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We do not use Red European lines!
In most breeds, when North American breeders have gone
to Europe to buy some of the more popular breeds of dogs,
the Breeders usually end up getting those dogs that the
European breeder felt didn't meet the FCI breed standard
or those that the breeder found to be of inferior quality knowing nothing the
Canadian or American Breeder can do about it once they have the puppy/dog.
During the 1980's we found that this practice was RAMPANT in the Rottweiler breed
and then in the 2000's with the Cana Corso breed just to name a couple breeds;
and now we see it happening in the Standard Poodle breed in 2013.
Poodles so over angulated they are walking on their hocks
entering the show ring and wobbling around, appearing crippled.
So why do some Canadian Breeders do it?
Most often they have been unable to purchase from reputable Breeders
in Canada and or the USA because of their bad reputation.
So European countries, are the only place they have left to be able to purchase
breeding rights from, as no one there has heard of them or their reputation there yet.
Also, because of the economy, some dogs can be obtained from Europe for VERY little money
by those that have no concern about the quality they are purchasing, or the impact on the breed that their
bargain basement choice, might have on the breed in general down the road.
European titles earned within FCI are confusing and 'every' dog that is shown
will receive a written critique and or rating.
Breeders (ie those that have not bred their own Champions or performance titled Poodles)
often are not aware of this fact, and purchase a Poodle they think is quality from Europe because
the Poodle obtained some ratings and critique, and they believe this equals quality.
Sadly what they may receive, is what is commonly called pet quality, here in North America.
And other breeders just don't care or lack of knowledge of proper Poodle Structure.
They are just happy they can purchase breeding rights from someone who will sell to them.
Then they advertise the reason they bought European lines was for diversity or betterment.
If they had any clue as to pedigree or were honest about their pedigrees or lineage
they would see and or acknowledge that any red lines they imported originated from USA or Canada.
European Breeders do little, if any, health testing on any of their breeding dogs
compared to what is common place, by North American breeders, that OFA screen for:
Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Patella Luxation, Thyroid Disease, Legg-Calve-Perthes
Degenerative Myelopathy, Congenital Cardiac Disease, Von Willebrand's Disease
Neonatal Encephalopathy with Seizures Disorder, PRCD-Progressive Retinal Atrophy
RCD-4-Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Congenital Macrothrombocytopenia
Companion Animal Eye Registry (CAER - previously known as CERF)
Therefore reputable and experienced Breeders will rarely use any European Poodles,
feeling such imports could potentially introduce a variety of unknown inherited health problems
and Structural deficits. Of course to ensure you are buying from healthy parents
you can check the OFA data base to ensure
your puppy's parent's health testing has been completed before you import or purchase.
Some European breeders do not maintain the same vaccination protocol
that we do in North America and as a result pups are being produced
not having expected immunity to common ailments that North American
puppies will have. Adults are even dying of canine distemper, parvovirus
or an upper respiratory infection such as distemper associated pneumonia
as a result. Before you import a puppy or buy from imported parents,
ask if the parents are still alive and healthy as you do not want to import
a Poodle with immunodeficiency.
European Breeders often don't have the resources, Finances, access and/or the desire
that breeders in North America do, to research and keep data bases
to track health issues, Participate in health clinics
in order to maintain a healthy breeding program or to even keep track of any health issues
in a line like we do in North America to screen out potential health issues in certain lines.
European Breeders historically have not usually worked to accomplish any working or performance titles
with their Poodles and have no Temperament Testing in their Poodles because it is acceptable
in Europe to be only concerned about the "LOOKS" of their Poodles.
(which is not acceptable practice in North America)
This means when importing a Poodle, there is no documentation or assurances to the intelligence,
ability or temperament of the lineage, only that they appear "pretty" in a show ring
because of their gross exaggerations of ewe neck, sickle hocked and over angulation.
In 2013 we have seen dark apricot or what some are calling 'red'
imported from Europe and sadly from FCI show homes
that have improper structure. It is pretty horrifying to see North American
'breeders' under the impression that their "flashy" imports are
exceptional, when their imports have paper feet, weak sloping pasterns
and are sickle hocked and over angulated making them physically
incapable of moving out correctly, and introducing that into north American breeding programs
Last, but not least, European Standard Poodles are NOT TRUE red yet
because there have been apricot and cream infused into the lines.
As a result, they are still struggling to produce TRUE Red standard Poodles
continuing to just use the recessive color genes that are included in their pedigrees.
Anyone that understands colour genetics understands that it is impossible to accomplish a TRUE RED
from these dilutes, because two recessives cannot produce a dominant TRUE red.
Bijou Poodles wants to work with and produce Poodles that have PROVEN
Intelligence, Temperament, Conformation, Ability, Size, and Health
while, of course, maintaining the Rich Dark Colors that we are so proud to produce,
along with the calm temperaments that we are famous for.
Bijou Poodles only want to use tested, healthy poodles
with the TRUE red gene, that have a decent, proper size
(no 18" china boned Poodles, our Poodles perform!)
and Poodles who are calm, capable and have desire to work
with their owners and not just a "pretty" face
with hyper, pacey or worse, aggressive natures.
It is NOT and easy process and has taken us years to accomplish our own true dark red pups.
Intelligent people know Poodles have amazing diversity, with low COI's and outcrosses achieved
within North America. We ourselves are producing poodles with a COI well below 1%.
There is no need to go to another country, species or pattern, in order to achieve diversity for Poodle breeding
and Especially NOT, the need to infuse other breeds.
Of course Buyers can also purchase and breed inferior dogs within North America as well.
There are a number of breeders breeding Poodles and especially red Standard Poodles that only just sit home and breed,
and feel totally justified in breeding to producing pups for profit, and do not achieve anything with their poodles
to prove the quality or health of their Poodle program, but it is more difficult to hide the fact of
poor quality Poodles and or lines in North America
when all available health testing, and Titles are easily verified within North America.
We at Bijou Poodles feel that we must be doing something right,
because week after week we receive inquiries from show breeders located in England, Brazil, Australia
Basically all over Europe, regarding the purchase one of our puppies.
European Breeders and Pet Owners ALL want quality puppies with TRUE red color that
have passed ALL available conclusive health tests, wonderful sweet temperaments and of course
are sound structurally, as proven by their obtaining Championships or Grand Championships or
in our case, having our Poodles place in UKC's Top Ten Standard Poodles, world wide.
Unfortunately in order to send one of our precious pups overseas
Pups are required to have Rabies as early as 3 months of age.
This is deadly for a puppy this age to receive and we refuse to put PROFIT
over our puppies health.
So can you buy quality dogs from other countries? SURE...
However, a breeder that has produced generations of Poodles with accomplishments
is going to stand the best chance of knowing a quality Poodle and knowing what they are getting.
It does take experience and it is always a gamble.
and of course a Breeder would research to make sure the "European" lines were not actually
North American lines living in Europe, which some North American breeders have been shocked to find out after purchase.
Also, you have to consider
that if European Breeders are coming to Bijou Poodles and North America for Quality,
why would any Red Poodle Breeders go to Europe ?
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