Von Whitehall German Shepherds is located in Massachusetts and strives to produce healthy, intelligent, classic German shepherd Dogs with fantastic family temperaments and strong performance ability. We believe in preserving the classic German shepherd Dog that is bred to the standard….healthy, versatile, typey, and athletic with a stable disposition. We incorporate strong East German working lines into our program to achieve our goals. Health, sound temperament, and working ability are the main priorities in our breeding program. We do not sacrifice on any one of these traits.
We believe the German Shepherd should be moderate and balanced, without extremeness, in conformation and disposition. You will not find roached backs or excessive angulation in our dogs. Our dogs have medium drive with a great off switch when in the home. They are environmentally sound with good minds and solid nerve. Working ability is of the utmost importance to us and we produce dogs that are capable of achieving success in a variety of performance areas! However, even those owners who do not want to compete will appreciate a smart dog that is easy to train and willing to please his/her owner. A dog that is well mannered because it is easy to handle and comfortable in the car, in the house, crate, at family outings, during playdates, and traveling with owner makes for an easier life than a dog that is not adaptable!
At Von Whitehall German Shepherds, we differ from a lot of breeders as we often combine the genetics of different German Shepherd Dog bloodlines to achieve our goals. We feel there is great genetic diversity in our breed and blending the lines can create the ideal German Shepherd Dog. We want our dogs to feel equally at home whether in the AKC/UKC conformation and performance ring; on the Herding field; in the SV conformation ring and IPO trial; or as a beloved family pet or service dog. A great German Shepherd Dog should be able to walk through all words with ease and perform their task successfully and with great joy!
All of our breeding bitches are conformation Champions; hold multiple working titles in different performance areas; have been temperament tested by an independent AKC evaluator; have multiple health clearances (over and above most breeding programs); and hold certifications as Canine Good Citizens and/or Certified Therapy Dogs. Even though we may not have time to title in IPO, all our dogs are tested on the training field for nerve, courage, and mental stability.
We practice ethical breeding practices and stand behind our puppies for the life of the dog. ***We breed ONLY when we are trying to add a future competition dog to our own program and never simply to sell puppies.*** We encourage all potential puppy buyers to contact as many breeders as they can. We will help answer any questions you have whether you buy one of our puppies or not. Please contact us for more information about the breed; what to look for in a good breeder; or for more information about our breeding program. Thank you!
Memberships: German Shepherd Dog Club of America and Signer of Breeders Code of Ethics and United Schutzhund Clubs of America