Here at Kennel von der Traumwolfen, we had a Show Line male as our family pet and Working Line
German Shepherds, from some of the top bloodlines in the world. First and foremost, our German
Shepherds are our family members. They live in the house and travel to all kinds of activities with us. Our
family consists of Marsha, (we lost Mark to cancer in 2005,) Christine, Gilbert, Jerome, and our females,
Chita, Ebene, and Jaia.
I started Kennel von der Traumwolfen in 2006. I have grown up around animals all my life. I was a
member of 4-H for 10 years and had many livestock projects. I bought and trained my own horse as a
young teenager. I was involved with breeding and racing Greyhounds for many years.
After owning a German Shepherd Dog for five years, I want to share my love and pride for these noble
animals with others. I have been involved with the German Shepherd breed for over 10 years. I have many
contacts around the world, with a long history in the breed who are available to me for guidance and
I have very strong beliefs when it comes to breeding German Shepherds. I believe in the strict
guidelines set forth by the German SV. Any German Shepherd used for breeding must have attained at
least a SchH1 or Herding title, or AKC titles, along with a passing OFA Hip rating or German 'A' stamp.
These guidelines were set forth to allow only the breeding of quality animals which will continue to shape
future generations of the German Shepherd breed. This is to ensure correct structure, solid temperament,
good nerves and working drives. A BH and/or AD alone does not determine breeding quality. A BH is
a obedience and temperament test pre-requisite for the SchH1. The AD is an endurance test required for a
Breed Survey or KKL. Schutzhund titles listed as (SchH1) means the dog is not yet titled. Regardless of
whether the dog is in training for these titles or not, this kind of advertising is misleading to the general
public and is unethical. Therefore, those dogs should not be used in a breeding program, according to the
I am active in my dogs' training. I take them through an obedience class and they earn their CGC
(Canine Good Citizen) certificate through AKC. I am an AKC CGC Evaluator. My dogs test under a
different evaluator. This is recognizing and promoting responsible dog ownership with basic obedience
training for the dog. I start foundation training with my puppies in the sport of Schutzhund, which focuses
on Tracking, Obedience and Protection. When possible, I will title a dog in Schutzhund, but it has become
more difficult to do, due to the distance to clubs and helpers, as well as my physical restrictions. I
participate in AKC events as well. They are exposed to many different environmental situations, and I
believe this allows me to know both the good and bad, the strengths and weaknesses, about each of my dogs.
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