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"De la Coleen d'Urok"
Familial breeding of Alaskan Malamutes
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Our breeding philosophy

Since the beginning of our breeding, we have been keen to do the best possible things after we had learnt a lot of informations : getting an FCI affix to follow our puppies, joining the Alaskan Malamute Club de France (AMCF), following breeding guidelines, obtaining titles at shows and work for our dogs to confirm their ability to pull.

Our FCI affix : "De La Coleen d'Urok"

The FCI kennel name identifies the breeder puppies by using a unique name globally. This affix notably allows to identify from where are coming the parents or grandparents of a dog from a pedigree. For the "old" breeder, the kennel name is a source of pride when he can see in Malamute pedigrees, some parents issued from puppies he has raised in the past.

The choice of our kennel has been done because it consists of the names of two dogs, Urok et Coleen, which should have been the basis of our breeding (see the history of our breeding), and because it produces a wordplay with "Colline du Roc" in French, that we can traduce by "Hill of the Rock".
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AMCF breeding guidelines

Although we are not completely agree with some guideline , or if some are strongly challenged by experts / breeders, such as radios for dysplasia research, we apply them from the beginning of our breeding.

Initially, the AMCF requested that parents are LOF , with x-rayed hips and that the MHOC (Hereditary Ocular Diseases) search was made.
Since 1 January 2014, the AMCF requests that parents are LOF, with x-rayed hips and elbows for new stud/bitch and MHOC (Hereditary Ocular Diseases) search was made.
In addition, we started the DNA identification according to the new directive from the French Kennel Club (Société Centrale Canine), DNA identification will prove genetically parentage of our puppies with their parents.

The show titles

Although we are not freaks of dog shows, it is still important to make a few for an outside opinion on our dogs. We try our dogs are all rated at least with a score of 2, following the AMCF cotation, which means they are confirmed and they have won an "Excellent" on show. Often our breeding dogs have at least won a CACIB (Coleen, Urok and Guizmo) and sometimes have won a "Best of Breed" (Guizmo and Urok).

We would have liked to participate in the National Specialty of the Alaskan Malamute that takes place in Saint Honoré-les-Bains in Nièvre, but the long distance and litters or holidays that we often had in the same time, has prevented us. Maybe one year, we will happen to go there...

The CACIB of our Malamutes - De La Coleen d'Urok - The Alaskan MalamuteThe CACS of our Malamutes - De La Coleen d'Urok - The Alaskan Malamute
The CACIB, and CACS of our Malamutes

The selection of stud dogs that we have used for our litters

For our 4 litters, we have used 3 different stud dogs. For all, in the resulting litter, there was a lot of qualities, but also a little bit of defects, as in every litter.

Black Kodiak of Mountain Pack

For our first litter, we had just learnt that our stud dog, Urok of Maikan Quest was not fertile and Coleen was in heat since many days. So, we have serched a Malamute that looks like at our Urok and that is not so far of us. I have met Laurent Cazabon of the "of Mountain Pack" kennel, during a dog show in Toulouse where Kodiak was. Kodiak looks very well like our Urok, same size, same color, same kindness and used to working. Of course, his hips was x-rayed and he was free of any eye defects.

The puppies of Kodiak and Coleen, were a little bit taller than the standard, and one was very taller than the others. It is Guizmo, the dog that we kept fron this litter. In the litter, there was also a little defect of pigmentation. Finally, the result was very good, but not perfect.
Black Kodiak of Mountain Pack - De La Coleen d'Urok - The Alaskan Malamute
Black Kodiak of Mountain Pack

Tabiatiak Inuit's Flag Seeker

For our second litter, we have searched to lower down the size of the puppies that was a little bit too tall with Kodiak. Always in the same spirit, we want a stud dog that looks like our Urok. So we chose a Michel Duthil's dog that it was Tabiatiak Inuit's Flag Seeker, a cousin of our Urok. Even if he was a little bit old and timid, we tried a mating between Tab and Coleen. Tabiatiak's hips was x-rayed and he was free of any eye defects.

The puppies of Tab and Coleen were effectively smaller than those of Kodiak, maybe smaller than the standard. The puppies caracter was very cool, but not so timid than their dad, Tabiatiak. But the puppies hair was a little bit too long for some of them. Long hair is not forbidden in the standard, but it is not advisable and poorly rated in dog show, because during working in snow there may be snow-balls. A very good result, but not perfect.

Tabiatiak Inuit's Flag Seeker - De La Coleen d'Urok - The Alaskan Malamute
Tabiatiak Inuit's Flag Seeker

Chukattoq Ilannaq Forever

For our third litter, we have searched a stud dog that it was really in the standard and well done. We can see Chukattoq from the Nicole Demay's kennel, "Ilannaq Forever", during a dog show. Even if he was not balck and white, the color I prefer, Chuk was a dog with a awesome structure, with broad shoulders and a deep thoraxique cage, but he was very cool. Chukattoq's hips was x-rayed and he was free of any eye defects.

The puppies of Chuk and Coleen were different of what we think they would be : very lively the opposite of Dad and smaller than we could imagine, mainly with the girls. But the result was very satisfaying, mainly with work side, because the most part of the puppies are good workers. A very good result, but not perfect.

Chukattoq Ilannaq Forever - De La Coleen d'Urok - The Alaskan Malamute
Chukattoq Ilannaq Forever

Black Kodiak of Mountain Pack

For the last litter of Coleen, we would see if two mating with the same stud dog at 4 year interval will give the same result which was very good for the first litter, even if the puppies were a little bit tall. I will be possible that Coleen with more years, gives puppies a little bit smaller.

The result in some weeks.

Black Kodiak of Mountain Pack - De La Coleen d'Urok - The Alaskan Malamute
Black Kodiak of Mountain Pack

Our method to raise the puppies

We are not professional breeders, but we spent the more possible time with our puppies in order they are been in good health but also they are been the more possible active and alert.

Coleen having complete trust in us, she authorizes us to handle the puppies from the beginning. We heighten quiet contacts with the puppies, mainly when they are blind and voiceless. The puppies live in the whelping box in our house up to one month old, ie up to they can see, hear, and walk. As soon as they walk, we put them out of the whelping box in order they can discover the a new bigger environment, ie the house. Quickly, the house is too small, and it's time to change them to a new environment.

The puppies - De La Coleen d'Urok - The Alaskan Malamute
De La Coleen d'Urok puppies

From the age of a month, we put the whelping box, the litter,and mum out in a garden where there is not the rest of the Malamute pack. So the puppies can discover a new bigger environment, the garage and the garden. At the beginning, they do not stray far from the whelping box, but taking confidence in them, they venture further and further away in order to discover all the things and all the vegetation that they can find in a garden.

In almost the same time, we put the puppies in contact with the other Malamute adults, first, only some minutes in order that Mum Coleen is not worried, then progressively, we put them during more time. This form of contact with the adults gives to the puppies the canine code necessary for harmony of the dog life. A mutual respect, respect from the adults to the puppies (Mum Coleen looks after that there is not excess from the oldest dogs) and respect from puppies to the adults.

Guizmo and the puppies - De La Coleen d'Urok - The Alaskan Malamute
Guizmo and the puppies from De La Coleen d'Urok

Also, we start to do walks them outside of the garden. We take them one by one to walk, so they take the habit to follow naturally the human being, to discover a new environment and not to be too scared and to have a lesh that put them in the good way when they have to not go somewhere. That takes a lot of time to walk puppies one by one, mainly at beginning when they are scared about all.
As soon as the puppies are more confident in walks, we increase the number of puppies that we take during the walk, finishing with walks where all the puppies are present. For these last walks, we need a lot of arms following the number of puppies.
Gradually, as the puppies grow, we increase the distance of the walks, and at 2 months, the walks are about 2 km. During these walks, the puppies meet new environments, but also other animals, other dogs of course, but also donkeys, horses, cows, cats, and other human being. Also, as we are living in a town, progressively they are no more afraid by the town noises, like car, moto, and trucks.

Puppies walks - De La Coleen d'Urok - The Alaskan Malamute
Puppies walks

We also begin educating puppies : we learn to them their name, but also to not enter in the house and to seat on the "seat" order. These learnings are time, following the number of puppies.

We observe a lot the puppies in order to see what are their qualities and defects. With these observations, we can coincide for the best the puppies with the future owner following to what the puppy is destined. The puppies showing the most aptitude and interest to run and to pull will be oriented to owners that need a Malamute for sport. In contrast, the calmest Malamute puppies will be affected to owners who want a dog of house or who don't have enough strength to handle a 45 kg dog of muscles. The smartest puppies will be affected to owners who want to do agility contests or who want to train a lead dog.

Puppy education - De La Coleen d'Urok - The Alaskan Malamute
Puppy education

Leaving our home, the puppies are confident in human being, they know the canine codes, they know the urban and natural environments, they know the walks with leash, they know their own names and some basis orders. In return, the time that we spent with puppies to learn all of these things, gives us a deep knowledge of them and then we can choose with more efficiency the future owners.

Our method to choose the future owners

We are not professional breeders, we don't earn our life with breeding Alaskan Malamute puppies. So we don't have to sell our puppies at any price to anyone.
So we select as finely as possible the owners that are going to adopt our puppies. We don't hesitate to refuse people with whom we don't have feeling.
To adopt one of our puppies, you have to prove that you know a minimum the breed, that you understand that you engage yourself for a dozen of years with the dog, that you have to do a minimum of activities with the dog, that you can't live in an apartment with the dog, and that often the dog will need an another dog.
These are our main criteria, and in addition we use our "feeling" with the people.
We are not perfect and there was and there will be people to whom we should not have to give one of our puppies and reciprocally there was, perhaps, people to whom we should have to give one of them.
The puppies owners - De La Coleen d'Urok - The Alaskan Malamute
The puppies owners

The tracking of our sold puppies

We attach great importance to the tracking of our puppies, and so we try to keep in touch the most possible with the owners of our puppies. Whether for the good news, or bad news. We put great emphasis on this because we want things happen for the best for our dogs. We understand that the hazard, the accident of life can make that some people can't keep a dog, but then it's important for us to try to replace the dog with the best new owner. In this case, we use our network to find the best people.

Of course, we will be proud if our puppies are used for breeding at their turn, as long as it is done with a minimum of respect for the animal and preferably respecting the breeding guidelines of the Alaskan Malamute Club of France (AMCF)
In all cases, we remain attentive to the needs of the owners of our puppies and we respond to all questions during the life of our dogs.
The second generation - De La Coleen d'Urok - The Alaskan Malamute
The second generation of "De La Coleen d'Urok" puppies

Our breeding philosophy - De la Coleen d'Urok - The Alaskan Malamute
Our breeding philosophy