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Laekenois de Rafale

Laekenois, Truly One of The Best Kept Secret in Dogs.

The Laekenois de Rafale are beloved family members and capable canine partners that do it all. A kind, affectionate and highly intelligent disposition make for a Life with a Laekenois an experience of a lifetime.

Demonstrating accomplishments in many venues. There is really nothing a Laekenois cannot do. The dogs featured below are an example of the capabilities of the Laekenois. Their ability to execute to near perfection in a multitude of disciplines is a rare find in the canine world. They approach their work joyfully and with a sense of humor.

Nina

A Swedish import from Maria Wilhamsson’s Sinanju Laekenois. Her dam KORAD, Nord CH Vajert Alpha Tjh is a highly accomplished Laekenois who is active in Border work and tracking. Nina’s sire is also Alexandra Finke’s BS15, BS17, WW17, DT VDH CH Galdra’s mind a Son of Mine BH .

BISOPEN4 BOSS HHIT HRHIT HHITC Sinanju’s Naga Jolokia of Sunny CM2 PT HSaS FDC CGC TT

Nina has proven herself to be highly capable and adaptable. A multiple Best in Show Open winner, her accomplishments in the conformation ring are only matched by her excellence in the herding arena. All of her titles were accomplished by the age of 2 years.

She is amazingly dynamic, as in one weekend she accomplished winning Best Opposite Sex at the National, 2 Best in Open Shows, Best in Herding Sweepstakes, Best in Grand Sweepstakes for the second year in a row. In the herding arena she defeated the Australian Shepherds and Border Collies for High in Trial, Reserve High in Trial and High in Trial Combined. Nina also accomplished her ATTS TT (Temperament Test) title, Canine Good Citizen and Farm Dog Certification. She is shown here with co-owner Trisha Thibodeax. She competes in the Herding Arena with Shelly Spottswood of WonderDog Farms and our Junior Handler Vianne.

2019 National Specialty Best of Opposite Sex American Belgian Laekenois Association

Herding Titles: HSaS PT FDC

Temperament Testing: CGC ATTS TT

Health Testing: OFA CHIC: OFA Hips Excellent, OFA Elbows, OFA Cardiac, OFA Eyes, OFA Dentition, Embark DNA, DM Clear, Spongy Degeneration with Cerebellar Ataxia 1&2 Clear

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Älska

CH. Akai-San No Ko Coup de Foudre à Rafale

  • First AKC Grand Champion in the history of the breed
  • First AKC Champion Laekenois Dog in the history of the breed
  • First Laekenois Herding Group Placement in the history of the breed
  • 2020 Best in Specialty Show American Belgian Laekenois Association National Specialty under Belgian Expert Breeder Judge Janina Laurin
  • Video Brochure of Älska

A German import bred by Barbara Tschentscher’s Akai-San Laekenois out of V Akai-san no ko Aibo-chan BH. His sire Epke fan’e Rispinge from fan’e Rispinge Laeknenois. This combination has produced a lovely temperament as well as a striking and typey dog. Älska is up and coming in the conformation ring as well as beginning his herding, agility and obedience work. He is a dog that loves to travel, show and is easily handled by a variety of people, from junior handlers to top winning competitors.

Gosha

BISS Jet Spirit of Land CM PT HSaS FDC CGC TT

A Ukrainian bred import bred by Olena Lakoshko from a dam who excels at every sport she tries, from Mondioring to Bikejoring to Canincross and even competitive Dog Sledding. His sire from Germany’s Alexandra Finke’s Galdra’s Mind Laekenois is the well known BS15, BS17, WW17, DT VDH CH Galdra’s mind a Son of Mine BH , an exceptional dog with a warm and outgoing temperament.

Gosha is a kind, loving dog with a very open temperament. Gosha never meets a stranger.

2019 National Specialty Best of Breed American Belgian Laekenois Association

Herding Titles: HSaS PT FDC

Temperament Testing: CGC ATTS TT

Health Clearances: PennHip, OFA Cardiac, OFA Eyes, Embark DNA, DM Clear, Spongy Degeneration with Cerebellar Ataxia 1&2 Clear

Flaxfields I Got A Roughside CM6

Mac was an unexpected arrival at Rafale, due the unexpected death of his breeder, owner handler Lou Anne Craft. Mac has been strictly a conformation dog as this was his owner’s preference. He is the highest winning Certificate of Merit Laekenois in the history of the breed with a CM6. Winning Best of Breed at the AKC National Championship Show in 2014, 2015 and 2017. Mac has a sweet, calm personality and is super easy to live with. He is in retirement enjoying life day to day playing with children and eating goldfish crackers. Mac is not available for stud service.

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