Where We Get Our Dogs

ICAN’s Breeding Program

ICAN dogs in training come from two sources

• ICAN’s purpose bred breeding program
• Donated purebred dogs from qualified breeders

Nationally, about 50 – 60% of dogs who enter service dog programs go on to become a service dog. Much is asked of a service dog in regard to temperament and health.

Assistance Dogs International Breeding Cooperative

ICAN is part of Assistance Dogs International Breeding Cooperative. Through participation in the Breeding Cooperative, ICAN is able to be part of a large network of service dog organizations’ breeding programs.  The work of the Cooperative is to help programs breed dogs with the health and temperament needed to become service dogs. Over 40 accredited service dog programs are part of the Cooperative. The Cooperative carefully researches earlier generations of dogs to ensure that hip, elbow, and general orthopedic health is predictable and stable and that temperament is suited for service work.

Networking Together

The Cooperative helps programs network to bring together the best possible match of breeder dogs. As an example, ICAN Alpine was bred to a male dog, Sapo who has a history of producing service dogs for the Guide Dog Foundation. Another example is ICAN Desiree. Desiree was purchased from Guide Dogs Queensland because of the long history of her line of Guide Dogs. Desiree has produced several other breeders including her daughters Keli and Dinah, both with ICAN.

Jamie Young, DVM Ph.D., a long time ICAN volunteer, helps the Breeding Coordinator with whelping and puppy assessments.  ICAN closely monitors all our dogs in training. As the breeding program develops we will be able to compare success rates of our dogs in relation to how they were acquired.

If you would like to learn more about ICAN’s Breeding Program, please contact our Breeding & Puppy Development Coordinator at moe@icandog.org.

View some more photos of ICAN’s puppies below! (Liz Kaye Photography)