At von Tighe Haus, we will only breed dogs who have been proven breed worthy. We adhere to the FCI German Shepherd Dog breed standard.
All of our breeding stock is registered with an FCI approved registry (CKC / AKC). We adhere to the standards set forth by the SV (German Shepherd Club of Germany) and all the dog we breed have;
This is the minimum required from any dog or bitch before it will be bred. Our breeding dogs are also:
Requirements for the use of our stud dogs include working title (IPO or HGH), Certified H/E (OFA, a-stamp or PennHip), & Brucellosis Test.
There is also much more we look for in our breeding dogs; temperament, biddability & drive are three important parts of a German Shepherd Dog that are not as easily assessed by the above Health Testing. Conformation and Working Titles are important - but they only make up part of the package. All breeders have preferences - some breed for sport (high drive), some unfortunately breed for pets - we like a dog that is well balanced, stable, easy to live with yet has the drive & eagerness to work. We train, trial and live with our dogs. We know them inside and out!
We breed West German Working Line GSDs, not show dogs. No dog is perfect - not even ours! We look for everything in harmony, too much of one element and you can lose another. Some people think breeding dogs who are trained in Schutzhund (now IPO) do not make good pets - this is far from true. Our dogs are our companions first. Our dogs live in our home, swim in our pool, go to work with us, hang out with company and are a constant source of joy in our lives.
We do not sell our dogs on Kijiji and you will have a hard time finding another breeder who does all that we do. We try to post accurate and complete information on this site. Many answers can be found on our FAQ Page.
We are not trying to invent a new breed but to preserve the breed as it was intended. Are you just looking for a pet and think this is all too much? Read "But I just want a Pet!"
We breed for ourselves - and we want a puppy that is bred to the highest possible standards
GSD OR SHI-TZU?
Without describing how they look, what is the difference between a Shih-Tzu and a German Shepherd Dog? Both belong to the same family (canis familiaris) both have tails, both have the same number of legs, eyes, ears etc…. Both have fur, both bark, both have teeth, both are companions for humans…
So what is the difference…..?
What should come to mind are things like courage, good nerves, intelligence & working ability. German Shepherd Dogs can herd (tend livestock), they are police dogs, guide dogs, military K9s etc… We don't see Shih-Tzus doing these things because even if they were a larger breed, they don't posses the right temperament and traits to accomplish these tasks.
So how do we keep the German Shepherd from turning into a giant Shih-Tzu? We breed dogs that possess the traits that allow them to accomplish these tasks. Testing breeding stock is not only important to someone buying a puppy, it is also important to preserving the breed.
It can't just look like a German Shepherd - it has to BE a German Shepherd!
von Tighe Haus German Shepherd Dogs
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