About Our Alaskan Malamute Puppies
A few word on “Puppy Mills”… When considering a “breeder” to purchase any breed of puppy, always be diligent in your research. Try to avoid “puppy mill” type operations, and truly understand what a puppy mill really is. Unfortunately, to really identify a true puppy mill, you need to do a little work. Puppy mills are not just breeders with a lot of dogs, especially when it comes to Malamutes. Malamutes are often used in sled/mushing teams. They truly are a working breed, so in order to have a good working team, you need to have several, if not quite a few, dogs. Many Malamute breeders also work their dogs, or do things in a “team” or “pack”. Those who are familiar with this breed, and/or utilize these “working dogs” as they are genetically built for, fully understand how to properly maintain and keep order in a “pack”. It’s a lot different than just owning one or two as household companions. So please do not assume that just because a breeder has what appears to be “many” dogs, that this automatically means they are a mill, because it is absolutely not always true.
Puppy Mills are less interested in what they “produce” and will often breed dogs with known genetic disorders or breed dogs that are too old or young to be bred, or dogs that are not physically or emotionally healthy. This is highly frowned upon by ethical breeders who work hard to produce quality puppies and contribute to the integrity and quality of the breed. OFA certifications mean little to nothing, so don’t allow yourself to be fooled by these pieces of paper, because they do NOT guarantee a puppy will not develop hip dysplasia. See our other article on this, Why We Don’t OFA Certify Our Dogs. Puppy Mills also tend to “always” have puppies available, but that might not be the best way to tell if a breeder is operating a “mill” style operation either. Alaskan Malamutes, if happy and healthy, and given a high quality of life, can have litters twice a year with no problem at all. It is actually being documented that females that are bred every cycle can statistically have healthier litters and puppies, have less chances of developing infections and other adverse events during pregnancy and delivery than those who are bred only once a year. As long as a breeder does things right by their dogs, puppies, and the breed itself, they should never be labeled as a “mill” or “backyard breeder”.
Always thoroughly read a breeder’s contract or agreement, ask a ton of questions, do research, find and read REAL reviews, and try to look “between the lines” so you can also identify “breeder war” style competition tactics, they are often used to attack good breeders purposefully. It’s a real shame these things are even an issue, but the world is filled with unethical people who are so full of ego and greed they forget all sense of integrity. Please, never knowingly support a puppy mill operation, this world has enough suffering in it.
Please do plenty of research on the Alaskan Malamute breed FIRST, come out to visit, and/or really be sure that you are willing to provide a forever home and have the lifestyle, time, and financial means to properly care for a Malamute before considering owning one of our babies. Our pups, when available, are only sold to private individual buyers, NOT pet stores or any other “business”. Pups are not “our business”, they are our pleasure and joy, and we take our commitment to their health, happiness, and future very seriously. We want what is best for them, so if you are new to this breed, it is your duty to ensure you know what you are committing yourself to. These dogs often end up in shelters because people do not take the time to properly research the breed and then find out that it’s either too much for them to deal with or they just don’t want to put the time into them that they need. We are usually very lucky and often have qualified loving potential forever homes contact us about pups, and we are very grateful.
Our litters are born at least once a year to each of our healthy happy breeding girls, and are given instant love, affection, and human interaction. We have a young son who plays and socializes with the pups, and we also have a resident cat and ducks, so the pups are familiar with both children and other pets at an early age. This does NOT mean that you should not properly train your puppy to not chase or “kill” other animals, it just means they are used to being around other animals and have already started being taught how to co-exist. Moms are kept in a comfortable and well-protected environment indoors to reduce stress and to ensure the safety and well-being of the newborn pups. Later they are moved outdoors to secure kennels which are video monitored 24/7. They are fed a high quality diet (we currently feed our pups Diamond Naturals All Stages and Diamond Puppy) along with other supplemental foods such as eggs, local deer, antelope and other meats, certain fruits and veggies, clean Rocky Mountain well water, provided with proper pre/post veterinarian care, and are treated as the adored sentient family members that they truly are – from day 1.
We do not have flea or tick issues specifically where we live, but pups are inspected for any and all parasites regardless (especially worms) and are seen and/or treated by a qualified local veterinarian who is skilled and experienced with this breed. Our location is not as prone to many of the different parasites and problems as some other locations, as we live in a very dry cool/cold region, however we still take necessary precautions. Our pups receive individual health screenings, and will come with documentation of health status, along with their first set of shots. We handle worming through our use of Codex Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth, an effective daily treatment which is added directly to their food. We will also use mild chemical wormers such as Strongid as needed. This is something that you will need to continually monitor and be sure to stay up on as parasites go through different life cycles, and fecal exams are commonly known to lack accuracy due to this. What might not be evident one day, could manifest the next. This is why it’s imperative to act quickly if you suspect there is a problem, as puppies are very susceptible to parasites and viruses. We will never release a pup if we have reason to suspect or think that puppy is not in a healthy state or condition. We will hold the puppy back until we feel confident that we are releasing a healthy puppy. Please read this post as well for more information: Thinking about a Puppy?
Local deposit holders are REQUIRED to visit either us at our home to meet the dogs, at least once prior to picking up their puppy. This is part of our screening process, as we want to be sure whoever is going to end up taking one of our pups fully understands the commitment involved.
Puppies can be visited at 4 weeks, no sooner, as moms are usually too overprotective and pups are too susceptible to germs. All visitors are required to spray their shoes with Lysol disinfectant spray and to use hand sanitizer before interacting with puppies. When visits are made, we require you to agree to our visitation agreement which is found on our “Request Visit“ contact form page.
Puppy picks MUST be done between 4-5 weeks after they are born. Puppy pick appointments are made according to the deposit holder’s pick rights. For example, if you have 1st pick male and female, you will be required to make your pick first within a certain time frame or you will have forfeited your pick rights. We CANNOT hold up the process if you are unable to make your pick in a timely fashion as there are others with pick rights whom we are obligated to as well. If you are long distant, and having the puppy shipped, pictures can be provided of all available pups and you can pick this way as well.
If you are interested in owning one of our pups, please READ carefully all the following information regarding the purchasing process BEFORE sending your deposit. Also, you may view our AGREEMENT ahead of time, which must be agreed to BEFORE placing a deposit and signed prior to picking up your puppy.
What we CAN’T offer….
There is no guarantee on phenotype (colors, coats, etc) sexes, or quantity of the litters – EVER. We also do not guarantee that any planned breeding will be successful. When dealing with nature and the natural order of things, these things are simply not something that anyone should ever try to “guarantee”. The dates we post on expected litters are not exact, they are estimated based on what we feel is a close guess as to when to expect litters. There are many factors at play, such as when our females actually go into their heat cycles and when they are individually ready to breed. Sometimes our girls are right on schedule, sometimes they are early or later than expected. It’s all about nature, so please do not assume that the dates we post are ever set in stone. As a general rule, once the heat cycle begins, our females are not ready to actually breed for another 2 weeks. These times can vary from a few days to a few weeks, and again, be either earlier or later. We are not “in the business” to produce pups, so therefore we do not do anything to interfere with their natural processes. Although we intend certain “pairings” there are times when those specific pairings might not work, and so we may try a different pairing. These dogs are multi-level, deeply intelligent, unique individuals and it’s simply not possible or even ethical to judge whether or not a pup is a “good pick” based on color, coat, or even sex alone. Just with any living sentient being, there is a much more deeper connection involved. The Alaskan Malamute breed is stunningly gorgeous and sought after for this quality alone – but we strongly encourage you to also look beyond the superficial, and focus on the inner connection you feel as well when picking out a pup.
There are absolutely NO REFUNDS for deposits or payments made towards pups. You will find this to be a standard among most all breeders. Only in very rare and specific circumstances will we issue refunds, and this is totally left to our discretion, and per our written agreement. Deposits made via PayPal are also NON REFUNDABLE. PayPal does not supersede our seller policy. If something happens which delays an expected litter, your deposit will simply move to the next litter. This can sometimes require you to wait for an additional 6 months to a year. This is not something that usually ever happens, but it’s always a possibility, and something everyone should be aware of and understand if it should ever happen.
Failure to actually READ and fully understand our agreement, how we do things with our dogs and pups, and what we expect of those wishing to own one of our babies, PRIOR to sending a deposit, will be considered a breach of terms. There is no excuse for ignorance when we take as much time and effort to disclose EVERYTHING there is that you should know before making this commitment. It is a major red flag when people email us asking for “price and availability” only, when it’s clearly stated on our website, and if someone doesn’t even take the time to read that – then they will more than likely not be getting one of our babies. We don’t put people through strenuous application processes, background checks etc, but we will not simply just ignore “warning” signs of potential irresponsible individuals. Too many precious animals end up in shelters, abandoned, abused, neglected, or not given the life they deserve, simply because people think all there is to dog ownership is the initial price tag.
We will NEVER suggest that a puppy is “100% clear” of any and all parasites upon leaving our home as this is a very ignorant and irresponsible claim for anyone to make. Things can change on a daily basis, what might not have been there one minute, might be present the next. Parasites in young puppies is an ON-GOING maintenance based process. We choose to use Codex Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth as a daily oral worming treatment because it is highly effective against most common parasites while also providing additional beneficial minerals. FG DE is used in zoos, sanctuaries and farms across the country, is much easier on a young puppy’s system than many chemical wormers, and it is what we CHOOSE to use as our main source of combating parasites. We also use a mild chemical wormer, Strongid, at least once before the pups leave to their new homes. Coccidia is very commonly present in puppies, and if a puppy becomes too stressed out when leaving to go to their new homes, this can lower their immune system, making them vulnerable, and can allow certain things to manifest quickly and without warning. Coccidia can be fatal if allowed to go untreated, especially when suspected in puppies. This is why our agreement specifically states that we require having a puppy RE-CHECKED by your veterinarian within 3 days to ensure that your puppy is STILL in a healthy state of being. Additional concerns during transporting/transitioning to a new home: Alaskan Malamute puppies cannot be overheated, allowed to become dehydrated, or exposed to too much too quickly. Puppies PREFER to be cool and get overheated very easily. Many inexperienced “new owners” will make the mistake of wanting to keep them too warm, cover them with blankets, or cuddle them to the point where they are just too hot. Our puppies are often used to temperatures reaching near ZERO degrees, they thrive in these lower temperatures – never think an Alaskan Malamute is too cold! Please see this additional article on this topic as there is MUCH more to KNOW: Thinking about a Puppy?
Payments/deposits we receive are used to provide for the dog’s and puppies upkeep, care, and enrichment of life; this is something that cannot be refunded under any circumstance. We have a very thorough agreement which clearly explains our policies and the terms of receiving a puppy. We will often accept deposits months in advance of breedings to give people a chance to finance their puppy over the course of 6 months to a year, and to ensure that we will be able to place the majority of a litter with qualified loving forever homes.
What we CAN offer….
Healthy, Happy, Beautiful Companions that will provide Unconditional Uncapped Love, and Joy!
Flexible and convenient ways to pay for pups
Our puppies come with a health certificate from a trusted and respectable local veterinarian. Pups also come with shot and worming record, and a bag of useful goodies to take home! We also ask to take a photo of you with your puppy on the day of pickup so that we can place you in our “Happily Ever Afters Gallery” section of our website (coming soon).
We offer a stress-free process that not only provides peace of mind, but also guarantees that anyone with the ability to properly provide a loving forever-home to one of our babies, has the opportunity to do so. Starting in 2019, we will also offer a $200 discount to verified Active Military/Veterans. You must inquire about this discount BEFORE sending your initial deposit for us to be able to honor it.
Pricing and Payment
The price for puppies is $1800 USD
Payments can either be made in full, or in payments of $600
- $600 Initial Deposit to hold rights to First, Second or Third Pick Male/Female (Can be made via PayPal) (No guarantee on sexes until litters are born)
- $600 when pups are born (Can be made via PayPal)
- $600 when pup is 6 weeks old, 2 weeks prior to pickup day. (Cannot be made via PayPal, must be made by Cash in person, Cashier’s Check or Money Order).
Any and all payments must be clear before the puppy is released – so if you intend on paying with a check for final payment, be sure that we have it in advance and that it has cleared prior to pickup date. *Paypal payment links for initial deposit payments will be on “Upcoming Litters” page for each litter we are expecting. We will email Paypal payment requests for 2nd payment.
Final payment cannot be made via Paypal and must be received 2 weeks prior to 8 week old “pick up” date (when pups are 6 weeks old) and fully cleared.
You will receive either a digital or handwritten confirmation for each payment.
*Please NOTE: If you make a payment/deposit using PayPal, there are still NO REFUNDS. PayPal does NOT supersede the terms of our WRITTEN AGREEMENT or policies on refunds. If you choose to request a refund via PayPal at any time, we will have no choice but to pursue legal action for damages. Please be sure you are fully aware and accept the terms of our agreement PRIOR to sending in a deposit.
There is never an obligation to any litter. If pups are born, and you don’t connect with any of the pups in that litter, your deposit will simply move onto the next litter. This may require you to wait another 6 months to a year for more litters to be born.
We would rather you wait for the right pup, than to purchase a pup that you are not fully committed to.
Again, please note that after the second payment is made, and you have selected your pup, the last payment MUST be made (checks cleared) before the pup can go to his/her new home. If you cannot make the last payment, the pup will be offered to individuals on the waiting list, however, your investment, will move onto the next litter. Although we do not offer refunds, we also don’t steal people’s money – your payments will never be “lost”.
We are under no obligation to offer a pup to anyone we do not feel comfortable with. This should be a very rare circumstance, but if that were to ever happen, any and all deposits would be returned. This is one of the only times where a deposit (s) would be refunded.
Although we do not conduct background checks or require proof of any certain living arrangements or other “criteria”, we do reserve the FULL RIGHT to turn away anyone we feel is not qualified to own one of our babies. If that decision is ever made after receiving a deposit or payments (s), that is also one of the only rare times a refund will be given. These dogs deserve FOREVER homes, and homes that provide a safe and loving environment. If you cannot make this commitment, then please do NOT consider one of our babies. If you live in an apartment or rent your home, you MUST be sure that you are allowed to have an Alaskan Malamute, and understand that these dogs require an active lifestyle and cannot be expected to constantly exist within the confines of 4 walls. You need to understand that they can be intimidating to others and require strong leadership and training. This is an arctic working dog breed, and although beautiful and highly sought after, they are not meant to live solely indoors or without proper training.
Breeding Rights and AKC Registration – UPDATED
We do not offer breeding rights or limited AKC registration with the standard purchasing of our pups. All of our adult dogs who are/will produce litters are registered with the AKC. Information on all our dogs, and their lineages, can be found here on our website, as well as Snow Pack Alaskan Malamute’s website. We cannot give copies of pedigrees or registration certificates of parents unless we have proof of neutering or spaying. We can show you the paperwork in person, but cannot provide physical copies. There are many unscrupulous individuals looking to breed without going through the proper channels, and we must protect ourselves and our lines from being stolen and/or abused. Our puppies are sold as companions only. Due to the nature of these types of purchases, it is not necessary to register puppies in order to prove their pedigree. If AKC limited registration is requested, there is an additional fee, and you must wait until the puppy has been spay/neutered before those papers will be given. Proof of spay and neuter along with contact information of veterinarian who performs the surgery must be provided. We suggest waiting until the pup reaches sexual maturity, approx 17 months, before spay/neuter. For breeders who may be interested, please contact us directly for information regarding pedigree information and AKC full registration for breeding purposes.
PLEASE KNOW we do not just hand out breeding rights to just anyone. We go through an extensive process when deciding to offer breeding rights as we have a commitment to these lines, the breed itself, and to our fellow breeders we have come to know, respect, and work with. Breeding these dogs is challenging and requires an ethical and experienced approach. Thank you for respecting our values and our position regarding these types of inquiries. If we agree to offer breeding rights, please know there is an additional fee and possibly additional terms.
Our dogs will NEVER know a life where profit means more than their own well-being and happiness.
If you purchase a puppy from us, and then decide that you cannot properly care for him/her during any point in time, ALWAYS contact us first before the health or well-being of the dog is affected, or before bringing the dog to a shelter or giving him/her to someone who may not be able to properly provide care. Failure to do so puts you in direct breach of the terms of our agreement. When re-homing a Mal, there are many things to consider, for the sake of everyone involved. Allow us to help you in the process, and if possible, we will accept the dog back into our own care. Many times people will just sell a Mal they can no longer care for, hoping to recoup some of the monetary investment they have made. Let me assure you, this is not always in the best interest of the Malamute. No animal is “without rights”, please know this as a FACT, not merely a belief. If you are interested in helping a rescue, there are times where we are looking for qualified re-home opportunities for Mals that we come to learn about. These are often not our pups, and we do not assume any liability for any re-home. Re-homes are only offered to those with verifiable experience with the breed, and only to homes that meet any specific special needs requirements. The goal is to provide these dogs with a safe, healthy, and well-balanced FOREVER HOME. That is, and always should be, the 1st priority of any animal owner.
Upcoming Litters and Available Puppies
If you are interested in owning one of our precious babies, please click here to see upcoming litters and/or any available puppies at this time. If you would like to be added to our waiting list, please send us a quick message using this form, click here, and your email will be kept on file and you will be notified of upcoming litters via email. Puppies go VERY quickly. If you are certain you are interested in one of our upcoming litters, please know we can only hold pups for those who have made deposits. Thank you!