If you’re looking for a clever, fun family pet, you can’t do much better than a Poodle. These energetic pups come in a variety of sizes and colors, and a well-cared-for Poodle lives a long life of 10 to 15 years. Poodles remain one of the top 10 most popular breeds in Canada with no sign of change.
The health of your puppy hinges on the quality of your breeder. The key to a happy, healthy Poodle is a breeder who:
- Performs regular health tests
- Breeds limited numbers of annual litters
- Won’t sell their puppies to uncaring pet stores
We’ve polled readers and owners for the best and most loving Poodle breeders in Nova Scotia (not just Halifax). All four treat their dogs with love and care.
Why Is Lineage Important?
Your dog’s lineage is an essential indicator of their health and temperament. Like humans, puppies take after their parents in myriad ways. Finding out a little about the dogs who sired your puppy helps make reasonable assumptions about your Poodle’s health and nature.
What Is the Canadian Kennel Club?
This article frequently references the Canadian Kennel Club, so we should probably define it. The Canadian Kennel Club is a registry of purebred dogs. Many breeders enter your puppy into the Canadian Kennel Club as part of your purchase. This membership is an official document of your pup’s birth. It provides:
- Security: The CKC allows you to access official records, ownership verification, breed, and registration status.
- Ownership: This is particularly helpful should your furry friend get lost or stolen. CKC membership proves the dog is yours.
- Access to resources: The CKC connects dog owners with care services and trainers.
Fairhill Farm Standard Poodles
Fairhill Farms love their puppies and want them to go to good, loving, and compatible homes. They breed Standard Poodles. The breeders provide a certificate that guarantees your puppy is descended from three generations of pedigree Poodles and a CKC Registration Certificate.
Fairhill Farm assures buyers that the bred puppies come from healthy, disease-free parents and grandparents. This breeder provides a full refund for any buyers who decide they don’t want the puppy within six months of purchase, no questions asked. This basically never gets taken up though.
These dogs are not intended for further breeding, so you must have your puppy neutered before their first birthday. Fairhill requires you to present evidence, so make sure you book that vet appointment.
Fairhill Farms became a member of the Canadian Kennel Club in 1986 and adhere to the standards established by the Canadian, US, and UK kennel clubs.
Picking Your Puppy
Buying a puppy from Fairhill Farms is a personalized experience. The owner forges a relationship with you to ensure that you get a puppy you’ll love and that you’ll be a good fit for the puppy.
There are four steps to buying a puppy from Fairhill Farms:
- Reach out to the owner. They’ll ask you some questions about why you want a Poodle and your history with dogs.
- Reserve your Poodle puppy with no money down. Fairhill tries to accommodate your color, size, gender, and personality preferences.
- Pick your pup. Once the litter reaches seven weeks, you can choose your dog.
- Buy that dog. Once money exchanges hands, you pick up your puppy and sign the contracts, which include an Agreement of Sale and Canadian Kennel Club Non-Breeding Contract.
Address: 468 Lake Drive, Tupper Lake, Nova Scotia
Phone Number: 902-679-2864
Email: [email protected]
Leeward Standard Poodles
Leeward Standard Poodles is a family affair. The breeders registered with the Canadian Kennel Club in 2003.
Leeward’s Poodles breeds one litter per year and guarantee their puppies are fully vaccinated and tested before they go home with you.
The Leeward breeders want to meet you before selling you your Poodle. Many customers participate in conversations on their Facebook page, creating a community of dog lovers.
Leeward has a non-breeding stipulation in their contracts. However, they allow room for negotiation. You have a two-year window to spay or neuter your puppy and provide the proof to Leeward. However, your dog may be bred if, within two years, they complete:
- Conformation training
- Obedience training
- Agility training
- Field trial
- A test ensuring they are free from hereditary defects
However, your pup can only be bred with another standard Poodle.
After You’ve Bought Your Puppy
A Leeward puppy is a lifetime commitment, so you must relay any change in your Poodle’s living situation to the breeders. These changes include:
- The dog is sold
- The dog is rehomed
- The dog is lost
- The dog is ill
- The dog dies
If your Poodle is seriously ill or passes, Leeward requires you to provide them with an explanation written by a veterinarian. Leeward will replace your Poodle if the pup manifests hereditary defects within three years of purchase.
Address: 680 Indian Point Road, Glen Haven, Nova Scotia
Phone Number: 902-823-1404
Email: [email protected]
Dobbit Standard Poodles
The Dobbit Standard Poodles farm is a passion project run by Poodles enthusiasts.
The breeders urge buyers to come to the farm to see the dogs in action. Before taking it home, you are welcome to visit your puppy as frequently as you’d like.
Dobbit is a full-service breeder, exceeding the services offered by most sellers. If you buy a puppy from Dobbit, they will:
- Socialize your Poodle before you take it home
- Register your dog to the CKC
- Provide your dog’s detailed lineage
- Offer health records of your puppy’s parents
Getting Your Puppy
You must fill out an application before buying one of Dobbit’s puppies. The form asks questions about you, your household, your history with dogs and pets, as well as your intentions for your new furry family member.
If your application is approved, Dobbit’s requires a $500 deposit, paid after the Poodles are born. However, if the litter doesn’t yield a puppy of the gender or color you want, Dobbit’s will either return your money or apply it to a future litter.
Like many breeders, Dobbit requires you to spay or neuter your puppy within the dog’s first 18 months. You must present written proof of the pup’s neutering to Dobbits. Additionally, if your Poodle ends up pregnant, you will have to pay Dobbit $5,000 for every litter born.
You must inform Dobbit promptly when the dog dies and keep the breeders updated on any changes in health or living arrangements your pup undergoes.
Address: 225 Highway 357, Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia
Phone Number: 902-802-4123
Email: [email protected]
Diamond Poodles is a family of dog lovers with a passion for Poodles. They’re incredibly knowledgeable about the Miniature Poodles they breed, and their wealth of information is available on their website.
The family loves their dogs and takes care to ensure they are happy and healthy. As such, each female dog only births one litter annually.
Diamond puppies are well-loved, and the family refuses to perform any strictly cosmetic procedures, like tail removal, on their dogs. You can visit your puppy after the puppy is six weeks old, and you can take it home once it turns eight weeks old or after it weans.
Diamond provides you with the following:
- Vaccination records
- Getting started supplies
Diamond Poodles are adaptable. The family rears them in an environment that includes cats, kids, and the elderly. The puppies will undoubtedly thrive in your home.
The family charges a 20 percent puppy deposit. Diamond Poodles are private and don’t share their information with the public. If you are interested in one of their puppies, fill out the contact form on their website.
Caring for Poodles
Poodles aren’t the lowest maintenance dogs. You’ll need to follow a regular grooming schedule to ensure your pup lives its healthiest life.
Most dogs shed their coats every few weeks. On the other hand, Poodles take an extremely long time to shed their coats. As a result, their loose hair often gets stuck in their curly fur. Remove your pup’s excess fur by brushing them regularly.
Poodles were originally bred in Germany as water dogs. Their good intelligence and athleticism have made them incredibly popular, and the wide variety of colors and sizes available guarantee you can find a Poodle you’ll love.
Poodles come in three sizes:
- Toy (the most expensive)
Purebred Poodles’ coats are solid colors and come in the following shades:
While there aren’t abundant Nova Scotia Poodle breeders in Nova Scotia, those doing the work are rearing the dogs with love and care. Keep in mind that buying a Poodle from a breeder is a huge financial and emotional commitment.
Remember that most quality Poodle breeders in Canada can safely and comfortably deliver your dog Canada-wide (like these breeders in Alberta). So don’t be afraid to look further afield for quality.
Any pet deserves your complete dedication, so do your research before bringing home your new family member.