If you would like to be notified when a breeding is "in the works", join the mailing list and we'll let you know! The mailing list is how I let everyone know who signs up when a breeding has been planned, has taken place, and if it was successful. From there we start the process of establishing a waiting list for puppies. You may unsubscribe from the list any any time, especially if you are no longer looking for a puppy.

You are welcome to view and download any of the articles available on my site, and also to visit the What's Happening blog as often as you like!!!! I don't post that often, but when there are puppies on the way or on the ground, things pick up!



I am sad to report that Summer's Fall breeding to Thomas was a "miss" - looks like Mother Nature decided now wasn't the time for Summer to have her first litter!  We will try again at her next season, which will hopefully mean puppies in mid-summer of 2015!
 Please stay tuned and visit often for the latest news on our breeding program.

I will be, however, doing a repeat breeding of my spring 2014 litter from Lizzie and Jordan, which should mean black/blue puppies in June 2015.  More info on that on the "current litter" page (from the dropdown menu under the Puppies button). 


You can see pictures and videos of past litters at:
CALISUN Nursery Photo Journal at


Click HERE to view a number of very useful files that you may download for your own use, and also to
download and complete  our PUPPY PURCHASE QUESTIONNAIRE.   Many of these articles
are a "must read" if you are considering adding a puppy to your family!


April 2015 has brought us a new strain of canine flu - the H3N2 virus;  currently, cases have been reported in at least four states, and it appears to have begun in the Chicago area.  The
current vaccine is for the H3N8 virus, and there is as yet no reliable evidence that it will have any effect at all on the new strain, most likely it will not.   Vets will be encouraging you to get it anyway, so be informed and use your best judgment.  I'm not a proponent of unnecessary vaccinations.   Dogs most at risk are dogs with immature immune systems (under six months old), dogs with compromised immune systems from any other illness, senior dogs, plus bracheocephalic breeds (shih tzus, pugs, frenchies, bulldogs, boxers, etc. - dogs with flat faces and very short muzzles).  This flu is highly contagious, spreads rapidly, and is fast working - dogs most likely to contract it are dogs that are boarded frequently or visit dog parks frequently.  A healthy adult dog can most likely weather this flu, but a visit to the vet for supportive therapy is always recommended.  Symptoms include a persistent hacking cough (You can't miss it, much like kennel cough.), runny nose with discharge, runny eyes, fever, possible breathing difficulties.  Recommendations:  know your dog!, know how to use a digital rectal thermomenter to check for a fever, don't board if you don't have to,  pass on visits to the dog park, keep your distance from any dog that has a cough, in fact from any dog you don't know! 


This is "Sky-Blue", one of my puppies, who lives with my friends Judy and Patrick Terry, in Colorado.  Sky-B was born late  2010 and this was his first visit with his veterinarian, the very well known Kevin Fitzgerald of Animal Planet's Emergency Vets fame!  Sky-B is very  lucky to have such a great vet and friend!!!    And, I think it's pretty cool, too!!!      Kevin appears regularly on a Denver TV show talking about different breeds - late in 2013 he featured poodles, and guess who stole the show - Sky-B!!!!     Have fun watching!   Sky-B is now a star in his own right!!!!!   Ha!


If you just MUST have a puppy NOW (which we completely understand!), we usually know other poodle friends who may have puppies available or on the way, and are always happy to refer! If you would like to be placed on a contact list for future puppies, join the mailing list!


Remember when you're looking for that perfect puppy you may need to wait for a litter to be born. Reputable and careful breeders do not have puppies available at all times, even often have waiting lists,  and a good puppy is well worth the wait. If you are willing to settle for just any puppy, that is exactly what you will get - "Just any puppy! "

As a respected, reputable breeder of purebred Standard Poodles, I do not support the cross-breeding of poodles to any other breed.


Beverly Crosby




Click HERE to be linked to an excellent website to visit prior to your decision to allow a poodle to adopt you! - Versatility In Poodles


Calisun Standard Poodles is a small kennel and breeder, producing only one or two litters a year. We are thorough in our breeding program, using care and caution, concentrating on health, temperament, structural soundness, and we try to produce puppies that are good for the future of the breed.

We expect to produce black, blue and cream/white puppies. Puppies will be well-socialized, health-checked and sent home microchipped and with all vaccinations appropriate for their age at delivery, dew claws removed and tails docked. Litter evaluations for show potential are  made at 9 weeks.  Each litter is also evaluated for temperament and obedience potential.  I do practice the Biosensor Program, an early neurological stimulation exercise program.  Ask me about it!

Potential buyers will be thoroughly interviewed to be certain the responsibility of owning a standard poodle is clear, and also to help make the best match of puppy to owner. Please don't be offended by our questions; it's concern, not curiosity! ..... A non-refundable deposit is required to "hold" a puppy.  All puppies sold as pets are sold on a spay/neuter contract. Puppies purchased for show potential will be co-owned until a championship is achieved, and a future responsible breeding contract will be included in the purchase documents. The latest changes in USDA regulations have effectively eliminated being able to ship a puppy site unseen.  Your best bet is to fly in, take possession, and fly the puppy home in cabin.

If any buyer is unable to keep or care for a puppy purchased through Calisun, we will gladly accept the return of your Calisun poodle for rehoming. 


According to breed scholars, the Poodle's origins likely took place in Germany where it was known as PUDELIN (meaning "to splash") because of its love of water. It was the French, however, who honored the Poodle at home, in court circles and on the battlefields thus earning the dog the popular but incorrect title, "French Poodle."

THE STANDARD POODLE is one of the most popular breeds of dogs in America. Poodles are highly intelligent, active, adaptable and have a good sense of humor. Poodles come in three sizes, many colors, do not shed, and are well-tolerated by many allergy sufferers. With so many wonderful qualities, it is easy to understand why the Poodle has so many admirers. The Standard Poodle, originally a water retriever, is now enjoying multiple roles - hospital therapy dog, hunting dog, agility dog, obedience dog, assistance dog, and loyal companion. He is ideal for those individuals who prefer a larger, active dog.

The advantages to owning a standard poodle:

Highly intelligent, and adaptable
Delightful, clever temperament
Many colors to choose from
Breed of choice for allergy sufferers
Will keep you from becoming a couch potato

The disadvantages (not really!) to owning a standard poodle:

Requires regular professional grooming
Requires regular exercise
Once you own one you will never own anything else
You may have to buy a king sized bed!

Things you should rightfully expect from a reputable breeder - - - breed health issues are listed on their web site. The breeder has a written purchase agreement.  Health conditions for puppies are guaranteed in writing.   However, please understand, even when the sire and the dam and many generations have been tested and found free of specific health problems, there is absolutely no guarantee that a puppy will not develop one or more of the problems that commonly affect poodles - you just never know how the genes are going to line up in each breeding!   BUT, buying a puppy from a breeder who tests breeding stock considerably increases your chance of getting a long-term, overall healthy puppy. A reputable breeder will give you a written limited guarantee on the puppy's health, and information on the sire/dam's health certifications.   A responsible, conscientious breeder screens breeding stock for hereditary health problems prior to utilizing any dog in a breeding program, and ceases to breed animals which have produced a significant number of health problems in their offspring. They are delighted to answer any questions about the health and temperament of the puppy's sire/dam.