We are very excited to announce that we will be breeding Gandhi & Zina.
Gandhi is a KNPV PH 1 & PH 2 German Shepherd import from Holland. He has earned the coveted KNPV PH 2 degree in July of this year with a near perfect score of 418 points.
Aesthetically Gandhi is stunningly beautiful to look at, he is a big robust dog with a head like a lion, with a straight back, he walks straight on his toes, and NOT on his hocks like you see in so many German Shepherds in the world today. Gandhi’s bloodline is very interesting staring with his direct mother Nastja, and his direct father, famous Germany stud dog, Vito.
Zina is a young German Shepherd that we had bred, she was the pick of the female litter. Zina is a very large female with very strong nerves. She is doing amazing in her training at such a young age. In fact there isn’t anything that she cannot do. You just show her something one time and she will do it right the first time.
We were recently very fortunate to be in a position to purchase this amazing German Shepherd puppy, Ombra.
Ombra is from one of the top German Shepherd kennels in East Germany. Her pedigree is a very interesting one, staring with her Mother Donka, her Father ICKX, and her Grandmother Nastja. Aesthetically Ombra is absolutely gorgeous, she is bi-color, just like her Mother, she has big head, straight back, and walks on her toes, unlike what you see in todays world with so many German Shepherd that walk on their hocks.
Ombra’s personality is incredible, she has very strong nerves, is environmentally strong, never raises a fuss and will accept anything that she is challenged with. She is extremely intelligent and is a super quick learner. Ombra was create trained, and was also house trained in just one day. Ombra is NOT for sale, she will be held back for our breeding program. We are looking forward working with her and getting her up to our Executive Protection Dog level. We will keep you updated with her progress. (more…)
We are very excited to announce that we have purchased the breeding rights for Qliff. Qliff is one of the top German Shepherd stud dogs in Germany. Qliff is a very hard, strong nerved German Shepherd. Aesthetically he is absolutely stunning, when walking him down the street he could stop traffic, pictures do not do Qliff justice.
Although Qliff was born in Germany he was trained in Holland. He is title dog that scores very high every time he competes. Qliff is a very social dog, but is very aware when an unannounced person comes on to the property. We will be using Qliff for our breeding program, so if you are interested in his lineage please check back with us for our up and coming litter announcements on the puppies available page.
The practice of mating selected specimens of guard dogs with the intent to maintain or produce specific qualities and characteristics is known as dog breeding. The person who intentionally mates a dam & a sire to produce puppies is known as the breeder. A good breeder has to have good knowledge when breeding for top level guard dogs. One of the key factors is to make sure that both the dam & sire are proven, and that they have done the work, the work meaning both dogs have been trained in true protection work, and not for sport. One of the other important things to take into consideration is that both parents come from parents that have worked as true protection dogs.
It is very important to make sure that both dam & sire are in good health, and that they have clean x-rays. Another important thing to verify when breeding good protection dogs is that both parents have good bone density, a good head, and good pigmentation. In the case of breeding a good guard dog one has to take into consideration size, when it comes to guard animals, size does matter. A good guard dog has to not only be good at protecting but also look the part. The real key ingredients to producing a great protection dog all leads back to whether or not the dog has strong nerves.
Line breeding is the mating of two individuals that share one or more common ancestor. There are many different degrees of this type of breeding, such as close line breeding. Close line breeding is often used to describe matches like a uncle and niece, two half siblings, or a grandfather and granddaughter. The purpose of this type of breeding is to ultimately make the breed stronger, such as the Dutch Shepherd, this is done by using one ancestor as a “pivot point”. This means that each generation is planned to utilize the genetic benefits of that one Dutch Shepherd ancestor. The breeder will keep combining the dogs in ways to eliminate weaknesses through the generations. The goal for the breeder is to maximize and build on the strengths of that Dutch Shepherd ancestor. Many species line breed naturally, however, many do not because of the limited number of available mates.
Along with other types of breeding there are both advantages and disadvantages to line breeding. An advantage is that the breeder mostly knows what they are going to achieve as a result of this type of breeding. Line breeding is the most common form of breeding used by hobby breeders. This is because it allows them to learn the strengths and weaknesses of the dogs they are working with. For example, it allows they to know what types of physical and temperament traits will be present in each litter. Overall it gives the breeder the opportunity to set desired characteristics. There are a few disadvantages that this type of breeding has however. One being that there is a chance that some characteristics could be set in your line that you do not want. These unwanted traits are then usually very hard to lose. Also, because of the fact that the breeder is working within a small gene pool, they risk the loss of hybrid vigor. Hybrid vigor is when a offspring is born with stronger, healthier characteristics. For example a Dutch Shepherd puppy could be born with a much stronger build and temperament than its parents. Without question line breeding can be both beneficial and risky, but like always it is the breeder’s decision on what chances they are willing to take when breeding dogs.
An outcross, is the mating of two largely unrelated animals within the same breed. This type of breeding has been thought of by many breeders as very dangerous. They think this because outcrossing dilutes the qualities of a line and creates a disastrous situation. There have been numerous cases of where breed has gone extremely wrong because of outcross breeding. But before you make the judgement of whether or not outcross breeding is a good idea, it is important to have a good understanding of it. Again an outcross, is when two animals are mated but are completely unrelated. Most people do not realize that virtually every dog in a certain breed can be traced back through their pedigrees as being related. For example if you are mating two German Shepherds, look at their pedigrees to see if they have any family in common. If you do not look far back enough there is a chance that they will be related, making this not a apparent outcross. One of the best ways to determine whether mating two dogs will result in a outcross or not is by calculating their COIs. The COI is calculated over ten generations, fewer would not represent the background accurately. After calculating, if you find out that the cross is low (under 6.25%), or at least substantially lower than the lowest parental COI, then it will be confirmed as a outcross.
Outcross breeding has both advantages and disadvantages. Many specialists advise that an outcross should be performed only if necessary. When you perform an outcross one of the disadvantages that you will more than likely come across is having a “heterogeneous lot”. This mean that all of your offspring will display barely any uniformity. For example, if you breed two unrelated Belgian Malinois, their offspring will turn out one of three ways. Some will look like their mother, or their father, and some will look like neither at all. After breeding a outcross the appearance of the offspring’s similarities and differences are immediately noticeable in their appearance; however, in their health and temperament it will take longer. Breeders ultimately risk the danger of losing any breed type they desire to retain. One advantage of outcross breeding is Hybrid Vigor. Hybrid Vigor is a outcross resulting in healthier and stronger offspring. However, obviously not all outcross breedings will result in a Hybrid Vigor. This type of breeding is one that should be taken very seriously by all breeders, because the hopes of maintaining their breed may be at risk.
Remember that when purchasing a German Shepherd or any other breed for that matter it is always best to find a reputable breeder and be aware of things such as outcrossing, inbreeding, etc.