Why Retire Dogs?

Not every dog must be bred and not every dog is breeding quality.
Therefore some dogs will be retired before being bred, as was Gemma and Novel.  Ethical breeders will not breed a dog just to breed them; they will select the best from the litter.  Sometimes, the pick of the litter doesn't turn out unfortunately.  The true mark of an ethical breeder is one that is willing pull a dog from their program if it has serious faults in conformation, temperament, or health.  It is a huge loss for a breeder when this happens. Another time to retire a dog is when it is in their best interest.  Here at Ghibli, we only breed our females 1-3 times before we let them retire to enjoy the rest of their life. Reasons to retire dams may be that she's produced enough litters for us/we have progeny to move forward with, she didn't like motherhood, she struggled to whelp without interventions, etc. 
When a dog is retired, all breeders have a difficult decision to make: keep or rehome.

We Cannot Keep Them All

Because I want my dogs to get the most attention and live the best lives, I choose to retire some dogs like Gemma and Novel into other pet homes where they would be the apple of their owners eyes instead of being part of a large pack here sharing all the attention. It takes a lot of time and energy to raise litters of puppies as well as to raise, train, and title new generations so it is a sad reality for breeders that we must be willing to part with some dogs in order to continue to provide excellent quality poodles and continue to provide the best care to the dogs that stay here. This is not an easy thing to do. We recognize that there are those that are not able to raise a puppy but deserve the companionship of a healthy, well-bred Standard Poodle and when we can match a home to one of our retired dogs, it is a beautiful thing. Although it breaks our hearts to say goodbye, every time we receive a picture or update of that dog so happy in their new home, we know we had made the right decision.


Miya is Ghibli's Foundation Dam.
She was retired after three beautiful litters
- the Keepsakes, Virtues, and the Treasures.
She still lives here at Ghibli and will remain here for the rest of her life.
Visit Marnie & Memrie pages, or Element Poodles website to see Gaia, to follow her prodigy.


Wishes lived at Ghibli from 2019 - 2022. Had it been an option, Wishes would have stayed here forever to live a life with her favorite boy, Charlie. Our intention was always for her to be ours forever and she will forever be in our hearts. Wishes legacy at Ghibli will live on through our special oopsy puppy, Moxie.


Seairsha was retired after two beautiful litters here at Ghibli - the Beaches and the Symphony.
Seairsha was placed in her guardian home at 1 years old with my neighbors, Cathy and Richard.
Seairsha will live out the rest of her life in her loving forever home.  Seairsha has a daughter from her first litter with her breeder at Properts Way and a hopeful upcomer boy from the Symphony litter in a co-own show home.


Charm's Black Gem at Ghibli

Sire: Brienwoods Spencer Reid
Dam: Kissme Just A Dream Stella

Although Gemma had a very sweet temperament, not every dog will meet our high standards to keep in our program. Unfortunately, Gemma's bite upon maturity was not correct. We decided to place her into a pet home. Gemma is now living the spoiled life with a trusted friend and  and professional dog training colleague of mine with two retired Greyhounds.


UCH MyTyme's First Edition at Ghibli TKN ATD CGC

Sire: BIMBS RBIMBS UGRCH Family Affair's Floyd B Poodle
Dam: BIMBS RBIMBS UGRCH CelticHearts Feather O' DragonHaus CGC TKN BCAT SPOT

Pedigree: http://www.poodledata.org/pedigree.asp?ID=549360
 OFA PROFILE: https://www.ofa.org/advanced-search?f=sr&appnum=2166604

Novel was retired due to straight rear and although I loved his temperament, his intensity and energy level was not right for my program or my home.
His breeder Kim retired him into a pet home.