FAQs About Our Program and How We Place Puppies
Do you have a waitlist?
We do keep an informal wait list. With infrequent litters, a formal waitlist has not become a necessity for us yet. We will start waitlists once we have confirmed breeding plans. If you are interested in an Alue Standard Poodle, we have a questionnaire we will have you fill out, and we will keep on file. Once we have breeding plans, we will discuss your questionnaire.
Do I get to pick my puppy?
We place puppies based on each puppy's temperament and every new Alue family's lifestyle. We take every family's personal preferences into account as best we can, but overall we place puppies in the homes that is the best fit for the puppy and for the family. We do not place puppies first come, first serve. Our job as reputable breeders is to place puppies in their perfect home with their perfect family, and we take that very seriously.
How do you place puppies?
We start by sending interested families our questionnaire, so we have a baseline of each family's wants and needs in a puppy. Once we get your questionnaire back, we will continue emailing and speaking on the phone to get to know one another, so we have a full picture of what you need, and you GET comfortable with us! Once we get a litter on the ground, we begin taking notes on every puppy's little personalities as they come out. We then have our puppies Volhard tested by an outside trainer, and after the breeder makes their pick, we will begin matching families to their puppies. We take names down in deposit order, but that is only put in use if there are multiple puppies that will fit one family, that family will then be able to pick from those puppies. If you are an active family, we will set you up with an active, rough, and tumble puppy. If you need a couch potato pet who just wants to cuddle, we will set you up with the cuddliest one of the bunch.
Why do you health test?
Excellent question! As breeders, we not only owe it to our puppy buyers, but we owe it to the dogs we breed, the puppies we produce, and the breed to do our due diligence to make sure we are producing healthy puppies. It is important to remember that we cannot test for everything and testing doesn't mean we can prevent all diseaseses or ailments; we, however, stack the odds in our favor. If a breeder were to breed a dog without doing genetic testing, for example, and that dog is a carrier of DM and it gets bred it to another dog with no genetic testing that is also a carrier of DM, they have now produced puppies with a serious genetic disease, and it could have been prevented. There is no excuse for not testing and we firmly believe in fully health testing all our dogs before breeding.
How do you choose a breeding?
All of our breedings are purposefully produced. That means that we invest a lot of time and research into any potential breedings we consider. We look at all aspects of both the sire and dam and what they bring to the breed. First, we look at our potential momma and pick apart her structure. Then we dig into her pedigree, take all of her health testing results, her temperament, coat type, and genetics, and then start the search for a male that compliments her in all aspects. For example, if the potential mom has a straighter rear, we want a boy with a nice and well-angulated rear. We look for boys with excellent Poodley temperament, health testing, correct breed type and structure, and a boy that compliments my girls. We make an effort not to breed to dogs that will take away from the attributes my girls have. We also put heavy, heavy research and consideration into genetic diversity. Overall, we focus on breeding healthy and stable tempered puppies for the next generation.