Buying a Wolf-dog Hybrid from a Broker
Or beware what you buy sight unseen, from unknown parties
Well, this has been THE most controversial article we've run! Good, that means it was one that needed telling.
So, as it so controversial, instead of calling it a true story, we will just call it a story that, depending on who you are, and who you choose to support for whatever reason:
1. Is true in it's entirety. Or
2. Is partially true. Or
3. Is untrue in all aspects.
The broker's original story: We have 2 wonderful high content wolf/malamutes for sale for only $500. plus shipping. Here are pictures of the mother and sibling. You can't do better than that. We don't require anything but a bill of sale and your money, no screening or home checks needed.
The buyer's story: We bought this animal from a broker, and the animal doesn't seem to be what we were told. She is extremely difficult to train, bites, and does not act like a wolf-dog hybrid; we had one before. Would somebody look at these pictures and tell me what you think this canine is? She was brokered by XXX.
After viewing pictures of the animal in question: Thoughts ranged: This is supposed to be a wolf-dog hybrid? Where are the wolf-dog hybrid traits/characteristics in this animal? Maybe some kind of retriever cross? Pretty mutt.
Buyer: As we thought. But the broker continues to say we got what we paid for.
Broker's story: The animal is what I said it is! I showed you pictures of the mother and sibling. You wanted the puppy. You got one. What's your problem?
Now enter the truth: Seems the breeder, XXXX, has too many animals. They are kept in obviously insecure pens, as they are seen running loose on a regular basis. A collector???? You decide - be you the breeder's friend, customer, or a non involved observer. Maybe you feel sorry for the breeder?
This litter was an Oops! Sounds like one of many such. The father was not the wolf-dog hybrid portrayed by the broker.... The sire is actually a flop eared herding dog that jumped the pen fence and bred the wolf-dog hybrid bitch. Right in front of her mate! Breeder hoped that the male wolf-dog hybrid was the sire of the pups, and sent the pups off to broker before they were old enough to be identified as what they are - full of worms, unvaccinated, riddled with parasites. Tells broker heritage is unknown.
Real story comes out, and broker screams foul: I had to spend hundreds of $$$ to get them healthy! I didn't know they weren't what they were presented to me as! I owe the buyer nothing! It's the breeder's fault, I wasn't told!
Buyer's response: Fine, we'll see you in court. And BTW the breeder sent us a replacement REAL high content wolf-dog hybrid pup.
As in all such cases, it is the breeder who is ultimate responsible. If the containment for all canines on the property was adequate, those pups would not have been conceived. As they were, the breeder should have sold them personally, placed them free, or had them euthanized. Excuse? Too sick. If one is too ill, they shouldn't be breeding, especially not high maintenance exotic canines! Seems the breeder has collected animals way beyond their means, for whatever reason - leftover pups, rescuing, or just collecting. Has no $$$ for spay/neuter, no $$$ for proper vet care of pups, and certainly not enough $$$ to contain them properly. Maybe this person shouldn't be breeding??? Does so to sell pups - without the most basic health precautions - to get money to feed the collection. Sells via the internet. What's wrong with this picture?
The broker lied. It was well established and communicated that the father was unknown, but the broker decided to sell the pups as high content wolf-dog hybrids anyway. Buyers probably wouldn't notice the difference. Broker is an irresponsible breeder in their own right, as well as broker for this litter. Responsible breeders do a lot more than throw 2 animals together and sell the resulting puppies. So, why did the breeder use this person to broker the pups?
Buyer - if they cannot handle a low/no content animal, how could they handle an actual high content? But what could the breeder do except replace the pup? Broker would not return the $$$, and breeder had no $$$ to refund. What's wrong with this picture?
Another animal headed for rescue? Maybe. For the most part, no one who says they LOVE wolf-dog hybrids wants to see any regulation on the breeding of these exotic canines. Maybe they should ALL think about their definition of love...
There will be more on this topic in our upcoming booklet:
How to find a Responsible Wolf-dog Hybrid Breeder
In all cases, Buyer Beware!
Be informed, do your homework. Know what you are buying and decide if you really have the time, fortitude, and experience to handle one of these high maintenance canines.
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A word from the founders
We do not advocate broad-based breed specific legislation.
We do however believe that since the wolf-dog hybrid and the companion animal communities cannot/will not control/regulate themselves, that some form of serious regulation needs to be put in place to ensure the welfare of all companion animals.
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