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How to Choose a Great Breeder



Before choosing any breeder, the most important thing you must do is research, research, research! 


Learn about content and percentages first and foremost so you can at least determine whether of not the breeder of your choice is misrepping, either intentionally or unintentionally. 


Research the various dog breeds and wolf subspecies used in wolfdog lines. Then educate yourself on wolfdog behavior and biological functioning. 


Learn about proper containment, diet, training and socializing


Breeders don't mind answering questions about their lines and what to expect when owning one of their pups, but not all of them have the time to educate you from the ground up.


Once you have done adequate research, and you are confident you can handle a wolfdog, you can get started on seeking out a breeder.





Here are some tips on how to choose a breeder, and what to look for in a reputable breeder.

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#1:

~ Locate a breeder who produces pups in the content range you are aiming for. 


If you are a beginner and are looking for a low or mid content wolfdog, it will do you no good to ask about the upcoming litter of a high content breeder. It is okay to ask a reputable breeder of high contents if they know of any reputable low or mid content breeders. Most of the time, they will happily point you in the right direction.




#2:

~ Always look for a breeder who will talk to you and help you during the life of your wolfdog.


Avoid breeders who don't ask you any questions regarding your experience level, containment set up or state and county legalities. Reputable breeders will want to have long discussions with you, preferably over the phone, in regards to why you want a wolfdog pup, how you plan on raising it, whether or not you have a wolfdog-friendly vet, and even request pictures of your previous/current wolfdog. A good breeder will encourage photo updates and continued questions even after you take the pup home with you.





#3:

~ Look for a breeder who will be willing to take the pup back [at any age] should any unforeseen misfortune occur where your situation does not allow you to find your wolfdog a proper home.


Avoid any breeder, regardless of how popular they are, who doesn't take their pups back should you be unable to keep it. All reputable breeders have a clause in their contract regarding returns. A good breeder should insist on getting their pups back, even if it is turned over to a rescue, shelter or sanctuary.





#4:

~ Find a breeder who will quiz you and talk to you for a long time, and doesn't want to rush you through the process just so they can get the money from you.


If the breeder demands the fee before any questions are asked regarding your skill level, legalities in your area or questions involving containment, it is unlikely the breeder cares for anything other than money. If the site has a Pay Now button, move on. This breeder will not be helpful and their lust for money likely outweighs their honesty regarding their bloodlines.





#5:

~ Find a breeder who will let you see not only the parents, but the pups' siblings as well, if possible. 


Beware of shady breeders who won't show you anything. Many breeders, even those with a "good reputation" will refuse to allow anyone on their property to see the animals, and will insist on meeting in a parking lot somewhere. Avoid breeders who have inconsistent stories. If the breeder seems shady and won't let you view the animals through anything but a photo, there's a good chance the photos are stolen from someone else.





#6:
~ Make sure the breeder you choose is well-informed and very knowledgeable about the breed. 


The amount of misrepping wolfdog breeders is staggering. While many knowingly misrep in order to make more money off of their nordic-cross pups, most breeders who misrepresent do it unknowingly. And while some are willing to learn with gentle education, others become stubborn and hardened by the idea that they don't know as much as they think they do. 

This is also a good way to test your own knowledge of the different wolfdog contents. If you come across an ad where the breeder is claiming high content on blue-eyed, curly tailed pups that look suspiciously like huskies, you might consider moving on. If you talk to a breeder who claims that their high-contents live in the house 24/7, protect the family against danger, barks at strangers and was "found in the wild", those are all red flags that let you know to keep searching. 

Some breeders go as far as claiming that wolfdogs are in the feline family and require shots made for horses. Avoid breeders who know nothing about the animals they breed.




#7:
~ Select a breeder who does not bash other good breeders

Breeders who do this are very suspicious and obviously have to resort to such underhanded practices in order to sell their own pups. This happens in the wolfdog world more often that you'd think. These breeders create lists of their rivals with links to their websites and dub them "bad breeders" in order to eliminate competition.

They also encourage friends to create and publish these lists for them. While some breeders listed are actually true misreppers or have poor breeding practices, remember to take the information with a grain of salt. Among them are several reputable breeders lumped together with the bad ones. 

Breeders that bash other breeders without proof of their accusations should be avoided at all costs. Asking a simple question or showing your appreciation for a breeder they do not approve of will likely result in these breeders adding you to their "DO NOT SELL/DO NOT ADOPT" lists. They will encourage (or threaten) other breeders to not sell to you, making it nearly impossible for you to purchase a pup from anyone but a bad/misrepping breeder.

Due to the sly nature and mobster mentality of these breeders, they are most often revered (and feared) by the majority of the wolfdog community, and themselves are listed as "reputable breeders".




#8:
~ Of course, find a breeder who breeds for personality and health, with appearance being secondary.

Too many breeders breed strictly for wolf appearance, taking no consideration for personality or health. The animals being bred are more often than not skittish, aggressive or severely inbred. The animals certainly look like pure wolves, but unfortunately they act like wild animals. A good breeder should pair healthy animals with the personalities that compliment one another. While a wolfy appearance is also important, it should be secondary. 

Go for a breeder that produces pups that are healthy, robust, free of genetic defects, and come from parents that have gentle dispositions. Search for a breeder who doesn't breed animals with severely aggressive Winter Wolf Syndrome, but still maintain a pure wolf look. It is possible to have all of these great qualities in a high content. 




#9:
~ And most importantly of all, find a breeder who has many happy customers.

Ask if you can talk to some of their past customers to see if they were satisfied with their pup; a good breeder will have no problem connecting you to their previous customers as references. Remember that not all popular breeders are good, and not all unpopular breeders are bad. A quick glance into the wolfdog community via a few Facebook groups is a good indicator on who is helpful, kind and respectful, who is pious, arrogant and rude, and who has good intentions but are sadly clueless.



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Use your discretion when choosing a breeder. Educate yourself first. Do as much research as possible on wolfdogs before even thinking of talking to a breeder.



The breeder should use discretion when choosing the right home for their pups. They will quiz you, they expect you to quiz them, and they will offer their help and advice whenever you ask for it.



Choose wisely!

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