We are excited to announce that we have confirmed Cindy is pregnant. Aesthetically her pups will have nice conformation with large heads, great bone density, and good pigmentation. The pups will also have a nice temperament, strong nerves, well-balanced and clearheaded.
Cindy is a KNPV line Belgian Malinois that we had bred in 2009. She was not only the only female but was also the pick of the litter. Aesthetically, beautiful body conformation, imposing dark pigmentation color, strong head and remarkably strong working ethics.
Spanky, 2011 KNPV PH 1 Dutch National Champion Belgian Malinois import from Holland. Spanky earned his coveted KNPV PH1 degree in May of 2011 with a perfect score of 440 points, which gave him a bye to go to the Dutch National Championship in September, where he came in 2nd with 435 points.
The puppies will be born April 2/2013. The puppies will be suited for high end KNPV or Elite Estate Family protection Dogs. This litter will be whelped in an undisclosed isolated area with 24 hour surveillance camera. Reservations are highly recommended so please feel free to contact us right away.
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 very for fortunate to be in a position to purchase Sting. Sting is a six week old KNPV German Shepherd puppy from Holland. Sting looks very promising, with very strong nerves, and confirmation that one would die for. He has a large head, strong bones, a straight back, great pigmentation and walks straight on his toes and NOT on this hocks.
Sting’s pedigree is a very interesting one within the KNPV line. Starting with his direct Father Grandhi, one of Hollands top KNPV German Shepherd stud Dogs. Grandhi has earned his coveted title KNPV PH 1 and is working toward his PH 2 this July. As one knows, this is very rare for a German Shepherd to have a KNPV title.
We are looking forward to train him through our Elite Estate Family Protection Dog program. Sting is not for sale as he will be held back as one of are stud dogs once he completes the Elite Estate Family Protection Dog program. We will keep you posted on his progress.
As a German Shepherd protection dog owner, it is important that you start socializing your puppy with people and places at a very young age. Although the socialization of a protection dog puppy is a bit different from the way you would normally socialize a domesticated dog, it is just as important that your dog is comfortable with it’s environment, and the people in it, at all times.
Bringing your puppy to places where other dogs are, will help him become more familiar and socialized with different types of dog breeds. It is alright for your puppy to interact with other dogs, but you must make sure that no other adult dogs try to scare, or bully him in anyway. It is extremely important that your puppy always feels safe during these trips so that in the future they are not uncomfortable about interacting with other dogs.
During the process of socializing your German Shepherd puppy we suggest taking him to places where many activities and crowds are present. Consider taking them to a park, a small town, or anywhere else involving people and activities. Your puppy not only needs to become accustomed with people and crowds, but to strange noises, objects and activities as well. It is important that while in these places they learn to pay attention to you and your commandments.
If your German Shepherd puppy seems to be afraid or uncomfortable with a certain person or object, it is your job to help the puppy feel comfortable. Try taking your dog slowly up to the person or object and gently place your hand on it. With a a calm but assertive voice reassure and encourage the puppy to sniff out or investigate it until it no longer seems afraid. When the puppy sees that you are comfortable, they will feed off of your energy and feel the same way.
Remember, it is very important to let your puppy become part of your life. Allow it to go with you when you go places, and let it interact with others that are in your life. Not only do you want your German Shepherd puppy to be social and friendly to animals, but also to other adults and children. As with any person the more your puppy interacts with children, the more they feel comfortable being around them. German Shepherd puppies are some of the most kid friendly animals on the planet.
Get your puppy out and about in the world allowing them to learn new areas, sites and sounds. Protection dogs are trained to assist their owners in any way possible. They are there to not only provide protection but to also be a loving member of the family.
The nervous system for is just as complex for dogs as it is for humans. The nervous system is a large amount of nerve fibers which send electrical impulses that are described as messages to cells and organs. In mammals, this system is divided into different groups. There is the central nervous system (CNS) which is made up of the brain, brain stem, and spinal cord. Then there is the peripheral nervous system (PNS) that includes nerves which run from the brain through the head, neck and spinal cord. These nerves are also referred to as motor nerves, because they affect the muscles. Meaning that they control movement, posture, and reflexes. For example, this group of nerves is involved when your dogs shakes their tail. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is another set of nerves that control involuntary movements of organs like the heart, blood vessels, bladder and intestines. Your protection dog has no control over voluntary control of the autonomic nervous system, it functions automatically.
All protection dog puppies are born without a fully developed nervous system. This is because the brain, spinal cord, and nerves lack the ability to properly transmit electrical impulses. During the first few weeks of life, the system will start to mature. A owner may notice that during the first week of life, the puppies do little besides eating and sleeping. However the puppies do tend to move, even while fast asleep. By the second week, the guard dog puppies continue to spend a large amount of time asleep, but fewer body movements are involved. Most puppies will be able to maintain an upright posture and spend more time awake and alert, by the third week. They will attempt or push or slide, but will not be able to walk yet. This is simply because their muscles have not developed enough strength yet. As the next few weeks progress, the puppies’ nerves will grow immensely and it they will be able to walk and eventually even run.
Puppies are also born blind, with closed eyelids which is controlled by their nervous system. After fourteen days, the eyelids will begin to open slightly, exposing the eyeball. Once they are three to four weeks old, they will have vision. However, it will not become fully developed until ten weeks of age. Also, puppies are born deaf as well. Their ear canals will remained closed until they are two weeks old. Sounds, especially sharp noises will easily scare puppies this young, because they can not hear the sounds well enough. Four weeks old is the time when protection dog puppies will be able to hear quite normally. The nervous system development for you personal protection dog is something that takes time, and hopefully will happen without any flaws.
If you are the type of owner who is committed to doing everything they can to ensure that their guard dog is completely healthy, it is very important to learn about worm control. Worms, which are also known as parasites can be very detrimental to your dog and can cause many different health problems. There are many different types of worms such as roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms, and heartworms. Roundworms are the most common type found in dogs, they affect the intestines and cause a pot-belly. Hookworms and whipworms, hook to the inside of the intestine and sucks blood from the dog, causing anemia and possibly death. Tapeworms also infect the intestines and can cause abdominal pain, nervousness, sever itching, vomiting, and weight loss. There are many different causes of dog worms, these are good to know to help prevent the worms in anyway you can. One way is through infected soil, that your dog comes in contact with. The worm eggs often live in this type of environment and can easily stick to human hands, clothing, or the dog itself. A way to prevent this if by having yourself and your family wash their hands each time before coming in from outside. Worms can be transmitted to puppies from their mothers uterus, while milking.
It is important the symptoms of dog worms, so that you know can detect the worms early enough to treat them. Symptoms will vary between each dog, so it is always a good thing to seek help from a veterinarian who knows how to properly take care of worms. Acting quickly is very important when it comes to worms because they will start to take a toll on your guard dog’s immune system, and possibly lead to more health problems. Some worms can be seen visually if a piece of the worm breaks off and you could find it (possibly still moving) around the dog’s anus, its bed, or in its feces. However, many worms are not visible, so it is extremely important to take your guard dog to a regular check up and have the vet test its feces. Over the counter prescriptions are effective but not on all types of worms, other will have to be treated with a dewormer that is given as a oral medicine or injected by the vet. Some basic guidelines for worm prevention are: flea control, keeping your dog from eating feces, avoiding exposure to stray animals, and cleaning its bed or crate with a saltwater solution. Worms are an extremely serious matter and it is important to know what you’re up against to protect your guard dog.
The most important thing to remember when choosing a dog training school for your German shepherd puppy is that not everyone you come across is reliable or completely qualified. When you start looking for a trainer, look around and ask for recommendations from your vet, the ASPCA or even your breeder.
Once you find a possible candidate, ask them questions. Ask about their background, years of training, techniques and if they are certified as a business. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you’d like, you deserve to have your questions answered. It is always good to see what you’re getting yourself into before you make any kind of commitments. So once you find a training school, ask to attend a class first, if they do not let you, keep looking! When you attend a class observe as much as possible, watch to see how the trainer gives instructions and how your German Shepherd responds to them. Watch to see what kinds of equipment they are using and also how they are handling the dogs.
Reputable trainers prioritize the welfare of the dogs and will not use harsh or abusive handling methods. This is completely unnecessary and can also be counter-productive. Be wary if the trainer promises that a specific problem will be resolved, because they should not guarantee complete results. Instead, they should promise to try their very best to help you and your German Shepherd dog to the best of their abilities. Also pay close attention and make the judgement if the trainers main priority is training dogs or making money. More than anything the trainer you choose should have a genuine love and devotion to dogs.
Understandably, the desire to mate is strong among most intact canines. It is an act in which potential sires and dams are usually more than eager to participate in. However, rare circumstances sometimes lead to situations in which natural mating cannot occur. The possible reasons for this are numerous, and vary from aggression between the intended sire and dam, to trying to preserve a strong bloodline from a sire who is too old to continue mating naturally. The solution in such situations is artificial insemination.
Artificial insemination is performed frequently with livestock, often because cattle are too large to mate naturally without risk of injury. However, it is usually left as a last resort among canines. The process involves three main steps: collection and preservation of semen, preparation of the female, and the actual act of insemination.
For collection, a female in heat is often used as a “teaser”, but once the female is mounted, care must be taken to ensure that the intended sire is, for lack of a better term, redirected into the appropriate collection device. Once the semen has been collected, it may be used immediately, chilled for up to 24 hours, or frozen for prolonged storage. It should be noted, however, that while chilling and freezing will help to preserve the semen, the chances of successful fertilization will still degrade over time.
For fertilization to occur, the female must be inseminated at the right time. Typically, attempts at insemination are performed approximately four days before ovulation, and continued every second day until two days after ovulation. Of course, determining the exact date of ovulation can be difficult. Blood tests can determine the date of ovulation by measuring the level of progesterone in the female. However, this method is often expensive and impractical. A far less accurate, but much more cost-effective method is to simply keep track of the female’s cycles to predict when she will next be in heat.
Finally the act of insemination is performed using a specially designed pipette. The male should not be present during this process. The female is held in an upright position, and the semen is deposited at the cervix.
Whether you are breeding German Shepherd puppies, Belgian Malinois puppies or Dutch Shepherd puppies, you should remember that artificial insemination should only be used as a last resort. The natural mating process offers much greater rates of success, and is always the preferred option of artificial insemination
The term “whelping” is used to describe the final stages of canine pregnancy and the birthing of litters. As is true for pregnancy in any mammal, a pregnant canine will require care and attention to unsure that the whelping goes smoothly and that the pups are born without difficulty or complication. Unfortunately, some complications are impossible to avoid, but knowing what to expect and when to expect it will help you prepare for the best possible whelping scenario.
Canine pregnancy typically lasts about three months from the date of conception. This varies from breed to breed, but is generally true of most medium-sized dogs, such as the German Shepherd. Mark the expected date of birth on your calendar. The litter may not necessarily be born on this exact date, but it should serve as a good reference for when to start preparing for whelping. One to two weeks before the litter is expected, your dog should be noticeably pregnant, with an enlarged abdomen. You should being taking your dog’s temperature regularly during this time, as changes in body temperature will mark the first signs of labor.
Labor typically begins between 24 and 48 hours before birth. The first stages may not be immediately noticeable, but the temperature of your dog will begin to drop from its regular temperature of about 99-101°F. As her temperature drops, she will begin to pant heavily. She may vomit, or begin shaking, and will likely need to urinate frequently. Her temperature should bottom out at about 98°F, at which point she will begin giving birth within 2-12 hours, depending on whether or not it is her first litter. At this point, your dog will be in her second stage of labor, and will be visibly straining with contractions. Newborn German Shepherd puppies will not be far behind, so be sure not to leave her side during this period.
Of course, having your veterinarian on speed-dial is a necessity during whelping. Complications in whelping can risk the life of the pups as well as the bitch. Be prepared to transport your dog to a veterinary hospital if the need arises. Hopefully, all will go well, and your female German Shepherd will have successfully whelped a healthy litter of German Shepherd puppies.