All of our dogs are family dogs; we are not some “large scale breeding operation” but we do things right, and never cut corners. We have been working hard the passed year on getting a track put in to start training our dogs for carting, and by Summer 2021, we hope to be done with all our projects, so that we can start training our young pack to do what they are genetically built for, and love to do!
We love this breed, and took previous knowledge and experience and turned it into a very enjoyable and rewarding lifestyle. We are proud to say that our dogs come from some fabulous bloodlines that would not be possible without a lot of hard work and dedication throughout many generations of ethical breeding. We have a lot of respect for those who have protected these lines, and done everything in their power to maintain the integrity of the breed, while providing quality meaningful lives for ALL their dogs. Due to this strong respect and commitment, we do not offer breeding rights unless we consult with the other breeders whose lines are involved. Only those who have a strong track record of integrity, respect, honesty, and responsible breeding, is even considered.
Ethics and Moral Obligations
As a breeder, regardless of how big or small, there are always moral and ethical obligations we have to our fellow breeders, as well as our puppy families. It is very difficult, to have a fellow breeder make unfair, untrue, or misleading comments, and not want to defend yourself or otherwise set the record straight. The truth is, we have seen what this type of behavior can do to the breeding community, and ultimately what it does to the breed itself. When breeders cannot work together, attack each other, burn bridges by not honoring agreements they make, or take advantage of others – it is a lose-lose for everyone, including the breed. Unfortunately, there is a lot of “drama” that many people don’t see, know about, or even care about, that goes on in the breeding community. Often this “drama” leads some breeders to post things on their websites as a means to either defend themselves, or get back at someone they just don’t like. Whether and instigator does these things because they are trying to mislead people to gain public confidence, or hurt the other person’s reputation in hopes to financially gain from it, it’s disgusting, uncalled for, and simply destructive. There is a big difference between a breeder defending themselves against false accusations, but it’s another for a breeder to deceptively try to hurt another breeder for no reason. So with that being said, we would like to just encourage our site visitors, potential puppy families, or just our friends and followers, to be please always use discernment when reading libel statements on websites or social media.
As a breeder, we also have a moral and ethical obligation to our dogs, pups, and puppy families. We have a respect for those who choose to invest in us as breeders, and the pups that we place. It has been a number one priority, since day one, for us to always provide as much information as possible about the breed, so that families can make a well educated decision. This means we not only discuss the million wonderful things about Malamutes, but also the things that might be challenging and risky too. We do not want our pups to just get sold, “selling” puppies is not our goal. Being fully transparent about the breed is necessary, and there are some things that could end up being challenging for some people, and some living situations. To not be open and honest about these things would be negligent, destructive, and unfair.
Our puppy agreement is written in a way that clearly explains everything: what we expect of our puppy families, and what they can expect of us in ALL circumstances and situations. We do not leave things “open” for interpretation or conflict, and this has proven to be extremely helpful and appreciated by our families. We make a point to get to know our families, and to continue to stay in contact. It is important for us to see our babies as they grow up, and also ensure that what we are producing is positively contributing to the breed. We take this seriously, and know that puppies are living souls who impact the lives of those who they are connected with. We will always care about the long term health and happiness of our babies, and the long term happiness of our families. These precious sentient creatures enter into this world under our love, guidance, and protection, and so it’s our deepest honor to see to it that they are blessed with qualified and loving forever homes.
We understand that there are a lot of people out there who automatically lump “all breeders” into the same category, which is unfortunate, as quality breeding programs are necessary to strengthen and maintain bloodlines and pure breeds. It is because of ethical, moral, and professional breeders, that we still have this magnificent breed in the first place.
What Kind of Set Up do We Have?
Each dog has a spacious 10×10 kennel space equipped with large wooden dens. During winter months, our dogs are given fresh straw daily, and we use a combination of food grade diatomaceous earth and wood shavings as bedding. The diatomaceous earth absorbs moisture, repels parasites and insects, absorbs odor, and helps keep our kennels dry and fresh all year round. To avoid frozen water in the winter, we have created custom heated buckets (pictured left) which we have encased in steel containers. This keeps fresh, clean, unfrozen water available to them and deters them from chewing on plastic. Their water buckets are cleaned daily and disinfected at least once a week. Poop and wet/soiled bedding is removed and replaced daily. Our dogs are NEVER tied or chained or kept inside their enclosures for extended long periods of time. They get to responsibly and safely run and play in our 13k square foot play area with plenty of grass, trees, and natural landscape to help them develop and maintain healthy minds, weight, muscle, joints and bones. We provide them with daily individual attention, tons of love, and meaningful interaction. They are fed a high quality diet, with additional food supplements such as local elk, venison, and/or bison. Occasionally our babies get nice treats like sardines, bone broth, and homemade stew (just for them).
They always have access to fresh clean Rocky Mountain water straight from our well. Although we live in a extreme rural area with abundant wildlife, our Malamutes are always secured in well kept, spacious housing at all times and closely monitored 24/7 via live Wifi video recording surveillance. Our 13k ft play yard is also video monitored and is fortified by electrical fence to deter wildlife from entering. Our outdoor housings are just a few feet away from our home’s main entrance, and is visible at all times. Our dogs are indoor dogs as well, and spend a lot of time indoors with us.
Our Times Together
We often take hikes through the Pike’s Peak region, as well as team up with some of our local “extended families” who have provided loving homes for some of our pups, and go on hikes together and do other fun outdoor activities. Our dogs are constantly socialized, trained, and worked with. We love to go on off road adventures where we can truly appreciate the wild back country of this magnificent place we call home – Colorado. We have spent a lot of time over the past couple years getting our property setup so that our dogs have the best at home, first and foremost.
It is very important to us that folks truly recognize and understand that our dogs are not just “used” to produce pups, and our dogs are not just kept outdoors in kennels. Each one of our dogs are regularly brought inside and spend quality family time indoors as well as outdoors. We are a family who collectively and genuinely appreciates the breed together, and loves to see happy pups go to good folks who have the same love, admiration, and respect for these magnificent animals as we do. We are in the process of creating a track for carting/pulling and have many future goals that we cannot wait to share!
Our Philosophies on a Couple Things…
We do not believe in keeping our dogs, or any animals, inhumanely “locked up” or “tied” for long periods of time, or without proper attention. We are NOT “those” types of people and we will never willingly or knowingly allow our dogs, or their pups, to be treated in any manner that diminishes or challenges their rights as sentient beings. Nothing is more heartbreaking than seeing a dog chained for days and weeks on end without any quality of life. It disgusts us, and we feel there is simply no excuse. Our dogs get daily exercise and playtime, they are not just kept in kennels for days or months on-end, whether they join us on a quick run to the grocery store, go for a hike, or simply enjoy our 13k square foot fenced run here at home, they always have an opportunity to expend energy, stimulate their minds, and enjoy LIFE.
Because of our strong love, commitment, and loyalty to our dogs and their best interest, they know they are deeply cared for, and as a result, are happy, healthy, confident and emotionally well-balanced. They produce beautiful offspring and we could not be more than happy with their temperaments. This is a breed that if you give 100% to them, they will give back even more.
All of our Malamutes are registered with the AKC, and have pedigrees which we are proud of. All of our dogs are registered with the county, micro-chipped, vaccinated according to governing law, and responsibly maintained. We do believe titer testing is much more responsible than over-vaccinating our dogs, so we opt for that if we feel our dogs have plenty of antibodies in their systems (from previous vaccinations) for viruses such as rabies. All ours dogs are on Nuvet, one of the most powerful immune system boosting and maintaining supplements available. Learn more about Nuvet here! We are in full compliance with all local, state and federal laws including the Colorado Department of Agriculture (PACFA). We do not use any systemic flea or tick treatments, the less toxins and chemicals introduced to our dog, in our strong opinion, is best. This does not make us “holistic” nerds, it means we have enough experience and knowledge to know that these chemicals can and do create opportunities for cancers and other long term negative side-effects which we feel the trade off is simply not worth chancing – especially when there are plenty of other natural and safe alternatives that WORK.
We do not willingly support anything that promotes unethical breeding practices or “puppy mill” operations. Please see our “About Us” section for more information regarding our philosophy.
A Word on Genetics and Certifications…
Click here to read our blog post on Why We Don’t OFA Certify Our Dogs. And please, do not think we feel this should be “everyone’s opinion or view” it’s just how we feel at this time and wish to explain why in further detail. We base ALL of our decisions on what is in the best interest of our dogs and the breed. We are constantly doing research and paying attention to the experiences of other reputable breeders, researchers, and veterinary medicine.
Putting otherwise normal healthy dogs with absolutely no sign of any genetic hip disorders through exposure to radiation and evasive potentially harmful processes, just to get a “certification” that essentially means absolutely nothing – it’s just simply not something we personally feel is necessary.
Again, breeders who have any moral or ethical code will not purposely breed a dog that is diagnosed with a significant genetic disorder. There is very apparent symptoms in dogs with genetic hip dysplasia, usually by or before their first birthday. So a breeder should know whether their dogs have this genetic version of this disease long before they are bred. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a “perfect bloodline”, and testing only allows us to do so much. You would not tell a woman whose great great great grandmother died of a rare cancer that she can’t have children because that same thing “could” happen to them or their children… it just does not work that way. People who try to condemn an entire pedigree, generations of healthy dogs, simply because a single dog unfortunately ends up with cancer, is just not thinking clearly at all. There are just too many variables involved to make those types of judgments. As of right now, there is no “magic 8 ball” that can determine whether a puppy will develop a genetic disease or disorder, the OFA cannot even do this with hip dysplasia. The BEST way to REDUCE THE RISK is to get to know your breeder, ask questions – and also DO YOUR PART! Genetics is not the only thing that contributes to disorders that can cause health problems. Proper diet and nutrition, proper exercise, access to clean water and living environment, responsible vaccination (not over vaxing!), the products you decide to use, when and if you spay or neuter – all these things and more play a huge role in the long term health of your beloved canine companion. Ethical breeders do their very best to produce healthy pups which contribute positively to the breed and their lines, and ethical owners fully invest in the long term health and well-being of their puppy (s).
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us, our philosophies and our dogs! It means a lot to us that anyone thinking of purchasing one of our babies understands who we are and what we do!