FAQ’S

Are teacup poodles less healthy because of their smaller size?

As long as a teacup poodle is healthy from the beginning, they should have no more health problems than a poodle that is twice their size. Hypoglycemia is the main concern in tiny dogs. As long as they eat well and are living in a stress-free environment, they should never have any hypoglycemia attacks.

Where are you located?

All of our dogs and puppies live with us at our home just outside Bardstown, KY.

Are your puppies house trained at all?

We work with puppies using an indoor dog potty called the Pet Park Deluxe. They should be well on their way to being housebroken.

At what age can your puppies go home?

Puppies go home when they are ready. In the state of Kentucky, a puppy cannot be legally sold until he/she is eight weeks old.  Each puppy is treated as an individual and can go home once they are eating well on their own and have passed their final veterinarian exam.

Can my older dog handle a puppy?

This depends entirely on the personality of your older dog. Really old dogs will not like a puppy jumping all over them, especially if they have anything wrong with them or they are in poor health. If your dog is not old or ill, it may take some time to get them used to a new puppy, but they will give in eventually. Puppies are lively and spunky and tend to not give up on making friends. Just be sure to feed them separately so there are no fights. The majority of problems come when there is food around. Just introduce the puppy slowly and take your time with the older dog accepting the new one.

Can small puppies go outside in the winter?

It is not a good idea to leave a small poodle outside for long periods of time, but they can handle cold temperatures for short amounts of time (i.e., to use the bathroom). We do not take our Yorkies out when the temperature is below 32 degrees because their ears very easily get frostbite.

Do you ever lower the price for a puppy that is not show or breeding quality or that is older?

We price our puppies when they are posted. We do not raise show dogs or dogs for the sole purpose of breeding. 99.9% of our puppies are sold to pet homes. We may lower the price of a puppy from time to time, but there is no standard age at which we lower a puppy’s price to sell.

Do you ever sell adult dogs that you no longer breed?

Occasionally, we will offer an adult dog for sale to a pet home. We do not breed our dogs any older than six years of age. Just ask if you are in search of an older dog.

Do you have a contract?

Here is a copy of our Sales Contract:

Collier Family Breeders

Puppy Sales Contract

Breed:______________________ Sex: ________________ Color:_______________ DOB:_________________

Sire:__________________________________________ Dam:_________________________________________

Breeder:___________________________________ Date of Delivery to buyer:____________________________

Purchase Price:_________________________ Shipping costs:________________ Total:_____________________

We try to supply good quality puppies that represent their breed. Seller warrants that the above puppy comes with a current veterinarian health certificate and is current on vaccinations and treated for parasites, worms, and pathological organisms. This is no guarantee that the puppy will build immunity to disease. On-line buyers have been advised to view contract on-line or to get a copy prior to purchase. Acceptance of the puppy constitutes a signature and acceptance of the terms of this contract.

Guarantee:

1. 100% money back if within 1 year the puppy dies of a genetic or congenital health defect . (i.e. heart, lungs, liver). Notice must be given within 48 hours of death, along with a signed statement from a licensed veterinarian. Breeder reserves the right to have an autopsy before considering refund.

2. Replacement if puppy is found to be affected with PRA. Optigen test results must be provided to breeder before 1 year of age.

Buyer is aware that the weight chart posted on our site is the one we use to determine adult size and weight. Buyer understands there is no guarantee the puppy will be the predicted size. We make no guarantee of size, weight, color, breeding or show quality. Buyer is aware that tiny dogs are prone to luxating patellas and hypoglycemia. Buyer professes that they are knowledgeable and committed to proper care, feeding, vet care, grooming, training, and precautions for a dog this size. Buyer assumes all responsibility and liability for care and condition of the puppy once it has left our premises, including but not limited to shipping. Any condition caused by carelessness or neglect, will void any guarantee.

Seller will retain AKC papers until proof of altering is provided to seller.

The undersigned has read, understands and agrees to abide by the terms and conditions of this contract.

Seller:_________________________Date:__________ Buyer:__________________________Date_______________

Chris Collier Name_______________________________________

Address_____________________________________

Bardstown, KY 40004 ____________________________________________

Email: collierfamilypups@yahoo.com Phone #_____________________________________

Website: collierfamilybreeders.com Email_______________________________________

A good man is concerned for the welfare of his animals.”

Proverbs 12:10

What are your guarantees?

Our guarantee is included in our Sales Contract:

Collier Family Breeders

Puppy Sales Contract

Breed:______________________ Sex: ________________ Color:_______________ DOB:_________________

Sire:__________________________________________ Dam:_________________________________________

Breeder:___________________________________ Date of Delivery to buyer:____________________________

Purchase Price:_________________________ Shipping costs:________________ Total:_____________________

We try to supply good quality puppies that represent their breed. Seller warrants that the above puppy comes with a current veterinarian health certificate and is current on vaccinations and treated for parasites, worms, and pathological organisms. This is no guarantee that the puppy will build immunity to disease. On-line buyers have been advised to view contract on-line or to get a copy prior to purchase. Acceptance of the puppy constitutes a signature and acceptance of the terms of this contract.

Guarantee:

1. 100% money back if within 1 year the puppy dies of a genetic or congenital health defect . (i.e. heart, lungs, liver). Notice must be given within 48 hours of death, along with a signed statement from a licensed veterinarian. Breeder reserves the right to have an autopsy before considering refund.

2. Replacement if puppy is found to be affected with PRA. Optigen test results must be provided to breeder before 1 year of age.

Buyer is aware that the weight chart posted on our site is the one we use to determine adult size and weight. Buyer understands there is no guarantee the puppy will be the predicted size. We make no guarantee of size, weight, color, breeding or show quality. Buyer is aware that tiny dogs are prone to luxating patellas and hypoglycemia. Buyer professes that they are knowledgeable and committed to proper care, feeding, vet care, grooming, training, and precautions for a dog this size. Buyer assumes all responsibility and liability for care and condition of the puppy once it has left our premises, including but not limited to shipping. Any condition caused by carelessness or neglect, will void any guarantee.

Seller will retain AKC papers until proof of altering is provided to seller.

The undersigned has read, understands and agrees to abide by the terms and conditions of this contract.

Seller:_________________________Date:__________ Buyer:__________________________Date_______________

Chris Collier Name_______________________________________

Address_____________________________________

Bardstown, KY 40004 ____________________________________________

Email: collierfamilypups@yahoo.com Phone #_____________________________________

Website: collierfamilybreeders.com Email_______________________________________

A good man is concerned for the welfare of his animals.”

Proverbs 12:10

How do I get tangles and mats out of a puppy’s coat?

It is always best to brush a puppy and get all the tangles out before giving a bath. Once the hair is wet, it is more difficult to get the tangles out without cutting. There is a grooming tool called a mat breaker for those more difficult mats. If it is impossible to remove the mat without hurting the dog, lather up and bathe. Use a cream rinse or conditioner, and leave it in. Brush or comb the dog with the conditioner still in. Take your time, so as not to hurt the dog. You may have to use scissors on the really bad mats. Once you feel they are out, rinse out the conditioner, and dry.

How do I stop my puppy from biting or chewing?

All puppies go through the teething process. Make sure you have plenty of chew toys available for your puppy to chew. When your puppy gets hold of something you don’t want him or her to chew, take it away, tell the dog “no,” and always give them something they CAN have to chew. Puppies begin losing their baby teeth around five or six months of age and then start getting their adult teeth. After this process, they should not have the urge to chew on things as much. Rawhides are great chew treats, but some dogs get an upset stomach from them. Make sure your puppy doesn’t get any reactions from these. Biting is aggressive behavior. If you play rough with your puppy, you are teaching him or her that it is okay to behave this way. Remember, your puppy is like a child and does not know better if you don’t teach them. They are able to understand the word no.

How do you estimate a puppy’s adult weight?

We use this Poodle Puppy Weight Chart. Download Puppy Weight Chart. There is no way to tell for sure what size a puppy will be when he or she is fully grown. When a healthy puppy is 12 weeks old, you can double their weight to get an estimate of their size. At 10 weeks of age, you can typically double their weight and add half a pound. These are not always accurate, however. The size of the parents can help in determining the size of the offspring. There are no guarantees, only educated guesses in good faith.

How long does a female dog stay in heat?

This can vary from one dog to the next. Typically, the heat cycle lasts around two to three weeks. The female’s vulva will swell and then bleed for several days. Mating is typically done after being in heat for about 10 days. Some females have what is called a silent heat. This occurs when a dog does not show the typical signs of being in heat but can still get pregnant. Be careful if your dog is in heat and you do not wish her to be bred. Other dogs can smell a dog in heat from distant places and will come looking for her.

How long is a dog’s gestation period?

The gestation period lasts 63 days or nine weeks (give or take a day or two).

How often will I need to feed my puppy?

Puppies should eat 3-4 meals per day. Make sure you feed them puppy food until they are 12 months old. We “free feed” our puppies to make sure they are not at risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Check with your vet for advice on when to begin a feeding schedule with a young puppy.

How quickly can I get my puppy?

Puppies can go home at eight weeks of age and after seeing our veterinarian. We want to make sure you receive the healthiest puppy possible. If your puppy is flying home to you, we will work with you to make sure he/she arrives home as soon as possible on the best flight for you and your puppy.

I have selected a puppy I’d like to purchase from your website. Where do we begin?

To purchase your puppy, please call Michele at Collier Family Breeders at 502-445-9786. If the puppy is too young to be delivered at the time of your call, a 1/2 down deposit will hold the puppy for you. We will take your puppy’s picture off the internet and we won’t show him/her to any other customer. That is your puppy! We will send you a weekly video so you can enjoy watching your puppy mature until they are ready to go home.

Is microchipping your pet safe?

Microchipping is a great idea, especially for small house dogs. They can tend to get away when outside – or worse… stolen! Microchipping is becoming more and more popular. The chip is implanted with a code that can be traced to the microchip company. As long as you register your dog with this company, your name, address, and phone information will be easily accessed, and your dog can be returned to you. Have your vet check your microchip periodically to make sure it hasn’t slipped out of place and can still be read.

Should I spay or neuter my puppy?

It is a great idea to spay or neuter your puppy. This is helpful for preventing unwanted pregnancies and male dog marking. Be sure you have a wonderful and trustworthy vet perform the surgery. Altering a pet requires anesthesia. Small animals can get overdosed and die. Ask lots of questions about the process, and make sure you feel comfortable with your vet before allowing him or her to anesthetize your pet. Most vets will schedule this surgery between 6 and 9 months of age.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept cash or credit card. We are able to complete a credit card purchase over the phone. We also have a PayPal account.

What is a responsible breeder?

Refer to the AKC’s steps for responsible breeding.

What is crate training?

Put your puppy in a small pet carrier or crate while you are busy or gone. Puppies will not use the bathroom where they sleep. Once you get home or the puppy starts crying, immediately take them outside or to the area they are to use the bathroom. Always reward them with a treat. This is supposed to be a very effective way to train your dog. If the crate or cage is too big, however, it will not work. There is lots of good information on the web on how to crate train a dog.

What is hypoglycemia?

Hypoglycemia is low blood sugar. Teacups are known for having hypoglycemia. Teacups tend to use up their energy storage quickly, which can lead to low blood sugar. If this happens, they become very weak, can lose consciousness, and sometimes have seizures. It is very important that you feed your puppy properly and often enough to keep this from happening. In cases where it does happen, it usually does so because the puppy is not eating enough or being fed properly. As long as your puppy is healthy, you shouldn’t see any hypoglycemic problems.

What is the difference between a show dog and a pet in the poodle breed?

Show quality dogs must be as flawless as possible. The AKC maintains information about its standards online. We breed for pets only. We also do not line breed or inbreed, which you will find a lot in a show dog’s pedigree. Some say that a show dog will have a longer nose and longer legs. We like the short the babydoll face and square body of the poodles we breed. Also, show dogs tend to be as close to 10 inches as possible, while some pet quality poodles are much shorter.

What is the difference between teacup, tiny toy, and toy poodles?

Poodles come in three registered sizes:
Standard is the large breed poodle.
Miniature is the mid-sized poodle.
Toy is the smallest poodle breed and this is mostly what we breed.

Breeders break down the toy poodle size into three categories, as well. Because the AKC does not have a registry for teacup or tiny toy poodles, there is no standard for these categories. Check with each individual breeder to determine what their standard is. What is a teacup to one person may not be a teacup to another person. Our standard is:

Toy = over 6 lbs full grown but no taller than 10 inches at shoulder
Tiny toy = 4-6 lbs full grown
Teacup = 4 lbs or smaller full grown

These two classifications (teacup and tiny toy) are just terms breeders use to identify size. Dogs in both of these size classes are registered as toy poodles.

What kind of food you do feed your puppies?

We currently use Eukanuba Puppy for small breeds. Of course all of our puppies are raised by their moms so they have an endless supply of mother’s milk as long as they need it.

What shampoos are safe to use with a poodle?

We use all-natural products that contain no chemicals or lanolin. These are especially important for dogs with allergies or sensitive skin. Human-grade shampoos are not safe for your pet, as we have different pH levels than our dogs.

What should I do with my puppy while I’m away at work or school?

Puppy playpens are great. They give puppies room to play but also keep them confined. You can put paper down for them if they need to use the bathroom, yet still have room for a bed, toys, and a water dish. If you wish to confine them to a single room without carpet, baby gates work nicely, too.

What will I need to know about grooming care?

Puppies typically only need trimming on their feet and pads, on their bottom area, and around the base of the tail. You can also trim their face if you’d like. They will need an all-over body trim at around 5-6 months of age. After that, you will want to make an appointment with your groomer for every 6-8 weeks (or as often as you’d like). With the proper shampoo, poodles can bathe once a week or as often as needed. Dogs and humans have different pH levels. Human products contain alcohol. For this reason, do not use human products on a dog, or you’ll dry out their skin.

Which is better: male or female?

Male dogs tend to be more even-tempered and less hormonal than female dogs. We’ve had a lot of people tell us that males are more affectionate and loving, too. In our experience, however, we have to say that all our dogs are loving and affectionate, regardless of sex.  We strongly recommend having the dog altered. By spaying a female, you eliminate the twice yearly heat cycle and its associated PMS. As a result, you will get a sweeter dog all year-round. Neutering a male dog should eliminate the urge to be territorial, as well.