Care and feeding

Care and feeding

We raise our dogs as naturally as possible. We feed mostly raw food, since dogs are still biologically wolves and it's the most logical choice. More importantly, we have seen them thrive on it. We vaccinate minimally, since not vaccinating risks their health and all other nearby dogs, and vaccinating too much is too stressful for their immune systems.

We like puppies to leave their pack a little later than many breeders, at least 10 weeks old,  since it gives them a chance to learn dog social skills.  Wolves wander away at 12 to 14 weeks, for instance. There is an old belief that puppies should leave their dog family at 8 weeks in order to bond properly with their people but we haven't seen any lack of bonding in puppies who have left later, and we have noticed an increased ability to get along with other dogs, even those who tend not to like others.

We hope our puppies will not be spayed or neutered until at least a year of age because reliable research shows it's healthier for them, as long as they are not in danger of being mistakenly bred.