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(prcd), rcd4, which is a late onset form of prcd, both genetic disorders, eye examination by Veterinary Ophthalmologist(CERF), patellas(knees) evaluated for luxation, hips and elbows evaluated for dysplasia.  We have also added the test for Dwarfism(osteochondrodysplasia) and Degenerative Myelopathy(a progressive disease of the spinal cord) and 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.