My breeding philosophy
working ability for useful dogs to human society
I've always been impressed with dog's versatility and how invaluable they are to human society. They have skills we don't have and they are willing to help us take advantage of it. Dogs are descended from wolves, a pack animal, so it's normal for most of them to accept a certain hierarchy and to cooperate. Great! But then, what makes a useful dog to human society? The hard work of breeders to maintain working ability in the breed!
Not all German Shepherds are created equal. Within different bloodlines and even, within the same litter, some puppies will show more working ability than their littermates. It is the breeder's responsability to keep the puppy with the best working qualities and later, to train and test it in obedience, protection and detection. If the growing puppy's drives aren't sufficient, the dog must be retired from breeding. If the dog has great potential but minor defaults, then it's the breeder's responsability to breed to an appropriate male. To have a clear vision, it is important to train, and ideally title every dog meant for breeding purposes.
Through the years, I trained and/or competed in many dog's sports. I tried to keep an open mind. To me, protection sports are a test for breeding dogs. Through training and competitions, it is possible to see the strengths and weaknesses of dogs. However, some protection sports have more limitations than others. Some dogs would only bite decoys they know… others can't deal with environmental pressure: they would not bite or go off the bite if they are on slippery floors, for example.
In 2017, the sport of PSA caught my attention (pictures above). Intense pressure from the decoys and the environment, civil and suit bites, muzzle attacks. In PSA 3, guidelines are provided to the judges to make scenarios for a courage test, call-off, test of environmental stability, and a searching exercise or muzzle attack. These scenarios are NOT known to the handlers except until the day of the trial. Same as in real life : a policeman can't predict the outcome of every intervention with his dog. He must rely on the dog's training and nerves. Because of the surprise scenario nature of the trials, and high level of training, many law enforcement K9 teams are giving PSA a try.
German Shepherd conformation (beauty)
Puppies are born and raised in the house in a non-smoking environment. The whelping box is kept clean and warm with the use of a brooder lamp. Of course, I am assisting my dog when needed during delivery and I identify each pup with its own color band. It helps me keep notes and to do a follow up. Puppies are extremely well socialized to humans and differents noises and environments. During the socialization period, they are exposed to new situations every day.
I use Dr. Jean Dodds Vaccination Protocol for puppies and they will be vaccinated on demand. They are weaned on BIG COUNTRY RAW. Before they leave to their new homes, they will be examed by a veterinarian and their stools analyzed for the presence of intestinal parasites. All puppies will be tattooed (right ear) and registered with the CKC. You will receive a pedigree with the registration certificate and a DVD containing pictures of your puppy from birth to sale. Puppies come with a written guarantee that includes infectious diseases (parvo-distemper).