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V Gilbert vom Emkendorfer Park SchH 3

V Gilbert vom Emkendorfer Park SchH 3

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V Wera vom Team Fiemereck SchH 1

V Wera vom Team Fiemereck SchH 1

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V Gilbert vom Emkendorfer Park SchH 3

V Gilbert vom Emkendorfer Park SchH 3

photo by: John

V Araxes Asta SchH 3

V Araxes Asta SchH 3

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I am not a commercial German Shepherd breeder. I am a lawyer and I have kept German Shepherd Dogs for almost thirty years. Our dogs are 100% German, show rated V or 'excellent', they are schutzhund titled and have a Körklasse (or breed survey) Class 1 ('recommended for breeding') awarded by German judges and recognised in Germany by the home club for the breed, the SV or Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde. Our dogs do not have any UK German Shepherd in their ancestry. Occasionally we will have litters. We are located in Kent, just outside Ashford.

When people buy a 'pedigree' German Shepherd which is registered with the Kennel Club they think that gives them some sort of guarantee of quality. It does nothing of the sort. And that applies even to German Shepherds which have won shows under Kennel Club rules. It is important to understand that there are no mandatory health or fitness for purpose requirements before one can breed a pedigree GSD in the UK. It is possible to breed from dogs which have serious health defects in the UK and they will still be registered by the Kennel Club as 'pedigree'. That is why you will see and hear of so many GSDs in the UK which have problems with hips or temperament, to name what are probably just the two most common problems.

And that is why we only have dogs which comply with stringent German breeding requirements about which you can learn more on our website. The German Shepherd originated and was bred as a working dog. Working dogs cannot have hip dysplasia. They must be fit and agile so that they can work. In Germany they have recognised this from the outset and so they have strict rules about breeding which ensure that the German Shepherd can still be a working dog. Health can be tested. Fitness can be tested. Character can be tested. Ability to work can be tested. In Germany they require this. In the UK they do not.

Whether you want a German Shepherd as loyal family companion, to compete in a sport like schutzhund or to do a job of work like herding sheep or being a police dog the last thing you want is a dog with health or character issues.

And it is so easy to make that mistake here in the UK. Many of the litters you see will be from parents with no health checks, no fitness for purpose tests, no tests of character or temperament. Of course every breeder will tell you that their dogs are wonderful, good with children and are all singing and dancing. But how do you know?

In fact it is easy to know. You check the paperwork and you familiarise yourself with what you are looking for in that paperwork. Ask to see proof of health checks, ask to see proof of character by looking for a schutzhund title etc, ask to see a breed survey. If a breeder does not have these things then ask why not.




David Terry
Ashford
Kent
England
david_terry@araxes.uk
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