Thank you all for your feedback!
We have spotted a miniature poodle, and I wondered if I could get some thoughts on it.
When contacting a number of breeders, I sent an email to a person advertising a mini poodle online. I was under the impression I was contacting a registered breeder, but in fairness that was an assumption, and nothing in the advert stated it was.
I got a call back today and after asking some questions I thought there should be an answer to, I realized this wasn't a breeder, but someone whose poodles had bred, probably unintentionally. Sadly the mother died soon after the birth, and the pups have been bottle raised. They have been fully health checked and are healthy, but very very small. From the looks of things this wasn't someone planning an enterprise to sell pups, but is doing their best to deal with the situation.
I'm hesitant to buy from an unregistered breeder, but am also minded to take a pup who has had a sad start to life and give it a loving home.
Am I being silly to be considering this pup? If I do go ahead, is there anything I should be checking considering that I can't find out too much about the parents of the dog? (not even sure how to confirm it is actually bred from pure poodles other than taking the owners word!)
Thanks so much,