A great resource to look for a responsible breeder is on the Alaskan Malamute Club of America website. Even if a breeder in your area doesn't have puppies, they can direct you to someone that they
trust for other options.
The average price of a malamute puppy ranges from $1000 to $2500.. If a breeder is charging differently based on size, coat color or coat length, run away. A puppy with a long coat is no more or less valuable than a regular coat, there are no rare colors that are worth more money, and there are NEVER blue eyes!
Questions you may want
to ask a potential breeder include:
- Do the parents have health clearances? (Ask for their registration numbers so you can find the results yourself, or ask for proof elsehow)
- Are your puppies sold
on a contract? What does the contract entail?
- What is your health guarantee and warranty on the puppies?
- How are your puppies raised? (Many people have had lovely dogs come from kennels. Others only want puppies raised in the house, and others
still want them raised in the living areas of the house without any kennels, etc.)
- What sort of support do you provide for puppy buyers? (This is also personal preference. You may never want to speak to your breeder again, or you may want them to
remain in touch throughout the life of your dog. Either way, if you're both on the same page, it makes for an easier relationship on whatever level you choose).
- How do your malamutes get along with other dogs? Some malamutes are aggressive, some are
reactive, and some (rare ones) do get along with any other dog.
- Do you do any activities with your dogs?
- Think of what's important to YOU. Hopefully you'll have your new dog for at least 10-12 years. What kind of dog do you want
for that length of time?
Here is a blog with even more in depth questions to ask, once you know they're a responsible breeder: Ruffly Speaking's Questions to Ask a Responsible Breeder