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1 I have selected a puppy I'd like to purchase from your website. Where do we begin?
To purchase your poodle puppy, please call Lilpoodles at 502-348-7787. If the puppy is too young to be delivered at the time of your call, a 1/2 down deposit will hold the puppy for you.

2 What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept Visa and Mastercard, and will complete the purchase over the phone.

3 How quickly can I get my puppy?
Once payment in full reaches us, we make an appointment for your puppy to see our veterinarian for his/her final checkup. If the puppy must fly home, we will get their health certificate and book a flight to ship the puppy home.

4 What are your guarantees?
The full text of our guarantees are posted here.

5 Do you have a contract?
We provide a standard contract for each adoption. A copy is available online for you to print, read, sign and send (or fax) with your puppy payment.

6 What are your policies?
A complete list of policies is available here on our website.

7 What kind of food you do feed your puppies?
We feed all our puppies an all-natural, human-grade dog food. More specific information is available here on our site under Caring for Your Puppy.

8 How often will I need to feed my puppy?
Puppies should eat 3-4 meals per day. Make sure you feed them puppy food until they are 12 months old.

9 At what age can your puppies go home?
Puppies go home when they are ready. In the state of Kentucky, a puppy cannot be legally sold until he/she is eight weeks old. We do not let our puppies go any earlier than ten weeks of age. Each puppy is treated as an individual and can go home once they are eating well on their own and have passed their final veterinarian exam.

10 Are your puppies house trained at all?
We work with puppies on paper training and some crate training. They are also let outside to relieve themselves when the weather is nice enough. While they do have a great start on training, they are not fully house trained.

11 Do you ever lower the price for a puppy that is not show or breeding quality or that is older?
We price our puppies when they are posted. We do not raise show dogs or dogs for the sole purpose of breeding. 99.9% of our puppies are sold to pet homes. We may lower the price of a puppy from time to time, but there is no standard age at which we lower a puppy's price to sell.

12 Do you ever sell adult dogs that you no longer breed?
Occasionally, we will offer an adult poodle for sale to a pet home. We do not breed our dogs any older than six years of age. Just ask if you are in search of an adult poodle.

13 Are poodles good with children?
Poodle puppies who have been properly socialized will love children. Adult poodles who have never been around children may not like them, however. It all depends on the way the dog has been raised. Puppies are easy to mold however you see fit. In general, a poodle makes a wonderful pet for a family with children.

14 Do poodles get along with other pets?
I have one big dog (golden retriever), who all of the poodles love and get along with great. I also have cats that get along wonderfully with all of the poodles (adults and puppies). As long as you do not have an aggressive pet that is not going to accept a new pet, there shouldn't be any problems getting a poodle puppy to fit right in!

15 Is there enough space for a poodle to live in an apartment?
Toy poodles are so small that they can live in a small apartment and still have plenty of room for exercise.

16 On average, how long does a toy poodle live?
Generally, a small breed dog will outlive a large breed dog. The average lifespan for a poodle is somewhere around 15 years. We've had customers tell us their poodles lived into their 20s. This includes teacups.

17 What is the difference between teacup, tiny toy, and toy poodles?
Poodles come in three registered sizes. Standard is the large breed poodle. Miniature is the mid-sized poodle. Toy is the smallest poodle breed. Breeders break down the toy poodle size into three categories, as well. The tiniest of the toy poodle sizes is the teacup. Tiny toy is the next size up. These two classifications (teacup and tiny toy) are just terms breeders use to identify size. Dogs in both of these size classes are registered as toy poodles.

Because no kennel club has a registry for teacup or tiny toy poodles, there is no standard. Check with each individual breeder to determine what their standard is. What is a teacup to one person may not be a teacup to another person. Our standard for teacup is four pounds or smaller when full grown. Our standard for tiny toy is anything between four and six pounds. Anything over six pounds but no taller than 10 inches at the shoulders would be a toy.

18 Are poodles easy to train?
Poodles are one of the most intelligent breeds of dogs. As long as the trainer is determined and consistent in training, a puppy should train quickly. Poodles can learn to do tricks easily, too.

19 What is a responsible breeder?
See The Truth About Puppy Mills. The AKC also provides information on responsible breeding at http://www.akc.org/breeders/resp_breeding/index.cfm.

21 Do poodles bark a lot?
Poodles will bark if you allow them to. You need to discipline your pet and tell them “no” when they are doing something they shouldn't or something you don't want them to do. It is very easy to train a poodle not to bark A normal poodle doesn't typically bark much, anyway, except when they are playing or warning you a stranger is approaching.

22 What is the difference between a show dog and a pet in the poodle breed?
Show quality dogs must be as flawless as possible. The AKC maintains information about its standards online at http://www.akc.org. We breed for pets only. We also do not line breed or inbreed, which you will find a lot in a show dog's pedigree. Some say that a show dog will have a longer nose and longer legs. We like the short babydoll face and square body of the poodles we breed. Also, show dogs tend to be as close to 10 inches as possible, while some pet quality poodles are much shorter.

23 Which is better: male or female?
Male dogs tend to be more even-tempered and less hormonal than female dogs. We've had a lot of people tell us that males are more affectionate and loving, too. In our experience, however, we have to say that all our dogs are loving and affectionate, regardless of sex. If you want a poodle for a pet only, with no intention of ever breeding, we strongly recommend having the dog altered. By spaying a female, you eliminate the twice yearly heat cycle and its associated PMS. As a result, you will get a sweeter dog all year-round. Neutering a male dog should eliminate the urge to be territorial, as well.

24 What will I need to know about grooming care?
Puppies typically only need trimming on their feet and pads, on their bottom area, and around the base of the tail. You can also trim their face if you'd like. They will need an all-over body trim at around 5-6 months of age. After that, you will want to make an appointment with your groomer for every 6-8 weeks (or as often as you'd like). With the proper shampoo, poodles can bathe once a week or as often as needed. Dogs and humans have different pH levels. Human products contain alcohol. For this reason, do not use human products on a dog, or you'll dry out their skin. Check our grooming section to see what products we use.

25 Is microchipping your pet safe?
Microchipping is a great idea, especially for small house dogs. They can tend to get away when outside – or worse... stolen! Microchipping is becoming more and more popular. The chip is implanted with a code that can be traced to the microchip company. As long as you register your dog with this company, your name, address, and phone information will be easily accessed, and your dog can be returned to you. Have your vet check your microchip periodically to make sure it hasn't slipped out of place and can still be read.

26 Should I spay or neuter my poodle?
It is a great idea to spay or neuter your poodle. This is helpful for preventing unwanted pregnancies and male dog marking. Be sure you have a wonderful and trustworthy vet perform the surgery. Altering a pet requires anesthesia. Small animals can get overdosed and die. Ask lots of questions about the process, and make sure you feel comfortable with your vet before allowing him or her to anesthetize your pet.

27 How long does a female dog stay in heat?
This can vary from one dog to the next. Typically, the heat cycle lasts around two to three weeks. The female's vulva will swell and then bleed for several days. Mating is typically done after being in heat for a good 10 days. Some females have what is called a silent heat. This occurs when a dog does not show the typical signs of being in heat but can still get pregnant. Be careful if your dog is in heat and you do not wish her to be bred. Other dogs can smell a dog in heat from distant places and will come looking for her.

28 How long is a dog's gestation period?
The gestation period lasts 63 days or nine weeks (give or take a day or two).

29 How do I stop my puppy from biting or chewing?
All puppies go through the teething process. Make sure you have plenty of chew toys available for your puppy to chew. When your puppy gets hold of something you don't want him or her to chew, take it away, tell the dog “no,” and always give them something they CAN have to chew. Puppies begin losing their baby teeth around five or six months of age and then start getting their adult teeth. After this process, they should not have the urge to chew on things as much. Rawhides are great chew treats, but some dogs get an upset stomach from them. Make sure your poodle doesn't get any reactions from these. Biting is aggressive behavior. If you play rough with your puppy, you are teaching him or her that it is okay to behave this way. Remember, your puppy is like a child and does not know better if you don't teach them. They understand the word no, so use it.

30 What is the best way to choose a poodle for my next pet?
First decide what size of poodle would best fit your lifestyle. Smaller poodles (teacups) might not fit as great with young children. Full-size toys or small miniatures with nice and sturdy bone structures are best for playmates in these situations. Take a look at all the different colors available, and see what you like best. Male or female should not be a big factor, as they both make great pets. It is a little pricier to have a female fixed than to have a male dog fixed. Personality would be one of the most important factors in choosing a puppy for your family. If you have active children or a busy lifestyle, you may want a more active/playful puppy. If you live a more relaxed lifestyle and are looking for a lap dog that just likes to be near you and cuddle, then you will want to choose a puppy that is very calm and less aggressive. Price should be the last thing you look at when choosing a puppy from a responsible breeder.

31 What are the best grooming supplies for a poodle owner to have?
If you're just concerned about in-between grooms, you should be fine with just a few basics. Start with shampoo and conditioner (if you wish). Combs work best for getting out tangles, and slicker brushes are less rough on a puppy and give them a nice fluffy look when you brush and blow dry them at the same time. You can use your fingers to pluck hair from the ears (or have your regular groomer or vet do this), although there are tools made especially for this task. Be very careful if you do this yourself (tweezers, hair pullers or hemostats are what we use). Be sure to read our grooming section to see what other products we use on our puppies.

32 How do you house train a poodle?
This is a tough one. Every puppy responds differently to different training styles. It all depends on how you want to train your puppy and where you want them to use the bathroom. Some people don't want to take their dogs outside to use the bathroom. Paper training and litter box training are two options for this group. Paper training involves training the puppy to go on newspaper or piddle pads (aka weewee pads or puppy pads). Supplies for both paper training and litter box training are available at pet stores. Both methods are fairly easy to teach. If you choose to train your dog to go outside, the most effective way to do so is by crate training. No matter what method you choose, always praise your puppy and give him or her a treat when they do the job properly.

33 What are the best treats to give a poodle?
Some dogs might like one treat better than another dog. You will have to do a bit of experimenting with your puppy to see what he or she likes best. The moist, meaty treats tend to go over better than the milk bone biscuits. Some people give cheese as a treat, and dogs love cheese!

34 Some people say there is no such thing as a teacup. Why is this?
The reason some people say there is no such thing as a teacup is because the term “teacup” is not a registered breed. It is only a term that breeders use to identify the tiniest size. All “teacups” are registered as “toys.” Why some people get bent out of shape over this is a mystery. It is not a big deal, and everyone who sells teacups knows they are registered as toys. It isn't a misrepresentation, and our website has this information stated throughout in a few different places.

35 What should I do with my puppy while I'm away at work or school?
Puppy playpens are great. They give puppies room to play but also keep them confined. You can put paper down for them if they need to use the bathroom, yet still have room for a bed, toys, and a water dish. If you wish to confine them to a single room without carpet, baby gates work nicely, too.

36 Is it okay to get a second puppy to keep my other dog company?
Lots of people buy a puppy and find that they feel sorry for him or her while they are away during business hours. We end up selling a second puppy to about 50% of our customers within the first year. Dogs love company, and it is not too hard to train a second puppy or even get two at the same time and train them together. It is less stressful on them when they have another pet to keep them company.

37 Are teacup poodles less healthy because of their smaller size?
As long as a teacup poodle is healthy from the beginning, they should have no more health problems than a poodle that is twice their size. Hypoglycemia is the main concern in tiny dogs. As long as they eat well and are living in a stress-free environment, they should never have any hypoglycemia attacks.

38 Can small poodles go outside in the winter?
It is not a good idea to leave a small poodle outside for long periods of time, but they can handle cold temperatures for short amounts of time (i.e., to use the bathroom).

39 What is crate training?
Put your puppy in a small pet carrier or crate while you are busy or gone. Puppies will not use the bathroom where they sleep. Once you get home or the puppy starts crying, immediately take them outside or to the area they are to use the bathroom. Always reward them with a treat. This is supposed to be a very effective way to train your dog. If the crate or cage is too big, however, it will not work. There is lots of good information on the web on how to crate train a dog. Read our advice on the "Caring For Your Puppy" page of this website. We discuss the many advantages of crates for your dog.

40 How well do poodles travel?
Toy poodles are small enough to take with you in the car just about anywhere. They travel very well. If your dog gets carsick in the beginning, start with short trips and work your way up to longer rides. They will outgrow the problem. If the dog is small enough, he or she can travel in the cabin of an airplane with you in a soft carrier, as well. Lots of over-the-road truck drivers have poodles as pets who travel with them everywhere.

41 At what age are poodles fully vaccinated?
Puppies go through a series of vaccinations just like babies get their immunizations. Your puppy should get his or her first vaccinations at 6-8 weeks of age. Vaccinations then continue every 3-4 weeks until they are 16 weeks old. Once they reach 16 weeks and have received a series of at least 3-4 vaccinations, your puppy can be taken out into public areas without concern. Until this time, do not take your puppy anywhere in the public that an ill dog might have been (i.e., public parks, pet stores, the floor at the veterinarian clinic).

42 How many puppies can a toy poodle have?
There is no easy answer to this one. The average toy poodle litter size is 3-4 puppies. Teacups typically have less. Some dogs have just one puppy in a litter. The most we've ever had in a litter is five. Other breeders we know have had 6-7 puppies in a litter, but that is unusually high.

43 How big are toy poodle puppies when they're born?
Our puppies range from about 1.5 to five ounces at birth. If a dog has just one puppy, that puppy will receive all the nourishment and tend to be bigger. Birth size really has nothing to do with adult weight. The more puppies in a litter, the smaller they tend to be.

44 How do you estimate a puppy's adult weight?
There is no way to tell for sure what size a puppy will be when he or she is fully grown. When a healthy puppy is 12 weeks old, you can double their weight to get an estimate of their size. At 10 weeks of age, you can typically double their weight and add half a pound. These are not always accurate, however. The size of the parents can help in determining the size of the offspring, but you know the saying, “You can't judge a book by its cover”? It applies to this theory, too. There are no guarantees, only educated guesses in good faith.

45 How do I get a finicky dog to eat?
Some dogs do not like dog food. We feed a raw food, all-natural diet. All of our dogs love it! Check the nutrition section of our site to learn more on this subject. When you have a puppy who won't eat, contact the breeder and/or your vet. Sometimes, anything the puppy will eat will do. Mixing canned food with hard food and adding cottage cheese entices some puppies to eat. You can substitute baby food chicken instead of canned dog food. For small dogs, you may want to add some light corn syrup to the food, as well, to keep sugar levels up. We once had a vet pull out a can of wet cat food and give it to a puppy that turned her nose up to absolutely everything. She loved it! That is not what we recommend feeding, but at that time we were desperate to get her eating again. Hamburger and rice is a good meal for an ill puppy.

46 How do I get tangles and mats out of a poodle's coat?
It is always best to brush a poodle and get all the tangles out before giving a bath. Once the hair is wet, it is more difficult to get the tangles out without cutting. There is a grooming tool called a mat breaker for those more difficult mats. If it is impossible to remove the mat without hurting the dog, lather up and bathe. Use a cream rinse or conditioner, and leave it in. Brush or comb the dog with the conditioner still in. Take your time, so as not to hurt the dog. You may have to use scissors on the really bad mats. Once you feel they are out, rinse out the conditioner, and dry.

47 What shampoos are safe to use with a poodle?
We use all-natural products that contain no chemicals or lanolin. These are especially important for dogs with allergies or sensitive skin. We do sell these same supplies, so check out our grooming section to learn more. Human-grade shampoos are not safe for your pet, as we have different pH levels than our dogs.

48 What are the best “looks” for a poodle?
A poodle's hair grows, so you will need to cut it. You can trim a poodle to have just about any look you'd like. The hair on the face can be shaved entirely, left long to give them a puppy look, or left with just a mustache and beard. Some poodles are groomed to look like a Bischon Frise. Keeping them in a “show cut” is very difficult and time-consuming. Take pictures to your groomer when you start getting your puppy's coat trimmed, and show her or him what you like.

49 My poodle has two rows of teeth. What should I do?
Some poodles retain their puppy teeth. If the baby teeth do not fall out, the vet must remove them. This is common in the tinier poodles. There is no way of knowing which puppies will need this done. Just watch as they get to about six months, and make sure you do not see a second row of teeth growing up. If you do, let your vet know. He or she will advise you when they need to be pulled.

50 How do I clean tear stains?
This is a difficult question to answer effectively. There are so many products on the market that people say do NOT work. Wiping a dog's eyes out daily helps a lot. Food can be the culprit. There are many preservatives and additives in commercial dog foods that can cause reactions in some pets. Feeding a more natural diet seems to help tremendously. Feeding pure filtered water rather than tap water with chemicals in it helps, too. Tear stains seem to be worse in some of the smaller poodles. If you cannot stand this problem, your best bet is to stick with the darker colors. One of the best solution's for eliminating tear stained eyes is to add a teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar to each quart of water your poodle drinks.

51 Can my older dog handle a puppy?
This depends entirely on the personality of your older dog. Really old dogs will not like a puppy jumping all over them, especially if they have anything wrong with them or they are in poor health. If your dog is not old or ill, it may take some time to get them used to a new puppy, but they will give in eventually. Puppies are lively and spunky and tend to not give up on making friends. Just be sure to feed them separately so there are no fights. The majority of problems come when there is food around. Just introduce the puppy slowly and take your time with the older dog accepting the new one.

52 What is hypoglycemia?
Hypoglycemia is low blood sugar. Teacups are known for having hypoglycemia. Please read our section dedicated to this problem if you are interested in purchasing a teacup, so you are educated on how to handle and care for this breed. Teacups tend to use up their energy storage quickly, which can lead to low blood sugar. If this happens, they become very weak, can lose consciousness, and sometimes have seizures. It is very important that you feed your puppy properly and often enough to keep this from happening. In cases where it does happen, it usually does so because the puppy is not eating enough or being fed properly. As long as your puppy is healthy, you shouldn't see any hypoglycemic problems.




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