The key to quality breeding is to produce dogs that conform as closely as possible to the breed standard. That is for what we strive and it is the criteria by which our dogs are selected, bred and measured.The comparison below is an example of our breeding program. On the left is Int/GrCH Aircastle’s Hope Diamond, and on the right, the head study from the PCA illustrated standard. Neither picture has been modified beyond the blending of one into the next.This conformance is by design, not by accident.
“Engenium Anti Copian”, The Philosophy of Art
To be truly exceptional, one must first set upon a specific philosophical mark. For us, it is in seeking continual and validated improvement, with our aim-point squarely aligned with the Poodle Club of America (PCA) standard.Over the years, many have hailed a plethora of “new and improved” conformational changes. But the truth is, not everything that’s “new” is “improved”. In roughly 100 years, various styles have come and gone according to the whims of individual breeders or the fashion trends set by that year’s leading show special. But the standard rarely changes, and it’s that anchor which steadies our breeding decisions.We’re not concerned with impressing judges nor to exemplify our personal tastes, always holding to what the written standard dictates. Health is also a major consideration, and we do not compromise when it comes to producing sound offspring.Averaging less than one litter per year, we do not spawn fodder for the pet market. Thus, of those born here, many have done well, earning honors in numerous venues across the US as well as abroad.Through this dedication to quality, it is our hope that over time, the true value of the Aircastle line will be found in how well we’ve conserved the form, function, health, temperament and tradition of this incredible breed.