GoodHeart Kennel and Training Centre

Breeding and Training Quality Canines

The German Shepherd Breed

   The German Shepherd dog originally came from Germany, where it was used as herding dog for shepherds. A military officer in the German cavalry thought that these sturdy intelligent herding farm dogs could be refined through breeding to make an idea military dog. Through strict selective breeding he intensified the best characteristics of the dog. The end result of his careful breeding was versatile highly intelligent herding dog with a stable affable personality that was also capable of intense loyalty to it's handler. In 1899 the German Shepherd Dog Club was formed in Germany.

  The breeds popularity was boosted in North America in the 1950's due in part to the television show, Rin Tin Tin and the high profile with the military, police and assistance dog. The German Shepherd dog is visibly proving its value and versatility in many different areas such as home companion and family pet, assistance (dogs such as see and eye dog, to fetch and carry for person who is physical challenged, to indicate on sound for a deaf person watch dog), search and rescue, military and police work. It is the third most popular dog in Canada and has been in the top ten in the USA since 1948.

   The ideal German Shepherd Dog can be black, black & tan, black & red or sable. The breed is agile, loyal, naturally protective and excellent with children if raised properly. This dog can withstand most weather conditions with moderate shelter. They should be groomed twice weekly and walked daily or allowed to run free in an enclosed back yard with their owner. The German Shepherd dog is a working breed and therefore is highly intelligent. This means they must be given adequate attention and taught obedience or many of their good qualities could turn into destructive behavior (digging, chewing, etc).

   The breed has a distinct personality marked by a directness and fearlessness, but not hostile or aggressive nature. This breed is self-confident and has a certain aloofness to strangers, which does not lend itself to immediate and indiscriminate friendships. The German Shepherd dog is not one to fawn over every person he meets.

   The German Shepherd is a natural protector, but this does not mean he should not be approachable. The German Shepherd dog should stand quietly by the owner's side alert and self-confident. If the need arises he/she should be ready to serve in any capacity as a companion, watchdog, blind leader, herding dog or guardian, whichever the circumstances may demand.


Spring lessons will start on Sunday May 20 at 1pm and Wed., May 23 at 6:30pm Dog and puppy obedience training are for all breeds, all sizes and all ages We offer group obedience class or private dog lessons for obedience training and/or problem behaviour, in your home or on site at the kennel. Please contact Jackie for more information: email or call (905)304-4284.

Our next litter of pups are due in the Spring.

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