That does not sound like a reputable breeder to me and I would be afraid my money would be supporting a BYB. Probably a moot point if they won't even answer your emails.
I don't know about Poodles. What sort of health ailments are they prone to? What clearances do reputable breeders put on their dogs before breeding? I assume the usual hips, elbows, eyes and heart as most of the larger breeds are prone to problems like that. But I think Poodles are a bad breed for Von Willdebrands (sp?) right? So can breeders clear for that?
I assume, as with my breed, Lab, that with Poodles you also look for some kind of work in conformation or a performance sport, probably agility for you, OP, I think you do agility?