How to Adopt a Retired Standard Poodle

Standard poodles are smart dogs that require lots of attention and physical exercise.
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Standard poodles that are retired from breeding or the show dog circuit occasionally are available for adoption through breeders. Purchasing a retired dog likely will mean that your dog is socialized, housebroken, trained and used to being around other dogs. Additionally, check for standard poodles in rescues that need permanent homes.

Step 1

Contact standard poodle breeders in your area to inquire about retired breeding poodles. Once a poodle reaches a certain age, doesn’t produce desired puppies, has produced or sired many litters, or the breeder has too many dogs, she may retire the dog and offer it as a pet to the right person. If you don’t know of any breeders, obtain a referral from the American Kennel Club.

Step 2

Complete a search for standard poodles on websites, such as Petfinder and Adopt a Pet. These sites allow you to search by breed, location, and gender and age range to find the dog you desire. Many rescues and shelters nationwide place listings of their adoptable dogs on these websites.

Step 3

Call local animal rescues to inquire about adoptable poodles. Many purebred retired standard poodles do not end up in rescue as reputable breeders would never turn their dogs over to a rescue or shelter. However, backyard breeders and unscrupulous individuals may do so once they decide to retire their dog.

Step 4

Contact a poodle rescue group that can help you find a retired standard poodle for adoption. Poodle rescue groups are found nationwide and often have databases of available dogs for adoption. Poodles-specific rescues include Pickets Poodles, Poodle Rescue of New England, Florida Poodle Rescue, Norcal Poodle Rescue among scores of others nationwide.

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