We love what we do, and are happy to share these puppies with families! Every day we learn something new, and work to make our program better. We have not been breeding dogs for years and years, so this is a learning process for us, but we try and take something away from every single experience and interaction, so we can keep improving and making the lives of our dogs, and yours, better. We may not be the biggest German Shepherd breeder around, but we do our best to provide families with an exceptional dog, at a reasonable price, and an experience that is comfortable. We were on the other end of this journey not too long ago, and we work to be fair, and kind, and treat others how we would want to be treated ourselves.
First and foremost: Our dogs are OUR FAMILY. We like to allow them to be dogs…they are active, robust, animals with no soundness issues and they run and play TOGETHER, and, for the most part, live full time in our home, enjoy each others' company, and we enjoy theirs. They play and interact with each other, our kids, our old, declawed cat, and the outside world. Our dogs and puppies interact with our CHILDREN daily, and do not tolerate, nor would we ever breed, any dog that we do not trust with our children. We have FIVE children, ranging in age from 4-18, so family is our #1 priority. Loyal, healthy, loving FAMILY companions are our goal. Athletes, yes, but athletes with GOOD brains, and loving, loyal temperaments. We believe the German Shepherd Dog to be the very best family companion you will ever find, if bred and raised properly. We do not tolerate “fighty” dogs, or dogs that are overly dominant or aggressive towards other dogs and cannot function as a normal "pack". We take them places when possible so they are used to unfamiliar places and new people. We live on a small farm, so the dogs and puppies are exposed to the sights and sounds of rural life...horses, chickens, tractors, etc. as well. Our puppies are LOVED and are raised in a loving, family environment.
Our puppies are whelped and raised in a clean and healthy environment. They are fully vet checked before going to their new homes for congenital defects such as heart murmurs, as well as for correct bite, clear eyes, lungs, good bowels, and stable joints. The vet checks the umbilicus for hernias and external genitalia for both testicles (male) and hooded vulvas (female). Any abnormalities are noted. They will also receive their first vaccinations at 8-9 weeks, so as to avoid interference with maternal antibodies. Puppies are regularly dewormed, weighed, and monitored for appropriate growth....twice daily for the first week, and at least weekly thereafter. Puppies will stay with us until a MINIMUM of 8 weeks, to ensure we are not vaccinating too early, and so they can continue to be socialized with other dogs after weaning. We ensure that puppies have more than adequate room to run and play, which is separate from where they eat and potty. Our inside puppy room contains distinct areas for play, rest, eating, and potty. We feel that puppies raised in this type of environment are not only healthier, but also MUCH easier to potty train. Our outdoor puppy yard is large, well maintained, and offers lots of challenges for active puppy brains and bodies. Our puppies are exposed to crates for short periods at weaning time, so the transition from here to their new home is easier, as well. We bathe puppies once or twice before they leave, regularly trim their nails, and do other "mundane" things, such as try to walk on a leash or ride in a car, so these experiences aren't completely new. Puppies go home with ALL health records from the day of the birth forward, vet paperwork, a new collar and leash, toys, and enough food for a week.
We will provide LIFETIME support on any health issues or questions you may have, to ensure your puppy grows into a healthy adult and active senior. We are willing and eager to spend time with you, explaining, teaching and advising you about your puppy...for the LIFETIME of the pup! We care deeply about your puppy’s health and well-being, and always will. We encourage open communication at all times, and make ourselves available anytime for questions or concerns. We also believe in full transparency, and will offer as much information as possible about our puppies, our adult dogs, ourselves, and our guarantees and expectations right on the internet to see. Our Contract and Guarantee and all OFA results are online for anyone to view, and we have numerous references available.
We require that we SPEAK to buyers ON THE PHONE prior to accepting deposits and offering a contract! At this time, we can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of owning this breed for a buyers' particular lifestyle, and we can get a "feel" for the match. Usually, from a real conversation I can ensure that the buyer is prepared for a puppy, and I can gain a better insight into the lifestyle of the family the puppy will be involved with before proceeding. This ensures a more suitable match much more efficiently than texting or e-mailing or messaging, and the conversation is more fluid. Making a appropriate placement is not something I take lightly. We do not sell puppies to be given as "surprise" gifts, and all family members should be in agreement that the puppy will be a welcomed member of the family.
Once a contract and deposit in in place, puppies are chosen in order of deposit. We will not "hold" a puppy without a deposit! Deposits are 25% of the purchase price, and are non-refundable, unless there is a determination upon veterinary exam that the puppy is not healthy or has a defect OR that the puppy is determined upon temperament testing to not be an appropriate match for the intended family. In either case, the buyer shall have the option to choose a different puppy from the litter, if available, wait for the next litter, OR RECEIVE A REFUND.
We temperament test our puppies at 7 weeks (49 days)using the Volhard method to ensure that all "picks" are appropriate for the environment they will be living in. We will do our best to carefully assess YOUR suitability or readiness for owning a German Shepherd Dog, as well as the dogs suitability to YOUR lifestyle, before a contract is even in place. These are large, active dogs, and they need a fairly active lifestyle, with appropriate exercise on appropriate footing at an appropriate duration for their age. A large, fenced yard is ideal, but we do have several pups living in the city, quite happily, because their owners take them out and work with them and the buyers themselves were well-prepared for the puppy and for what caring for a puppy in such an environment entails.
We REQUIRE that puppies be viewed IN PERSON at our home, so buyers can see the parents, and the facility, and see littermates or older siblings, either prior to or at pick-up. We understand that not everyone is close enough to be able to make a long trip several times, and in the case of long distance buyers, I am happy to send videos or do FaceTime chats so you can be assured the puppies are as pictured prior to choosing your pup or making a long drive to pick up. CONTRACTED BUYERS MAY COME AND PICK THEIR PUPPY IN PERSON AT 5-6 WEEKS or so. We are available by appointment on weekends, as this is our home, and we have a very large, active family. Weekday evening visits are generally not feasible for us during the school year, for the most part, but we are more than open to chat via phone or FaceTime during the evening.
***WE NO LONGER ACCEPT VISITORS PRIOR TO WEANING WITHOUT A CONTRACT AND DEPOSIT IN PLACE as a matter of standard practice.*** This is for the health and safety of ALL puppies. We cannot guarantee that a non-committed buyer hasn't visited several other kennels prior to coming to our farm, putting ALL puppies at risk. We will not have puppies becoming ill due to simple negligence. Therefore, prior to contracts or weaning, "visits" can be accomplished via photos and video, or FaceTime chats. We apologize for this inconvenience, but it is truly in the best interests of the puppies, and our committed buyers. There are special situations, of course, for which we will make exceptions, but as a standard protocol, puppies are not exposed to the public.
We believe that AKC registration is very important, so *WE* register 100% of each litter. In order to ensure this happens, we PERSONALLY register our litters by 2 weeks of age with the American Kennel Club. WE THEN REGISTER THE INDIVIDUAL PUPPIES IN THE BUYERS NAME UPON FULL PAYMENT RECEIVED AND NOTIFICATION OF THE INITIAL VET VISIT. We do not send puppies home with registration applications. We pay for registration and complete the process on all puppies, as part of the purchase price, for your convenience, and to insure ALL puppies are registered in a timely manner. At the time of purchase, you will be required to choose a suitable name that corresponded with the litter letter (So, for example, the "A" Litter could be “Annabelle”, “Andre”, etc. and then we will add our kennel name onto that name for the AKC papers (i.e. Annabelle Vom Vierblättriges Bauernhof)). YOU MAY USE WHATEVER “CALL NAME” YOU WISH!! But we take a lot of pride in our puppies, and we want 100% of every litter registered for the best interest of the puppy! We will complete the registration online within 2 business days from confirmation of your initial well-puppy visit with YOUR veterinarian, and your choice of name.
Lastly, if at any time your situation changes so that you cannot keep the puppy, we will 100% guarantee that we will take it back. This applies whether the puppy is 10 weeks old or 10 years old! It would break our hearts to have any of our dogs end up in the pound, on the streets, or shuffled from one unsuitable home to another because the its’ family can't keep it any longer. If you decide to SELL the dog, as well, we would like to be notified so we can either offer to purchase the dog, or help market and advertise the dog free of charge, to ensure that it finds an appropriate, loving home.
Lastly, if you are looking for something in particular, and don't find it with us, please inquire anyway! If I can't help you, and I can very likely direct you to another reputable breeder that can!!