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Below you will find all the answers to the questions I am frequently asked about the puppies in the kennel, the living conditions required, the tests carried out on the parents as well as on the puppies, the feeding etc.

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I would like to adopt a puppy from your kennel: how do I go about it?

I am frequently asked this question.
Please note that for any adoption request, a visit to the kennel is mandatory for :
- Discuss your project and check that your living conditions are compatible with the arrival of a Saarloos wolfdog in your home
- See the living conditions of the dogs at the kennel
- To meet the dogs of the kennel in order to apprehend the character of the Saarloos wolfdog.

If you live far away from the farm, a preliminary telephone interview is also possible (see page Contact)Saarloos wolfdog

What is the price of a Khalibisnya Maginwulf puppy?

I might as well talk about it right away since it is also one of the questions I am most often asked...
The price of a Khalibisnya Maginwulf puppy is fixed; whatever its sex or its color, whether it is intended for export or not, it is 1500€.Saarloos wolfdog

Are the puppies' parents screened?

This is a question that, to my great surprise, I am not often asked...
As a responsible breeder, all breeding stock involved in a Khalibisnya Maginwulf litter are fully screened for all known hereditary diseases.
As responsible adopters, you owe it to yourself to select your kennel on the basis of the seriousness of these screenings. (Obscure communication from the breeder on these points? Missing documents? Smoke and mirrors explanations as to why this or that test was not done? Run away!)
Details of these diseases can be found in here
The following documents are available to adopters regarding the parents of a Khalibisnya Maginwulf litter:
- Genetic identification
- Pedigree
- Genetic certificate for Degenerative Myelopathy
- Genetic Certificate for Pituitary Dwarfism
- Official X-ray reading report for hip (and elbow if available) dysplasia screening.
- Eye examination for less than two years for Progressive Retinal Atrophy and cataract.
- Result of the character test (for French breeders only)1

What documents come with the puppy?

- Certificate of sale
- I-CAD identification card
- DNA identification certificate
- Parentage certificate by DNA analysis of the parents
- Genotyping of the puppy on Embark
- Birth certificate SCC over 5 generations
- Information documents
- European passport mentioning :
* Two vaccinations by the breeder( CHP at 8 weeks and CHP+L4 at 11 weeks). The adopter must give the 3rd CHP-L4 injection before the 16th week of age.
* The rabies vaccine for puppies destined for export.
* Deworming protocol

- In case one of the parents is a healthy carrier of Degenerative Myelopathy and/or Pituitary Dwarfism, the puppy will have its own genetic test certificate for each of these diseases.
- Veterinary certificate before transfer
- Puppy kit1

When is it possible to reserve a puppy?

Reservations are only possible once the puppies are born and viable.
A waiting list is open only at the confirmation of gestation.
There is no charge for waiting list registration and it can be cancelled at any time. There is no point in asking to be put on a waiting list for a litter that does not yet exist.
After a visit to the kennel, a reservation can be made and entails the payment of a 500€ deposit and an order form. In case of withdrawal of the buyer, this amount is not refundable. Similarly, Khalibisnya Maginwulf can withdraw from a reservation by returning twice the amount paid by the buyer. The balance of 1000€ must be credited on the bank account of the kennel before the departure of the puppy and automatically generates a sales contract. Saarloos wolfdog

Are your puppies LOF ?

Khalibisnya Maginwulf puppies are registered in the LOF on the basis of descent and on a provisional basis. They have a Birth Certificate. The latter cannot take the place of a definitive pedigree, which will be established when the dog has reached the age of 12 months and has passed the confirmation examination (art. 4 and 5 - 1° decree of 26 February 1974). The definitive pedigree is compulsory so that the descendants of this dog can obtain a birth certificate in their turn.SCC logo

At what age do the puppies leave the kennel?

The puppies can join their adopters from their 12th week (for puppies intended for export, the puppies leave only from 15 weeks in the European countries requiring an anti-rabies vaccination at the age of 12 weeks minimum + 21 days of primary vaccination).
The minimum legal period is 8 weeks; however, the puppy still has a lot to learn that only their mother and the adults in the kennel can effectively teach them (intraspecific socialisation). It would therefore be a pity to take away this essential learning phase from the puppy... It is up to the future owners to continue this learning phase throughout the long period of adolescence of the Saarloos and in particular the interspecific socialisation part (strangers, children, other animals etc). It is also important for new owners to give their puppies a variety of experiences in order to keep their sensory homeostasis threshold high (noises, cars, lawnmowers etc). A deficit in the development of sensory homeostasis can lead to deprivation syndromes such as fears, phobias, destructiveness and an inability to evolve in environments other than the home. These behavioural pathologies are responsible for many abandonments...

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What is the power supply of a Saarloos wolfdog ?

Depending on your constraints and your budget, I will advise you on the best solution for feeding your puppy (BARF or kibble). 1

What budget should I allow for food?

Depending on whether you are on BARF or quality kibble, the budget is different.

For BARF and depending on the possibilities of supply (bargains to be found or specialised companies such as Easy BARF), it is necessary to count between 2.50€ and 3.50€ per kilo. BARF implies that you are equipped with a chest-type freezer with a capacity corresponding to the rations given and that you respect the cold chain. Count on a daily ration of between 2% and 3% of the dog's adult weight (35kg on average) to be adapted according to its physical activity - i.e. a bowl of approximately 700g to 1kilo for an adult Saarloos.

For quality kibbles with a controlled carbohydrate ratio (such as Croc & Dog Low Glucides 9%, Amikinos Référence, Power of Nature Meadowland, Eden Original Cuisine), count between 5€ and 8€ per kilo (knowing that the daily ration for a Saarloos is between 400 and 500g/day depending on the individual and on the calorific value of the kibbles used)

BARF or kibble? From a budgetary point of view, quality kibble will cost a hair more than BARF. From an organisational point of view (equipment needed and time constraints), kibble wins.
In any case, the QUALITY is essential for a healthy Saarloos; a well-balanced BARF or high quality kibble.1

Is there any follow-up?

Yes.
I am available at any time, by any means of communication for my adopters without time limit.1

Should I get a second dog with my Saarloos?

The Saarloos wolfdog is a pack animal that does not like to be alone.
Although a second dog is generally advisable, depending on lifestyle and other considerations that will be discussed, yes it is possible to have a Saarloos wolfdog without already having a dog.1

Does the Saarloos get on well with children?

I would say it's more a question of whether your children get on well with dogs... By that I mean:
- Do they know how to respect animals?
- Do they know how to be patient and understanding?
- Do they avoid shouting in the presence of animals?
In short, everything that one might demand of one's dog, is also applicable to children...
Otherwise, yes: Saarloos get along very well with well-behaved children ^^Saarloos wolfdogs Khalibisnya Maginwulf

I have a cat (or cats) at home. Is this a problem?

As with any agreement between animals, an apparent cordial understanding should never be taken for granted...
Based on this principle and under certain conditions that remain to be discussed, yes, cats can cohabit with a Saarloos wolfdog inside the house as you will see in this video.
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Is it true that Saarloos females can't get along and might fight?

Here again, nothing is simple and one should not generalise...
What may be valid in a breeding situation (where males are brought in contact with females in heat) does not necessarily apply in a family home. I have adopters who have more than one Saarloos female and all is well. However, the problem cannot be ignored, and it does exist between individuals. Again, it is necessary to discuss and see if the environment and characters are compatible for two Saarloos females to live together.1

Does my garden need to be well fenced?

Yes, a well-fenced garden is necessary!
Prefer flexible fencing to rigid panels (which dogs can climb over - see video below). Preferably 2.5mm galvanised high tensile wire which will not allow excess height of the fence (1.60m is sufficient). Depending on the individual, an electric wire at the top of the fence and 20cm from the ground may be necessary.
You should never underestimate the need for closure; here is a good example in video. Despite a fence more than 2 metres high, Khaly had no trouble climbing it to join her daughter who had gone for a walk without her...1

I live in an apartment. Is that a problem?

I much prefer a Saarloos in a flat that is taken out very regularly than a Saarloos left alone in its garden all day...
However, other considerations should also be discussed in order to validate the environment of the flat.
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Does the Saarloos like water?

The Saarloos has no particular predisposition to water, unlike a Labrador for example. However, depending on the individual, they can enjoy playing in the water.1

Can I take my Saarloos anywhere?

With patience and perseverance, yes, you can take your Saarloos almost anywhere.
The more you introduce your Saarloos to, from an early age, the more serene and comfortable he will be.1

Is Saarloos wolfdog barking?

In general, the Saarloos barks very little. However, there are some individuals that are more barking than the average. It is like howling: some howl and others very little or never...

Is the Saarloos a good watchdog?

With rare exceptions, no. Most individuals can be impressive behind the fence (some bark and some don't) but when crossed, their reserve towards unknown situations or strangers takes over...

What is the life expectancy of a Saarloos wolfdog ?

The Saarloos is a hardy dog with a robust health. Except for the recall of vaccines, it will not be a regular client of the veterinarian. The average life span is about 12 years, with some dogs living to be over 15 years old.

Does the Saarloos wolfdog require any special maintenance?

You know the term self-cleaning? It applies perfectly to Saarloos wolfdog ! Its hair does not retain dirt or odours. Its hair does not require any particular maintenance and does not tangle. A monthly brushing is sufficient.

Is Saarloos wolfdog losing its hair?

Yes, and depending on the individual, apart from the two annual moulting periods (which can be quite spectacular), some individuals still shed at a minimum. It is rare to stroke a Saarloos without having a few hairs left on your hand... The good thing is that these are not very short hairs that could get stuck in fabrics and carpets. A good hoover with a rotating brush is the ideal solution to suck them up efficiently.1

If there is a problem, do you have a mediation solution?

Breeders are obliged to offer their adopters a free mediation service accessible online or by post.
Article L. 156-3. of the Consumer Code specifies that the fact that a professional is unable to communicate to a consumer the contact details of the mediator to which he is answerable is punishable by an administrative fine of up to €3,000 for a natural person and €15,000 for a legal person.

Mediation is an amicable and confidential dispute resolution process in which an independent and impartial third party assists the parties to find a solution to their dispute. The solution worked out by the parties, in accordance with their respective interests, puts an end to the dispute.

Khalibisnya Maginwulf has appointed Mediavet to act as mediator in all types of disputes falling within its area of competence.
Mediavet is also a Consumer Mediator, approved by the Commission for the Evaluation and Control of Consumer Mediation, since 12 December 2017.
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