Genteel Standard Poodles

Breeding and Naturally Rearing Standard Poodles of Excellence

The scope of our breeding program at Genteel Standard Poodles goes above and beyond beautiful looks, pedigrees, and Champion titles – reaching to the very core of natural health and longevity of future generations by: feeding a raw species specific diet, elimination of the use of chemicals in, on or around our dogs and their environment, plenty of enrichment, time to exercise in the sunshine and fresh air, continued socialization and not vaccinating (except where mandated by law).

We value your time and appreciate the moments you have given us in viewing our pages and sharing in the joy of our special Standard Poodles.  If you’re lucky, a Poodle will come into your life, steal your heart and change everything!

We are dedicated to breeding Standard Poodles of Excellence with the highest standards in health, structure, temperament, workability & longevity.

We are not a “kennel” nor are we a business, our dogs are beloved members of the family that share our home with us.

Our breeding and health philosophy is pretty simple. “Raise our Standard Poodles naturally and give them the opportunities to realize their full potential”. Our education and experience over the years has enabled us to develop a strong immune system in our dogs and we have a rearing and socialization program that gives them the building blocks to confidently perform in all situations.

Standard Poodles are dogs that have the ability to do it all and we consider ourselves extremely blessed to share our home and our lives with them.


We believe true health goes much deeper than just having genetic screening and X-rays done; this is why we are dedicated to the natural rearing philosophy and life-style.

Our motto is “Standard Poodles of Excellence” – to us that means quality without compromise.  This is a promise we made to ourselves years ago, for it means that we will not compromise health (or temperament) for beauty. After all, when we sacrifice health for ribbons, awards, championships and friendships… we are no longer being responsible breeders!

We believe as breeders that we should always improve upon the previous generation. We want to have our Poodles pass along their strong traits, as we work to control or eliminate any weak traits.

We breed discriminately for health, intelligence, stable temperaments, brains, beauty and of course, structure. Structure is the framework and foundation of a dog. Good structure enables a Poodle to effortlessly cover ground with proud head carriage and an upright tail. It is our goal to combine the elements of temperament, beauty, brains and structure along with a history of good health into our breeding program.

It is more important to us that our dogs enjoy a wonderful home life FIRST and foremost. If they have a successful show or working career, that is wonderful, but our main focus is on the complete Poodle.

As Natural Rearing Breeders, our goal is to improve our line with each breeding and to maintain the standard for the breed.

We have consistently produced healthy, versatile dogs with stable, grounded temperaments and high intelligence, that are competitors and title holders in Obedience, Agility, Hunting, Therapy work, Service work, and/or Conformation – and MOST IMPORTANTLYTHEY ARE THE VERY BEST Family Companions.

We spare nothing when it comes to the health and happiness of our puppies. Our puppies are confident and content as they are exposed to the many experiences, sights, sounds and smells of life. They are the center of our lives while we are blessed to have them with us.

We are ALWAYS available to our puppy families for the life of your dog! Any way we can be of assistance only makes us happy to do so.

We came by our name “Genteel Standard Poodles because we believe the word “Genteel” perfectly describes the breed.

Pronunciation: jen-teel
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle French: gentil, gentle
Date: 1599

1 a : having an aristocratic quality or flavor : stylish
b : of or relating to the gentry or upper class
c : elegant or graceful in manner, appearance, or shape
d : free from vulgarity or rudeness : polite

“The intelligence of the Poodle gives him that knowledge of his own importance – that vanity, which reflects itself throughout his entire presence. He knows he is a splendid beast, and he is enormously proud of it!” ~ Frank Sabella


Thanks for visiting us!


Dr Jeannie (Jeanette) Thomason

Genteel Standard Poodles of Excellence
Naturally Reared for a Healthier Future

Northern California