I breed for myself and I want a puppy that is bred to the highest possible standard – The Standard of Excellence
Most breeders have a contract that you must agree to and sign when buying a puppy. The relationship between you the owner and me the breeder will be for the lifetime of the puppy. Puppies are living creatures and they are a product of both genetics and environment. It is for that reason I cannot guarantee nothing will ever go wrong with your puppy. What I can do is offer you a Warranty against certain health conditions and before breeding make sure the sire and dam are healthy. The Irish Wolfhound Club of America recommends the following health testing, Heart, Eyes, Hips and Elbows prior to breeding along with Liver Shunt Testing of the puppy before they go to their new home.
My breeding philosophy (personal Code of Ethics) ensures I do everything I can to produce a healthy, emotionally sound and well-bred puppy. I will do everything in my power to minimize the risk of health or behavioral problems through my knowledge of the parents, grandparents. I will provide you with all the breed education at my disposal. If it is something I am not familiar with rest assured I do know people who have many decades of knowledge and I will seek the answer for you and me.
I cannot force you to feed your puppy a specific food, I cannot force you to attend puppy classes and I will not ask you to sign a contract saying that you will. I do hope you want to do the best you can for your new puppy and I would hope you will always turn to me to discuss any and all concerns or questions you might have.
Because I breed for myself, I do not breed indiscriminately, I do not breed for color, I breed always with the Irish Wolfhound Club of America Standard of Excellence in mind. I do not charge different prices for “rare” (there are no rare colors in Irish Wolfhounds) colors, I do not charge more for males or females, I do not charge more for AKC Limited versus Full Registration. My philosophy is clear, I breed to produce a dog that is an improvement of its sire and dam, always with the Standard of Excellence in mind.
I stand behind every dog I breed and I will for their entire lives. I will help you, I will support you and I will take back your dog at any point in its lifetime. I will not contribute to the problem of unwanted dogs. Know that I am responsible for bringing this life into this world and I will remain responsible until the day he or she passes. It is a responsibility I take very seriously.
As a child I always wanted an Irish Wolfhound. We either had German Shepherds or Dobermans.
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. He was dog and people aggressive, he used to accompany me into my store but soon started growling at the customers and I 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 Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM), rear end weakness due to 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 kennel's 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.
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 before 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 Club of America's 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 Judges 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. The National Irish Wolfhound Association IS NOT a Licensed / Sanctioned Club. They are however a site where all the #HighVolumeForProfitOnly Commercial Kennels are together to better identify. #BuyerBeware
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 as quickly as possible.
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.
#boondocksirishwolfhounds where Integrity is more than just a word.