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Copperhead Kennels Siberian Huskies operating in Arkansas Deceptive Breeding Practice Arkansas, Internet
11th of Dec, 2011 by User406563
(Note, there are other "Copperhead" kennels out there that raise other breeds, this report is not related to any of these other kennels. Only the Copperhead kennel in Arkansas that raises Siberian Huskies) This kennel claims to breed purebred Siberian Huskies. This is a warning to all people thinking they are getting an actual purebred dog that fits the breed standards. This breeder says their dogs are AKC registered and that their DNA is on record with AKC. This is probably true. BUT, what they don't tell you is that AKC does not go out of it's way to verify that a dog's DNA matches that of the DNA that may have been submitted for it's parents.
AKC does NOT require that all breeding dogs must be DNA'd. The purpose of the DNA submissions is ONLY if someone makes a formal complaint that the dog they bought is not truly out of the parents that the papers says it is. If no one makes a formal complaint then AKC will never test the DNA against any other DNA.
AKC does not test DNA to see if a dog is actually purebred. The ONLY thing that AKC will test for if there is a complaint is whether or not it's DNA matches the DNA of it's sire and dam on record.
The registration of litters and puppies is essentially an honor system with the AKC. AKC trusts that the person registering a dog is telling the truth that the dog is actually out of the sire and dam that the person says it is. Essentially, it is extremely easy to falsely register a dog with AKC and AKC will do nothing about it unless there is solid tangible evidence to say otherwise.
Registration fees are AKC's bread and butter, AKC does not like to "bite the hand that feeds it" As of December 12th, 2011 Copperhead kennel's homepage boldly claims "Here at Copperhead, we strive for "breed standard" puppies". This is a terribly misleading statement. Copperhead does NOT breed to the Siberian Husky standard in any way. Copperhead does not breed for either a working sled dog nor a dog that fits the standard of conformation. If Copperhead was breeding for working sled dogs then their dogs would be actively trained in sledding, there is no proof online of their dogs being trained or used as sled dogs.
Copperhead breeds a coat pattern that it dubs "piebald" which is in fact Merle (also known as dapple or harlequin). The piebald gene and the merle gene are distinctly different genes. The merle is not officially recognized by the AKC in the Siberian Husky breed so those who register their merle Siberian Huskies use the piebald pattern to describe them instead on the registration forms. Piebald is recessive, merle is dominant and they are visually very different. Two merles bred together can cause puppies to be born dead or severly disabled. If an ignorant person is sold a pup advertised as piebald but is truly a merle they may breed it to another merle not knowing that it's a lethal combination. The piebald gene is not lethal when doubled. The merle coat pattern in the Siberian Husky appears to have stemmed from a kennel that bred both Siberian Huskies and Australian Shepherds. It is assumed that they crossed the two breeds and registered puppies with AKC as purebred Siberian Huskies. The merle coat pattern is NOT a true Siberian Husky coat pattern. As of December 20th, 2011 the Copperhead kennel webpage features one of their dog's named Jaden whom they say was removed from their breeding program due to an inherited immune deficiency because she had allergies.
It is true that allergies is causes by an immune problem, an auto-immune reaction. But to say it is inherited is grossly misrepresenting. The origin of auto-immune diseases is environmental. It may be inherited or it may have occured spontaneously in damaged sperm, egg or developing embryo. Any of these are a result of a mutated gene or polygenes directly affected by environment. Auto-immune diseases such as allergies can also be developed after birth, again it is a reaction to environmental causes.
Environmental causes includes but it not limited too: diet/nutrition, water, air, bacteria, parasites, protozoa, virus, prions, viroids, toxins, gases, vaccines, trauma/injury, etc.
Veterinarians are currently unable to give a true diagnosis of where an auto-immune disease origionated, especially one like allergies. It is a very common practice among veterinarians to blaim the breeder if they cannot give a true diagnosis. That being said, Copperhead blaims the Harley's Paws kennel in Kentucky for Jaden's problems. From their own website they've listed their unjustified harrassment of the Harley's Paws kennel by saying they've reported them to AKC (really? what's AKC going to do?) to Animal Control/Animal Abuse Authorities because of the supposed horrible conditions of this kennel. I'd like to know why on earth they would buy from a kennel if they believed it's dogs were in horrible condition?
The ignorance of the Copperhead kennel is astounding. I'd like to note that I don't know Harley's Paws kennel, never met them, never talked to them, only looked at their website after I read Copperhead's. It appears to me that Harley's Paws kennel is every bit as bad and deceptives as Copperhead's. Harley's Paws kennel even has several dogs who blatantly disregards the standards for the tail. (Malamute crosses anyone?)
Neither of these kennels appear to do any real work with their dogs, no sledding or showing or anything other than breeding. No sign of any genetic health testing on either website. If both of these kennels just own up to not breeding dogs to the breed standard and state the true color/pattern of their dogs then people would not be deceived into thinking they are buying a real purebred true-to-standard Siberian Husky without potential health problems that can be caused by the merle gene.
Comments
3842 days ago by Harleyspaws
Will im harleys paws. and i Dont have any that is Crosses with a malamute. and if you are talking about rock he just has a tight tail.
3664 days ago by Sibehusky
Copperhead kennels still is breeding merle siberians, calling them piebald, and is still trying to claim she breeds to breed standard. When the issue is brought up on her facebook page to try and educate her customers, she simply removes the information (a link to the Siberian Husky Club of America's website about their stance on the merle pattern) and then tells customers that people are out to get her. She also gets defensive if you message her privately about it and acts like if you haven't done business with her (bought a puppy from her), then you aren't allowed to talk to her.

Harleys Paws- the siberian standard faults "tight tails" while malamutes are supposed to have curly tails. That is probably why the author thought that. Either way, tight tails are not to breed standard and should not be bred in siberian huskies.

Also like to point out how ironic it is that copperhead kennels thought it is okay to go off on a rant about harley paws, but think no one is allowed to point out that they are misleading the public with the information on their website. And on one hand they put information from the siberian husky club of america on their website to make themselves look like a good breeder, but will remove any links posted to the siberian husky club of america from their facebook page that might make them look bad (i.e. the information pertaining to the merle gene and wooly coats).
3620 days ago by Lindsaywholaver
This is absolutely the best thing i have found on the internet recently. She came to my facebook page stating that i try to "fleece" people and lie about my Agouti dogs and she tried to shove the SHCA down my throat though i have been to that page may times. And she still is breeding and selling Merles under the pretense of a piebald...

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