For as long as I can remember, I've always loved animals and lived with them by my side.
As a young child, I was teaching the family dog to jump through hoops. I had read all the dog's books at the library before I reached my teens. This passion is in my genes. Dog's versatily impresses me : no other animal species serves human beings as much as dogs do.
In 1996, my family bought their first German Shepherd and in 1997, I handled this dog in my first obedience competition ever. Since then, driven by passion, my knowledge has grown tremendously.
Boost vom Hexenrudel earned the SDN title (Scent Detection Novice). She passed the 3 components (containers, interior, exterior) on her first try and on the same day. Boost was also awarded fastest combined time, defeating 17 other dogs. Way to represent the breed, Boost!
Boost vom Hexenrudel passed her CGN certification with flying colors. She showed confidence and neutrality in all the required exercises. Engagement and focuss for the obedience part. Proud of my relationship with her. Click here to see the required 12 steps.
Breaker vom Hexenrudel's hips and elbows have been evaluated by the OFA at 30 months old. There is no sign of dysplasia! He got a rating of 'Good' hips and 'Normal' elbows. He is the 5th dog from this litter with these OFA ratings. Way to go 'B' litter! Strong genetics.
Barghest vom Hexenrudel's hips and elbows have been evaluated by the OFA at 28 months old. There is no sign of dysplasia! She got a rating of 'Good' hips and 'Normal' elbows.
Barghest (call name Raven) earned her PDC title in the sport of PSA. This team is now training to trial in the level 1 (PSA1) in the fall. Barghest is out of my litter from Gilmo Vikar and Witch.
9-month-old Crush (Irck x Witch) has been x-rayed and he has normal hips and elbows and no lumbosacral transitional vertebrae according to the OFA.
Witch, my foundation female, has passed additionnal health tests with flying colors. She has a clear Embark panel! Click here to see the report. Her X-rays have also been evaluated by the SV for a lumbosacral transitional vertebrae : she has a normal anatomy and received the best rating! Click here to see the report.
Boost, my up and coming breeding female, has passed her first in-depth health tests with flying colors. She has a clear Embark panel! Click here to see the report. Her hips and elbows will be evaluated by the OFA later this summer, prior to breeding. She already has 5 x-rayed littermates will normal hips and elbows so I feel confident.
Two other dogs from my kennel, Cree and her brother Cäto (Irck x Witch litter), are CLEAR for all the genetic conditions that Embark tests for. This includes: MDR1 drug sensitivity, hemophilia A (variant 1 and 2), ectodermal dysplasia, renal cystadenocarcinoma and nodular dermatofibrosis, degenerative myelopathy, and more!
Baelfire vom Hexenrudel (Gilmo Vikar x Witch) has been x-rayed and he has normal hips and elbows at 19 months old! (OFA Good H\E). He also earned his American Schutzhund BT title.
September 22, 2020
Witch whelped 8 puppies! 6 males (4 sables-2 blacks) and 2 females (1 sable-1 black).
2 dogs from my kennel (Baelfire and Bindi) are not carriers for any of the genetic conditions that Embark tests for. This includes: MDR1 drug sensitivity, hemophilia A (variant 1 and 2), ectodermal dysplasia, renal cystadenocarcinoma and nodular dermatofibrosis, degenerative myelopathy, and more!
4 dogs from my kennel (Amy, Brio, Blitz and Breaker) have been x-rayed and they have normal hips and elbows. They received their preliminary OFA certificates.
January 2, 2019
Witch has been bred to Gilmo Vikar in Virginia, USA. A long trip and car ride (18 hours) and one motel stay.
About German Shepherds
The breeding of shepherd dogs is the breeding of working dogs; and this must always be the aim, or we shall cease to produce shepherd dogs.
(The German Shepherd Dog in word and picture, page 380)
German Shepherd breed founder
Efficiency for work must count for more with the shepherd dog breeder than the honors of the Show Ring.
(The German Shepherd Dog in word and picture, page 408)
German Shepherd breed founder
As much as possible, I avoid over-vaccination and unnecessary medications.
If a problem arise, I will try to find an alternate solution. Since 1999, all my dogs are fed with a variety of raw, fresh whole foods, mainly with Big Country Raw.Go to BIG COUNTRY RAW website