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 Calliope Poodles (713)870-6321

Richmond, Texas

Thank you for visiting Calliope Poodles! In doing so, you’ve chosen to pursue a quality Miniature Poodle as a companion or performance dog. Versatility is the poodle’s middle name as they compete in conformation, obedience, agility, hunting, therapy work and last and most importantly as your best friend. Please contact us with any questions you may have and visit the links for more information and educational sites.

We are making an effort to present you with as much information to assist you in your choice of pet or next show prospect. The emphasis of our site is on education of puppy buyers to make an informed decision about your potential family member.

Please visit http://www.poodleclubofamerica.org/health.htm to learn about the potential health issues of poodles.  Also find info about the “Greatest Poodle Show on Earth”.

When searching for a new puppy or adult poodle, don’t be fooled by flashy websites with cute puppies, slogans and claims. These can easily be fronts for poor quality breeding operations that do little or NO genetic testing and whose main focus is making money quickly.

Claims of champion bloodlines can mean 1 champion five generations back. This has no bearing whatsoever on the quality of the puppies for sale.  Even a famous kennel name in the pedigree doesn’t mean that those puppies are good quality. It can mean that someone obtained a nicer dog a long time ago and it ended up being bred to someone’s Fifi.

Go to your local affiliate Poodle Club or Poodle Club of America websites to contact the breeder referral representative. You can be connected with passionate breeders who will take the time to talk to you and allow you to visit their homes or kennels to see living conditions, documentation of health testing, pedigrees, one or both parents, siblings, etc.

You can’t go wrong with a well bred poodle to keep you company!  I urge you to come visit a Bluebonnet Poodle Club meeting!  This is our local affiliate club. It’s not just for show people! We get together once a month on the 2nd Tuesday at Cavatore’s Italian Restaurant on Ella Blvd. We usually have a fascinating speaker, a short meeting and talk poodle!


Also come visit www.houstondogshows.com to learn about the fun to be had at NRG July 18-22, 2018.  It’s free to the public on Wednesday the 18th, parking is also free that day only.  You’ll be able to check out your favorite breeds.


About me:

My name is Dawn Zack and Calliope Poodles was created by my love of poodles. I’ve loved and lost a number of them since I was very young. I got involved with Poodle Rescue of Houston and Guinnette Peebles and was instantly fascinated with exhibiting poodles in conformation.   She helped me acquire my first show dog!   I’m indebted to so many great people that I’ve learned from since then.  I continue to learn new things everyday!

All of my poodles live in the house and several sleep in the bed with us.  I feed a prey model ground raw diet (it’s easier than you think!) and raw meaty bones to keep the teeth clean, although they do get a dental cleaning if necessary.  Dental health is very important to the overall health of every dog.  All are all thriving and no one lingers over the bowl!

I choose not to over vaccinate my dogs, except that which is mandated by law.   The side effects and risks of too many vaccines far outweigh the benefit, and a healthy dog develops a natural immunity to the diseases we commonly vaccinate for.  Please read about vaccination risks on the internet.  I don’t use toxic parasite control.  I’ve discovered many natural, non-toxic alternatives.  I’ve been blessed with very healthy dogs and would like to think I have a little something to do with that!  I love my veterinarian, and while he doesn’t always agree with me, he respects my wishes about health care for my dogs.

I have managed to whittle down my poodle variety of choice to miniatures and will no longer be breeding toys or standards.  It’s not because I don’t love the sizes, I just can’t do it all.  I still live with and love my toys as well as minis, having lost my standard in July of 2020.   I strive to create the highest quality poodles by taking advantage of all health testing available(see my health testing page) good food, lots of exercise, fresh air and socializing my puppies well.  I have the eyes examined by an ophthalmologist(at around 8 weeks), a regular health exam by my vet and start on potty and crate training before the puppies go home at 10-11 weeks of age. I have my vet check for worms rather than automatic worming and have been blessed with worm free puppies and dogs.

I also require my new puppy owners to wait to spay or neuter until 9-12 months of age.  This gives them the benefit of their hormones as long as possible to produce strong bones, joints and a healthy immune system. If you are not willing to do this and advocate for your puppy, then a Calliope Poodle may not be for you. I hope you will love my poodles as much as I do!