|For those just starting out in researching where to get
their first dog, it can sometimes be difficult to
distinguish between a not so great breeder and a
reputable breeder. Unethical breeders are
responsible for 99% of the malamutes that end up in
rescues and shelters. Responsible breeders are not
a burden on rescue! The below can give you some
guidelines and help to chose a reputable breeder.
|These are some pups that were
born when their pregnant mom
was taken in by Malamute
Rescue in IL. Most rescues don't
have the resources for taking in
many dogs, and sadly, some
dogs won't be saved and will die.
|This is Sahara - she is the mom of
the pups. Sahara was most likely
bought from a backyard breeder
who was more interested in how
much money he could get for his
pups than the homes they went to.
Sahara was obviously never
spayed by her previous owners,
and was either deliberately bred, or
got out of her yard and ended up in
rescue very pregnant. Sahara and
all of her pups found wonderful
homes through IAMRA.
|Babe ended up in rescue at the age of 10 when her
owner could no longer care for her - she was bought
as a pup from a backyard breeder by an 85 year old
man. Mals can live to be over 12 years old. Was it
responsible to sell a puppy to this man if you weren't
prepared to take it back when he could no longer
care for her?
|One of the best ways to discern between a reputable breeder and an unethical breeder or puppy mill are HEALTH CLEARANCES
through OFA or Penn Hip. OFA and Penn Hip certificates are issued by a team of experts who have evaluated the various tests
performed (hips, elbows, eyes, PN, heart, thyroid and many more) on the dogs being bred. Unethical breeders when asked about
health clearances will say, 'Oh I know my dogs are healthy or my vet looked at them'. They claim there's no guarantee that the dog
will be healthy so why bother doing them. And there are no guarantees when dealing with live beings. But think on this analogy:
Why wear a seatbelt if it doesn't give any guarantees you won't die or be seriously injured in a crash? Because chances that it will
help are higher than chances it won't, and the same goes for health clearances when breeding dogs.
So why wouldn't a breeder perform them?
Buying a pup from a breeder who has health tested their dogs increases the chances that your pup will be healthy. And you know
you will be getting a pup from a breeder who cares about the dogs they are breeding and the families they are placing them with to
give their pups the best foot forward.
|This dog is watching her team
leave for a run without her. Her
working career was cut short
when it was discovered she was
dysplastic at the age of 5 years.
Though OFA'ing hips isn't an
absolute guarantee of no hip
dysplasia, the proof that it does
help lies in the overall breed hip
health compared to 30 - 40 years
ago, when as many as half a litter
could be dysplastic.
|Reputable breeders work hard to
expose their puppies to real life -
different sights, sounds, textures,
people - to help them to be well
balanced sound pups, ready for
their new families. Here, these
pups are waiting while the house
is being puppy proofed so they can
come out of their pen and explore.
|Reputable breeders evaluate the
conformation of their pups, not just
for selection of show homes, but to
learn what their breeding has
produced. Not every pup in every
litter will be a show prospect, but
that doesn't mean it won't be a
perfectly wonderful and sound pet.
|Reputable breeders don't sell their
pups on a first come first serve
basis. Temperaments are
evaluated to ensure the right pup
is placed with the right family.