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Picking Your Puppy

Within a litter of Poochon/Bichpoo puppies, you will find puppies with varying levels of confidence as well as energy - just as you would expect all your children to not be cookie-cutter replicas of each other.  In a well-bred litter from a responsible breeder, please don't worry about thinking you need to get "pick of the litter".  Each and every puppy in our litters will receive all of the necessary care and attention they need in order to grow up into a happy, secure adult dog. In truth, there is no such thing as "pick of the litter".  Every puppy will reach their full potential and best version of itself if four things take place:

1.  Health Test parents to give puppy best odds at a lifetime of great health

2.  Puppies raised and socialized properly during first 16 weeks

3.  Puppy placed in right home environment with reasonable expectations

4.  Proper training, consistency and attention is given

Pick of the litter is the puppy that is best suited for your family.

An important note about Elmbrook Puppies - We do not charge more for popular or rare colors. Those colors fade later, so you are paying for something that doesn't last.  And we do not produce Merles due to health risks associated with this color gene. 


We have adopted a new policy we will ask you to agree to when placing a deposit with us:  When the pups are 49 days old, we will present pups in the litter to you that will be a good fit for your family.  If we do not have pups in the litter that fit your family dynamics and needs, then we will move you to the next litter, or refund your deposit.  If you pass on a puppy that is a good fit for you but pass due to color being the reason, you forfeit your deposit.  By this time we have sent countless families on their way because we have a high demand for our pups but can only cater to a few.  It isn't fair to others, us or the pup.  So please, just be sure color isn't your #1 priority over the best fit.  If it is, then your journey can't be with us.

Helpful guidelines to go by when considering puppies in a litter:



  • If you have small children (less than 5 years old) - Pick a middle-of-the-road puppy. Putting an active puppy with small children that he can easily intimidate is only asking for problems later.  A very mellow, soft or insecure puppy might not be able to take the abuse even the most well-behaved children can dish out.


  • If your children are older or more active - Go for a confident, out-going or middle-of-the-road puppy. If the kids are laid back and gentle, a less confident pup might work too.

  • If you have never had a dog before - Again go for the middle-of-the-road puppy or a softer puppy if you don't have children. A little less active puppy will make it easier for you to take control from the start.

  • If you are a die-hard dog lover, dog savvy and active -You will do best with a more confident, outgoing, intelligent puppy. Those of you that are nodding your head and smiling right now - You have had dogs like this... and you prefer them this way. We happen to think they make the most wonderful adult dogs once they hit maturity. ...But then we are seasoned dog people like you. As well, if you are an experienced dog person, we already speak the same language so in 10 words or less, you will be able to tell us exactly what you want and expect! ...And we will deliver.

  • If you have special needs, health concerns or not too active - or simply in a more retired state of mind - You will do best with a middle-of-the-road to a slightly softer tempered pup. If you have an older child (over 5 years old) that fits this description, this is a great dog for them as well. If you or your child are confined to a wheelchair, or have other physical limitations, mentioning this fact is certainly not required but will help tremendously and we will go above and beyond for your family to help hand pick that special puppy. Remember you are not obligated to share these details - We just want to mention that we can select a pup that will take this special companion status more seriously. 


  • If you have had dogs before, been successful in training them, and feel like you are open to just about anything that comes your way - Then you are in the unique position of being able to pick any puppy from the litter.


  • Most of our pups go to live in a typical family or companion dog setting. However, we have placed puppies with people who have specific special needs or with those that were looking for a service dog. The more we know about your circumstances, the more information we will have to help you through this process.

Trust in our expertise and the process. Know that we are educated in evaluating puppy temperaments and that we will do everything possible to stack the deck in your favor.

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