Welcome to Von Whitehall German Shepherds in Massachusetts

The breeding of Shepherd dogs must be the breeding of working dogs, this must always be the aim or we shall cease to produce working dogs. ~ Captain Max von Stephanitz (German Shepherd Breed Founder)

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. And, more importantly, we support the “Total Dog” concept. We want our dogs to feel equally at home whether in the UKC/AKC 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. And, a german shepherd dog should be able to do more than just look pretty!

All of our breeding bitches are conformation Champions; hold multiple working titles in different performance areas; have been temperament tested by an independent evaluator; have multiple health clearances (over and above most breeding programs); and hold certifications as Canine Good Citizens, Socialized Pet Obedience Test certifications 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!

****We support the mission of UKC****:

“Established in 1898, the United Kennel Club is the largest all-breed performance-dog registry in the world, registering dogs from all 50 states and 25 foreign countries. UKC prides itself on its family-oriented, friendly, educational events. The UKC has supported the “Total Dog” philosophy through its events and programs for over a century. As a departure from registries that place emphasis on a dog’s looks, UKC events are designed for dogs that look AND perform equally well“.-United Kennel Club

Memberships: German Shepherd Dog Club of America (GSDCA)/Signer Breeder Code of Ethics and United Schutzhund Clubs of America (USCA)