Bruce was an owner surrender to a local Humane Society. They have a six week wait period and individuals wishing to surrender an animal must meet with a counselor prior to doing so. This tells me that perhaps his original owners really cared for him. Their reason for surrendering him is that they were expecting a baby.
When we adopted Bruce, we were provided with some paperwork from a local low cost clinic, and the names of his original owners had been blacked out with a Sharpie. I was able to mostly read through this Sharpie. Based on the age and date from his first visit, I assigned him his birthday.
Fast forward several months later. I was on a Northern Breed Facebook group, when I came across a picture of some animals that looked similar to Bruce. I clicked on the poster's profile, only to learn that he was a "breeder" of wolfdogs, and not that far from me.
I sent him a Facebook message, introducing myself. I told him of how I came to have Bruce, and asked if he had any litters born around October 1, 2009, and if so, did he sell to someone with the last name of **** or any variation of it. He had a litter born that day, and did sell to Bruce's original owners.
This man was very nice, and provided me with pictures of Bruce's parents.
|Bruce's dam, a purebred Alaskan Malamute.|
|Bruce's sire, a middish content wolfdog.|
Now for my rant. Bruce's "breeder" is a pretty nice guy, and seems to take care of his animals. However he "misrepresents" their wolf content, which is a huge deal in the wolfdog community, and he shouldn't be breeding.
I love woofers, but I do not agree with the way they are bred. People are throwing together animals randomly, and wolfdog "breeders" do not do any sort of health testing, be it hips, elbows, or eyes, on their animals. The vast majority of these "breeders" can only trace back their animals lines 1-3 generations, and have no idea of any sort of genetic issues that may pop up. They breed animals that are known to have poor temperaments, particularly those that are high content. I get that high contents should be indistinguishable from a wolf, but if that's the point, get a permit, build a zoo like enclosure, and get a wolf.
They are not breeding towards a goal, or attempting to better a breed. The one exception to this is the Alaskan Noble Companion Dog, which is a "breed in development" and is being done by a brilliant person is who doing everything correct. The wolf content in her animals is none/very minimal, but retain a nice look with wonderful temperaments and tractability. Not only that, she health tests every single animal, and all puppies prior to them being sent home.
Many breeders do not adequately screen or educate potential buyers. This is one of many reasons so many wolfdogs end up in rescue, and why they are a much maligned breed.
I am pro-rescue, but not anti-breeding. I am against irresponsible breeding, breeding without a purpose, and those who are not bettering a breed. Plenty of woofers will always be in rescue, much like any high strung, demanding breed of dog, so I will always have a way to have a wolfdog in my life, without supporting the breeding of these animals.