DireWolf Dog Breeding Policies
Our policies on breeding:
~ We do NOT believe in the myth that female dogs bred on their first heat will have complications or stunted growth. This notion has been refuted with solid evidence to the contrary since 1932. We do not normally breed females on their first heat, however, because we perform preliminary hip/elbow x-rays prior to breeding any dog, male or female. This means that both the male and the female will be at least 13-15 months old before mating will occur. This is further proof to you and ourselves that we have done everything we humanly can to eliminate any health issues in our lines.
~ We will only breed when we have deposits down on future litters. We breed solely to advance the American Alsatian dog breed, but because breeding dogs is not our sole responsibility we simply cannot bring puppies into this world that do not already have potential homes. If you are interested in putting a deposit down on a litter, please visit our Buying a DireWolf Dog page.
~ We only breed any one female on consecutive seasons if she is physically ready and had no complications from the last litter. We have NOT been able to produce any solid research behind a female's need to recuperate between litters. There are, however, prominent breeders with whom we are in contact who have years of documentation on females bred consecutively for several years without any complications whatsoever.
~ All of our dogs are well socialized and are trained in obedience. We exercise all of our dogs regularly in order to keep them in top condition, especially our breeding stock. We also feed only all natural foods. We currently feed our dogs Taste of the Wild High Prairie Formula (Bison and Venison). They eat between 2 1/2 to 5 cups of food a day depending on their needs.
~ From time to time, we may need to adopt out one of our breeding stock to a special home in order to continue our work of improving the breed one generation at a time. The adopted dog will be spayed or neutered before traveling to its new forever home. When this is the case, we will post a "For Sale" sign on our DireWolf Dogs page as well as on the dog's respective page. We will, of course, have a hard time saying good-bye.
~ We require all pet quality puppies to be spayed or neutered. This is required in order to eliminate unwanted pregnancies within our breed in the future. If you choose not to spay or neuter your DireWolf Dog, you must refrain from using the title American Alsatian™ and/or DireWolf Dog™ for any puppies produced, which are both trademarked terms.
~ Following Colorado state's animal welfare laws, all American Alsatian puppies shall be at least 8 weeks old before leaving Vallecito Alsatians. There will be no exceptions.
Back to Back Breeding (Dr Kate Schoeffel)
OFA Prelims (Orthopedic Foundation For Animals)
How to Breed Dogs (Leon F. Whitney, DVM)