Every once in a while we have a dog that has finished his or her show career, and is not going to be part of our breeding program, or is finished breeding. These dogs will typically be between one and two years of age.
This is Eva - not available! She is just here showing off how cute she is.
These lovely adults are not rescues or hardship situations, but are top quality, beautiful young Poodles, usually champions, in good health and ready for their life as a great companion. Their price is around $1,000 (there may be differences depending on age or other situations). This is much less than for a puppy, but still reflects the
quality, youth, training, and accomplishments of the dog.
We have just placed the last champion we have had available in 2019. The next dogs I would anticipate being available would be in 2021.
We receive a great many inquiries about adults. Many people don't want the work of raising a puppy, and envision less demands in acquiring an adult. But please be aware that, even with a basically well socialized and well tempered animal, often this is not true. Taking on an adult that has been living quite a different life than the one you lead in your home, can be a serious commitment of time and attention.
It will take the adult longer to bond with you than a puppy. Your adult may actually need more attention from you than a puppy, who comes at a much more "programmable" and "new relationship ready" stage of life. In order to bond with an adult Poodle, you need to commit to actually doing things with your dog with active interaction, for a good period of time every day. And while it was no doubt potty trained in some fashion in its prior life, that does not necessarily translate into being potty trained in your house.
Finally, please do not acquire an adult dog because you would like to be able to leave it alone in the house for more hours in the day than a puppy could handle. Your new adult dog will need your attention just as much or more, for a significant period of time. Poodles are particularly prone to separation anxiety.
So please do think about these issues when making the decision as to what is the best age dog for you.
As Rescue Coordinator for the Columbia Poodle Club, I hear from people needing to find a home for an adult Poodle. I do forward these contacts to everyone who has emailed me in the last year looking for an adult, and sometimes will list them on this page. Recently, we were contacted by the Oregon Humane Society and asked to foster a male Standard that had lost his home. This was a new experience, but we brought him home, then contacted everyone who had let us know they wanted an adult, and he had a new owner within 24 hours. Decent adults go fast in the Northwest . . .
And once in a while (so far only once!) we have sold a puppy to a family that due to totally unanticipated circumstances, cannot keep the dog. We of course take them back, and work to find them a great new home.
More and more, however, people are advertising these dogs on the internet. If you are looking for an adult that someone needs to rehome, you should sign up with the Petfinder, AdoptAPet and RescueMe websites to get alerts for Poodles needing rehoming in the geographic areas to which you can travel. These sites are used by individuals as well as most of the shelters. You should also complete an application with the NW Standard Poodle Network (on Facebook), and become a "friend" on the many Facebook pages dealing with Standard Poodles (see below).
There are really three types of adult Poodles we very occasionally can offer, or facilitate, for a new home. We have a paragraph on each below.
There are more resources for finding your adult dog - see below!
The Guardian Home is one that will allow us to breed your champion female up to two times before spaying, or a male for a specified period of time. There is no up front cost involved in acquiring this Poodle, but there are requirements for the Guardian Home in addition to the other usual "good Poodle home" criteria, due to the testing, breeding and transportation involved. A girl will come to our home for whelping, then return to your home when the pups are seven or eight weeks old. After her last litter, she will be spayed and title signed over to her Guardian owners, who then have no further obligations or restrictions. A male will be kept available for breeding through doggy middle age.
If you are interested in becoming a "guardian" owner, email or call so we can keep your information on file.
If you are interested in a shelter dog, "rescue" or just someone looking to rehome a dog - read on:
The following is courtesy of Jerrie Wolfe of NW Standard Poodle Network, who took the time to put this together:
"Here are some other resources for finding a dog that needs a home. Check these resources OFTEN. Be aware that even "rescues" are rarely free. Expect to pay from $100.00 to $500.00, and sometimes transportation fees.
(Note: Facebook has many, many pages devoted to Poodle fanciers. There are pages for Poodle breeders, Poodles of color, Parti Poodles, and so on. Get on Facebook and search for "Poodle" with different other words and monitor these pages, as often available dogs show up there.)
Facebook: Standard Poodle Owners and Breeders Interest Group
Facebook: I Have Standards (Poodles)
Facebook: I have Standards (Poodles), Seattle
Facebook: Standard Poodle Rescues and Rehomes
Facebook: Standard Poodles Buy Sell Trade
Facebook: NW Standard Poodle Network, https://www.facebook.com/groups/114
Facebook: The Oregon Standard Poodle Club
Poodle Club of America Rescue Foundation, Inc - http://www.poodleclubofamericarescuefoundationinc.org/...
Petfinder - https://www.petfinder.com/
Rescue Me: http://www.rescueme.org/
Adopet A Pet - http://www.adoptapet.com/dog-adopti...
Ebay - http://ebayclassifieds.com/
Craigslist - http://www.craigslist.org/about/sit...
Oodle - http://www.oodle.com/
Hoobly - http://www.hoobly.com/0/42/0/
Poodle Club of America Rescue Foundation, Inc https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pood...
Poodle Rescue Network of Southern California https://www.facebook.com/groups/139...
Standard Poodle Rescue Southwest https://www.facebook.com/standardpo...
Bay Area Poodle Rescue https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bay-...
And there are more - keep looking for each state.
Fill out each site's application and return it ahead of time. Be prepared!! Have a crate, a bed, bowls, collar, leads, toys, chewies, a blanket, all in one spot so if you are contacted that you are getting a dog, you can be ready. Be willing to jump in the car and drive, and try to set up an emergency fund for getting your Poodle to you. Have on hand the contact info for the groups on FB that help transport, for Pilots N Paws: https://www.facebook.com/pilotsnpaw... It is just like adopting a child. You're on the list, you don't know when you will get the call, be ready if you are serious. Standards are not readily available. There are close to 10,000 doodles across America that are available. It is hard to say I want a 2 year old white female that loves everyone. You may be missing the chance to grab an amazingly sweet blue boy, that is 3 and could very well turn into the biggest sweetheart. On Petfinder there are normally less than 100 actual standards available in the US.
Be diligent in checking resources everyday. If you fill out an application, keep calling. Let them know you truly want it. Some rescues are just one person and can get very busy, so keep calling and getting to know that person. Don't forget to check with breeders. The more you call, the more you will get to know. Someone may have a 1 year old that either didn't like the show ring or just doesn't work out. "
Be aware - Many shelter dogs come to you healthy and happy. BUT A GREAT MANY turn out to have behavior, health or temperament issues and this is one reason they are in a shelter and were not readily taken by friends or family when rehoming was needed. Appropriate training or medical help can result in a satisfying pet, but you should have a financial (and emotional) reserve set aside for this.