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Which dog suits me?

Which dog suits me?

If you want to buy a dog, it is best not to go ice cream overnight. After all, there are several factors, including your budget, home, leisure activities and experience with dogs, which you should think about before choosing a puppy in the kennel. We go through the most important points with you.

What if you have limited space?

Whoever wants to buy a dog does not necessarily need a garden . There are also dogs that know how to ground themselves perfectly in a house without a garden or even an apartment.

The most important characteristics that you should pay attention to are the instincts of the dog. The size of the dog is less important.

Take the Pinscher for example. Although this dog remains quite small, it is a German hunting dog with tons of energy. They would have an ‘active mood’ of 72.85 minutes a day. You should keep Pinschers where the dog can move a lot.

Active Dwarf pinscher

In contrast, a French bulldog , which is larger, but with a much calmer energy level.

Do you actually have a small space? Then best avoid all dogs with high hunting instincts such as running dogs and sweat dogs or sheepdogs and cattle drivers. You will receive the right advice here in our kennel .

How much time can you spend on your dog every day?

The above is of course indicative. If your dog barely has to stay alone and you are actively working on it for several hours a day (walking, playing, etc.), a Pinscher can also ground on an apartment.

The time you can spend on your pet is therefore a very important factor . Before buying a dog, consider in the kennel that the animal (depending on the breed) easily becomes 10 years or even older . Your life can change a lot during that time .

For example, if you are single now, there is a good chance that you will have a relationship and perhaps children within 10 years. You may then be able to spend less time with the dog.

How much time do you have to spend on your dog every day?

Not every dog ​​needs the same amount of exercise and challenges. In general, smaller dogs require less exercise , on the condition that they are not hunting dogs, running dogs or cattle drivers. Hunting and working dogs take the most out of your free time anyway . The Border Collie, who is a real cattle driver, will only feel warmed up after 2 hours of exercise. On the other hand, the Newfoundland who easily doubles in size, prefers to do everything at a leisurely pace and is happy with a walk every day.

Some dogs also need more mental than physical challenges . You will find customized toys at the dog accessories in the pet shop. Certain dog breeds also require a lot of coat care, such as the Chow Chow. Also keep this in mind when you want to buy a dog.

What if you will buy a dog for the first time?

It really does matter if this is your first dog or not. Training your dog is a must regardless of the breed, size or age. However, some dog breeds are “not kittens to handle without gloves” and need a strong experienced leader . That is the case, for example, with cattle drivers such as the Border Collie, but also with many hunting dogs such as the small munsterlander who would rather follow his nose than his boss.

Dogs that are suitable as the first dog include the Miniature Pomeranian , the Poodle and the Golden Retriever . These varieties are easy to train and also easy to handle.

What budget should you provide for a dog?

Buying a dog is not a one-time cost. In the kennel you pay on average between 600 and 2500 euros for the purchase of your dog , but after that you still have to take into account the costs for food and care. You spend more or less on food depending on the weight and size of the dog. For a dog of approximately 35 kilograms, charge around 570 euros in food per year . You pay an average of 206 euros per year for the medical care of a dog.

If you also want to have the dog neutered or sterilized , take into account an amount between 250 and 400 euros . Much depends on the necessary anesthesia, the dose and the price of which is therefore higher in a larger dog.

The Woefkesranch team is happy to give you additional advice in order to buy a dog that really suits you. Do you have a question? Contact us by telephone on the number +32 15 75 59 42 or complete this handy contact form.

The price of a labradoodle

The price of a labradoodle

A labradoodle is more expensive than the average purebred dog, because labradoodles are quite rare.

You need several generations to get a real labradoodle. In addition to the purchase costs, you must also take into account food costs, veterinarians, training and toys.

Everyone has a different income and expenditure pattern and will adapt this to the dog . Some want to make a small palace for their labradoodle, others go for a dog bed in the kitchen. Anyway, as long as your labradoodle gets basic care and a lot of love, he or she will become a happy dog.

In this blog post we inform you about the costs of an average labradoodle. In addition to the costs listed below, it is wise to take unexpected expenses into account. For example, it may be that your labradoodle has to go to the vet an extra time or that you have to buy special food because your dog cannot stand a certain brand.

Purchase costs

The price of a Labradoodle puppy depends on:

  • availabilty
  • Age
  • Color

A good target price for a Labradoodle is € 1250 to € 2000.

View our available Labradoodle puppies for the current price

Sometimes you will find Labradoodle puppies at abnormally low prices on sales sites (kapaza, second-hand, marketplace, etc.). Often these are advertisements from scammers.

Wherever you buy a labradoodle, ask the breeder if you can look at the litter when the puppies are old enough and ask questions about the health of their parents. If the breeder refuses, this is a bad sign. A good breeder is proud of his dogs and is happy to show them to future owners.
At Woefkesranch you can see the puppies together with their mother. Call us or drop by !

Veterinary costs

An adult labradoodle entails less veterinary costs than a puppy. A puppy has to go to the vet on average a few times in its first year, a healthy, adult labradoodle only needs to be checked annually. A reliable breeder has already had the pups wormed, vaccinated and thoroughly checked by the vet.

Every veterinarian is not the same and neither is their price. One works for an average wage, while the other may like to get rich quickly (a bread vet). hence it is not always easy to give an average price.

You can opt for veterinary insurance . This is not unwise, since veterinary costs can also increase considerably, especially with puppies and older dogs. Veterinary insurance depends on the weight, age and breed of a dog. For a labradoodle you pay between 20 and 35 euros per month, depending on the coverage. You can take out your veterinary insurance policy with Petplan .

Puppy course

A puppy course is recommended, but is not an obligation. At a good dog school you learn how to deal with your dog to teach him or her the right behavior.

They are active and child-friendly dear ones, but they must learn the right behavior

Apart from the fact that these courses are very useful, dogs often enjoy them because they learn to interact with other dogs, get a lot of exercise and play fun games. The bond between owner and dog is strengthened by the training, so see this primarily as an investment in a nicer dog.

Puppy courses can vary considerably in price, but costs on average between 125 and 200 euros (for eight to ten meetings). Many dog ​​training centers offer follow-up courses and private training, these are usually a lot more expensive.

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Dog food is a very important expense that you can make as expensive or as cheap as you want. You can get cheap dog food at the supermarket. You can buy more expensive food that is suitable for dogs with allergies at specialist shops or via the vet.

You can buy a quality brand for your dog, this saves you many problems afterwards. Examples are: Eukanuba , Royal canin . Everyone makes their own choices, but bear in mind that better quality feed influences the health of your labradoodle. A dog that grows up healthily means lower veterinary costs and of course a more active and sociable dog that is a lot happier.

Anyway, a larger dog like the labradoodle eats significantly more than a small dog. You can count around a budget of 60 euros per month for feeding a labradoodle.

Trim salon

The beautiful coat of the labradoodle demands the necessary hours of care. A puppy has to go to a grooming salon for the first time between seven months and one year old because it will get an adult coat. Both puppies and adult labradoodles must be brushed and trimmed regularly.

A grooming salon requires between 80 euros and 110 euros for a labradoodle, depending on the size.

Neatly brushed labradoodles can also have felted pieces in their fur. Then there is only one thing: to the hairdresser! In the worst case scenario, a labradoodle must be completely shaved. To save costs, you can follow a course to learn how to care for and trim the coat of your labradoodle.

How do you recognize a scammer?

  • You will receive a reply e-mail in poor Dutch
  • The advertiser has no site
  • You cannot collect the Labradoodle puppies yourself from the advertiser
  • You can pay with Western Union
  • After payment of the “low” selling price, the “seller” asks for extra money for customs costs, extra vaccines, …
  • All the money deposited is the buyer LIES!

To buy a Labradoodle puppy at Woefkesranch:

  • A young Labradoodle puppy (available from the age of 8 weeks)
  • A Labradoodle puppy that has been vaccinated
  • A Labradoodle puppy that has been dewormed
  • A Labradoodle puppy identified with a microchip
  • The Labradoodle puppy is sold with a written guarantee
  • After-sales service: unique in Belgium, you get a 24-hour service here: you can reach our team 24 hours a day for urgent ‘puppy questions’
  • Guidance with Labradoodle parenting tips

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Character of a Dachshund

Character of a Dachshund

The Dachshund is a robust and courageous dog. He has great stamina and a unique character.

The Dachshund is independent, combative, and tries to dominate other dogs.

His habit of barking at the slightest noise makes him a good watchdog .

De Teckel is affectionate and cheerful, but demands a lot of attention and is often jealous.

The short-haired variety is the most energetic , while the shaggy variety has a rustic character and the greatest hunting instinct .

The long-haired variety is the calmest of the three. All Dashondens must be consistently and patiently educated from an early age.

Typical properties of the Dachshund

Due to its origins as an independent hunting and guard dog, the Teckel has a courageous and spicy character. Brave, fierce behavior and barking was useful when Dachshunds had to compete underground with a badger or a fox. The little Dachshund also has great endurance and is intelligent and stubborn.

If he gets the chance, the clever Dachshund certainly tries to play his boss. For example, he knows very well what he can achieve with his cute and touching gaze. In addition, your Dachshund can occasionally be a little jealous; You are his owner and he is your hero.

Even though De Teckel is a companion dog, he is not a typical lap dog. It is important to challenge your Dachshund mentally and physically. The lively and cheerful Dachshund loves to play and is, because of his background as a hunting dog, also very fanatic. Walking through the forest and playing with branches and balls, whether or not in the water, and just snooping around and digging, are good things for Dachshunds. But do you want to fetch fun together? You have the chance that your Dachshund simply keeps the stick or toy with him. After all, he has his own will.

Not only the character of your Dachshund is unique. With its long back, it also has a unique construction. You can easily keep a Dachshund in an apartment, but because of that long back it is wise not to let him walk stairs.

Adopting A Dog: Building A Doghouse

Once decided on adopting a dog, the next step to take is the type of doghouse that you will need. The doghouse depends on the dog breed that you want. Dogs grow very fast and allowances must be taken to ensure that the doghouse will shelter the dog when it is full-grown.

dog house

The Doghouse Type

This is a fine time to practice creativity. There are as many doghouse styles as there are houses for people.

For people that want to exercise fun and creativity, doghouse styles could be constructed to look like a miniature single room white house complete with a blue room or just have the blue room instead.

It could even look like the basic structure of your house with the inside looking like your room. It could be constructed to look like a chalet, a lean-to, a box or a cage. There are a lot of choices.

The only must is that the doghouse will fit the dog enough to have him move comfortably and that the roof will not be so hot during summer months. Another very important item is the door. In areas where there are very cold seasons, a door should be opted instead of the usual open hole.

You can watch on pinterest to find more ideas

Determining the Size

Determining doghouse sizes are personal choices. You could build the doghouse as big as you want.

However, you cannot build a doghouse smaller than this:

  • Height: to determine a comfortable height that is also enough to ensure good air circulation, add 9 inches to the height of a fully-grown dog of the same breed.
  • Length: to determine the shortest length for a doghouse, add one and one-half foot from the length of the dog starting from the tip of the nose to its rump.
  • Width: to decide the narrowest width of the doghouse that would provide enough space for the dog to move around, add one foot to the length of the dog, this is the narrowest space for your width.

Choosing the Location

The ideal area to be chosen as the location for building the dog house is a level ground that is free from water run-off.

Clear the site where the doghouse will be built down to the short grass. Pack the ground tightly before building.

In areas where there are extreme changes in weather, you may need to insulate the doghouse or consider air conditioning. This is more important when you have an outdoor dog breed. There are many choices for roofing but often, a wooden roof is sufficiently cool. For flooring, you may want vinyl or lumber as these are easily cleaned.

For health reasons, the doghouse is usually constructed a few inches from the ground. This also wards off insects and other small animals from entering aside from ensuring that the place remains dry. Then you begin building.

When pressed for time and you would prefer doghouse kits, there are so many varieties that are available that are pre-fabricated and are available in your local pet shops.

Sleep inside

Hopefully, your dog may sleep inside your house.

A dog that is allowed to come inside your house will always be a greater family member. Therefore we recommend you to take the dog inside.

If you are scared that the dog breaks anything in your home, then you can use a cage like the picture below.

dog cage

A dog that sleeps in such a cage has more respect for the owner and the education is a lot easier.

You put the dog in his cage every time when you are leaving the house and the dog needs to be alone.

That’s the most important reason to take a cage. So the dog only can break things when you are home.

It is important that you can punish the dog immediately when he does something wrong. You simply define when you can educate the dog, and when it’s time to rest.

If you’re looking for a dog crate visit our shop.

History of the Siberian Husky

The famous gold rush to the Klondike district in Alaska at the end of the 19th century has brought to light various talented and talented characters.The reputation of the American writer of adventure novels and animal stories Jack London (1876-1916), for example, is inextricably linked to that period. The same applies to the fate of the Siberian Husky . If they had not found gold in Alaska, we would probably never have heard of this dog.But more about that later.

The term husky , or “hoarse,” applied to all sled dogs used by the Indians and Eskimos.

The Siberian Husky breed, which is part of that group of sled dogs, comes from the far north-east of Asia, to be precise, from the Chukchi peninsula.The Eskimo people living there, the Chukchi or Chukchee, were deprived of any contact with Western civilization. Little is known about this people and about the way they bred dogs. What they have managed to find out is that the Chukchchen took the dogs into the family circle and that they applied a real selection.

Siberian Husky puppy

These Eskimos killed the most bitches shortly after birth, and kept the most robust ones. The males were castrated, with the exception of the specimens selected for breeding. Of course it concerned the bravest males. Because of this use and the extremely strict climatic conditions and the isolation of the Eskimos, a very typified and pure dog population could arise. Finding gold in Alaska would remove the Siberian Husky from its isolation.

In July 1896 huge clumps of gold were discovered at the confluence of two rivers in the Klondike district. The consequence of this was that an unexpected influx of emigrants from all over America came to Alaska. The prospectors soon discovered that it was not that simple to survive in the cold, the dark and the silence of the high North. Because they had no contact at all with the Indians and Eskimos, and therefore did not know the native dogs, they had to seek help elsewhere for, for example, the transport of their loads. Anyone who seemed strong enough and apparently could handle the climate was called in. That meant, among other things, that the carriages were pulled by dogs of all kinds with tools, food and iron heaters.Collies, Sheepdogs and Setters were mainly used for that tough job, but the most sensible chose dogs of the Saint Bernard or Newfoundland type. A few managed to get their hands on indigenous dogs and they showed to be superior when it came to sledging. However, it was not so easy to get these dogs because the locals themselves needed them too badly. Moreover, it turned out to be very difficult to master them. The fact that the local sled dogs slowly but surely managed to secure a permanent place and eventually became generally recognized by the pioneers, was probably due to the fur hunters.

Siberian Husky 4 month

Long before the gold rush took place in Alaska, fur hunters had settled there. They were also referred to as ‘musher’, a term derived from the ‘marche’ command that the French-Canadian trappers gave to their ropes. For English speakers that has become ‘mush’ because of the sound. In the days of these mushers, the robust dogs of the Mahlemuts, an eskimo tribe in Alaska, spread. Because those dogs were able to pull the heaviest loads over the greatest distances, they soon became famous. They also came into the hands of the settlers and they were brought up by the construction of the Malamutes (as the dogs were called) with the idea of ​​crossing them with Saint Bernard. Out of these crossings came the Blossom, a still famous species. Later, they sought more power than speed, and that is why the Malamute was crossed with western dogs that were lighter, such as Setters or shepherd dogs. But back to the mushers. Following the Indians and Eskimos, they conceived the plan to compare the performance of their strains. To this end, they organized competitions between the villages themselves, events that were also firmly bet. It is easy to explain that these competitions expanded rapidly. According to an Alaskan saying, the high North has four seasons: June, July, August and winter. The aim is to indicate that all activities focus on the three summer months and that everyone closes off from the outside world during the rest of the year. The obvious boredom was perhaps the birthplace of the success of the sled races.

It is not surprising that the popularity of the sled games led to the founding of the Nome Kennel Club in 1907. Initiators to that end were the musher Allan Scott and the lawyer Albert Fink, who wanted to give the games a serious basis and a recurring event. wanted to make of it. The name Nome refers to a hamlet on the coast of the Seward peninsula, in the extreme north-west of Alaska. This remote corner owes its existence only to the discovery of clogs of gold on the beach. At first it was not even thought of giving this hamlet a name at the end of the world, and precisely because it had no name (no name) it was called Nome. Nome became the center of the sled races. In 1908 the Nome Kennel Club launched the All Alaska Sweepstakes, a competition over a length of 650 km. As a result, the search for the best dogs and the selection of the best-performing strains were given a new dimension, and the Siberian Husky also came into the picture.

Siberian husky

The Husky lived in Siberia, but in fact it is not that far from Alaska. The Beringstraat that separates Alaska from Siberia is no more than 100 km wide.Moreover, Alaska had ties with the Asian continent, if only because a large Russian colony lived in Alaska. He had settled there before 1867, the year in which Tsar Alexander II sold Alaska to the United States for seven million dollars. As the sledge races continued to expand, a fur dealer of Russian origin, William Goosak, first came up with the idea of ​​getting some Huskies from Siberia. He intended to use these dogs in the All Alaska Sweepstakes. Initially they were a bit skeptical about these sled dogs, because they were smaller than the others. However, it was not long before they were taken seriously, because the team of Siberian Huskies finished third.

The result was that a well-to-do Scotch collected no less than 60 Huskies from the Chukchens on the Anadyr River. He entrusted a team to John Johnson, who made a name for himself in 1910 by convincingly breaking the match record. Johnson, also known as “iron man” or “the iron man,” repeated his performance in 1914. Then it was Leonhard Seppala ‘s turn to win the game for three consecutive years. This Norwegian was without a doubt the greatest musher of all time and with him the most glorious period in the history of the Siberian Husky came. The stock of the breed was formed by the very valuable import of Huskies from Siberia. The last time dogs were introduced in that period was in 1930 and came in the name of Olaf Swenson.

Siberian Husky puppies for sale

In 1925 a dramatic event ensured that the Siberian Husky’s reputation reached the whole of America. In January of that year, Nome became the victim of a diphtheria epidemic. The only doctor of the then only 1450 inhabitants had no more than a few doses of diphtheria anatoxine and they had been there for five years. So outside help was urgently needed. The necessary serum was quickly sent from Anchorage via the new railway line (from Anchorage to Fairbanks) to Nenana. Nenana, however, was still more than 1000 km away from Nome. Due to the usual weather conditions at that time of the year, the old planes that were available could not take off, so there was nothing left but transport by sled. To get the precious medicine to the destination, 19 teams of Huskies alternated. They were met by Leonhard Seppala, who left Nome, and who in turn was relieved by Gunnar Kasson. Eventually the leader of his team managed to reach the dog Balto Nome, and that in the middle of a snowstorm, in the freezing cold and in almost complete darkness. This ‘match against death’ had all taken 127 hours, so about five and a half days.

Siberian husky

The news of heroism soon became known throughout America. They even erected a statue for Balto in New York’s Central Park. The admiration and interest in Siberian Huskies were so great that Seppala and his dogs toured the United States. From the dogs he gave up during that tour, a part of the American population of the breed has emerged. The Siberian Husky was recognized as a breed in 1930 by the American Kennel Club. That apart from the sled dogs also the sled sport gained popularity, is evident from the fact that in 1932 sled races were allowed as demonstration sport at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics. The Siberian Husky Club of America, founded in 1938, established the first official standard, although a first impulse had already been published in 1932. In 1939 the Canadian Kennel Club also admitted the breed. Everything went well, except in Alaska itself. Life in Alaska started to look different from the 1920s. The era of the small prospectors was almost over and was followed by the industrial era. This also had consequences for transport. In addition to the train, people increasingly made use of the aircraft. Today, one in every 30 residents of Alaska has a pilot’s license and one in 50 owns a private plane.) In addition, a first economic recession in 1923 forced the last adventurers to flee. That was a foretaste of the great world recession that arrived hard in Alaska in particular. The transport by sled therefore decreased, and with it the use of sled dogs, although there were still exceptions here and there. For example, the famous Hudson Bay Company would use sleighs to deliver the mail until 1963, while the Canadian police would continue to use the dogs until 1969. The Indians and Eskimos in Alaska, however, still use sleighs and still hold matches between the villages.

Siberian Husky puppy

After a period of neglect of sledging, a revival took place in 1946, when the “Fur Rendezvous” of Anchorage was established. But there were clear changes in the sport. It was no longer about the famous races from the hero era, but more about speed races over distances of a few tens of kilometers per day. As a result, the dogs also changed. Native American mushers such as the famous George Attla still used Huskies, but others soon realized that they could get much faster dogs by crossing Siberian dogs with hunting dogs and even Greyhounds. Such crossings took place so many times that many “Alaskan Huskies ” could no longer be called northern dogs.

It was not until the 1970s that it was realized that the dogs became faster due to the crossbreeding, but that this was at the expense of their robustness and endurance. Alaska’s Huskies did not become true polar dogs again until the Iditarod was introduced in 1973, a competition over a distance of 1800 km to be completed in 11 days (with one day of rest). Of course the Siberian Husky had lost its homogeneity in the meantime. He had actually become one of the Huskies who descended from Native American, Eskimose and Western dogs. The Siberian Husky, however, has not completely disappeared from Alaska, because his blood still flows through the veins of many Alaskan Huskies. He is also still able to compete as a pure breed, as the breeder and musher Earl Norris have proven. The progressive development of sled sport and the related selection of competition dogs have only recently emerged in Europe. The first impetus was given by enthusiasts who went to watch competitions in Alaska and the United States and then took very high-performing Huskies to Europe. Yet the Siberian Husky was already on display in France during the First World War. It turned out to be impossible at that time to supply certain strategic positions in the Vosges with ammunition and food via horses, mules or people. After all, people were under intense gunfire. That is how the idea of ​​using dogs was born. Among the approximately 400 dogs that were brought from Nome and Canada for this purpose, there were about 100 Siberian Huskies. They were trained by the famous musher Scotty Allan. The rest of Europe did not become acquainted with the breed until the 1950s, first in Switzerland and Norway, and later in the other Scandinavian countries, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. The Siberian Husky was recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale in 1966. Since then this dog has achieved enormous success, of course because of its appearance, but certainly also because of its sporting qualities.

Woefkesranch Huksy puppies for sale

It is certain that the wolf-like appearance of the Siberian Husky has attracted attention. Distorted blue eyes are of course an attractive aspect.Moreover, because much attention was paid to the breed by the written press and the necessary movie stars, more Husky admirers were added every year. Everyone wanted to have such a special dog. It was soon realized that the rather unusual appearance of the Husky matched its equally unusual character. And since pulling sleds turned out to be his specialty, they naturally also came up with the idea of ​​holding competitions.

The Siberian Husky is often complained because he has become a companion dog, but that is not always necessary. Many owners realize that this dog has a special character. They still use and train him as a sled dog and put him in front of the sled in the absence of snow.