Breeding

It’s not cheap to breed dogs and you sure don’t get rich doing it but here is some info on how to start as a good breeder . When you plan to breed have a waiting list of homes ready and waiting long before you need them, most good breeders do.

A Breeder has the obligation to the Alaskan Malamute breed to preserve the magnificence of the breed without exploiting it. A breeder also owes others interested in the Alaskan Malamute breed to supply factual information without misrepresentation. It is urged that dogs and bitches only be bred where it is conscientiously felt that such breeding will result in improvement of the breed, and that the owners of both bitch and dog in each breeding supply each other with accurate and complete information on their dog or bitch with respect to CHD probability, hip dysplasia and any other known genetic fault or undesirable characteristic of which you are aware and have reason to believe could be a problem. Each breeder should attempt to accurately evaluate each puppy for the prospective purchaser. Where there is a written agreement, each breeder should be willing to replace a puppy that has been sold or to refund all or a portion of the purchase price if the puppy proves to have a structural defect. It should be considered acceptable to limit the time for such replacement or refund by written agreement and to provide for confirmation of any structural defect by the breeder’s veterinarian. Each breeder should maintain good sanitation and health care for his dogs not only for the sake of his dogs, but also to set a good example for prospective new owners. Each breeder should offer assistance to the new owner with respect to the care and feeding of his or her dog, pointing out the need for selecting a veterinarian immediately for routine health care, and stressing the needed immunizations. All transactions involving breeding, or the sales of dogs or bitches of any age should be evidenced by contracts in writing. It is further recommended that all Malamutes used in breeding be hip x-rayed by a veterinarian with an x-ray machine capable of producing x-ray pictures which would be acceptable to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals upon referral. Every breeder should furnish prospective purchasers with information on hip dysplasia, and chondrodysplasia, or any other known genetic defect prior to the sale of any puppies.

Recommended steps before breeding

1/ Join your nearest Alaskan Malamute Club and become an active member.

2/ Seek out an experienced reputable breeder to become your mentor.

3/ Read the Alaskan Malamute Standard thousands of times and ask as many questions as you wish to, so you fully understand what a Alaskan Malamute should be.

4/ Start a savings account so you have plenty of money for health testing, stud fee’s, whelping costs, vaccinations, worming etc etc..Breeding is very expensive.

5/ Wait until they are at least 2 years old, and get all the proper health clearances first, (CHD, HD, CERF, etc. and NOT breed if ANY of them are not clear). Understand that there are other health problems which mean a dog should not be bred with as well as bad temperments .

6/ Get to know mals ‘bloodlines’, your mentor will be invaluable here.

7/ Understand genetics – Have you read books on dog genetics and do you understand how certain traits are inherited? Your mentor will help as well but read, read and do more reading on genetics. Your mentor should be able to recommend several good books.

9/ Most important, Become active in helping with Alaskan Malamute Rescue / Educating the public about mals.

10/ Having a litter of puppies is a lot of work and realize that the future of the Breed lies in your hands, it is a huge responsibility. Be sure your up for it!
Too many malamute puppies are produced every year and there just are not enough potential owners to go around that are qualified to own a malamute. This breed sometimes attract people who simply have no idea the work involved in making them good pets. It’s HARD to find good homes for malamute puppies. Also, They are your responsibility to take back for rehoming – even 3, 5, 10 years from now! Do you have the facilities to house these “return” dogs?

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