Don’t you love puppies? You know there’s something especially adorable about a poodle puppy. Like most purebred dogs, poodles have a few medical conditions to watch out for, so be sure to take your poodle puppy to the vet for a complete health examination as soon as you pick it up from the breeder.  poodle puppy breeders calhan colorado

Some people, when picking out a Poodle puppy, select the puppy that is the strongest, most aggressive dog in the litter (the bully) while others are drawn to the runt of the litter (the underdog). But whatever Poodle personality you prefer, choose a dog that walks and trots briskly, without limping. Don’t choose a dog that has a discharge around the eyes.

How you choose the right poodle puppy is a decision that must be based on your head, not your heart. Decide what factors are important to you before you expose yourself to a litter of adorable poodle puppies, all begging you to take them home.

The Poodle breed’s health problems make it vital for you to choose a reputable breeder who is trying to breed these problems out of the dog’s bloodlines. Toy and Miniature Poodles have the potential to have one or more of these disorders: urolithiasis, trichiasis, cryptorchidism, patella subluxation, and leg and calve perthes. Standard Poodles are subject to developing gastric torsion, Addison’s disease, sebaceous adenitis and cancer. Toy, Miniature, and Standard poodles are all susceptible to suffering from hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts and other eye disorders, seizures, Von Willebrand’s disease, Cushing’s disease mammary tumors, hypothyroidism, and epilepsy.

Most of these problems are treatable, and many can be cured. Your Poodle puppy should see your veterinarian often so any health problems can be spotted early, diagnosed and treated. Buying your Poodle puppy from a breeder with a good reputation will reduce the likelihood of your puppy having one or more of these disorders.

If you’ve never had a Poodle before, consider the grooming needs of Poodle puppies before you get a puppy. Are you prepared to bathe and clip your Poodle every four to six weeks and brush its hair every day? You can delegate the grooming and clipping to a groomer, but you’ll need to do all the brushing yourself.

To keep your dog healthy, don’t make any sudden changes to your Poodle puppy’s diet. Get a sample of puppy food from the breeder, enough to feed the puppy for a few days, until you can buy some of the same food. Consult your veterinarian about food your puppy should eat as it develops into a grown dog.