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Irish Wolfhound Puppies For Sale
All Puppies will be Liver Shunt Tested and CAER (Eye Test) before placing in their new homes. I Liver Shunt Test when pups are almost 10 weeks old. Tests are sent to Michigan State, results are usually back within 3 to 5 days. I as the breeder pay for this test as it is my responsibility not yours. Anyone who agrees to test their puppies and you pay for it as an additional fee is a puppy mill.
Litter Planned for 2021
I have a planned breeding in July / August 2021
I will be keeping a Female from this litter.
All Puppies are sold as Companion / Pet on a AKC Limited Registration only
If you are interested in inquiring about a puppy please fill out the Puppy Questionnaire below and return it. You can return either by USPS or email.
All other puppies that are sold will be on Limited Registration for Companion Pets only.
Puppies are $3000 Limited Registration
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Please fill out the Puppy Questionnaire and return either by the USPS or email. Once received I will review the Questionnaire and schedule a time to speak by phone. I own a Flooring Company and I have found it is easier to organize the Questionnaires in a Binder rather than keep track of phone calls or random emails.
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If a "breeder" "sells" you a Show Puppy before they are conceived or born please walk away. First and foremost there are no guarantees, there is no crystal ball. Beware of someone making such claims.
November 8, 2018
CHICKEN OR THE EGG?
After reading yet another sorry tale about a poor Irish Wolfhound female used up and discarded because her profitability was nearing the end, I have to say I am angry. She was bred purposely 6 times that can be documented, and the last (7th time) an oops, supposedly but who knows for sure. Luckily for her she is now in a wonderful home where she will be loved and well taken care of and never, never have another litter of puppies.
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”. So I will make no distinction nor apologizes between the terms Backyard Breeder, Commercial Kennel, they are all Puppy Mills as the health of the dogs and puppies suffer. Makes not a bit of difference whether it is because they wish to maintain a low overhead or it is out of ignorance on how to properly breed and raise puppies.
This is going to ruffle feathers on both sides, but as I learned many years ago, “you will cool down in the same skin you got hot in”.
In 2000 when I started looking for a Irish Wolfhound, there was a breeder close to me who also was a member of the IWCA (Irish Wolfhound Club of America). I contacted her and my husband and I went to her home to meet her and her dogs.
I kept in contact hoping to purchase a male puppy for a companion only, unfortunately she never had a litter. I also contacted people from the IWCA, spoke to them over a period of 5 years but they were unwilling to give me the time of day.
Fast forward to 2006, still looking for a puppy, I called JoDee Shearer from Wall, SD and purchased a female from her, with plans to breed my own. I then purchased a male puppy from Cindy Biehler in Kansas. By chance, I found an announcement for a GLIWA (Great Lakes Irish Wolfhound Association) Match and decided to go and check things out. Leaving my dogs at home, my sister and I drove to Racine, WI.
I have to admit, I was treated horribly from most there but the experience really opened my eyes. My sister said to me “do you really want to be around these people”? I told her “it’s not about them and their egos, it’s about the dogs”. After looking at the dogs at the match I saw instantly that my male and female at home should not be bred. That started me on journey, to find someone willing to “mentor” me. After almost 3 years of calling Joel Mattson and asking all kinds of questions, he had a puppy for me. I also was really given a gift from Laurie Morris because of my persistence and willingness to learn in the form of my beautiful River.
My first two Wolfhounds were not well bred and both had temperament issues. The male also had Hip Dysplasia and Congestive Heart Failure. Neither of the Puppy millers cared about either of the dogs that they bred past cashing my check. I often contemplate why other people with poorly bred Wolfhounds can not see what I instantly saw when attending my first Wolfhound show. I did show the male, he was my show practice dog, I learned from him always knowing that he would never be bred much to Cindy Biehler’s anger.
After 2 and a half years of dragging him to shows, I did manage to finish him. So when I say, you can finish anything at an All Breed show given time and money to enter, I am speaking from experience.
Today, we are becoming enablers of the Puppy Mills by coddling the buyers of their puppies. It truly is simple economics. Why is the quantity of Puppy Mills exploding? Because people keep buying from them. They then receive nothing from the Mills and come on the Facebook pages searching for advise that would have been taken care of from a quality breeder if you, the buyer would have waited and purchased from them.
Another of the most recent sad stories, a puppy was put down because of Liver Shunt and other medical problems. Will this Mill continue to sell, you bet.
Congratulations, buyers you have just proven to the Puppy Mills they can even sell sick puppies. Until you stop your instant gratification, I want, what I want, and I want it now, puppies will continue to be bred by Puppy Millers. If you continue to purchase the puppies not Liver Shunt tested, thrown away from their littermates at 8 weeks and in some cases even 6 weeks, no deworming, no vaccinations, all for the love of the almighty dollar, you are the problem. Your check just condemned a new puppy to be born into unhealthy conditions. Remember it is simple economics.
If you quit buying from them, I guarantee they will quit breeding as much. If they are “stuck” with 10, 11 or 12 week old puppies they no longer will enjoy a low overhead to maximize their profits. The poor females who start having puppies before the age of 2 and continue until 8 years old, sometimes having up to 8 litters will have some quality of life.
There will always be Puppy Mills, that is the sad reality but, the number can and will be reduced if they are unable to off load puppies at 8 weeks without Liver Shunt testing.
Buyers the fate and welfare of this noble ancient breed is in your hands. Are you willing to wait for the quality breeder? I see way to many Wolfhounds that are Wolfhounds in name only, small skinny, no bone, no substance, snippy headed things. I wanted Wolfhounds that actually looked like and acted like Wolfhounds, that along with their temperaments is the reason my first 2 were never bred.
Chicken or the Egg? It doesn’t matter does it? What matters is “will you be part of the solution or continue to contribute to the ever increasing number of Puppy Mills?” Remember if you continue to buy, they will continue to mass produce.
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