Von Tighe Haus German Shepherd's (pronounced Tie-House) began after my first German Shepherd Dog Tighe passed away. Tighe was not a good example of the breed, but he was truly loved and it was through him that my enthusiasm for the breed began. My interest is in the West German Working Line type of German Shepherd Dog and the sport of Schutzhund (IPO). If you would like to learn more about the types of GSDs, you can read a short article here.
I live near Ottawa in Ontario Canada on a 25 acre hobby farm that was purchased specifically to walk, play and work our dogs. Click on the aerial photo of our home to see a video of our property. All our dogs are raw fed, kept fit, healthy, minimally vaccinated and live with us in our home.
I was on the executive of the Ottawa & Area German Shepherd Dog Club from 2002-2014 having held the positions of President, Vice President & Membership Director along with editor of their newsletter for 12 years. I left the board as the club has no tolerance for working dogs. In the past I have worked as a professional dog trainer (for 6 years) and I have trained and competed in CKC & AKC Obedience and Rally Obedience. I began training/trialling in the sport of Schutzhund (now IPO) in 2008 and was a founding member of both IPO Ottawa and Rogue Working Dog Alliance . My kennel is registered with the CKC and I am a certified evaluator of their Canine Good Neighbour Program. I also hold current memberships with both the GSSCC (German Shepherd Schutzhund Club of Canada) & United Schutzhund Clubs of America (IPO 3 Club member).
In 2016 I was elected as the GSSCC Ontario Region Trial Director. I resigned the post in 2017 as I was the GSSCC 2017 Canadian Championships and Sieger Show Event Coordinator.
I have only ever owned one breed of dog, The German Shepherd Dog. My knowledge of this breed has grown exponentially since purchasing Tighe in 1999 and my expectations of the breed have also grown to the point where I am dismayed by what most breeders are passing off as a well bred GSD. I have very strong views about following the SV breeding system and passionate views about backyard and/or bad breeding practices and those trying to destroy the breed I love. ......Lee Hanrahan
We breed for ourselves - and we want a puppy that is bred to the highest possible standards
I started this kennel not because I dreamed of selling puppies, but because I wanted to learn everything possible about the German Shepherd Dog.
After 15 years in the breed and taking Emmy (Phyre vom Patiala) from 7.5 weeks to an IPO 3 at under 3 years, I decided to produce my first litter.
I do all training, trialling and litter planning at von Tighe Haus.
Sean helps with all the dogs. A real 'outdoorsman' Sean loves to walk the dogs, take them on land scouting trips and other adventures.
He helps train the dogs for their AD test by riding the bicycle and helps with raising puppies.
Seen here with Tighe.
Sarah is our Official Photographer, close friend & SchH Helper. She knows our dogs like no one else and has documented each dog's life including those of our litters.
Many of the photos on this website are her work and we encourage anyone looking for a great photographer to check her out!
von Tighe Haus German Shepherd Dogs
OTTAWA ONTARIO CANADA