Wohlstand German Shepherds

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THE GSD



This article should be read by all puppy buyers, it will help to understand the different types of Shepherds and it will help you choose a puppy that suites your family.

The German Shepherd Dog (GSD) is one of the most popular breeds in the world, but ironically it's also misunderstood by many of its biggest fans. Many aren’t aware that the GSDs trotting in the show ring are drastically different from actively working GSDs, as they were bred for so much more than looks. If you're thinking about bringing one of these magnificent dogs into your life, it's critical to understand the important differences between show line and working line German Shepherds.
Working Line German Shepherds: the Breed Standard
German Shepherd Dogs were originally bred to work. The breed's creator, a German army captain named Max von Stephanitz, sought to create a hearty dog that could enthusiastically perform rigorous jobs, repeatedly and flawlessly every time – while still returning home to serve as a loyal protector and companion for its family. Breeding for looks was a secondary goal.
Since the first GSDs were bred in 1899, rigorous rules set by the German Shepherd Club of Germany (SV) have served to protect the breed standard. These standards ensure that all European-bred GSDs can only be certified by the SV if they:
  • meet certain physical and mental characteristics
  • are medically certified to have non-displaysic hips
  • have earned a “working title” in Schutzhund, Herding or Police Service activities.
European German Shepherds, from breeders who specialize in working bloodlines, retain the characteristics sought after by the von Stephanitz and the SV. They include:
  • High “drive,” especially prey drive. The dog must show the enthusiasm and capability to repeatedly work and perform a task in return for some kind of reward.
  • Exceptional temperament. The dog must have high energy, a love of work, loyalty to their owners and confidence around children and strangers. Exceptional intelligence is a must.
  • Bullet-proof nerves. A GSD must have an intelligent, confident and appropriate reaction to any situation. They cannot be bothered by environmental conditions like traffic, sirens or gunshots. Rather than avoiding it, the dog must show a desire to confront a threat.
  • Physical Soundness. They have agile, smaller and more compact bodies that can put in a hard day's work and be easily hoisted during duty. They also have shorter, coarse coats of varying colors. Most significantly, their silhouette is more squared and they lack the “flying trot” gait caused by the steeply angled hindquarters favored by show line breeders.
A German Shepherd Dog from working bloodlines would never win in the show ring because it was bred for working, not showing. Physically it bears little resemblance to the typical GSD found in most homes. The most accurate displays of working lines German Shepherd Dogs are akin to Rin Tin Tin and can also be seen in the profiles from Northwest K9s.
Show Line German Shepherds Reign in the Ring
The average GSD fan wants the look of the popular breed, yet few pet owners have the time, patience or knowledge to raise a true, authentic working line GSD. To accommodate pet consumer demand, European dog breeders began creating the “Show Line German Shepherd,” also referred to as “High Lines” and “Sieger Lines.” These dogs must pass the basic certifications required by the SV, but they are primarily bred for winning appearances at dog shows and as family pets.
In general, both European and American show line German Shepherds (and even those from backyard breeders) have the following characteristics:
  • A lower energy drive than working line Shepherds
  • Larger and bulkier bodies, broader heads and the extremely angled hindquarters
  • More uniformity in coat color, typically red and black or black and tan with the classic black saddle. Sables, black and blanket coat patterns are rare (but common in working lines GSDs).
  • Thicker, longer coats
  • The personality and temperament to become a good family pet – but only when raised in capable hands
In America, show line German Shepherds are almost identical to their European counterparts, with one great exception: American show line GSD breeders do not have to submit their dogs toany temperament or health testing requirements in order to obtain American Kennel Club certification. Many lovers of the breed argue that the absence of requirements and weak standards imposed by the German Shepherd Dog Club of America is why so many GSDs suffer from crippling and debilitating health conditions that are rare in working lines. Show line critics have good evidence to support their claims that indiscriminate breeding, profit motives and ignorance have compelled breeders to create a dog that bears little resemblance to the one created by von Stephanitz.
Before bringing a German Shepherd Dog into your life, learn as much about the dog's ancestry as possible. This is easy when you buy from a reputable German Shepherd breeder, but futile if you want to adopt one of the thousands in rescue. But please don't let that deter you from considering a German Shepherd rescue. If you think you have the lifestyle, patience and willingness to commit to lifelong learning with a GSD, first get to know other German Shepherd owners, find out who the excellent breeders and trainers are in your area, and learn as much as you can about the joys and pitfalls of loving a German Shepherd from any bloodline


THE GSDTHE GSD

ABOUT US


Wohlstand German Shepherd Dogs is located in Rockingham, Western Australia. We are actively involved in exhibiting German Shepherd Dogs in speciality dog shows, All Breeds Shows and training our dogs in Obedience
Our dogs are part of our family and live as such. We are a small scale kennel breeding the occasional litter in our home, while emphasising raising well socialised puppies by raising them in our family home with our Grand Children .

I grew up with German Shepherds as pets since 1989 . Got into Showing them in 1994 under the guidance of Fran McAdam (Durnstein Kennels) in Sydney

I then started breeding myself after moving to Qld in 1996, I got out of the dogs for awhile to work in the mines. in 2012 I had to get another GSD who is now known as Ch Jentol Gabbys Okito 'A''Z' BSCLII Exc (Keno),  I showed him to get his Australian Champion title. then GSD fever hit me again thus getting back into the breeding side again!
I started Wohlstand in 2016, we don't breed a lot but feel free to enquire anytime about upcoming Litters or check out my "Litters" Page

Thank you for visiting 

Cheers,
Sue



ABOUT US

OUR GIRLS


OUR BOY KENO


Aust. Ch Jentol Gabbys Okito 'A''Z' BSC. Ex.

(Retired)

State Bred in Show Working Dog Club of WA 2016

Runner up Best Exhibit in Show & Best in Group April 2016

Kenos First Excellent Medal

Some of Kenos Show Results

LITTERS


LITTERSLITTERS
Our puppies are treated as part of the Family & not raised in a kennel environment 


German Shepherds are a very popular breed, with outstanding characteristics such as sound nerves, alertness, self-confidence, trainability, watchfulness, loyalty, incorruptibility as well as courage and hardness. They are an ideal and superior working dog in general, and in particular to be a guard, companion, protection or herding dog, but most of all an excellent addition to your family.
German Shepherds love to be with people, so if you make the decision to own one, make sure they are not just put in the backyard and forgotten.
We strongly believe in responsible breeding, only breeding from dogs that have passed a range of tests.  While this doesn't guarantee a puppy will be free of genetic health issues, it does mean we do as much as we possibly can to reduce the likelihood of it occurring.  

German Shepherd DNA testing is done to screen for the following diseases:
  • Canine Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency Type III (German Shepherd Type)
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Haemophilia A / Factor VIII (German Shepherd Type)
  • Hyperuricosuria
  • Ivermectin Sensitivity MDR1 (Multi Drug Resistance)
  • Malignant Hyperthermia
  • Mucopolysaccharidosis VII - Type II (German Shepherd/Belgian Shepherd Type)
  • Pituitary Dwarfism
  • Renal Cystadenocarcinoma and Nodular Dermato fibrosis (German Shepherd Type)
  • Scott Syndrome (German Shepherd Type)
Other screening is done to identify:
  • Hip and elbow dysplaysia
Before our puppies go to their new home, with their 1st Vaccination, micro-chipped, wormed, and registered with Dogs West on the 'Limited Register'. You will also receive a puppy pack containing the food they are used to, a file packed with all the information you need along with 6 weeks of free puppy health insurance with PetPlan.

Our pups are sold for $3200, $500 non refundable deposit required to secure a puppy Balance payable when Puppy leaves at 8 wks of age.

Please contact Dogs West if you wish to verify I'm a Registered Breeder 08 9455 1188




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