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  • Where are you located? Do you deliver puppies out of state?
    We're in the Houston area. If you're out of state, we have a wonderful flight nanny who will fly in cabin with your puppy to your local airport. We can also meet you at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) with your puppy.
  • Do your red poodles fade?
    Red is one of the poodle colors that fades over time. We have been breeding reds for many years now and have found that nearly ever red will fade over time, but especially starting when they're about 2-3 years old. We have seen a few non-fading over the course of the many years of breeding, but they are extremely few and far between! We have also had people report that their red color lasts longer or even comes back stronger with frequent brushing using a pin brush, which stimulates their hair follicles. If anyone tells you that they breed non-fading reds, run the other direction. Also, be wary if someone mentions 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. ​ While color is important to us, the health testing and temperament of our dogs usually plays a higher priority in our breeding decisions.
  • 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.
  • Do you give breeding rights?
    All of our puppies are sold as pet only, with a spay/neuter contract.
  • Do you breed toys?
    We do not breed toy poodles, but we do breed toy cavapoos. Our poodles are classified as miniatures according to the American Kennel Club. The average weight of our poodles is 12-15 lb and the height is 13-14 inches from floor to the top of their shoulder. If you're looking for a smaller sized poodle in the toy variety, we recommend the following AKC toy poodles breeders: Boyd's Toy Poodles - Magnolia, TX Idaho Jewels Poodles - Idaho Falls, ID Image credit:
  • 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.
  • How often do you breed your females?
    This is a really important question to me, because I feel strongly that all dogs should be primarily PETS. We always skip the female's first heat, and we usually don't start breeding them until their second or third heat depending on the outcome of their health testing. We generally try to skip heat cycles so that we're not breeding back-to-back. Our mommy dogs are never bred past the age of 6 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.
  • 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."
  • Do you have the declaws removed?
    Our vet removes the front declaws from our poodle puppies when they're 3-4 days old to prevent them from being disqualified from the AKC show ring. This also prevents their declaws from getting snagged on things like carpet when they get to be adults.
  • Do you dock your puppies' tails?
    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 provide temperament testing?
    We do not perform any formal temperament testing on our puppies. Though it's possible to start testing as young as 8 weeks, our puppies are going home to their forever homes at that point. Also, the purpose of temperament testing is to help place dogs with families who are looking for certain attributes (e.g., service dogs, hunting/retrieval dogs, etc.). We're breeding companion pets and the occasional AKC show ring dog, so temperament testing is not needed for our particular program. The AKC testing for temperament doesn’t usually start till 1 years old. In reality, the temperament tests are better suited for a competitive edge. A disposition for dogs is largely built on upbringing and the experiences it has within the first years of its life. That being said, we spend much more time concentrating on socializing our puppies. By the time they go to their forever homes, they are used to other dogs and people of all ages. We are usually able to point out some of the foibles and eccentricities of our puppies when the prospective owners come to decide their picks. For examples, are they quiet, playful, super inquisitive? This is in no way a professional assessment, just observations.
  • We are wanting to find a breeder and create a relationship with them. Are you the right breeder for us?
    We always like to see updates from our puppy parents and we're available for the occasional question. Since this is a side business and our lives are jam packed with other jobs, kids, and of course our little fur babies, we don’t normally keep in daily contact with past customers. That’s just too much to handle. A strong professional relationship is what we strive for more than anything.
  • 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 kind of vaccinations and preventative care takes place before my puppy comes home?
    Your puppy will have his first set of immunizations, de-wormer, and vet records.
  • 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 website and email our subscription list.
  • Do you offer financing/payment options?
    We are not offer financing options at this time.
  • What's the process to buy a Klaus Poodles puppy?
    The process to buy a Klaus Poodles puppy is outlined on this page. Everything starts with filling out our Puppy Application to help us determine if we're a good fit and can provide you with the type of puppy that you're looking for.
  • How much are your puppies?
    Our puppies are all priced $3,500 regardless of breed, gender, size or color.
  • Why are your puppies so expensive? What do your puppies come with?
    Our price point is on the higher side for various reasons based off supply and demand for quality. All of our dogs are registered, and we go the extra mile with health testing. We do DNA health testing, 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. Our thought here being we want to verify that your future pet has the best advantage to grow up and live to a ripe old age with you and your family. This mindset of putting health as a priority extends to the way we take care of the puppies. We go as far as we can with de-worming and vet visits to ensure the puppies are in the best condition possible before being sent home. Our vet does a head-to-toe check of every puppy and gives them their first round of shots before they go home. Our sales contract offers quite a few protections for the customer, including a one-year congenital health guarantee. Another big thing that sets us apart from other breeders is that our dogs are our beloved pets and we use a Guardian model so all of our breeding dogs live in their forever homes where they get lots of love and attention. Our puppies are raised inside. By the time they go to their homes, they have experienced many different common household sights and sounds, and they are well socialized with dogs and people of all ages. We feel like this environment gives puppies the best possible start in life and is the "secret sauce" of creating happier and more outgoing adult dogs. ​ Our buyers receive copies of all the genetic testing, health testing, pedigree information, as well as a small “goodie bag” of items for the puppy on the day they are picked up that contains some small things for the dog and a treasure trove of information on raising new puppies. ​ ​To see a complete list of what our puppies come with, click this link.
  • 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. We schedule our puppy selections when the puppies are 5-6 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. Once your selection is made, we contact the next family in line and so on.
  • Do you have a list of recommended puppy supplies?
    We sure do! Over the years, we've compiled this list of our favorite puppy supplies. The best part? Most of the products we use are on Amazon so you can have them delivered right to your door.
  • Will my puppy be fully potty trained when he or she comes home with me?
    All of our puppies are started on a potty-training regime when they're 3 weeks old, but you will need to continue the potty training at home. We set up a designated potty area and they learn to eliminate on potty/pee pads for training. 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.
  • When can my puppy come home?
    The puppies stay with Mom until their 8th week of life. You will get 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.
  • Do you microchip the puppy?
    We do not microchip our puppies, but we highly recommend this practice. If you have an Apple device, we also recommend buying an Airtag and Airtag collar so you can track your dog on your smart device if he or she gets loose or stolen.
  • When can I take my puppy to dog parks?
    Do not take your puppy around any other pets or put them on the ground where other dogs have been until your puppy has had all his or her vaccinations.
  • What do I feed my new puppy?
    Your new puppy will come with food. For the first month, refrain from changing your puppy's food. Never modify a puppy's diet abruptly as it can cause stomach upset and diarrhea. If you decide to switch dog foods, mix the new food in gradually.
  • What supplies do I need for my new puppy?
    Here are some essentials, but we also have some suggested items on our Amazon list: Crate Puppy play pen Training paids Stuffed toys, puppy balls and rubber chew bones Adjustable harness Grooming kit
  • When should I take my new puppy to the vet?
    A vet exam is required within 3 business days from pick up for our health guarantee.
  • This is the first time I've ever bought a puppy before. Is there a book that you recommend for new puppy owners?
    The Puppy Primer by Patricia B. McConnell and Brenda Scidmore is the book that we recommend if you've never owned a dog before.
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