Breeding Practices and Policies
Breeding Practices and Policies
Columbia Poodle Club
Breeding Practices and Policies

May 26, 2015

We recognize the Poodle Club of America (PCA) as our governing National Breed Club providing guidelines and requirements for us to thrive as a regional
club serving the Northwest. We support and ascribe to the Poodle Club of America Best Practices.

Since we are affiliated with the American Kennel Club (AKC), we also recognize and support their standards and requirements for accreditation as reflected
in our club’s By-laws. In addition, we support the American Kennel Club HEART Program requirements for an ongoing commitment to the health and well-
being of purebred dogs. The AKC bred with HEART breeder makes an on-going commitment to the health and well-being of purebred dogs by committing to
these requirements:
•        Health:  Certifying that their breeding stock is health tested in accordance with the recommendations of their breed’s National Breed Club.
•        Education:  Promising they will pursue AKC provided or AKC approved continuing breeder education so that they stay current on the best breeding
       practices, including advances in canine health.
•        Accountability: Agreeing to comply with the AKC Care and Conditions Policy, including inspections by the AKC, and promising to share with the AKC
       health testing and continuing education documentation.
•        Responsibility: Accepting responsibility for the health and well-being of the puppies they produce and for complying with all laws regarding the
       ownership and maintenance of dogs.
•        Tradition: Upholding the AKC’s tradition of breeding purebred dogs that are happy and healthy.
We support Health Testing in Poodles as written by the Poodle Club of America Foundation, Inc. (please see the attached document).

We require Poodle breeders who are members in our club to conduct health testing on all Poodles used for producing puppies.  As a minimum, breeding
Poodles will have their Canine Health Information Center certificate (CHIC).  Requirements for the CHIC of each variety of Poodle are noted with an asterisk
(*) on the attached “Health Testing for Poodles” PCA Foundation document.  In addition, Poodle breeders will implement additional tests for determining
genetic diseases that are suspect in the pedigree, such as Neonatal Encephalopathy (NE) and vonWillebrand’s Disease (vWD), Sebaceous Adenitis (SA),
heart and other conditions. Breeders are expected to stay current with new developments in the testing of dogs, and to utilize these tests as deemed
prudent for maintaining happy and healthy dogs.

Poodle breeders will document their test results on the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) web site, or they will provide copies of test results
certificates to the Columbia Poodle Club (CPC) secretary.  Providing test results on all breeding stock used by members who breed Poodles is a
requirement for continued membership in the CPC. Members who breed Poodles without having completed required test results will be subject to the
disciplinary process as outlined in the club’s By-laws.

Advertising services sponsored by the club, such as the litter box on the CPC web page, are only available to club members who can demonstrate that both
the sire and the dam have their CHIC. The breeder is responsible for producing the CHIC on the OFA web site, or on hard copy certificates.  AKC
registration numbers on all documents must be clear, visible, and verifiable. The club’s secretary will receive the CHIC results by the breeder CPC member
before posting any ad for puppies.

Any member may bring to the club’s Board any issues as to unacceptable behavior on the part of another CPC member as stated in the club’s By-laws and
in this policy document.  

These policies take effect May 26, 2015.  This information will be mailed out all members, and then posted on our club’s web page for future reference.

Passed by the Club in a business meeting on May 26, 2015.
                                                                   BEST PRACTICES

The individuals selected to be member of Poodle club of America have been screened and pledge to observe the following rules of conduct:

As a member        

•        Acknowledges that they are a representative of PCA and their actions are a reflection of PCA

•        Demonstrates in their actions concern for the best interest of the breed

•        Participates in PCA  the committee work and   activities

•        Supports both the parent and affiliate clubs

•        Encourages eligible individuals to become a member of PCA

•        Maintains the best possible standard of care for their dogs

•        Brings to the attention of the Board any issues as to unacceptable behavior on the part of another PCA member as stated in the PCA constitution and By

As an exhibitor:

•        Is committed to being a positive mentor to inexperienced individuals interested in the breed

•        Display good sportsmanship, wins generously  and loses graciously

•        Offers assistance and encouragement to all participants

•        Demonstrates respect for judges, show officials and other competitors

•        Refrains from loud, outrageous displays which reflect  negatively PCA in the ring, at ringside or one the show grounds
As A Breeder

•        Plans each breeding selectively toward the goal on improvement of the poodle not purely for financial gain

•        Keeps accurate records as per AKC rules and regulations

•        Tests all breeding stock for each variety’s   genetic disorders

•        Remains abreast of new genetic testing available and readily participates in current genetic studies        

•        Never intentionally allow a poodle to be bred to any other dog

•        Screens prospective buyers or individuals with whom a dog is placed

•        Provides a written contract for all interactions involving the breeding, selling, co-owning, placing and rehoming of their stock

•        Sells puppies with individual records to include

                                            o        Provide a Bill of Sale stating the conditions (terms) on which the sale was made

                                            o        Pedigree of at least 3 generations

                                            o        Up to date Health record

                                            o        Provide proof of genetic testing

                                            o        Allow a reasonable time frame for a return

                                            o        Never release a puppy before 8 weeks

                                            o        Sell pet puppies with limited registration

                                            o        Require all pet puppies sold to be neutered

•        Assumes responsibility for the well-being of all dogs sold including taking back adults in emergency situations and finding homes for rescues that have    
      been identified from the breeding when possible


To help ensure the future health of Poodles, responsible breeders screen prospective Poodle parents with tests available for primary health issues in our
breed. The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) work with parent clubs like the Poodle Club of America to
establish screening criteria important for each breed.  The following are tests needed to receive a CHIC number for each Poodle variety. Where noted, the
PCA Foundation also recommends several other DNA tests, some quite recently developed as researchers identify faulty genes that cause disease.
For more on health issues in Poodles, go to


*Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) DNA test from an OFA approved laboratory
*Eye Exam by a boarded ACVO Ophthalmologist (results registered with OFA or CERF)
*Patellar Luxation: OFA Evaluation


*Same CHIC requirements as Toy Poodles with the addition of:
*Hip Dysplasia: OFA, OVC or PennHIP Evaluation

The PCA Foundation also strongly recommends the new DNA test for Miniature Poodle
Dwarfism ( Preliminary research suggests that about 10 percent of Minis
carry the mutation that causes this disease and that it is not limited to a few bloodlines.


*Hip Dysplasia: OFA, OVC or PennHIP Evaluation
*Eye Exam by a boarded ACVO Ophthalmologist (results registered with OFA or CERF) *Health Elective (one of the following tests):
OFA Thyroid Evaluation from an approved laboratory
OFA Sebaceous Adenitis (SA) Evaluation from an approved dermatopathologist

For Standard Poodles, the PCA Foundation also strongly recommends the following tests from an OFA-approved laboratory:
DNA Test for Neonatal Encephalopathy with Seizures (NEWS)
DNA Test for vonWillebrand’s Disease (vWD)
*Note: A CHIC requirement across all participating breeds is that the dog must be permanently
identified via microchip or tattoo in order to qualify for a CHIC number.