Homestead German Shepherds
We are a small, reputable kennel located in north-east, central Alberta. We have a lovely pack of nicely built, well bred, healthy German Shepherd Dogs. They have excellent temperaments and wonderful personalities.
Our dogs are not show line dogs. The majority of these animals have their exterior as the breeding priority. Most North American show line dogs have been bred following a fad of over angulation. While desirable in the show ring, this is poor working confirmation and can lead to a host of health issues. The look of these dogs is not true to the original breed standard.
Our dogs are working line GSDs, coming from proven lines. We do not have extreme working dogs. While I feel these truly are, amazing dogs and have the highest respect for the time and training invested to produce dogs of this caliber. They have been selectively bred for their intense prey drives, fearlessness and tremendous energy levels. Perfect candidates for military, police, detection roles, and for those whose lifestyles compliment such a dog.
For the average person and family, neither of these dogs types will make for a canine happily ever after story.
Our goal is the dog who possesses the positive attributes of a well bred GSD. Beautiful bodies, good health, intelligent minds, courageous spirits and solid temperaments. Our original dogs were predominately East German, Czech and European working bloodlines. In these countries, a dog cannot reproduce without being in excellent health. Hips and elbows must be x-rayed and certified . Breeding stock must attain titles in conformation and Schutzhund or IPO (a series tests & field trials for temperament, obedience, tracking and protection).
I have been moving my breeding program towards the East German (known as DDR) lines. These dogs tend to have strong protection instincts. They do mature a little more slowly and have a lower drive then many other lines, but I feel this makes them a much more pleasant dog to live with. I like the heavier build, more substantial bone and deeper pigments. They are still are very much a working dog and are able to compete and hold their own in IPO, agility, SAR, obedience and rally sports.
Are you are looking for a guardian for your home? A running buddy who will keep you safe on those early morning or late night runs in the woods, valley or concrete jungle? An extra set of eyes and ears around your acreage or farm to keep predators at bay and your livestock protected? A patient playmate for your children? A partner for one of the many dog sports? Agility, Schutzhund, obedience, fly-ball, dock dogs or Frisbee…to mention but a few.
Homestead German Shepherds strives to provide our clients with a quality puppy. Perfect companion for long drives, quiet evenings by the fireplace or tireless playmate. A protector of your family, home and belongings and a working partner.
The amazing German Shepherd Dog, in our opinion, the definition of loyal.