I would see if there is a clause in their contract about surrendering only to the breeder. Often times if there is a no alter or studding contract, then there is also something to state that the dog is to return to the breeder in case the new owner can no longer keep him/her.
If they need to have you take the dog as soon as possible, I would request the name of the breeder and any previous contact numbers or email addresses. I don't think you could get into trouble for neutering him, but it's possible the owner surrendering could be sued. I am no expert, though, so take this more as a suggestion rather than solid advice.
Before agreeing to take a Malamute in do lots of research on the breed. They can be a VERY difficult dog, very independent and very prey driven. I have never met a husky or malamute that didn't try to eat Franklin.....I'm being honest here. Even the really well behaved ones see Franklin and seem to think he is a bunny and it isn't until AFTER then have pounced and pinned him that they realize he is in fact a dog.
Also these breeds have corgi energy....times about 1000. Be prepared for HOURS of run time. A walk is not enough, they need to run. Whether it be offleash at a dog park or beside a jogger or a bicycle.
I personally would NEVER agree to an unaltered male of one of these breeds. This is more due to the fact that even the altered dogs escape and roam like crazy so I couldn't imagine how hard it would be to keep an unaltered dog in your yard. Each state is different in regards to laws about surrendering an animal and when you gain full ownership and the original owner no longer has any rights to the dog.....look into your state/county laws. Also, if they signed a breeding contract, there may be a clause that the dog needs to go back to the original breeder if its ever re-homed, something to ask about. You aren't legally required to follow a contract somebody else signed, but here in California there is a 2 week grace period. If you sign your dog over to somebody you have 2 weeks to change your mind. After that, too bad. So maybe wait 2 weeks and 1 day :-P Your state may be different in this regard.
Things to watch out for in an unaltered male: marking behavior (he will mark everything, likely both in and out of the house), dominance behavior (especially if there are both males and females in your house), mounting behavior (he may try to mount EVERYTHING, including you....this kind of goes back to dominance behavior as well). Ask to meet the dog first, see how he is with your current corgis. Make sure he has been around smaller dogs in the past. You don't want a good deed to turn into a bad situation with him trying to attack or dominate your current animals.
Hi LaRissa, contact the breeder and get the final word straight from the source. Good responsible breeders take back their dogs regardless of age.
Yes you can get in trouble depending on your local law.
Besides discouraging leg lifting, it's the same as an altered male, testicles are not evil.
A malamute is huge and powerful at 75-90lbs, they require TONS of exercise, skijoring / cross-country ski would be perfect. I have a friend who's in the Canadian Olympic Cycling team, he and his malamute cycle / run for miles daily. My dog trainer also has one, incredible majestic dog.
Don't take the malamute if you can't meet his hardcore daily exercise needs, you need to be very good with your existing pack to be comfortable to take on a malamute.I would enlist someone to walk the corgis with you so that you can walk the malamute, don't be afraid to let him wear a backpack with several water bottles to slow him down, you can also let him pull you while rollerblading. If you think corgis shed a lot, you're gonna love the malamute. Don't fight it, just wear the fur with pride :)
Here's an old thread on introduction.