|Barked: Wed Feb 20, '13 6:25pm PST |
|This was Toto/Ali's post in the other thread:
Rosie, I thought about not saying anything, but, since you don't have the puppy yet I would like to point out that NO breeder I know with toy poodles EVER releases them to a new home prior to ten weeks and most keep them until twelve weeks.
Toy poodles are extremely fragile and very, very prone to hypoglycemia, which can and does quickly kill them if not recognized and dealt with immediately. Because of this, my puppies aren't even weaned before ten weeks as that way I know they are getting food made especially for them from their mother, when they need it, day and night. No "dog food" can substitute for their mother's milk.
Hopefully your pup's parents have also had eyes, hearts, patellas, and DNA testing and certification prior to doing the breeding... if not, I would keep searching for a breeder more concerned about their puppies lifetime health and wellbeing and not about how quickly they can sell the puppy.
Sorry to hijack your thread, Lenny, but this is an issue way too common in toy poodles. I am a groomer and we groom far too many crippled, blind toy poodles who came from a "breeder" who cut all the corners on proper testing and raising toy poodles so they could make a buck. Trust me, if I can prevent just one person from going thru that heartache, I will certainly try!!!
Since you have her now, I would second what Sabi said. Make sure you learn about potential problems, like hypoglycemia, and how to recognize them. Toto would actually be a great person to paw mail about that, as she's very experienced in the breed.
Edited by author Wed Feb 20, '13 6:50pm PST
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