French Standard Poodles
French Poodles from the Languedoc, South of France
Buying a Puppy from Us
The majority of our clients are serial standard poodle owners.
The standard poodle seems to suit a very particular type of individual
and family. Poodles are not dogs happy to be left alone for long
periods of time. They are highly alert and affectionate and do
not have the independent spirit of a terrier or the ability to
sleep through the day without needing interaction. We find that
standard poodle owners tend to have forged a life on their own
terms that allows them the freedom to spend time with their dogs
whether at work home and if working out of the home in a situation
where they can juggle with other family members to ensure that
the dog is a proper member of the family and not simply remembered
when it is time to take it for a pee. Often they organise extra
time off for the first few weeks that the puppy is home.
Whilst standard poodles appreciate any amount of walking, puppies
should not have endurance or impact exercises in their first year.
Given time spent interacting and exercising poodles are calm indoor
dogs and can comfortably manage with city life.
Puppies will chew until as old as a year. You will not be able
to train a puppy not to chew until he is ready and so you must
make sure your puppy is prevented from upsetting you with destructive
chewing by giving him acceptable chews. Crates are an excellent
way to allowing you to relax when you need to and for the puppy
to have a safe den. A crate should not be used as or regarded
as a punishment.
If you are not going to be able to keep your dog with you most
of the time we recommend having two dogs rather than one. If you
are not a very confident dog handler or simply have a lot on it
is a good idea to take on the puppies a year or a couple of years
apart. Any breed or mixed breed dog will be company however poodles
do have an affinity with each other. They also get on very easily
with Labrador and retriever types.
Pros and cons of male and female is a personal preference. Male
Standard poodles are generally good about not wondering off at
the whiff of a female on heat but there are exceptions. Males
may cock their legs at inappropriate moments, females need to
be sterilised or given a pill during their heat period. Attitudes
to sterilisation vary very much between USA and Europe. It is
a personal choice and we are happy to advise individual cases.
Poodles are great for their non-moulting coats but they do need
regular grooming which can be expensive if you do not do it yourself.
Their ears and the webs of their paws can require particular attention.
Most people even when buying from abroad come personally to collect
their puppies. We are prepared to deliver to most destinations
throughout the world at cost to the purchaser. We have not yet
needed to send pups unaccompanied and we are reluctant to do so.
We live in a very beautiful part of the world and people seem
to be happy to take the opportunity to visit it.
Puppies are generally ready to leave home from 10 weeks onwards
although there is sometimes a precocious puppy ready to leave
at nine weeks. Great care and flair is given to matching puppies
with owners and we have not yet had a disappointment with the
Puppies are named within two weeks of their birth with an official
kennel name. Future homes are welcome to choose one of the names
to correspond with the letter of the year.
All puppies in the litter regardless of gender are the same price.
The sales price includes pedigree registration and inoculations
due up to 10 weeks.
Under some circumstances puppies can be kept on for a few extra
weeks. Extra board is charged at 10 Euros a day plus expenses
such a worming and grooming.
Buying a puppy from abroad
Based in France we are unable to sell puppies to the UK before
they have had their rabies vaccinations and their subsequent resistance
to rabies verified. To comply with these vaccination requirements
a puppy must be 9 months old. The same requirements apply to Scandinavian
countries, Hawaii, Ireland and Australasia.
We are unable to keep puppies until this age without engaging
professional trainers and handlers and the costs have so far prohibitive
but we are not against the principle.