We have owned wolf dogs for almost 20 years and have many very satisfied customers. We started our breeding program with all registered wolf dogs from several different registries, including Texas Wolf Breeders Incorporated Wolf Registries, United Kennel Club, Iowolfers, Canadian Kennel Club, etc.. breeding them with our AKC purebred White German Shepherds with very good hips and mild temperaments. We have kept track of the wolf percentage of all of our animals down through the years but taking the total amount of wolf in the Mother and Father and dividing by two on the theory that a puppy is 1/2 the Mother and 1/2 the Father. This method was given to us by other wolf dog breeders and was confirmed by Dr. Kevin Jones BSc PhD MRSC CChem, the DNA expert of BioPet Vet Lab. Dr. Jones is the Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President of BioPet.
BioPet Vet Lab is also where Alan sent his DNA sample from Bella (his wolf dog he purchased from us). Alan complained that he spent $300.00 on the DNA test to BioPet.
Dr. Jones confirmed that he spent $59.00.
Alan's attorney, Jay Bowers, called us several times with threats, wanting us to refund his money without return of the dog. The last time he called me he said that he personally had just taken a DNA sample from Bella, taken it himself to Canada, had it tested and it showed no wolf. All of this happened within just a few hours time - AND ON A SUNDAY !
AKC has around 152 recognized breeds. BioPet Vet Lab has DNA markers in their computer database for about 65 of the 152 breeds. They require DNA samples from hundreds of dogs to give a clear DNA marker for just one AKC purebred dog in their database, so having the markers for all the AKC breeds is quite an undertaking and could take a very long time. The only wolf DNA in BioPet's database is from wolves from the western United States. The wolf dogs in Bella's line all came from Canada. Bella's Mother is Siberian Husky and Canadian Timber wolf, and her father is 96% Canadian Timber Wolf and 4% German Shepherd. Alan complains that he had no knowledge that his wolf dog had any Husky in her, even though this point was discussed on the phone with him during our first conversation, and when he came to pick her up, and he was given photos of both parents (which clearly shows the husky in the mother), plus he included the mothers photo on his signed deposit receipt when he reserved his pup.
The DNA Analysis from BioPet and from DDC gives the breeds of dogs found in Bella as: Siberian Husky
DDC is another lab that does DNA testing that Alan sent a DNA sample to. He did not take the time to ask them any questions about their testing apparently, because DDC sends all of their samples to BioPet for Dr. Jones to process.
As explained by Dr. Jones during a phone conversation: " 96.4% of all dog genome comes from the wolf. With NO DNA in the database for the Canadian Timber Wolves there WERE BLANK SPOTS in the test results which means a percentage of the sample could not be recognized, plus another 10% I can't tell but could be wolf." " What the Computer did pick up was the Siberian Husky" (which is in the Mother ). " It also chose the Chow and Shar-Pei because they are older breeds close to the wolf and are from the same geographical location with the Canadian wolf because of an ancient land bridge." " It chose the Dachshund because it is a German Hunting dog going back to the original creation of the German Shepherd." And he said, "The percentage of German Shepherd could also be wolf because of a close shared ancestry."
Alan states that we would not give him a refund.
During our first conversation with Alan's attorney I told him that if they were unhappy with Bella they could return her and I would give them a FULL REFUND. He said No way they will not give her up, they are very happy with her and love her !
I have called Alan and explained the meaning of the breed analysis, as told to me by Dr. Jones. I have also emailed the explanation to him and received back only threats and rantings about the breeds listed by the labs.
Dr. Jones has also sent a letter and emailed Alan trying to explain, with no response.
We are not a puppy mill. We do have several wolf dogs here, that we have rescued over the past 19 years (and have never asked or received one penny to help feed and take care of them.) We have flown from Ohio to Washington state to rescue and bring back altered wolf dogs with no monetary help from anyone, and eventually found good homes for them.
We DO have a kennel license, and ALL of our White German Shepherds are AKC registered. We are not members of AKC because only clubs can be a member, not
Our prices range from $350.00 to $1000.00 which we do not have to justify considering what it costs to raise and feed these large animals. There are other breeders on the net right now charging $950.00 for very low % wolf dogs.
Having a business license and charging everyone sales tax starts in January of 2010 in our area according to our city officials, and we are not required to have any special license to have or breed wolf dogs.
If anyone would like to see a picture of Bella just give me a call. With wolf dogs that are several generations from pure wolf, the wolf to dog gene ratio can be spread out among a litter of puppies very randomly. Almost everyone we have met easily understands this just by looking at their own brothers and sisters.
Sincerely, Karen Supper