Welcome to Asher Standard Poodles

Thirty years ago, my husband and I decided it was time to take on the responsibility of a new dog. We found an adorable Cocker Spaniel and named her Nikki. After a few days of coming home to shredded furniture and various other messes we decided that Nikki needed to go to training school. That was the decision that changed my life. Nikki enrolled as a beginner at Merrimac Dog Training Club. She passed the class with flying colors and I was definitely bitten by the obedience-training bug. Nikki went on to earn her Companion Dog Excellent title (CDX). That was one of the most exciting days of my life. We went on to Utility training and had started competing when Nikki was diagnosed with Progressive Retinal Atrophy, a very aggressive disease that robbed Nikki of her vision at the age of five. Before Nikki lost her vision we found a playmate for her. Ginger was a three-month-old white Toy Poodle. She bonded immediately with Nikki and served as her Seeing Eye dog. They were inseparable. Ginger was my first Poodle and I knew that I had found the breed for me. I was so impressed with her intelligence; playfulness and devotion that I knew all other breeds would never stack up to the Poodle.

Christmas 2014

Since that time, I have become involved not only with obedience but also agility, flyball and even herding, tracking and hunting.

I also became a lifetime member of Merrimac Dog Training Club after serving as President, Recording Secretary and on the board of directors for many years.I am currently serving as Recording Secretary of Merrimac Dog Training Club and Vice-President of Tidelands Poodle Club.

Someone that I respect in the dog world once told me “never own more dogs than you can put your hands on every day” I’ve always remembered that and abide by that rule. All of my Standard Poodles live in the house with me and sleep in my room at night. I love my dogs as though they were family members. They have gotten me through some very dark times.

Christmas 2012

At the present time, I live with four Standard Poodles. They range in age from six to twelve years old. I very seldom breed but when I do plan a litter the sire and dam have all of their health clearances and the breeding is planned months in advance. Puppies are born and raised in the house and are crate trained and leash trained before going to their new homes. They also learn some basic obedience and a few beginner agility skills. Standard Poodles are extremely intelligent and trainable. They excel at obedience, agility, tracking, hunting and even herding and are eager to please their owner. Once you’ve owned a Standard Poodle, you will never want to live without one.

I hope you enjoy my website!
PENNY GARWOOD, Asher Standard Poodles, Virginia.

- Website updates:
January 23, 2017: Standard Poodle Puppies.


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