We carefully choose our breeding stock, with the goal of producing a SOUND, HEALTHY, and WELL TEMPERED animals that are nicely conformed and built to the standard. They are not bred to be "oversized". We like to allow our dogs to be dogs…they are active, robust, animals with no soundness issues or lameness and they run and play TOGETHER. We do OFA testing on our dogs, at 2 years of age, whenever possible (in the case of co-owned dogs, this will occur AFTER ownership is transferred). These results are available on the internet on www.OFA.org Simply type in the dogs registered name in the search bar, and you will see the results.  WE OFFER A HIP/ELBOW GUARANTEE on every single puppy. We feed our dogs a high quality, grain free diet, in appropriate amounts to avoid excessive weight gain, and we have a good working relationship with an excellent veterinary staff at Morrison Veterinary Clinic, and we will provide support on any health issues or questions you may have, to ensure your puppy grows into a healthy adult and active senior.

We guarantee that your puppy has been whelped and raised in a clean and healthy environment. Our puppies fully vet checked and documented 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). They will also receive their first vaccinations at their first vet visit at 8-9 weeks, so as to avoid interference with maternal antibodies. Puppies are regularly dewormed, weighed, and monitored for appropriate growth. 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 rooms contain 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 puppies are also 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, and do a bit of work with collar/leash, trim their nails, and other "mundane" things so these experiences aren't completely new. 

Our dogs and puppies are DOGS! They play and interact with each other, our old, declawed cat, and the outside world whenever possible. ALL of our adult dogs have good temperaments. We do not tolerate “fighty” dogs, or dogs that are overly dominant or aggressive towards other dogs. We take them places so they are happy around people, and in unfamiliar places. We allow our dogs and puppies to interact with our children daily, and do not tolerate, nor would we ever breed, any dog that we do not trust FULLY with our children. Family is our priority, here. Loyal, healthy, loving family companions and athletes are our goal. 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. Puppies go home with all health records, a new collar and leash, toys, and enough food for a week for slowly transitioning, if necessary. 

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 believe in full transparency, and will offer as much information as possible about our program, our puppies, our adult dogs, ourselves, and our guarantees and expectations right on the internet to see. Our contract is online for anyone to view, and we have numerous references available. 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 require that we SPEAK to buyers ON THE PHONE prior to accepting deposits and offering a purchase agreement, or setting up a visit. At this time, we can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of owning this breed for a buyers' particular lifestyle. 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. Of course, making a appropriate placement is not something I take lightly. We do not sell puppies to be given as "gifts", and the actual owner of the puppy is required to meet the puppy before placement.  

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 the 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 making a long drive to pick up. Once a contract and deposit in in place, puppies are chosen in order of deposit. WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING VISITORS PRIOR TO WEANING WITHOUT A CONTRACT AND DEPOSIT IN PLACE. This is for the health and safety of ALL puppies. We cannot guarantee that a non-committed buyer hasn't visited several kennels prior to coming to our farm, putting ALL puppies at risk. I 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, and we also allow contracted buyers to come and meet their puppies in person at 5-6 weeks or so. We are available by appointment on weekends only, as this is our home, and we have a very large, active family. Weekday evening visits are simply not feasible for us at this time, although we are more than open to chat via phone or FaceTime or Skype at these times. 

I 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 Volhard 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. I do give special consideration to veterans and active military, as well as law enforcement, and first responders in the form of a $200 discount with proper ID.  Our pricing is clearly stated on the Puppies page. I DO NOT NEGOTIATE ON ADVERTISED PRICING OVER TEXT OR EMAIL. We accept credit cards or Paypal, but charge a 3% convenience fee to cover the costs associated with the transfer of funds using those methods. 

We temperament test our puppies at 7 weeks (49 days) using the Volhard testing method. This is to ensure that all picks are appropriate for the environment they will be living in. If it turns out that a puppy is not suitable for a particular purpose, that buyer will be asked to choose a different puppy, or wait for a different litter. If there are no litters imminent, we will refund the deposit if the Buyer chooses. We will do our best to carefully assure YOUR suitability or readiness for owning a German Shepherd Dog, as well as the dogs suitability to YOUR lifestyle. These are large, active dogs, and they need a fairly active lifestyle, with appropriate exercise on appropriate footing. 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 they were well prepared for the puppy and for what caring for a puppy in such an environment entails. HERE is some information regarding this test.

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 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. 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 do the registration online within 2 business days from confirmation of your initial well-puppy visit with YOUR veterinarian, and your choice name. 

Lastly, if at any time your situation changes so that you cannot keep the dog, we will 100% guarantee that we will take it back. This applies whether the dog 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. 

*If you are looking for something in particular, and don't find it here, or it isn't listed as "For Sale", please inquire anyway! If I can't help you, and I can very likely direct you to another reputable breeder that can!!*
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