If you are traveling from the twin cities I like to provide a lunch for you :-)

    2. Is there a place I can stay if I'm traveling a long distance?

    3. Do you fly pups?

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    About Health & Grooming

    1. Do you test your Royal Standard Poodles parents?

    2. Do your poodles have hip dysplasia?

    The following should help consumers understand further this question. In learning about good breeding practices: Go to Pat Hastings dvd "Puppy Puzzle and purchase it for you and your friends to become an informed consumer.

    I test my parents either through OFFA or PennHip ratings matching parents with the best hips possible for your future pet.

    3. What do you feed your Royal Standard Poodles?

    Answer: Jan. 2014 Research is underway to find a new dog food for my spoos > see #3 Dog Food - What is the right one?

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    4. What do I need to do if I want to groom the poodle myself?

    5. Why do dogs snort?

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    6. Why does my poodle have a dry cracked nose?

    • Answer: I googled this and found several different viewpoints...go ahead and do a google yourself. I noted before seeing this on my girl's nose that she had been on antibiotics off and on for over a month for deep cuts from digging and crawling under a fence...more then once. I found this site that provides some relief... ... all natural products used. After no more antibiotics, and using this salve, her nose has been normal for over a year now.

    7. My pet died of bloat, do you have information on this?

    a) Answer: A customer sent me a Scientific Report that was excellent > in your google cut and paste in -> JAVMA vol 216 January 1, 2000, this second adds on this data - JAVMA vol 217 November 15, 2000. These studies discuss Gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV), eating from raised dishes CREATES more air, open feeding or frequent small feedings is far better with water at all times available and much more.

    b) Try: some customers are now having their pup's stomache stapled when they have the spay/neutering done.

    8. Can you tell me about the Coefficient of Inbreeding (COI)?

    • Answer: there are many good websites out there that share on this - here is one I found

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    9. My poodle has hot spots, dry skin, or, my poodle has a bacterial skin infection which my vet has been unable to clear up. What can I do besides medical drugs?

    • Answer: Here are natural recommendations to work through with your pet…

    a) Find out if you have yard mites or a yard bacterial problem from dry weather or such. Find a yard service that uses natural products to handle any major issues in your yard. *Bacterial skin infection, Hot spots

    b) Has your pet recently been spay/neutered? Might they be reacting to something given them? Perhaps a little more time will flush it out of their system. Provide lots of water.

    c) Do you have carpet? How is it being cleaned? With chemicals? Use pure clean water, hot or cold to clean it instead…or pull up that old carpet and lay a new floor that can be cleaned with hot water or vinegar water - naturally. *Bacterial skin infection, Hot spots

    d) Is your pet’s skin dry or flaky? Add Salmon or Omega oil over their food. This will improve their skin and coats…eventually healing elbow callouses.

    e) What dog food are you feeding your pet? Some may be lacking the nutrients your pet needs causing issues. I use Dick Van Pattens for my poodles and find their skin and coats healthy. *Hot spots, Dry flaky skin

    f) Fleas & ticks; are you protecting them with a chemical product? Help protect them with natural products such as Northern Eagle Organic Products “Mother Natures Defense for people and pets”, spray it on to keep the bugs from biting. Use their “Naturally occurring live Micro-organisms” in your pet water. This will prevent heart worm and help clear up skin conditions from the inside out. Using a eucalyptus shampoo will help prevent them from bothering your pet as well. *Bacterial skin infection, Hot spots

    g) Is your groomer using a chemical based shampoo and conditioner? Natures Specialties have natural products, found on my Books & Links page. I recommend the eucalyptus shampoo and conditioners. *Hot spots, Dry flaky skin

    h) Has your pet been eating toxic foods? This company provides a great variety of herbal natural products Only Natural Pet Store

    i) Last but not least, look at the testimonials on to see what their natural supplements can help your pet with. Pictures speak louder then words! *Bacterial skin infection, Hot spots, Dry flaky skin

    j) Many of the above products can be found on my Books & Links page. There are many natural products out there to help you and your pet live without overloading your systems to all the chemicals found in products and left on surfaces that our skin can absorb or digest. Search the internet to help you.

    k) All of the above examples have proven and helped clear up either *Bacterial skin infection, Hot spots, or Dry flaky skin. Be patient. It took time for your pet’s skin and hair to become irritated, it will take a little time to get it cleared up again.

    10. What weight should I keep my standard poodle at?

    • Answer: one should be able to easily feel the ribs of your pet. This will keep the weight off the hips for a healthier spoo.

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    About Pricing, books, and Other

    1. How much do your poodles cost?

    • Answer: link As I develop my lines, spending thousands of dollars on tests ($10,000 in 2011), the right breeding poodle, and many other time consuming factors - it is true their cost will rise accordingly. This provides those who want a quality standard poodle in health, size and personality the fact they WILL get one :-)

    2. Why the price?

    • Answer: a) Testing that needs to be done for assuring the customer I am trying to do my best to provide a good pet for them. b) Marketing pups on the internet (such as this website) and newspaper ads are very expensive. c) Grooming clippers and blades that constantly wear out. d) Maintaining parks for them to have lots of room to live, laugh, and be dogs bringing you happy puppies. e) Vet expenses are constant to be a good breeder and have healthy pups. f) Chiropractic expenses for the kids to stay healthy and a litter's first adjustment before they go to their new homes. g) Spraying the acres during the summer to keep mosquitoes away for healthy happy puppies. h) They do not eat cheap dog food. i) Home upkeep as puppies destroy chords and things I thought I had puppy proofed. j) Continued classes to learn on being a good breeder. k) Paper towels, paper towels, and more paper towels :-)

    As you see the list could go on. It is my joy to provide you joy and the expenses do add up, as I want all customers to know owning a Royal or Standard Poodle pet is a high maintenance life, yet worth it beyond price in many of our viewpoints :-)

    3. Do you give refunds?

    • Answer: ...under the following conditions...

    a. At the birth of a litter, there is not the color or gender you desired.

    b. Your down payment was my decision to breed my girls. If you want a refund, I will refund half of your down payment and keep the other half for your return in the future in purchasing your next pet from us.

    c. If you're purchasing a breeding pup and change your mind after they have had their VWD done after 6 weeks of age, there is no refund as I use that down payment to do the testing on the litter. This testing is not done on every litter, only those I am selling a breeding pup from in order to have the top pup continue on my line.

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    After the Fall colors pale, it's time to vacuum them up - why? So the beautiful green grass will grow instead of dirt in the spring :-) Here is our leaf mower vacuum unloading leaves from the 3 acres...see the pile building?

    4. Do you know where I could get a rescue poodle?

    5. What books can you recommend me reading on poodles?

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    Below, I have pushed the leaves up into a pile for burning.


    Pet Issues

    1. My spoo jumps on me...I've taken it to classes and he/she does everything so wonderfully, yet when he's excited he jumps up on me! What else can I do?

    • Answer: Cesar had in one of his shows of grabbing a tree limb or something and he tapped it on the ground and said, “Then there’s always carrying a big stick!” Well I thought that statement was so fascinating when I watched him tap it and EVERYONE calmed down and fell back away to keep their distance!!! So I have canes around for when my husband needed support during his last yrs of cancer and they just calm right down!!! Totally amazing :0) So, when I have customers come, or staff, and the spoos get too excited, we grab a cane, tap the floor, and poof, they disperse and calm down so fast it’s unbelievable!!! Get a couple of really cool canes for your own enjoyment and watch it work...until then grab a broom or something that you can keep by the door etc and as you enter grab it and tap it saying CALM, CALM...I use that word all the time with them to know they need to calm down...

    DO the cane thing this works – it does!

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    Aahhh, here is the vacuumed Front park now. SURE keeps the bugs from becoming bad in the new year along with Cedar Fogging >



    1. I have 2 or more dogs already and would like to get one of your poodles. What should I be aware of?

    • Answer: Under Books & Links, I ask that people who currently have at least 2 pet dogs read the first chapter in the book "Animals Make Us Human" by Temple Grandin. Absolutely the BEST book in understanding your dog pet, especially in a pack!!! A must read!!!

    2. Do you have customers I can visit with on their purchase from you?

    • Answer: Upon your request, I will email several customers providing your contact information, at which you two will take it from there.

    3. I have a male/female already. Should I get a male/female?

    • Answer: That question must be personally analyzed with our conversations to understand the dynamics of the home.

    - The vacuumed Back Park below -

    4. Can you refer me to a breeder?

    • Answer: I have several personal breeder friends I may recommend at the time. It is difficult to recommend other breeders as I never know what they might have for a program, doing in tests for their pets, or are doing with their line at the time.

    5. I want to be a breeder. Will you sell me a pup for breeding?

    • Answer: One must understand the responsibility in being a breeder, it is not something to be taken lightly in my viewpoint, by the U.S.A. government, or MN state laws. Questions to ask yourself: a. What are my state requirements in being a breeder of dogs? b. What tests need to be done? c. Contract, what will I have in it? ... is the individual I buy my breeding pet from willing to mentor me?

    ALL our breeding pups sell for $3,500, no exceptions. A special contract would be sent you.

    If you are/intend to be a large kennel - NO, I will not sell to you! I will work with those who have 4 and fewer breeding females.


    6. If I don't want a tail docked, will you not dock it?

    • Answer: If you were the first down payment customer, and my female poodle only had one pup, and you wanted that pup, I would not dock its tail. 95% of my customers want the tails docked and dew claws done.

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