Your contact should be willing to answer all of your questions fully.
He or she should also ask questions about you, your lifestyle, and your family. If a contact doesn't respond to your inquiries,
or doesn't show any interest in the life the dog will lead after it leaves his or her premises, you may want to look elsewhere.
A responsible breeder or dedicated Rescue Group member is committed to making a good match between prospective owners and
the dogs in their care; that's the kind of person you want on your side as you make the journey into dog ownership.
1 We do all we can to provide a dog/puppy that is
Free of Degenerate/Contagious/Hereditary faults
by: Starting with Import lines-Free of any health
of the mom during pregnancy
Quality Puppy food
during the raising of the puppies
Rugs so the puppys legs can
grip to build muscle and prevent stress on the developing hips
Prevention of any worms-fleas-diseases
2 We breed to the Standard-Your puppys size will be
Females 65-75 lbs 22-24 inches at the shoulder
Males 85-95 lbs 26
inches at the shoulder
3 Your puppy will be very active for years :)
, this is the breed standard, teething will be over in a few months, growth for 1 yr, then filling out for another year,
color will change over the life of the dog, toys, toys and more toys, training is the key for a well behaved Dog or Puppy.
4 German Shepherds are Naturally protective- it
is because they are a Loyal dog and they Love their family.
My advice is raise him/her as you wish for her to be- Socialize
her alot if you want her to be very friendly/ dont let strangers meet her if you want her to be an alert Guard Dog-
Study socializing books/videos in this area- there are many classes available to socialize OR for protection guidance.
Your breeder should help you in this area
5 German Shepherds rarely need any
type of grooming- If you use a quality food-NO soy/corn/or fillers - just brush out the coat once in a while (incuding the 2 times a year they shed the undercoat). I do not bathe my
dogs- they keep themselves clean - the only time your dog will smell is if they are left damp- getting them dry
after a swim is the key.
6 Your puppy should be getting socialized with
people and animals while it is being raised- a good breeder will do this- then you take over with who you want to expose
him to- We socialize our puppies with People, children, other animals before leaving our home. Your puppy will adjust just
fine with any animals that are already in your home- just watch that they dont bully your new puppy.
7 A young puppy should not be left alone too
long- but over time - as the puppy develops, can hold his potty & is learning how to behave in the home
or is used to his crate- he can be left for longer periods. Eventually - if properly trained - your older puppy can be
left for most of the day while you work or the kids are in school.
8 German Shepherds are active dogs-puppies
play and nap alot - after 10 months of age the dog can go jogging with you- they love to swim- we use toys like
frisbee/flying squirrels/balls/kongs etc to keep our dogs happy.
After an hour of play - he might just be ready for some couch time with you.
9 German Shepherds are very smart- they learn
very quickly 'to obey or 'not'- according to your training them- determine what basic commands you wish to teach your
dog/puppy- your breeder should help you in this area.
Core Vaccines ONLY and Why,,,,,
Always ask your Breeder first- they should be the most Knowledged in the Breed
and the personality of the Puppy you are getting from them.
Do NOT use Trifexis!! It causes Death in dogs and puppies
We start training Your puppy to come & sit.
When they leave they are crate trained and used to a collar and lead.
Please email me for FREE printable training info on
Crate training, Feed schedule, Basic Obed- if you have or
Are purchasing a puppy from me.
There are Free CD (podcasts) from Leerburg kennel on
for the BEST training DVDS!''
Von Haus Merkel has GOOD ARTICLES FOR YOU BEFORE/AFTER
GET YOUR PUPPY