Health Testing

At Calliope Poodles we make every effort to produce the healthiest possible poodles by taking advantage of all available testing.

You may contact a breeder, be it in the newspaper, or on the web, and ask if they do health testing.  Many will tell you, of course, or their lines “don’t have any problems” or “their hips are fine”. Run, as fast as you can, to a reputable breeder whose priority is to do the testing and provide documentation to back it up.

Miniature Poodles are tested for Progressive Retinal Atrophy(PRA) and rcd4, both genetic eye diseases. A veterinary examination by Veterinary Ophthalmologist,(CERF) or (CAER) to examine eye structure and health. Patellas(knees) evaluated for luxation, hips and elbows evaluated for dysplasia.  We have also added the test for Dwarfism(osteochondrodysplasia), Degenerative Myelopathy,(a progressive disease of the spinal cord). Will add other testing as it becomes available.  Go to for testing results

Please visit for complete information on health testing in all sizes of poodles.

This is very expensive testing. That’s why well bred dogs are seemingly more expensive than many puppies you will encounter. You will never regret purchasing a well bred poodle.