Alpen Norwegian Elkhounds of WI

Alpen Elkhounds is a small hobby breeder of AKC Norwegian Elkhound puppies located in Columbus, WI

FAQ

FAQS
    1.    I have seen puppies selling for less, why do you charge more?
    2.    How large are Norwegian Elkhounds?
    3.    Male or Female?
    4.    Why should I spay or neuter my dog?
    5.    Are elkhounds good with kids?
    6.    What kind of guarantee do I get?
    7.    Are elkhound puppies really born all black?

     8.    Why do you sell with Limited AKC Registration?  Can I get full registration?



FAQS
    1.    I have seen puppies selling for less, why do you charge more?


        We sell our puppies at a fair price. Often times when buying a "bargain price" puppy, you are getting what you pay for. Most cheap puppies are raised in kennels, and not given the daily, personal attention we give our puppies. Some kennels are nice. Many are not. Pay close attention to pictures that are posted. Cheap puppies often are soiled and dirty, or the area behind the puppies in the pictures are unkempt. The puppies also usually don't look too happy or look nervous and scared because they receive little or no attention and socialization until you "rescue them".
         We raise our puppies in our home and handle them daily from birth. They are part of our family, and are treated as such. You will receive a happy, healthy, well adjusted and socialized puppy who looks to you for love from the beginning. It will have received its first set of preventative vaccinations and wormings, come with a written health guarantee, food, and a new puppy kit.  Most importantly, you will have 24/7 customer support from us with question and concerns you might have with your new family member.


    2.    How large are Norwegian Elkhounds?


        We breed our elkhounds to the AKC standards. Most elkhounds weigh between 45 and 55 pounds, and stand about 20.5 inches at the shoulder.


    3.    Male or Female?


        This is entirely a personal choice. When spayed or neutered at an young age, the differences between the sexes is minimal. Males tend to be a bit bigger. Both can be very cuddly and loving. Both are active dogs. I believe your puppy should be picked for how its personality traits will mesh with those in your home, rather than by its sex.


    4.    Why should I spay or neuter my dog?


        1) The top reason to spay or neuter is to avoid unwanted pregnancies and litters. While it seems that everyone loves puppies, not everyone is willing to take on the responsibility of an unplanned litter, or the death of their pet if something goes wrong. Having puppies is expensive, hard work, and sometimes heart breaking.


        2) Your female dog will live a longer, healthier life. Dog spaying before her first heat almost 100% eliminates your female dog's chances of uterine infections and breast cancer. Breast cancer is fatal in about 50% of unspayed female dogs.


        3) Your female will never go into heat, avoiding having to clean up blood stains on your furniture and carpeting. 


        4) By spaying your female dog you avoid having the neighborhood stray male dogs hanging out around your home while your female is in heat.


        5) Your male dog will also benefit from neutering. You greatly reduce your dog's risk of testicular cancer and a variety of prostate problems. 


        6) Neutering will lessen a male dog's urge to roam. While some breeds are known for their wandering nature, neutering will lessen that urge and prevent injury from car accidents or fights with other dogs, and costly tickets from having your pets at large.


        7) Neutering promotes better behavior in male dogs. An intact male dog still has the urge to mount and mark his territory. Once neutered, these desires are greatly reduced, if not eliminated.  Male elkhounds may also become very protective if left whole.


         8) Dog spaying/neutering is cost effective. While spaying or neutering can be costly, it is not nearly as expensive as caring for an expectant female and the puppies that later arrive. Many cities and counties also have reduced licensing fees for dogs that are neutered.


        9) Neutering does not make your dog fat. Many people use the excuse that spaying or neutering their dog will make them fat. Too much food and not enough exercise is what makes your dog fat. So long as you monitor your dog's food intake and ensure proper exercise, they should maintain a healthy body weight.


    5.    Are elkhounds good with kids?


        Elkhounds love children!  They are a breed that wants to be part of the family and is quite tolerant of rough play.  We do feel, however, that children in the home should also be monitored, and taught from the time your new pet arrives how to be respectful of the pets space and belongings. This is our belief on any dog with children.


    6.    What kind of guarantee do I get?


        Please see our pet guarantee and contract page for an up to date example.


    7.    Are elkhound puppies really born all black?

      YES they are. As they develop their gray coloring comes in.  They continue to lighten and change until they are about a year old!

 

    8.  Why do you sell with Limited AKC Registration?  Can I get full registration?

     We choose to sell with AKC Limited Registration to protect our dogs from unwanted matings.  We feel that by giving full registration with every puppy encourages pet overpopulation.  Breeding should only be done by people who are dedicated to put the time, effort and expense into it.  Full registration is given on a case by case basis.  We need to get to know you before agreeing to it.   If you are looking to add onto your existing breeding program, or get into breeding, please feel free to give us a call and we will talk!

 

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