This is a general and about us FAQ
 


How do I purchase an Aruff Siberian Husky?

Please read through our Adoption Process page and complete the steps, you cannot adopt a puppy without doing so first. We strive to produce puppies of exceptional quality. All our dogs are registered with the AKC, and we follow a strict breeding program that emphasizes temperament, health, and conformation.

 

What are your purchasing requirements?

The purchaser must be educated about the breed. This breed is known to be stubborn, independent and not loyal to one person. They RUN, blow coat twice a year and have predatory instincts. The purchaser must be educated about the breed.

Pet puppies must be spayed/neutered by 7 months old and proof sent back by 8 months old. Then AKC registration papers and pedigree will be sent.

We provide lifetime support for all puppies and we enjoy staying in touch with our pups new families. We require that pet owners update us on progress and any health or behavioral concerns, preferably with pictures.

We sincerely hope that all of our puppy placements are permanent, but in the unfortunate event that the new owners are unable to keep it, we require that we be given first right of refusal meaning the dog/puppy be returned to us at the owner's expense. If a home is available with a friend or a family member, that would be alright as long as we're informed of the transfer beforehand. However, dogs/puppies must not be re-sold or surrendered to a rescue, humane society or animal shelter.

 

What is the AKC?  (American Kennel Club)

AKC is a purebred dog registry. There are also other purebred dog registries. Their purpose is to offer proof of pure breeding. A papered puppy is one that is guaranteed to be a purebred puppy by the registry it is registered with and of course by the breeder who bred it. The paperwork you get with your puppy is only worth as much as the breeder who created the puppy you are purchasing. If you don't trust and have faith in your puppy's breeder -don't buy the puppy! No matter what paperwork or guarantees the puppy is sold with. All of our puppies are purebred and all are registered with the AKC. We register our litters with the AKC.

 

Are the puppies registered?

All Parents are AKC registered and all litters are registered with the AKC. Pets are limited AKC registration Breeding/show prospects are Full AKC registered. You can call your puppy any name you choose, Also  See AKC Registered??

 

Are your puppies sold with full or limited registration?

Pets are placed with AKC limited registration which you will receive after proof of spay/neuter has been received. If we sell a breeding/show prospect then they are placed with full registration, however prices are much higher.

 

 

 

How many litters of puppies per year do you have?

How many litters of puppies should a reputable breeder have?

 

In my opinion, there is no right answer (and opinions online can vary greatly) but the right amount of litters can vary drastically per breed and per person and depends on the breeder and their resources. You hear some people (usually not breeders) say no more than three litters however I see many breeders including top show breeders have 3 litters in a one - two-month period. I have also seen top breeders including show judges have 4-5 litters in one - three-month period. This is sometimes done because the showing, judging, and or sledding season is approaching. So, it is much easier to have them at one time then to space it out all year. It also depends on litter size. Most Siberian Huskies will have 4-6 pups in a litter. So, let's say a breeder has four litters in three months that is roughly twenty pups but if the breeder has older children, family or friends that help it can be only 3-4 pups to care for and socialize per person. Then there are breeders who have small breeds and get 1-3 pups in a litter but have four litters, that is 4-12 pups. Then there are big dogs, they can have 10-14 pups in a single litter. The point is it can vary greatly. Again, it also depends on their resources and if they are caring for the pups themselves or have help, age of pups is a factor to, Three litters at 8-10 weeks old or one litter at 8 wk.ís, one at newborn etc.

 Some of our dogs don't live with us but with our friends and relatives. Not all of our girls have puppies each year. We usually breed every other cycle but have occasionally bred back to back then skipped a heat, if she had a small litter. We also help in the planning or breeding of our friends dogs occasionally.

What is the average number of litters for each female?

The average number of litters for one of our gals is 4 in a lifetime but we have many that just have 2 or 3 litters and then are retired.

In what activities do your dogs participate?

We think it is important for people do to more than just breed their dogs. Our dogs are run on sled and used as hiking partners (pack animals) and are sometimes competed in agility, obedience, and showing. However we do this on a FUN level. By this I mean we ENJOY our dogs and the events we compete in, we do not treat it like a job. We have six children, from 5-26 yrs old, full time jobs, and we still run and actively hike, and compete with our dogs. We feel it is important for others who chose to breed their dogs to participate in some sort of competitive activity with their dogs. These are working dogs and are not meant to be cooped up in a kennel and used only for breeding. I do not show with the AKC at this time, I have inquired on getting a professional handler as with 2 very young kids I do not want to put them through extensive traveling, but the world is so political and many of the seasoned show people are so vicious. It seems to be a "who you know" sport. So I stick to doing activities that are more fun and less stressful with my dogs.

Will you accept a deposit for "first choice" in a litter?

Yes, I take deposit's down for the 1st and 2nd choice of males and females (after us of course). If what you requested isn't in the litter, you can wait for the next litter, or you may have first choice of the available puppies.

What is your deposit policy?

Most people who send us a deposit do so because they seen some of our dogs and are impressed with them and with our guarantee. In order to hold a puppy, a non-refundable deposit of $400 is required. It is applied towards the purchase price of the puppy and the remaining balance is due at pickup or 5 days prior to shipping. We post puppy pictures on our website, generally on a bi-weekly basis. Typically, when the puppies are around 6-7 weeks old, we will begin contacting pet-puppy deposit-holders to determine pet picks. If a deposit holder wants to meet the puppies prior to making a selection, appointments can be scheduled accordingly; however, we cannot hold off on the selection process due to someone's inability to make a separate trip.

We try to accommodate coat and eye color preferences as much as possible however, if you are offered puppies that do not suit what you are looking for, you are not required to take one at that time. You are welcome to wait for a future litter that may contain your preference. Your deposit would move up in the order once people above you had selected their puppies, but will not be refunded.

At what age do you let puppies go to their new homes?

Puppies able to go to their new home at 8 weeks of age. The earliest, by law, that they can leave is 8 weeks. However, we may hold them until 4-6 months if we are evaluating breeding/sledding quality or work potential.

Does a health certificate guarantee a puppy is in perfect health?

No. A puppy incubating a disease can appear healthy when the vet examines it, but become ill the next day. Some congenital defects might not show up until later in life. A health certificate does say that the puppy appeared healthy on the date of examination. We do however make every possible attempt to make sure you get a very happy healthy puppy.

I would never sell a puppy that is sick, or had issues.

Can I come look at your puppies before they are 7 weeks of age?

NO, Doing just that is one of the primary methods disease is spread from one litter to another. You can carry it on your hands, shoes or clothes. This may sound extreme, but I always ask people to take a shower and wear clean clothes and shoes when they come to my house. Vaccines do not cover every variation of parvo. However I do keep updated pics (and occasionally video) on the website and facebook page.

How much do you sell your puppies for?

Prices vary according to the pups conformation, color, bloodlines, etc. Prices are listed next to the puppies pictures with all other pertinent information. Some pups may sound like a lot of money, but when you actually work that out - over an average lifespan of 12-16 years it really isn't that much, considering the health and genetics behind the dog as well as the knowledge and support provided by the breeder.

When you adopt/purchase a puppy, you are paying for more than just the quality of the dog.  You are paying for the dog's excellent ancestry, the breeder's assistance, the time given to the puppy while in the breeder's care, and the care given to the parent dogs.  The socialization, handling, care, feeding, cleaning  will be a major factor in it's future life.  Knowledge and experience in raising puppies and health care can make the difference between life and death for a puppy.  Raising a litter of puppies requires alot of time, patience, food, vet care (i.e., vaccinations are a "must"), record keeping, puppy health records, starter kits, guarantees, written information, advertising, the proper equipment (e.g., whelping pens, kennels, outdoor runs), puppy grooming, adult dog grooming & care, and so much more.  And, after all these things... there is the breeder's integrity. We do not believe in sacrificing anything in the process. Without that, all the above will be suspect.

Remember that buying from a reputable breeder who has carefully selected their breeding stock vastly improves the odds that your Dog will lead a long, healthy and active life. If our price is more than your budget allows, consider adopting a rescue Dog rather than encouraging non-reputable breeders. But please remember that there are expenses that will remain the same - or be even more - for an adult dog of unknown origin. Wherever you get your dog from, you must be prepared to deal with the expense of veterinary care.

We understand that some of these amounts are a hefty price for many families to pay for a puppy. Considering the forethought, genetic, health and other testing having been applied to the breeding processes, the time and energy that goes ito raising a happy healthy litter that is well socialized and the fact that the puppy will be with you for a long time, and you have me at your beck and call for any issues that may arise, it is a worthwhile price to pay for a healthy, happy dog.

What do the puppies come with?

Puppies are vaccinated at least twice, and de-wormed at least 3 times before they are placed with their new families. They come with our health guarantee. We firmly stand behind the health and temperament of our dogs, and offer a comprehensive lifetime replacement guarantee as detailed in our sales contract.

Each puppy comes with:

AKC Registration Papers via one of our puppy packets (Prepaid registration fee is extra)

Microchip via one of our puppy packets (Prepaid registration fee is extra)

 A Written Lifetime Health and Temperament Guarantee for Hereditary/Congenital Defects

Copies of Parents Health Testing (Hips, Eyes, PRA, Cardio, Wooly and Eye Certification) More then what is required by CHIC

Health Records, vaccinated and wormed at ages 5, 7, 9, & 12, weeks,

A puppy starter kit (Food,Vitamins, etc.)

A 30+ page Puppy Manual written by us on House Training, Puppy Proofing, Obedience Training, Grooming etc.

My Contact info for Lifetime Support (I'm here for support anytime for the life of the dog, you can call or e-mail with questions at any time)

Note: Papers are held till proof of spay/neuter received. Once received the AKC papers and microchip will be transferred to new owner.

All Puppies are sold on spay/neuter contracts unless you specifically talk to me prior and are approved for a full AKC show prospect pup.

We guarantee for more than any other breeder

7 Day 100% Satisfaction! Guarantee (for any reason youíre not happy, return the pup for a replacement or refund, minus deposit)
7 Day Unconditional Health Guarantee 
Lifetime Temperament Guarantee
Lifetime Eye Guarantee
Lifetime Hips/Elbow Guarantee
Lifetime Heart Guarantee
Five Year Hereditary/ Congenital Guarantee (Complete Head to Tail, for anything not listed above)

Have the puppies received any vaccinations?

Yes the puppies will have the following vaccinations when leaving.

We provide a health record and a recommended shot schedule for future vaccinations, worming, neutering/spaying.

5 weeks (Canine Infectious Distemper, Parvovirus,)

7 weeks (Canine Infectious Distemper, Hepatitis, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)

9 weeks (Canine Infectious Distemper, Hepatitis, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)

12 weeks (Canine Infectious Distemper, Hepatitis, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)

16 weeks (Rabies)

They are wormed every 7-10 days from the time they are 2-weeks-old.

Would you take back a dog if I could no longer keep the dog for whatever reason?

OF COURSE!!! One of the items on our sales contract is regarding returns and in very strict terms!. Any puppy produced by us is always welcome to come back. We have had some puppies come back due to family crisis, illnesses, unplanned events etc. We keep them until we can place them in new homes. We love our puppies and have the belief that because we created them we are responsible for their well being the entirety of their life.

Why do your Dogs cost more than other dogs? I only want a pet.

We understand that you 'only want a pet'. We've 'been there, done that'! Our first Dog was purchased from a backyard breeder at a price we felt comfortable with. Within the first year of his life, he had cost us over $1800 in vet bills! Buying from a backyard breeder can be a false economy especially when you 'only want a pet' as you re investing much more into your puppy then any breeder/show person is. You are investing your heart and soul and when that puppy comes down sick or has to be euthanized, how much would you have paid then?

1. Our puppies' ancestors are not only AKC registered but many are AKC Champions. Thus, they all have been judged by experienced  judges to excel as outstanding representatives of the breed. This competitive judging process is time-consuming and expensive. But, because we are breeding to the Standard, our puppies will grow up to LOOK like the breed intend! The puppies you find advertised in the paper come from questionable backgrounds at best. They may well be 'pure-bred' and 'registered', but that is no guarantee that they will look or even have the temperament like tehbreed standard or your idea of the dog you want.

2. Our puppies parents have been health tested as have thier parents and thier parents  and so on and our pups have their health carefully monitored, have had preventative de-worming, and are current on all of their vaccinations. We guarantee they are healthy when you get them. Only healthy dogs of the breed standard are used in our breeding program.

3. It takes a big effort and investment to acquire and breed dogs that are sound, healthy, good-natured, and excellent physical representatives of the breed.

4. We are not in this to make money (the idea is funnier than you may think! reputable breeders are SO in the red!)- our aim is to improve the breed as a whole while we enjoy our own dogs at our home and on our laps.

Are there ways to buy a good puppy (not show quality) at a less expensive price?

All good breeders are breeding for show quality, meaning they conform to the AKC standard. Dogs that are sold to pet homes have had the same amount of time put into them as dogs bred for the AKC standard. Logically, it is not possible to show all the dogs coming from a quality litter. Many times people who are aiming for "pet quality" dogs charge as much for their "pets" as those who breed show quality and have to find 'pet' homes for the puppies they are not going to show.

As an alternative I would suggest a Rescue or Humane Society, although those to come mostly from un-reputable places such as back yard breeders and puppy mills it is a cheaper alternative. Responsible breeders donít allow their dogs to end up in these places, so itís rare you will get a quality dog with a known background and good health from a recue or shelter, but it is cheaper  at least initially.

'Pet' and 'Show' quality explained.

Breeding Goals: Potential pet buyers should know that our purpose is to breed show dogs that exemplify the breed standard and  make improvements within the breed in temperament, health and structure. Pet puppies which end up being produced are a delightful by-product of our goals. Consequently, we appreciate your understanding when show puppies are kept by us or by other show breeders. A 'pet quality' puppy could be considered that for one of several reasons in the breed standard - round eyes, too soft (incorrect) coat texture, a tendency to carry the tail too 'gaily' or too low- the list goes on and on. These puppies are still beautiful; probably only a breeder or judge would recognize these faults, and many of these puppies could achieve their Championship. But -  we are extremely fussy about the quality the Dog world associates with our kennel name, and so we will choose to place in pet homes some very nice puppies rather than have them exhibited in the show ring.

'Show quality' means that this puppy, in my opinion, has the conformation potential to become a champion. Certainly some puppies I produce that are of this standard I will choose to keep myself - that is why I bred the litter in the first place! If I am lucky, a litter may produce more than one beautiful puppy, and I may consider placing it in a show home. My main interest here is the satisfaction it gives me as a breeder to have produced a champion quality dog; whether it lives with me or in another show home. I place show puppies mostly with people I've developed a relationship with so I know they are committed to showing and bettering the breed.

Do you guarantee the puppies?

Our Puppies come with a Full Lifetime Health Guarantee and Temperament Guarantee.

Our first concern is for the well-being of our puppies throughout their lifetimes.Therefore, if - for any reason and at any time - you choose not to keep your dog, return the dog to us.

The health of the puppies we produce is of vital concern to us - both for sentimental reasons and because we need to monitor the health of all dogs we produce over their lifetimes to be sure we've not missed anything in our breeding research. We'd appreciate being notified of any and all health issues you encounter in your dog's lifetime.

We make every effort to see that all of the puppies are physically and mentally sound. However, as with all living creatures there are still occasionally defects that are out of our control. This is why we offer these guarantees and stand behind our pups.

If the dogs vet determines that the dog's quality of life is seriously affected because of a genetic defect, Provided the contract terms have been met, we will replace the puppy with another as soon as one becomes available.

What defects are your puppies examined for?

All of our puppies are checked for conformation defects at birth and when leaving for their new home. If any are found they are noted to any buyer interested prior to deposit and again on the veterinary health certificate. The majority of hereditary diseases are not detectable when a puppy is under 6 months of age. We do offer a lifetime health guarantee against hereditary and congenital diseases and defects.

What kind of health clearances are performed on your dogs?

The health and well-being of our dogs is very important to us.We do health test our dogs and register the results with the OFA (www.offa.org) We test for Hip Dysplasia, Eyes, Cardio, PRA and Wooly coat. See our philosophy on health here.

Why do you want me to have my  puppy fixed?

We sell our pet puppies with spay/neuter agreements because we know that a fixed dog overall is a happier one. By fixing your dog you avoid unwanted tumors, cysts--unwanted heats -- unwanted litters -- unwanted marking by males -- unwanted wandering. A fixed pet is a focused pet -- it loses all desires to do anything but be with and please you. If you are not going to breed or show your dog, it is healthier fixed. This also insures us that the pup will not end up in a puppy mill if sold as it is of no use to a breeder when spayed/neutered. It insures the dog will have a happy healthy home.

What is the difference between a Backyard Breeder and a Reputable Breeder?

First and Foremost is Honesty, I see MANY breeders hide, by this I mean they do not list contact information or if they do they use P.O. Boxes or just list there cities and not their address.

Our requirements for someone to be reputable are as follows:

Do something with the dogs other than just breed them (conformation, sledding, agility, obedience, therapy, field trials, weight pulls, etc.)

Health screenings on the parents

Written Health Guarantee - Less than 24 months is a waste of time because many health problems won't show up until after two years of age. We started the Lifetime Guarantee and are happy to see many breeders following suit however you must still be careful and read through the contract terms as many say lifetime but if you read carefully tends to be only for hips  and not the whole dog.

Extensive screening procedures for buyers, anyone who is in a big hurry to sell you a dog and does not ask lots of questions is not reputable and are just in it for the money.

Spay/neuter requirements for pets, anyone who sells dogs for breeding purposes to "just anyone" is not reputable and should be avoided at all costs.

Reputable breeders do not breed for coat or eye color but for the overall dog.

Reputable breeders will accept back thier pups/dogs if the owners cannot keep them.

NO REPUTABLE BREEDER will ever raffle a dog off. I have seen breeders claiming to be reputable yet they raffle off thier pups with no concern of who is getting the pup, if they know anything about the breed and if that pup will end up in a bad home or worse a puppy mill.

Backyard breeders breed for many reasons including money, fun, keep a puppy, friends wanted a puppy, experience the miracle of life etc.. etc.. etc.. however they will have no knowledge of the breed, or any knowledge of animal husbandry, health issues, history of the breed or history of their dogs lines. They rarely use a contract, sell to anyone who has the money, and most times won't accept a puppy back (unless they figure they can breed it) but they do sell cheaper pups becasue they have nothing invested, including time as most pusp are not socialized well and some are infested with parasites.

What about the differences in sexes?

There are subtle differences between the sexes but overall there is little difference once your dog has been spayed/neutered. If your puppy is fixed at around 7 months of age, it has not yet started producing nor will it ever produce sex hormones. So behaviors classed/caused by sex are somewhat nonexistent. We will say though having had quite a few males and females, if we had to pick between the two, we like our boys best. Why? The males seem just a little more loyal and dedicated. The females are a little busier than males and a bit more self absorbed. We love those girls too though! It really is a personal preference. Also See Males vs Females

Why is training and housebreaking a life or death matter?

Many adult dogs that end up at animal shelters on death row got there due to neglect in proper training or issues because the breeder had no idea on what they were breeding. Time taken, especially in the first two weeks can literally be a lifesaver if you should have to give your dog up. It can also prevent you from being forced to give up your dog due to neighbor's complaints for howling or the law forcing you to put your dog down (in the case of biting.)

What is a microchip? Why would my puppy need one?

A microchip implant is for permanent identification in case your puppy is ever lost or stolen. It is about the size of a grain of rice and is imbedded in the muscle between the shoulder blades of your puppy. It is a near painless procedure (like getting a shot) that takes about 3 seconds. If your puppy was ever lost and found by a Humane Society or Animal Control, it would be scanned and then you would be notified of where your puppy was limiting the time your puppy spent away from home.

All of our dogs are microchipped and all of our puppies leave here microchipped. It gives us piece of mind. We now require all puppies to be microchipped to make sure if ever lost they get back to you and if ever they end up in a rescue or shelter they come back to us, as a responsible breeder I will not contribute to dogs ending up in shelters or rescues. They always have a place here with us and a microchip insures they make it back to us if you do not keep them.

Is there a Best Age to Get a Puppy?

Most people think the best age to get a puppy is 6 weeks - WRONG,WRONG,WRONG! NEVER get a puppy before 7-8 weeks of age. So what are the best times? Here's a couple of well-researched reasons why.....(most of this is from research done by the Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc.)

Puppies have 4 critical periods of development between birth and 16 weeks (4 mos) of their lives. What happens to them during these 4 mos. determines what kind of companion they will become and shapes their character for the rest of their lives!

Birth to 21 days (3 weeks) - during this period the puppy's brain is mostly reactionary in that the brain is developing neural pathways. During this time the mother and her milk are most important. The puppy needs adequate food, the stimulation it gets from the mother licking it and the warmth it gets from mom and it's littermates. By three weeks (21st day) the puppy's brain has taken on adult brain form and the puppy can toddle around, blink, hear, eliminate without mother's stimulation and begin to explore it's immediate surroundings. They begin to try to play with their siblings and mother.
3 weeks to 7 weeks (49th day) - During this period puppies learn canine socialization and learn dominance order - most important in training and getting along with other dogs! This is a time of rapid development, both physically and mentally.

From 21-28 days (4 weeks) is especially crucial and should the puppy be separated from its mother and littermates at this time it would be so emotionally upsetting that the puppy will never be compensated in life for the loss of interaction of its mother and littermates.

Characteristically, puppies weaned at 4 weeks are a training nightmare because they never get the connection between a reward or correction and what they were doing at the time. (For example, the dog grabs your sandwich and you yell "NO". It will not understand why you are saying no, nor why it is unacceptable to grab what it wants.) Between 4 and 5 weeks is when the puppy becomes aware of its surroundings and littermates and discovers when it bites too hard on one of them or Mama Dog - it gets corrected by Mama or the littermate bites back - hard! They learn to play bite at an acceptable level for their playmates. This is important to us because we can then teach them not to bite or nip us.... they will learn that we are rather delicate creatures by puppy standards! :-)


Canine socialization is so important for a puppy to be well-adjusted. A puppy needs contact and interaction with its mom and littermates to learn doggy social graces, such as how to approach another dog, how to show submission and how to initiate play. A puppy weaned at 5 weeks is characteristically aggressive towards strange dogs. Some people call this "Dog aggressive", but it is basically caused by the dog not knowing how to approach or be approached by another dog. Mothers discipline pups and teach them as well.... this is as important in dogs as it is in human children.
A puppy weaned at 6 weeks may have the social skills but will not have all the self-confidence in itself as it would after 7 weeks. This is extremely important in a service dog or a dog you want to take responsibility for you, your home and property.

 

49 to 84 days (7 weeks to 12 weeks)- By the 49th day a puppy is neurologically complete...it has an adult brain, but no experience! (Kind of like you were when you got out of school and tried to find a job - couldn't get a job because you lacked job experience.) A good breeder will handle their pups daily, from birth, because during this time it is critical for someone to give it affection and guidance, so the puppy will be willing to form attachments to people and learn to trust humans. Puppies must get one-on-one socialization with a human at least once a week to develop as an individual.

Older pups - If the breeder has socialized the pups, taken them places, crate trained, and house trained them - then these older pups may well be the ABSOLUTE best - especially for a busy family!

 

I hope this has answered all your questions; if not please contact me and I will also post your question here.