Xalted Standard Poodles
We ( Bruce + Pamela Rodger) have been involved with Poodles for 34 years. Our lines have come from out crossings of 4 very strong kennel lines from Canada, USA, and Great Britain including Belcourt, Tees, and Pinafore. Our intent has been to solidify sturdy, handsome, healthy dogs for family companions with steady personalities and loving and loyal dispositions. Although sold mainly as pets and great companions, they are conformed to succeed at conformation shows and perform at obedience, agility, tracking, field work, and more.
To accomplish that, our breeding dogs have long lived healthy parents and grandparents reaching ages of 15 years with good quality of life. The parents and grandparents are all screened for potential inherited diseases of purebred dogs in general and poodles in particular. Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Von Willebrand’s Disease (an inherited clotting disorder like hemophilia), Sebaceous Adenitis (a poodle skin disorder), Neonatal Encephalopathy (a brain disorder in pups). There is no history of epilepsy or gastric Torsion (stomach twisting) in our lines (this occurs in many dogs with narrow deep chests such as Great Danes, German Shepherds, Dobermans, and Poodles to name a few).Dr. Bruce Rodger DVM + Pamela (403) 949-3769 Bragg Creek Ab. email@example.com
We handle our pups from the moment they are born, and the mom remains part of the family group and are not isolated. Because we weight the pups twice daily in the first 7-10 days to ensure growth, they get used to having things done. Those that are not gaining as much, we supplement with a milk replacement for pups – another human bonding. Their grandmother, Polly is watchful over the pups and then as they grow she teaches and guards when they are outside. Lilly welcomes the assistance. Our cats are checking the pups out as they grow. Our grandchildren visit and handle them as well.
At 4 weeks, we move them to our breezeway where we set up a large pen with blankets at one end and paper at the other. The door opens directly to the outside. Within days, they are chasing the adults outside and peeing and pooping outside. Because we give them a routine that allows them to produce at the reflex time, we rarely have poops in their area after 4.5-5 weeks. It is a lot of work, but worth it. We allow people to visit at 4 weeks, but the visits at 6 weeks are usually more productive for seeing individual behavior and personalities. Because of our years of experience, we are daily temperament testing + assessing their response to strangers, sudden noises (do they shy or investigate), problem solving (simple maze), and confidence and submission (held just off ground for 30 seconds, held upside down on floor etc.)
We also appreciate our friend + show judge, Murray Eason's advice. He and Michael own Belcourt Grooming and Spa, Bragg Creek.
Picture is of Mattie in Agility class ... WINNER
Contract: ***** When an owner signs our contract, we sign a commitment to be your constant source of information, back-up family.We are in contact with most of our puppy owners and Bruce is available to give medical second opinion.
Contract Obligations from Dr. Bruce + Pamela Rodger
Socialized from birth* Veterinary home raised,
1st Vaccination * Wormed * Microchip * Insurance 1 month
* Non breeding agreement * Dental exam
Early house training, command lessons + early grooming experience.
At a day old, when the tissue is just jelly soft the hind declaws are removed as they can snag + rip off as an adult.
The tail is trimmed to a long crop for visual balance and protect of the tip from the trauma of vigorous wagging + banging the tip.
We provide information package on training, raising, introducing pup to family + feeding a pup.
We will help you decide if now is a good time to add a pet into your life.
We will take your selection choice into consideration, but will let the pup choose you.
We will recommend puppy socializing + training classes.
We will explain how to introduce your new pup to other 4 legged family members.
Dr. Bruce Rodger + Pamela are available to discuss raising your pup after your pup joins your home.
We are your medical second opinion, all of the dog's life.
Within the first 2 months of adopting our pup, if your life circumstances change, we will accept the ownership of the pup back and refund you 2/3 rds of your purchase price.
We DO NOT find homes for our retired moms, as they are home. Polly is Lilly's mom.
What makes a RESPONSIBLE breeder? ( picture is Zar's grandpa, Patrick Rooney with one of pups.)
• Allows you to visit and willingly shows you all areas where puppies and breeding dogs spend their time.Those areas are clean, spacious, and well-maintained.
• Has dogs who appear lively, clean, and healthy, and don’t shy away from visitors.
• Keeps their breeding dogs as their pets: not overpopulated, crowded, dirty, or continually
confined to cages.
• Keeps their dogs in roomy spaces that meet the needs of their particular breed.
• Breeds only one or a few types of dogs and is knowledgeable about the breeds and their special requirements.
• Doesn’t always have puppies available but may keep a list of interested people for the next available litter or refer people to other responsible breeders or breed clubs.
• Meets psychological, as well as physical, needs of their dogs by providing toys, socialization, exercise, and enrichment as befits the specific breed.
• Encourages you to spend time with the puppy’s parents—at a
minimum, the pup’s mother—when you visit
• Has a strong relationship with one or more local veterinarians and shows you individual records of veterinary visits for your puppy.
• Is often actively involved with local, state, and national clubs that specialize in the specific breed; responsible breeders may also compete with the dogs in conformation events, obedience trials, tracking and agility trials, or other performance events.
• Explains in detail the potential genetic and developmental problems inherent to the breed and provides documentation that the puppy’s parents and grandparents have been professionally evaluated in an effort to breed those problems out of their puppies. (This will include testing for genetic diseases for which there are valid testing protocols available.)
• Offers guidance for the care and training of your puppy and is available for assistance after you take your puppy home.
• Provides references from other families who have previously purchased one of their puppies.
• Sells puppies only to people he/she has met in person, not to pet stores or to unknown buyers over the Internet.
• Provides you with a written contract and health guarantee and allows plenty of time for you to read it thoroughly.
• Doesn’t require that you use a specific veterinarian.
A Responsible Breeder will require from the Potential Owner:
• To explain why you want a dog.
• To explain who in your family will be responsible for the pup’s daily care and training; where the dog will spend most of his or her time; and what “rules” have been decided upon for the puppy—for example, whether the dog will be allowed on furniture.
• Provide proof from your landlord or condominium board (if you rent or live in a condominium complex) that you are allowed to have a dog.
• Provide a veterinary reference if you have had other pets.
• Sign a contract that you will spay or neuter the dog unless you will be actively showing him or her.
• Sign a contract stating that you will return the dog to the breeder should you be unable to keep the dog at any point in the dog’s life.