We test our breeding dogs, but after much research have concluded that many of the tests offer little useful information for breeding and no guarantees, despite the earnest intent of breeders, veterinarians and researchers. (Please see our full discussion of testing.) Most breeders have been told for decades that there is one responsible route, to test, and they have dutifully done as recommended, but in the 1950s and 60s they were told inbreeding was the best way to improve the health of our dogs, which caused the genetic bottleneck we have today.
We have started to use state of the art zoo breeding software to minimize inbreeding and keep our gene pool as diverse and healthy as possible. By using only the most unusual lines shared between likeminded breeders, we can continue our purebred dogs without sacrificing their genetic health. We've studied evolutionary biology and population genetics at the local university so we can understand the principles by which we can keep our dogs healthy. We have corresponded for years with leading researchers in the diseases most common in standard poodles and asked every question we could think of so we understand the mechanisms of these issues. We stay up to date on all peer reviewed, published studies on the common diseases in poodles and other dogs and participate in all studies we can. We are one of the original founders of the Standard Poodle Project and participate in efforts to move it forward.