To breed superior German Shepherds by preserving and improving the breed within true German lines. By strictly adhering to proper breeding and training techniques we will be able to offer top quality working class dogs fit for any job or family role. To offer the best country boarding for our furry friends. Treating your pets as our own.
One of our goals is to donate at least one puppy or dog once a year. One of the puppies from our first litter, Brooklyn Armor von Shield, is training to be a service dog for epilepsy and another, Amber von Shield, for search and rescue. All of our females that will be retired from breeding after four to five litters and will most likely be trained for CGC (Canine Good Citizen). The dogs that qualify will be donated to men and women that protect us every day — military, EMT, firefighters and police officers — as personal therapy companion dogs.
In the Beginning
We spent more than four years researching German Shepherds and breeders before deciding on our first breeding male. We decided to name our male “Fury” after “Director Nick Fury”. In December of 2013, a litter from one of our favorite breeders was bred with all the qualities we wanted. The father has great structure, temperament and beautiful deep red in his coat and was ranked 44th in the world. He studded an equally amazing female so we decided this is a great start for our kennel. When the litter was born there were four female puppies and no males. All four were great puppies which made it very difficult to choose but we picked what we thought and what was considered the best of the litter and instead of starting with the male we planned on, “Storm” came home to Shield in April 2014.
Obedience and socialization training started immediately, which at five months old, included a three-week trip to Alaska where we all rode the eight-hour Denali bus to Mt. Denali and back. She received many compliments from fellow passengers and the bus driver who really enjoyed having such a well-behaved dog on the bus.
In November of 2014, one of the top breeders we have known for some time had some adolescent male dogs that were thought to be a good potential matches for Storm. We were impressed with the overall quality of every male there but one stood out. He was 4.5 months old, born on the 4th of July and already socialized and obedience-trained in German. This little guy warmed right up to my husband and we knew this one was the one. The breeder had also chosen this male to keep for their breeding program but, in the true spirit of cooperation and staying true to breed and quality blood lines, allowed us to bring him home to breed with Storm. This handsome German and patriotic male came home to Shield in November 2014.
In the 1990s, I was a dog breeder of wonderful Cocker Spaniels and Alaskan Malamutes and a professional groomer. One day I was working on a grooming appointment for an employee of a large cable communications company and was offered a job. After several years working a corporate job, I realized how much I missed working with dogs and realized the growing need for quality dogs for the home and workplace alike.
My husband and I both loved the idea of working with dogs and because my husband grew up with a very well trained and amazing German Shepherd and I have seen what amazing family and working dogs they are we decided to start a kennel to breed top German Shepherds true to German lines.
In June of 2016, we bought for a kennel property outside of Town of Elbert — a beautiful 15 acre property that would be a great place to train and breed our dogs and offer state-of-the-art boarding and training services.
On the Names
We knew we had to come up with a great name for the kennel and the great dogs we will breed. For us and everyone who has the chance to know these dogs will surely know, these dogs are heroes in their own right and deserve recognition; therefore, only the names and prestige of the heroes we all know and love would do. This is why the kennel is named “Shield” which many may remember as a peace-keeping organization and also symbolizes a protective and bonding element that each of our dogs can bring to their home and work families.
We use an alphabetical naming system for each litter. Most names will be that of comic book heroes but there may be a ‘joker’ now and again.