Character, Courage & Conformation!

Keeps dogs in the home and as part of the family--not outside in kennel runs.
Has dogs who appear happy and healthy, are excited to meet new people, and don't shy away from visitors.
Shows you where the dogs spend most of their time--an area that is clean and well maintained.
Encourages you to spend time with the puppy's parents--at a minimum, the pup's mother--when you visit.
Breeds only one or two types of dogs, and is knowledgeable about what is called "breed standards" (the desired characteristics of the breed in areas such as size, proportion, coat, color and temperament).
Has a strong relationship with a local veterinarian and shows you the records of veterinary visits for the puppies. Explains the puppies' medical history and what vaccinations your new puppy will need.
Is well versed in the potential genetic problems inherent in the breed--there are specific genetic concerns for every breed--and explains to you what those concerns are. The breeder should have had the puppy's parents tested (and should have the results from the parents' parents) to ensure they are free of those defects, and she should be able to provide you with the documentation for all testing she has done through organizations such as the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals  ( or the SV.  DNA test is now available to test for Degenerative Mylopathy!!!
Gives you guidance on caring and training for your puppy and is available for your assistance after you take your puppy home.
Provides references of other families who have purchased puppies from her.
Feeds high quality "premium" brand food.
Doesn't always have puppies available but rather will keep a list of interested people for the next available litter.
Encourages visits and wants your entire family to meet the parent(s) before you take your puppy home and wants to inspect your facility when local.  Be considerate that some breeders do not offer this due to the possibility of visitors bringing in Parvo.
Provides you with a written contract and health guarantee and allows plenty of time for you to read it thoroughly. The breeder should not require that you use a specific veterinarian.

In addition to the above criteria, you'll want a breeder who requires some things of you, too.

A reputable breeder doesn't just sell her puppies to the first interested buyer!

The breeder should require you to:

Explain why you want a dog.
Tell her who in the family will be responsible for the pup's daily care, who will attend training classes, where the dog will spend most of its time, and what "rules" have been decided upon for the puppy--for example, will the dog be allowed on furniture?
Provide a veterinary reference if you already have pets or, if you don't have other pets, she should ask which practices you are considering for your new puppy.
Provide proof from your landlord or condominium board (if you rent or live in a condominium complex) that you are allowed to have companion animals.
Sign a contract that you will spay or neuter the dog AFTER the age of 14 months,  unless you will be actively involved in showing him or her (which applies to show-quality dogs only).  Pls review the HEALTH link as well.
Sign a contract stating that you will return the dog to the breeder should you be unable to keep the dog at any point in the dog's life.

vom Kerschberger German Shepherds requires and adheres to these codes of ethics and in addition would like to respectfully submit the following: 

I do a home inspection if the dog is sold locally.
Pup warranties start at the sale price of $1,500.-- and up only, not below
For the warranty to be valid, I require the buyer to submit hip and elbow X-rays to the German SV at 12 months of age, for hip approval/denial.  Not after, not before. 
Require a special food to be fed during this important growth period, if not followed, the warranty is void.
Require certain rules of raising the dog in order to avoid injury during this important growth period.
Will be able to give the buyer copies of the Sire and Dam's hip certifications, DNA certifications,  Degenerative Myleopathy test results,  their pedigrees and show results
Provide you with ample foto's of the pup growing up in its first 12 weeks while under my care - No visitors before 12 weeks and Pups leave at 12 weeks of age. 
Please read my page on the importance of:     German Shepherd DNA registration program

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