Philosophy

Philosophy on Breeding

  • Working dogs were originally developed to perform a function, whether it was to herd reindeer, watch the farm and flock, haul a sledge, pull a cart or watch over the family’s children. I strive to produce dogs that are capable of performing these functions according to their breed history.
  • The best dogs are those that are genetically and temperamentally suited for their life’s work. All ArticCross dogs must be healthy both in mind and body. Dogs used for breeding must have all relevant health clearances including OFA (hips & elbows), CERF (eyes), and Heart clearances.
  • Most ArticCross pup’s life’s work will be to act beloved members of their families. I rarely breed and then only to produce working animals for myself; they must be steady and strong of mind and body. I choose mates for my dog’s based first on their temperament, willingness to work, structural strength, genetic health & familial longevity, and finally on their beauty.FISH pack

 

Philosophy on Placing Puppies

  • I require an application from all prospective puppy owners. It is necessary to know something about the new owner and it is extremely important to fit the right puppy to the right family. A quiet couple who stay at home is probably not going to be happy with the most rambunctious pup in the litter. A family who goes hiking and camping are not going to be happy if all their dog wants to do is sleep in the tent!
  • ArticCross pups are family members. They live in the home with their people. I require spay/neuter agreements for all pups not part of an ArticCross breeding program.  I like to see pups who are active with their owners. I strongly advocate puppy kindergarten classes as well as basic obedience training. To encourage this, I will refund $50 of the pup’s price upon verified receipt of certificate of a dog’s having passed a basic obedience class. It is just that important to me as well as to the life of that pup. The more time you spend in the first year of your pup’s life teaching and training him how to be a good dog, the more fun you will have when he is an adult. ArticCross pups are raised in my home. Time spent with baby puppies is essential. I assist the mother in whelping, I sleep alongside the whelping pen for several weeks. I only breed when I have the time to immerse myself in the type of care I believe is crucial to the development of sound social skills and temperament. All pups are created equal. This means that the extensive socialization and skill learning that are required to produce the best working dog for my uses are given to ALL pups. ArticCross pups have been on car rides, play with both a not so nice cat and a very friendly one, they have free-play to run in the grass, I play small learning games with them, they are cuddled and held, they have spent time alone in a crate and with littermates, housetraining is started, and all of them react instantly to the various whistles that I use to call them for different things. Pups who I raise remember me years later, and the sound of my whistle can bring an adult dog who has not seen me since it was 8 weeks old barreling toward me.I believe a good breeder is available to answer questions, to help those new to the breed and to direct new owners towards resources that will assist them towards having a healthy, happy companion. Email is often the best way to reach me, although I’m known to spend hours on the phone!
  • If at any time, for any reason, a dog produced by ArticCross cannot stay with its original family it must be returned to ArticCross.

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