Thank you for visiting our Alchmy Poodle Family site. My name is Vikki and I have been owned by standard poodles for about 20 years.
The Beginning….. My first standard poodle’s name was Corsa Bella and she was a rescue with a myriad of health issues. She had SLO and epilepsy and eventually went blind due to Immune-Mediated Scleritis. My experience with Corsa began my exploration into the diseases affecting our beloved Poodle breed and started my education on health testing, pedigree analysis and breeder scrutiny. Ironically, one of the many things I learned is that the posting of health problems on the Poodle Health Registry (PHR) was not a reflection of poor breeding but the integrity of honest breeders. All breeders will face, at one point, the unfortunate surfacing of health issues. It’s not the breeders who publicize the problems who are the problem… it is those who claim that ‘there are no problems in my lines.’ Corsa launched me forward in my understanding of what makes a ‘good’ breeder. My boy, Ferrous, taught me the lesson about temperament. At the age of only 8 weeks I recognized that there was something ‘different’ about him and contacted his breeder. She is a fairly well-known breeder of reds and apricots and despite my efforts to request help, I was forced to deal with his behavioral problems alone. Sadly, at the age of 6 years old, Ferrous had to be put to sleep because he attacked and severely bit a friend. My experiences with Ferrous once again forced me to wonder about what ‘good’ breeding was all about. It was through my experiences that I began to understand the role of a good breeder; not that they can promise you a perfect puppy but that they will be there when help is needed. When the time came to get my third poodle I had learned a and put my knowledge to work, not looking for the right puppy but the right breeder.
I hope on the following pages you learn more about my breeding program, health issues of our beloved breed, ways to improve the health of your own dog(s), and what it means to breed healthy happy sound poodles.
BREEDING PRIORITIES…. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
When I first sat down with a pen and paper I and worked on my long term goals and priorities. Over the years I return to that paper and adjust my thinking and shift around my priorities and every time it’s a challenge because who can say which should be sacrificed?… every time you prioritize you have to sacrifice something. In the end I realized that it’s a shifting and expanding concept that changes as new studies are created about temperament, genetics or puppy development and as new testing becomes available that aids in our choices for sires and dams or which puppies to keep out of a litter for the next generation. As you read through my website you will learn more about my philosophies in all of these topics.
A few things I hope to address in future posts
- How genetic diversity and choosing mates can effect health and longevity
- How to read and understand a pedigree
- Health topics: minimal vaccinations, keeping natural tails and dewclaws
- How puppy rearing can effect health and temperament
- Raw Feeding
I encourage all Poodle owners to support the hard work behind The Poodle Health Registry and report any health issues you face or have faced. This database not only provides a public record for all poodle owners but provides data for health and disease research. If you are interested in reporting a health issue or simply wish to see what health information might be ‘behind’ your poodle please check out this website: PHR