Finding a Reputable, Experienced Breeder
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*When a reputable breeder sells a puppy, they are looking for a loving and permanent home for that puppy!
*A Reputable Breeder will NOT breed a Dam or Sire at an age that is inappropriate for their breed
(too young or too old) according to AKC standards.
*The #1 goal of every RESPONSIBLE breeder is to produce puppies that are BETTER than their parents.
*A good breeder will take the time to explain how their puppies are raised and what is done to socialize the dog. They will want to stay in touch with you to know how the puppy is developing and growing. They will be available for help and advice for the lifetime of the puppy you acquired from them.
*They will not sell their puppies to just anyone who wants a Siberian Husky.
*Do not assume that because a Siberian Husky appeals to you, it is therefore the right breed for you.
If you have decided to get a Siberian Husky, the conscientious breeder will help you to decide if a Siberian Husky is a good breed for your lifestyle.
*The breeder will be interested in you and that's why they will be asking you to fill out a detailed form to know you, your family, and your lifestyle. Answer honestly! They will want to know if you previously owned dogs; which breed; what happened to these dogs; if you presently own a dog; if you have children and how old they are; what made you decide to inquire about a Siberian Husky; if you live in an apartment, a house or other; if you have a fenced yard; how many hours a day you are away from home; whether you prefer a male or female, color, etc…
*Siberian Husky breeders must make potential owners aware that the Siberian Husky is a wonderful and very special breed but is not for everybody and should explain why.
*Take the time to locate a breeder who is committed to breeding excellence. "“Physical appearance is not the only concern of a reputable breeder". The personality of the dog is something you will live with for many years.
Any conscientious breeder will be more than happy to discuss a particular puppy's family background. They will describe the result of similar breedings so that you can be able to judge the background of the puppy.
Do NOT trust a breeder who is critical of other breeders. If they have to do that to prove how good they are, go away from them quickly and continue your search. Good breeders are working and sharing their knowledge with other breeders and have no time for criticizing others.
A breeder that ‘bashes’ another breeder is NOT worthy of your time!
Beware of hypocritical breeders, that say one thing and then do another!
*The most important thing a Sibe can be is man's best friend & the breeder should emphasize this.
*A good breeder knows there is NO such thing as a ‘stupid’ question.
*To have a quality & beautiful puppy in good physical health is not enough; he/she should be raised to be a great companion also. Be cautious with a breeder who speaks too much about his wins or multitude of champions (shows and/or performance). Ask the breeder their motivation for breeding and showing. "Breeding for show purpose will always be secondary to the welfare of the breed".
*Ask for References.
Showing dogs is an integral part of some breeder's world. Many people are showing because they are dedicated to their breed and want to produce dogs as close as possible to the standard. But many also, unfortunately, show their dogs for the ego trip of the win or for owning top winners. These things have their place but it is much more important to hear about the breeding program, the work put into it and the progress of the breeder.
*Champions are champions and not necessarily the best reproducers. The well-known sentence: Breed the Best to the Best and you will have the Best does not mean: breed a Champion to a Champion and you will have a Champion (or the best)!
*Experienced breeders will agree with what Richard G. Beauchamps wrote in "Success in show dogs" (The Stud Dog - Dogs in Review - February 1999): "the biggest mistake a breeder, novice or veteran can make is to confuse their show dogs with their breeding stock...This is not to say a winning dog can not also be an outstanding reproducer...But I cannot stress strongly enough that it is the producing ability that must be looked to and not the show record!"
*A good breeder will provide you with info on the breed, photos of the puppies, a complete health record (immunizations, wormings) of the only the Puppy. They will also include info on how to feed the puppy and other important information about the breed.
*A good breeder will ask that you spay or neuter the puppy and this should also be indicated in the sales contract.
*A reputable breeder loves their dogs at heart and they care about each and every puppy. They do not make a profit from the sale of their puppies. It is even difficult to break even. It is a lifetime commitment and a reputable breeder does it only for the love and the betterment of the breed.
*Take your time! Don't be afraid to ask a lot of questions; make a list of them. At the end, you should have a positive feeling.
*If you trust the breeder you found and decide to go with them, enjoy the new relationship with them (often the onset of a new friendship) and prepare yourself to receive your Siberian Husky puppy, he/she will bring you a lifetime of happiness, companionship, devotion and love!
PLEASE RESEARCH THIS BREED COMPLETELY BEFORE ACQUIRING ONE OR MORE!
There are TOO many Siberians in shelters and foster homes, because of people that did NOT
understand what they were getting into!
Siberian Husky Breed Standard
His moderately compact and well furred body, erect ears and brush tail suggest his Northern heritage.
His characteristic gait is smooth and seemingly effortless.
He performs his original function in harness most capably, carrying a light load at a moderate speed over great distances.
His body proportions and form reflect this basic balance of power, speed and endurance.
The males of the Siberian Husky breed are masculine but never coarse; the bitches are feminine but without weakness of structure.
In proper condition, with muscle firm and well developed, the Siberian Husky does not carry excess weight.
Weight--Males, 45 to 60 pounds. Bitches, 35 to 50 pounds.
Weight is in proportion to height.
The measurements mentioned above represent the extreme height and weight limits with no preference given to either extreme.
In profile, the length of the body from the point of the shoulder to the rear point of the croup is slightly longer than the height of the body from the ground to the top of the withers.