My name is Nina Selvaggi, and I raise and show beautiful white standard
poodles in the Mid-Atlantic U.S. My kennel is in Northern Virginia, just outside Washington,
D.C. Below is a brief introduction to my kennel.
Feel free to browse our pages, and if you would like any further
not hesitate in dropping us a line - either by email or phone.
History of my kennel:
The name Arctus was chosen for its allusion to another favorite creature,
the polar bear, as well as the reference to King Arthur (= arctus, bear)
and the legends of that time that include mystical beasts such as
unicorns, most often depicted as white with dark points like the white
standard poodles I breed. I have done dogs all my life. When I was a
tiny 3 year old, I would drive my parents wild by crawling into fenced
yards where ferocious guard dogs were chained up: "Nice goggie! Nice
goggie!" I was never bitten.
The dogs and I understood one another. When I was in high school I had Collies, but just down the block, a neighbor had a great standard
white, named Jacques, at whom I marvelled for his humor, agility, and
spirit, and I knew I was headed for these dogs someday. After high
I got interested in Afghan Hounds for their strange beauty and beautiful
of any/all colors. (And they are not stupid, as is so often claimed!
were never bred to please us; they were bred to hunt in packs,
live outside together, and to please one another!) In any case, I
finally started breeding white standard poodles in 2000, and now, there is no other breed i would
Well, enough about me! Please enjoy the remainder of my website.