At Home in Alaska
Our kennel, Whisper Ridge Poodles, and home, Whisper Ridge Farm, is located on the beautiful Kenai Peninsula in South Central Alaska. We have enjoyed the majesty of nature and the down home feel of Alaska since moving here from Florida in 1998.
Our Standard Poodles have been an integral part of our lives for the past 20 years. While our poodles are part of our family and treated as such; we are committed to producing poodles as close to the breed standard as possible. Accordingly we show our poodles in AKC shows, obedience,rally, and agility trials. We believe our poodles should be able to compete successfully in both the breed ring and in performance venues.
We also believe in producing as healthy a poodle as possible. Our standard poodle Millie is tested for Hips-OFA or PennHip, Eyes-CERF, vWD-DNA, Cardiac-CERF,DM, & NE. For the miniatures we also do PRA prcd DNA testing, Dwarfism, and Patela. While there is never a quarantee of perfect health when breeding; we try our best to utilize all the current health testing available to reduce the risk of producing health problems.
Recently a new genetic test became available to determine an individual poodles' genetic diversity. Standard poodles as a breed have become too inbred in some lines. This high degree of inbreeding can result in increased incidence of genetic diseases. Now we can determine how related a standard poodle is within the breed. Millie is the first poodle we've had tested and she has a great score. Her Internal Relatedness value is -0.19. An IR value of .15 suggests unrelated parents. In other words Millie has a nice low IR value compared to most poodles tested. Our goal is to try to keep the score as low as possible in future breedings.
Currently we have two Standards, three miniature poodles, and a long haired mini dachshund sharing our household. The standard poodles are, Rose (CH Whisper Ridge Dream Rose RN) and Millie (Whisper Ridge Lady Millicent RE CGC). Our miniature poodles are Stella (CH Sunraze Stellar Dream At Whisper Ridge RN CGC), Stellas' daughters Lizzie (CH Whisper Ridge Shall We Dance) and Evie ( Whisper Ridge Evie Just Dance). Little Kona is our miniature dachshund and is just adorable among the crowd of poodles.
We invite you to contact us if you are visiting in Alaska or if you would like to learn more about our poodles.
Whisper Ridge Poodles
Tim Bowser DVM
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