Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have any puppies available?
Most of our puppies are usually spoken for right after birth by our wait list, but occasionally we will have an available puppy for those not on our wait list. When one of our puppies is available, we will update our Available Puppies page with this information and send an email to those on our email subscription list (see bottom of page for sign-up instructions).
What is the process to buy a Klaus Poodles puppy?
Everything starts with filling out our Puppy Application to help us determine if we'll have a puppy that meets what you're looking for within your timeframe and budget. Click here to read about the full process from that point forward.
Do you give breeding rights?
No. All of our puppies are sold as pet only, with a spay/neuter contract.
How much are your puppies?
Our Toy Cavapoo puppies are $5,000 and our Miniature Poodle puppies are $4,000. This is regardless of size, gender, or color. The deposit to join the waitlist is $200. The deposit to reserve a puppy after they're born is $300 (or $500 if you're not on our waitlist). Deposits are non-refundable and they go toward the total cost of the puppy.
Why are your puppies so expensive?
Quality comes at a price! All of our dogs have been DNA health tested, and most have been tested for hips, knees, heart, and eyes and/or their parents received good or excellent results. We are committed to raising healthy, happy puppies backed by a comprehensive health guarantee. "Cheaper" puppies can possibly lead to even higher veterinarian costs to you and can cause a lot of heartache and devastation in the end. Why take that chance? You will have this new family member for a long time so you can be confident with your selection. Not to mention, your puppy receives extensive one-on-one care and attention from being whelped, socialized, and raised inside our home instead of a kennel.
What do your puppies come with?
To see a complete list of what our puppies come with, click this link.
Do you only breed red dogs?
We're planning our first litter of black miniature poodles in 2023, but we mainly focus on breeding reds.
Do you open up your home to visitors who are interested in meeting the puppies?
We have opened up our home in the past to people who seemed interested in buying one of our puppies only to find that these visits turn into Instagram photo ops with little seriousness behind actually purchasing one of our puppies (so heartbreaking when children are involved in the visits!!). For this reason, we no longer allow visitors unless it's someone on our waitlist who we know is serious about buying one of our puppies. People who are interested in getting to know us and seeing our available puppies can join our Facebook group, and we also have tons of videos of our parent dogs on our public Dropbox account.
Do you allow your buyers to visit the puppies at your home?
Most breeders meet families at public places to deliver puppies for safety reasons. The way we look at it is - if we trust a family or an individual enough to let them adopt one of our precious puppies, then of course they can know where we live and be welcomed into our home. We invite families to come and visit our home to pick out their puppies when the puppies are 6 weeks old and then again to pick up their puppy when the puppies are 8 weeks old. This also gives our buyers the opportunity to meet our family, our parent dogs, and see the environment in which their puppies are being raised which we feel is a really important part of the whole process.
How does your puppy selection process work?
We don't pick out your puppy for you or allocate a puppy for you. This is your sole decision. However, we are more than happy to offer suggestions based on the preferences you are seeking in a puppy and the traits that we have witnessed by spending a ton of time caring for your puppy since the moment they were born. While we cannot 100% predict every trait that your puppy will end up with, we will have a pretty good idea in terms of which ones in the bunch are higher energy versus more laid back, which pups have the most confidence versus which ones are more shy, etc. Each puppy has an assigned colored collar that they will wear until they go home so that you can easily identify them. Every week, we post photos of each puppy to our Klaus Puppies Facebook page with their weights so that you can familiarize yourself with the puppies prior to selection day. We schedule our puppy selections when the puppies are 6 weeks old. We do our puppy picks in order of deposit date. So the person who paid their deposit first gets to pick out their puppy first. The person who paid their deposit second will select their puppy after the first buyer and so on. Selections are done in person at our home in Spring, Texas or via a Zoom call. Once your selection is made, we contact the next family in line and so on.
Will my puppy be fully potty trained when he comes home with me?
All of our puppies are started on potty pads for training so they are used to eliminating in a designated area by the time they leave our home. Any puppy, regardless of breed or training, will have the occasional accident for a while. We're more than happy to step you through some tips on potty training recommendations and we include tips in our puppy go-home folder as well.
Do your red poodles fade?
Every red poodle fades to a certain degree with age usually starting around the age of 3-4 years old. Be wary of any breeders who tells you otherwise and run if they mention the Rufus gene. Rufus is NOT a scientifically proven or testable gene (at least not yet anyway!). The term "Rufus" was used eons ago to describe the difference between darker and lighter red dogs. It was never used to describe a change over time, but it has become a clever way for breeders to advertise dogs as "special" to get more money. We now know it's actually Intensity genes that cause the different shades in phaeomelanin (pigment) and one indicator of whether a red dog will stay dark. There are other genes that come into play like the progressive greying gene, but the Intense Red gene is a great scientific indicator. We test all of our Klaus Poodles dogs for this gene. All of our sires are "Intense Reds" and most of our females are too.
How many puppies do your female dogs usually have and how often can they give birth?
Our Mini and Toy moms average about 4 puppies per litter and they can have a maximum of two litters per year.
Where are you located? Do you deliver puppies out of state?
We're located in Spring, Texas, near Houston. We can recommend a flight nanny who will fly in cabin with your puppy to your local airport. I am also happy to meet you at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) with your puppy, or to welcome you to my home where the puppies are raised if you would like to fly or drive in to pick up your puppy.
What is the size of your puppies when they are fully grown?
On average, our miniature poodle puppies grow up to be 10-20 pounds and our Toy Cavapoos are 6-15 pounds at full size. Occasionally we will have an "outlier" that is a little smaller or larger than this range but that is pretty rare occurrence. While there is no way to guarantee full grown size, the size of the parents is the best indicator. I will tell you the full-grown size of the parents, and the full-grown size of past puppies between the same parents (if they have had a previous litter). While most siblings stay around the same size, we have had litters where there was clearly a pup who was smaller/larger than the rest and remained that way into adulthood. We can also share what size the puppy is charting to be full grown based on current size.
When can my puppy come home?
The puppies stay at our home until their 8th week of life. I will give you a 3-day window for pick up/delivery of your puppy. If you can't take the puppy home during this window, please wait for another litter.
How often do you breed your Mama dogs?
This is a really important question to me, because I feel strongly that all dogs should be primarily PETS. Our mommy dogs are never bred past the age of 5 and then they are spayed so they can enjoy a well-deserved break for the rest of their lives. We work with a reproductive specialist who guides all of our breeding choices. Each mating is done under supervision of the specialist.
Are your parents health-tested?
Each of our parent dogs has been screened for hereditary diseases in the particular variety of the poodle breed as recommended by the American Kennel Club (AKC). We use genetic testing companies such as Embark, Animal Genetics, and Paw Print Genetics. We also use testing recommended by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) such as hip x-rays, knee exams, eye exams, etc.
Do you offer a Health Guarantee?
There is a one-year genetic health guarantee on all of our puppies. We are confident in this guarantee as we do so much testing before a breeding is even planned. Should something horrible happen and your dog develops genetic disease that significantly alters their quality of life, we will either refund for treatment or provide you with a new puppy.
What methods do you use for raising your puppies?
Our method has been heavily influenced by well researched experts, including The Puppy Culture Method and The BadAss Breeder Protocols, among others. Our method is unique to our family dynamic and the specific goals we have for our puppies. Different breeds have different "jobs," and we have specific goals for our puppies which may not be realistic for other breeds, and vice versa. Our method has been very successful at providing new families with well-adjusted, bright, and easily trainable puppies. They are very used to new experiences and being handled by humans. Their job is "loving companion."
What kind of updates can I expect while my puppy is in your care?
Transparency is key when it comes to responsible breeding. I've seen puppy mills and they are absolutely heart breaking. I post regularly on my Facebook group so you can watch the puppies grow (I can email you updates if you don't have Facebook). By watching, you also get a healthy dose of a chaotic household with young children. I don't try to edit this for you. I'd rather you be confident that you are getting an actual glimpse of what happens each day with your puppies and see our mess and hear our noise. Being in a household like ours is part of what makes our puppies good pets. By the time they've left our house, they've been exposed to a multitude of sounds, smells, textures, other dogs, and have been handled by all ages of people and given as many new experiences as we can safely come up with for them.
What kind of vaccinations and preventative care takes place before my puppy comes home?
Puppies are de-wormed every two weeks and kept up to date on vaccinations from our vet.
Do you have the declaws removed?
We consulted with our vet for their opinion on this topic since we know it's controversial and viewed as cruel by many (it's even illegal in many countries). Our vet support supports removing declaws when the dog is a few days old because they've treated their fair share of dogs with overgrown dewclaws that have gotten caught in things and injured or grown back painfully into the dewclaw pad or the dog's leg. When removed this early, the wound heals in just a few days and sutures are rarely, if ever, needed, and there is no psychological or emotional harm to the dog. Based on our vet's recommendation, we have our vet remove the front declaws (our breeds don't have rear dewclaws) when our puppies are 3-4 days old at the same appointment when they're getting their tails docked.
Do you have the tails docked?
We have our vet dock about 1/4th of the poodle puppies' tails (called a "long dock") when they are 3-4 days old in case any of our puppies go on to be shown in the AKC show ring. We do not dock our Toy Cavapoo puppy's tails.
Do you microchip the puppy?
In the past, we have asked our vet to microchip our puppies at their first vet exam, but our vet always says their needle is too big and painful for our small-sized puppies. I recommend that our owners talk to their vet about the best time to microchip the puppy when it will be the least painful. In addition to microchipping, I highly recommend buying an Airtag and Airtag collar so you can actually track your dog on your smartphone if he or she gets loose or stolen!