photo by: Lucy Loi
photo by: Lucy Loi
photo by: Lucy Loi
Working Line German Shepherds are our passion, our life and our best friends. Our aim is to produce healthy dogs with quality temperaments that have superb working ability.
Because we want to be able to dedicate all our time with each litter and to provide a broad based early education, giving the puppies the best possible start in life, we only plan to breed occasionally.
How it all started... having always had a keen interest and love for the German Shepherd Dog, it was only about 10 years ago, when we were first introduced to the “Working Line German Shepherd Dog”, until then we had only known the German Shepherds you see in a show ring, which are mainly bred for their good looks and anatomical structure. The Working Line GSD was originally bred with working ability in mind, they were expected to enthusiastically perform rigorous jobs, repeatedly and flawlessly every time while still serving as a loyal protector and companion for its family.
The working line GSDs typical characteristics include; “High Drive”; “Exceptional temperament”; “bullet proof nerves” and “physical soundness”.
Once we became interested in the working line GSD, we soon discovered “Schutzhund” Dog Sport now more commonly known as IPO. This was developed in Germany in the early 1900s as a breed suitability test. The test would determine if the dog displayed the appropriate traits and characteristics of a proper working German Shepherd, this combined with the relevant health tests and a breed survey would be enough to determine which dogs should be bred from.
IPO consists of three phases: tracking, obedience, and protection. A dog must pass all three phases in one trial to be awarded an IPO title. There are 3 levels of title, starting with IPO1 – IPO3 with each level offers a higher degree of difficulty.
Tracking – This is to test the dog's scenting ability, mental soundness and physical endurance and ability to work independently of the handler.
Obedience – This is high level obedience designed to test the dog’s intelligence, desire to work and please its handler, its ability to take instructions from its handler and ability to work under stress. The obedience work includes healing work, positions on the move, retrieval of a dumbbell on the flat, over a 1m hurdle and a-frame, recalls, send outs and to lie down under distraction without the handler insight.
Protection – There must be a ‘helper’ to do protection work. A helper is the person that will be wearing the padded bite sleeve. This person will also be concealed behind a blind and at more than one point during the test will either attempt to escape or pretend to threaten/attack the dog or handler. Initially the dog is required to locate the helper when he is hidden and hold him there for the handler. When the helper attempts to escape or threatens the dog or handler, the dog is to actively apprehend the helper by biting the bite sleeve. A dog must be confident enough and strong enough mentally to handle this work, but he must also be sensitive to handler commands and release the sleeve when requested. Schutzhund dogs are required to be highly trained and when worked are completely under control.
After being around and living with working line GSDs for a few years due to my Husbands job, it was only in 2010 when I bought my first working line GSD, Lexi with whom I intended to train in IPO.
It has been a long journey, with plenty of highs and lows along the way and this year we tried out for the IPO3 title, unfortunately this time around we were unsuccessful, but will be trying again later this year.
Lexi has proved to be an exceptional dog, she is of good health, is full of drive, eager to please and has all of the qualities of a what a working dog should be, so much so I wanted to breed from her, with the intention to keep a daughter to continue with my hobby and for future breeding.
After doing much research into bloodlines, breeding & health I then started my search for a potential sire. In 2015, I came across a dog from Germany call Artus Vom Grauen Ma-Holt. After looking into his pedigree, health, working ability and talking to the owner, I decided he had what I was looking for and then the Vonloi A litter was born in September 2015.
From a litter of 7 (3 females and 4 males) I kept a female Aria and my Husband kept a male Arnie. At nearly 12 months old, they are both shaping up to be everything we hoped for and more, super drives, excellent grips and bags of attitude.
- German Shepherd Dog
- Westmids Lexi - German Shepherd Dog (Health Tested)
- 22nd September 2015 - German Shepherd Dog (Parents Health Tested)