First you’ll need to know a lot about the breed you intend on owning. Arctic breeds are not for the faint hearted 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?
If you’re an animal lover and can’t bear the thought of seeing these beautiful puppies homeless in local pounds check out why adoption might be the right solution for you.
If you’re a first time breed owner read all about how adoption can be the perfect introduction to the breed.
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 & New Zealand Kennel Club 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.
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 re-assuring words. Make sure you avoid puppy farms by reading our guide to choosing a breeder
Backyard breeders or BYB’s as they’re known may seem harmless enough on the surface. But dig a little deeper and you’ll discover the truth about backyard bred puppies. With no health testing or thoughts towards temperament and genetics all these faults are being passed onto the next generation. These dogs will cost you less to begin with, but might run you in the thousands with the health issues and property damage due to anxieties & poor temperament.
And lastly, pet shops. Pet shops source their dogs primarily from puppy farms, and secondly from BYB’s who have been unable to sell their pups online or on trading posts. 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 really with over 95% of arctic breeds ending up in pounds having been bred by puppy farms or BYB’s. We want to change this, but we can only do with your help! Start saying no today by adopting a rescue dog.