Breeder of Quality Working German Shepherds and Border Collies in Michigan

 

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About Us

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My love of animals began when I was very young. My first steps were after my Grandparents' dog, and I have great memories of visiting my Great Uncle's farm. When I was six I got my first dog, a poodle-schnauzer mix, named Bambi. I loved training him in obedience classes, and then I discovered agility. He was never very successful, but I did get a junior handler title on him. Then came my rescue border collie, and I continued doing obedience and agility. I decided to get a border collie in college, which is Arwen. We did some herding, but I didnt own my own sheep until years later. This was when I discovered the working German Shepherd, and I got my first shepherd Aragorn. My love and passion for both breeds continued growing from there.

We believe in training and breeding dogs to maintain their working abilities and usefulness. A good solid temperament, athletism, and health are also needed for these qualities. If a dog can not settle indoors, it is not part of our breeding program. The inability to settle is part of nerve strength.

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We breed German Shepherds to the SV system. This means every dog that is bred has a working title of IPO1 or HGH (we also include real working Police K9 and SAR dogs), a passing hip and elbow score, a 12km endurance test, a conformation rating, and then a Koer Klass. This keeps the dogs in the breed standard as well as evaluating working abilities. We also believe in doing other disciplines including SDA, AKC rally, obedience, agility, and herding to showcase our dog's abilities. The other disciplines show the dog's ability to work in close contact to other dogs, their athletic abilities, etc that are not tested in IPO/schutzhund.

We believe border collies are a working dog. There is no conformation standard other than what would limit a dog from performing its job working sheep. We do not believe in AKC registering border collies. Our dogs work our sheep regularly. Ideally an exceptional working dog should be able to work the larger home flock as well as trial in real USBCHA events before breeding. Top quality herding dogs rarely have HIC (AKC herding instinct certificates) or only have videos working in a round pen or small arena. Border collies show their quality when controlling difficult sheep or cattle in large pastures.

There is no perfect way to test a dog, but it is very important to have a german shepherd titled before breeding. Many people give the excuse that it is easy or doesn't test enough, but often it is an excuse for a person to not go through the work, money, and time required. It also lets a person say how tough or perfect their dog is without it being seen by other knowledgable people. It is also easy to edit videos on the dog's regular decoy to look more than what it is versus take a dog to a new place and on a new decoy for a trial.

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I have over 25 years experience training dogs. At this point, I do not offer training to outside dogs.

So far I have earned these titles with all of my current and past dogs combined:

BH (Schutzhund titles)
6
SchH1/VPG1/IPO1/IGP1/AWD1
7
SchH2/VPG2/IPO2/IGP2/AWD2
4
SchH3/VPG3/IPO3/IGP3/AWD3
8
FO (WDA Family Obedience)
3
P1 (WDA Protection 1)
3
P2 (WDA Protection 2)
1
PD1 (WDA Police Dog 1)
2
CD (AKC Obedience)
2
RN (AKC Rally Novice)
3
RA (AKC Rally Advanced)
1
CGC (AKC Canine Good Citizen)
2
AD (USDAA Agility Dog)
1
JHB (USDAA agility title for junior handlers)
1
NAD (NADAC Agility Dog)
1
NA (AKC Novice Agility)
1
NAJ (AKC Novice Agility Jumpers)
1

 

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