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"Ethical breeders work to support their dogs; their dogs do not support them."
"If there is any indication that the sale of puppies is paying the mortgage, that the dogs are supporting the breeder, walk away."
"The chance that a Breeder who is USDA-Licensed is not a Puppymiller is essentially nil. Ethical breeders do not produce enough puppies to require this licensure."
I dreamed of having Irish Wolfhounds as a child. I grew up
with German Shepherds and Dobermans but could not talk my parents into one. So in 2000, after buying 40 acres in Southeast Iowa, I began my search.
I started by reading everything I could find, then went to a few All Breed Dog Shows, then to a Irish Wolfhound Match. In 2006, I finally acquired my first and in 2009 my second.
My second, I decided to show at Irish Wolfhound events and All Breed Shows, although he was not the best, we learned together and we did achieve a Championship title along with his Canine Good Citizenship and a Rally Novice Title. Not every Champion should be bred, so I neutered him.
He came from a woman in Independence Kansas, who although I did not know at the time pumps out puppies, strictly for profit. She only goes to All Breed Dog Shows, hires professional handlers to acquire titles to SELL MORE PUPPIES. Aengus was dog and people aggressive, he used to accompany me into my store but soon started growling at the customers so he could no longer come with me and I would certainly would not allow him around my Grandson. Temperment is genetic and you should never breed a dog with any type of temperament issues. He constantly had to be supervised around people. At the age of 5 he also developed Heart failure, rear end weakness and Hip dysplasia. She wanted to use him to breed a couple of her females and I refused. His Conformation was poor, straight in the front and rear, full dewlap, no rise, not much bone and substance, no tuck up, but the worst fault was the temperament. An example of this kennels breeding practices can be seen here. iwdb.org search Paris Nunneley Centurion Queen, this poor girl was bred 8 times, the first before she turned 2 yrs old. #HighVolumeForProfitOnlyBreeder
My first litter was born Jan. 6, 2015 and I kept 2 puppies to carry on. Any other planned breedings will be to establish my breeding program. Quality is much more important than quantity. With that in mind my goal is to produce quality Irish Wolfhounds that are sound both physically and mentally, adhering to the Irish Wolfhound Standard of Excellence.
I try to get to as many Irish Wolfhound Specialties as possible, my dogs are always Owner Handled. Attending Specialties is a must, anyone who does not, is not a serious breeder, who wants to preserve the breed and only cares about titles to SELL MORE PUPPIES. Attending and showing at only All Breed Shows is a GAME and one in which the player participates in to gain more profits. If you are serious about the Science and Art of Breeding, you will attend and show to Judge's who are Breeder / Owners themselves.
Northstar Irish Wolfhound Club - Active (Currently Secretary)
Scott County Kennel Club
AKC Breeder of Merit
AKC Bred With Heart
West Liberty Chamber of Commerce (former Board Member)
Owner of PineTree Interiors LLC (Flooring Sales & Installation) Est. 2006
Monetarily support the Irish Wolfhound Club of America (by buying Club clothing with their logo, donating money for the National Specialty, paying dues, donating floor cleaning products for the Silent Auction).
Being a member of a Regional Club or your parent club is very important. The for profit only commercial breeders have now started a club trying to legitimize themselves. Just because you call yourselves a club doesn't make it so. They are not sanctioned / licensed through the American Kennel Club.
It’s all about the puppy, isn’t it?
When you choose to bring a puppy into your home, it should involve a very thoughtful decision- making process. After all it is not a pair of shoes you are ordering on Amazon.
As you begin your search, please consider the following:
Although no standardized legal definition for “puppy mill” exists, a definition was established in the Minnesota case Avenson v. Zegart in 1984 as “a dog breeding operation in which the health of the dogs is disregarded in order to maintain a low overhead and maximize profits”.
Puppy mills are commercial breeding facilities that mass produce dogs for sale either directly to consumers through classified ads or classified ads on the internet, such as Facebook, Puppyfind, Next Day Pets, Craig’s List or Pet Stores. They have even started to place ads on the AKC site in their every increasing search to off load puppies.
In most states, these commercial breeding kennels can and do legally keep hundreds of dogs in cages (kennels) for the sole purpose of continuously churning out puppies. This is what they consider a job. This is their cash crop and only source of income.
Adult animals are continuously bred until they can no longer produce. They are only motivated by profit.
Some things to keep in mind when searching for that perfect puppy.
Be a responsible informed consumer.
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