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Capt. Max ShepherdThe history and development of the German Shepherd is inextricably linked to one name: Captain Max Emil Friedrich von Stephanitz. His canine expertise and his admirable foresight, it is thanks to them that the German Shepherd Dog can be bred today still looking for a breed standard that, apart from a few editorial changes, the former corresponds to submission.

Max von Stephanitz has formulated the breeding goal of the association is very short and concise: "shepherd dog breeding is working dog breeding". Following this premise devote himself for over 110 years, many generations of responsible breeders in selecting the right breeding pairs, always the goal in mind, healthy and efficient to use dogs to bring forth.

From the responsibility to the animals entrusted to us out of the SV breeding activities monitored according to aspects of the order and discipline of the Animal Welfare Act and supports scientific projects in addition to the health of the German Shepherd Dog.

(Information taken from Verein fur Deutsche Schaferhunde) Derived from the old breeds of herding and farm dogs, and associated for centuries with man as servant and companion, the German Shepherd Dog has been subject to intensive development. Sponsored by the Verein fur Deutsche Schaferhunde, the parent club of the breed founded in 1899 in Germany, the cult of the Shepherd spread rapidly from about 1914 onward in many parts of the world. Interest in the breed has been fostered by specialty clubs in many lands as it has been in the United States by the German Shepherd Dog Club of America.

Considering first the more important side of the dog, its character, the Shepherd is distinguished for loyalty, courage, and the ability to assimilate and retain training for a number of special services. He should be of equable disposition, poised, unexcitable, and with well-controlled nerves. For his typical work as a herding sheepdog, he must not be gun-shy and must have courage to protect his flock from attacks, either animal or human. For his work as a police dog, a development which followed upon his natural aptitude for training, he must have this courage and in addition must be able to make use of the excellent nose which he usually possesses. In his work as a leader of the blind, the Shepherd must and does exhibit a high order of intelligence and discrimination involving the qualities of observation, patience, faithful watchfulness, and even, to a certain degree, the exercise of judgment.

These qualities, which have endeared the German Shepherd Dog to a wide public in practically every country of the globe, are those of the companion, protector, and friend. The German Shepherd is not a pugnacious brawler, but a bold and punishing fighter if need be. In his relation to man he does not give affection lightly; he has plenty of dignity and some suspicion of strangers, but his friendship, once given, is given for life. On the physical side, the German Shepherd Dog has been developed to a point of almost ideal fitness for the work he is called upon to do. He is a dog of middle size with enough weight to be effective as herder or patrolman, but not enough to be cumbersome or unwieldy.

The impression of the dog as a whole is one of ruggedness combined with nobility, of power combined with agility. There should be a sense of balance, forequarters and hindquarters compensating each other in their development. The outline should be smooth and flowing, and the topline of the dog, from the ear to the tip of the full tail, a single sweeping succession of unbroken curves. The German Shepherd Dog is a natural dog, unchanged for any whim of the show ring.

(Information taken from American Kennel Club)

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Aloha, Michi, I hope that all is well with you and your family. I want to give you an update on our two incredible kids - we took them for their second vet visit yesterday and the stools were both clean. They got their second parvo treatment, a pill for heartworm/fleas/intestinal parasites and a general examination. Bart is now 18lbs and Berne is 14lbs and both are full of energy, do a good job of using their puppy pads and have great appetites! We greatly enjoy them every day; they're learning sit, stay and come commands and will follow you anywhere if you say "cookie" to them. Haha! Thanks to you and Wayne and the rest of the family for doing a great job with our pups! Karl & Seiko

Karl & Seiko
18 July 2017

Thank you to you and your family for the warm welcome and for beautiful Bliss. She is the best and I couldn't be happier; feel very fortunate to have her. Getting her home was a little stressful for us. She didn't like being in the crate and got sick in it at the airport. The liner was definitely a good idea. Luckily, there was no problem carrying her and having her on my lap on the plane. I've been working on getting her used to crating by feeding her inside and positive reinforcement. Yesterday, I placed her pet porter crate on the front seat of my truck and she rode inside to the vet's office, 45 minutes away! She got a clean bill of health, microchip registered, return for a booster shot next week, no office charge for that. We love our vet. Last night she slept inside the lanai crate, with breaks to go outside in the middle of the night. She was a little vocal along the way and a few little accidents but is settling in very well. She is a happy little girl and I'm quite pleased. I've introduced her to my sewing circle at the Church of the Pacific. We delivered a couple of boxes of bananas to the girls on Sunday. She has been great with my partner's dog and girlfriend's small dog who she got to play with. Tried to upload some photos from my camera which I've had no problems before but couldn't get it to work. Had a picture of her with a green coconut that she helped me drink. Thank you for the foundation work. She sits nicely but working on getting her to calm down when the food appears and then sit. Everyone loves her. Friend's daughter is crazy about her. Saw the movie about Max and wants a German Shepherd now. Anyway, she is progressing rapidly and thank you very much. Best regards.

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Inge
18 July 2017

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