Thinking about buying a Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, Akita or Samoyed puppy, but with so many ways to get your new pet where do you start?
First, you’ll need to know a lot about the breed you intend on owning. Arctic breeds are not for the faint-hearted and not ideal for the first-time dog owner, so to avoid future disappointment make sure to read about the breed before starting the search for your new puppy.
Once you’ve settled on the right breed for you, you’ll want to start meeting some to find out what they’re really like to own. The breed clubs are a great place to start, or you can come and meet us at one of our events.
Now that you’ve met a few dogs of your chosen breed you’ll be well set to start the search for the newest addition to your family.
So where should you look first?
ANKC Registered Breeder
If adoption isn’t for you then you’ll want to source your pup from an ANKC registered breeder. Pups from a breeder registered with the Australian National Kennel Council will come with a documented pedigree. Be sure you’ve read our guide to choosing a breeder with tips on finding the best breeder for you.
Make sure that the breeder you are purchasing your puppy from can provide pedigree registration papers for your puppy. To do this, both parents of the puppy must also have ANKC pedigree papers.
Also research the hereditary disease requirements for the breed you are interested in, and make sure the breeder of your puppy has completed all health testing recommended for the breed.
A breeder that only has the occasional litter of pups at their home may be a good option if they are breeding responsibly, can provide pedigree papers and have complied with health testing recommendations.
No doubt you’ve already heard about the horrific conditions at mass commercial breeding operations, dubbed ‘puppy farms’, and there is no way you want to support them. But how can you be sure you’re not buying a puppy farm dog?
With glossy websites, professional photos, and even TV appearances it can be hard to tell what horrors lie beneath the shining surface of smiles and reassuring words. Make sure you avoid puppy farms by reading our guide to choosing a breeder.
And lastly, pet shops. Pet shops source their dogs primarily from puppy farms, and secondly from backyard breeders who have been unable to sell their pups online or via Gumtree. To add insult to injury, these establishments disregard the suitability of the dog for your family as they are purely driven for profits.
The proof is in the pudding, with over 95% of arctic breeds ending up in pounds having been bred by puppy farms or irresponsible backyard breeders.
We want to change this, but we can only do with your help! Start saying no today by adopting a rescue dog.
Meet the Dogs
We’re so glad you’re here! Adding a new family member is an exciting time, and one we can’t wait to share with you.
Do you want to learn more about the traits of individual Arctic breeds to see which one might be the right fit for you?