Piccolo's AKC Standard Poodles


Welcome to Piccolo's Poodles!




"Pedigree indicates what the animal should be.
Conformation indicates what the animal appears to be.
But performance indicates what the animal actually is."

We raise quality solid brown and black AKC Standard Poodles of sound health, excellent temperaments, and solid structure in a home environment with lots of love and attention.  Our family has been breeding and showing Standard Poodles since 1979.  We have been certified as an AKC Breeder of Merit because of our dedication to the Standard Poodle breed, performance show achievements, and commitment to fully health certifying all breeding dogs.  We have been recognized as an AKC Breeder with HEART because of our commitment to fully HEALTH certifying all breeding dogs, continuing EDUCATION including advances in canine health, ACCOUNTABILITY for the best care of our dogs, taking RESPONSIBILITY for all our puppies for their life, and supporting the TRADITION of breeding purebred dogs.  We are a member of Versatility in Poodles, United Poodle Association, Responsible Dog Owners of Maryland, and AKC Canine Health Foundation.  We are a member of the Better Bred breeder community that works toward maintaining diversity while decreasing complex genetic disorders within the Poodle breed.  We adhere to the Poodle Club of America Breeder Code of Ethics.  We have been awarded the “Excellent” standard by Good Dog which “distinguishes those breeders who demonstrate an exceptionally high commitment to prioritizing the health of their dogs by performing the highest level of health testing on their breeding dogs.”  

We are passionate about bettering the brown Standard Poodle as there is a limited gene pool of quality dogs compared to other Poodle colors.  We love their fun personalities!  The Poodle is one of the most versatile breeds of dogs.  Athletic and energetic, they make a wonderful outdoor friend.  Calm and intelligent, they make the perfect indoor companion.  They exceed in a huge variety different performance dog sports!  Their warm, loving nature makes them excellent with children.  Poodles are recommended by the AKC for allergy sufferers because they do not shed and have very low dander. 

We always select parent dogs that are healthy so the resulting puppies have a better chance of having long, vigorous lives.  All our dogs are fully health certified by the OFA and CHIC for numerous orthopedic and genetic diseases by a multitude of genetic tests and physical examinations so our puppies come from a healthy background.  We test beyond the CHIC standards for Standard Poodles found at https://www.ofa.org/recommended-tests?breed=PO&var=STD and all our test results are posted publicly on the OFA website.  As a member of the Better Bred community, all our dogs have also been tested at the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory as part of the Canine Genetic Diversity project which helps breeders to improve the health of breeding programs.  We always strive for an excellent 10/10 genetic match.  An increase in genetic diversity decreases the likelihood complex autoimmune disorders and other complex diseases.  More information on this groundbreaking genetic research can be found at https://www.vgl.ucdavis.edu/services/dog/GeneticDiversityInStandardPoodles.php.  We fully support this research which helps reduce complex genetic disorders within the Poodle breed.  All our puppies come with a written 2-year genetic health guarantee.

We always select parent dogs that have strong performance and conformation backgrounds with excellent temperaments.  Puppies come from an obedience, therapy, agility, hunting, rally, trick dog, coursing, and solid conformation background.  All our dogs have earned titles in competitive AKC, UKC, and/or CDSP obedience, rally, trick dog, and coursing performance events.  Our dogs also show in UKC conformation shows to achieve their Championship title.  Most of our dogs are Therapy Dogs International certified.  Our dogs have also earned the Versatility Certificate Excellent Award because of their performance and conformation achievements plus our commitment to full health testing.  Putting a title on a dog proves the animal is stable, intelligent, sociable, and can work in a stressful environment.  Our puppies have a sound build, fantastic personalities, intelligence, and aim to please!  Our puppies are excellent performance (obedience, rally, agility, trick dog, dock diving, disc dog, scent work, hunting, coursing, tracking, etc), conformation, service, and therapy prospects as well as amazing pets! 

Our puppies are home born and family raised with lots of love and care in our smoke-free home.  We raise our puppies using Puppy Culture which includes socializing protocols, emotional resilience exercises, problem solving, and environment enrichment.  The Puppy Culture program provides a week-by-week system which gives structure to raising puppies to become confident, bright, social adult dogs.  We expose puppies to early neurological stimulation protocol which helps puppies to able to cope with stressful situations, increase problem solving, and support better physical health later in life.  More information about ENS is available at https://youtu.be/ja6E4xa-6HsWe use Early Scent Introduction protocol which improves adult scenting ability.  This contributes to success in obedience, field work, nose work, search/rescue, detection dogs, barn hunt, etc.  It helps increase confidence and stability of performance and service dogs.  ESI is an Avidog program, and more information is available at ESI for Neonate Puppies We start litter box training at around 2.5 weeks of age which helps with house training.  They are socialized and raised to become confident puppies by exposure to various noises/music, people, Adventure Box play, play tunnel, toys, and different surfaces including hard wood floors, carpet, and outdoor grass (weather permitting).  We begin the basic obedience training process.  Our puppies are evaluated at 7 weeks old with the Volhard Puppy Aptitude Test and conformation structural evaluation which aids in pairing the right puppy with the right home based upon their goals and lifestyle.  The Volhard test predicts inherited behavioral tendencies and how the puppy will turn out as an adult.  All our puppies are current on vaccines, vet-checked, dewormed, dew claws removed, and have had their tail docked per AKC standards.  

Grooming is an important component of any Poodle’s life.  Our puppies start with regular nail trimming at a few days old, desensitization on their face/feet with an electric toothbrush at about 3 weeks old, bathing/fluff drying at about 4 weeks old, and full clipper/scissor grooming at about 5 weeks old.  They experience the full grooming process several times so they get accustomed to it.  As an added value to our puppies, we offer continued grooming sessions at our home on a 3-4 week schedule until they can safely visit an outside grooming salon after completing their puppy vaccine series at 16 weeks old.  This helps continue grooming training and keeps our puppies looking great while protecting their health.  

All our puppies come with a commitment to lifetime support.  We help with any questions or concerns over the years and keep in touch with the families of all our puppies.  Puppies come with a written health guarantee, current health record, puppy pack, proof of parent genetic health testing, pedigree, supply of current puppy food, collar, play toy, towel scented with the litter, and a lifetime of breeder support. 

All our dogs are family pets that live in our home.  No dog is ever bred before the age of 2 years and completing all OFA and CHIC health certifications.  Our females only have 2-3 litters in their lifetime and are spayed when they retire from motherhood.  All our dogs live out their full life with us as a loved member in our family home.  We do not re-home our females after they retire. 

To provide the absolute best care for each puppy and our dogs, we typically only have one litter each year or so.  Full AKC co-owner registration is available upon request only to approved performance or conformation show homes that agree to complete OFA and CHIC health certifications plus achieve five performance and/or conformation titles before any potential future breeding.  We encourage placement in performance, service, and conformation homes but are also open to quality pet homes.  Puppies sold as companion pets and not intended for breeding will have limited AKC registration and will be neutered between the ages of 1-2 years which allows full growth maturation.  Puppies are shown in our home by appointment only.  We allow visits after 6 weeks of age but do not finalize puppy selections until the Volhard and conformation tests has been completed.  Our puppies are spoken for pretty quickly because of repeat clients, referrals from our previous clients, people who are familiar with the performance of our show dogs, recommendations on poodle forum websites, and our website.  Our litters are often completely reserved before they are born.  We are currently accepting deposits for our upcoming litter.  If you have interest in a puppy, a reservation is highly recommended especially if you have something specific in mind.  We are located 45 minutes northwest of Baltimore, MD, USA.  

If you would like to receive more details about our upcoming litter, please complete our puppy questionnaire at  https://www.piccolospoodles.com/contactus.htm

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