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German Shepherd owner reviews

VDGS views every puppy or dog from our kennel as a family member. A family member that comes from our hearts to yours. A Dortmunder puppy is a labor of love and we’d love to hear some updates on your fantastic dogs. We’re proud that VDGS dogs find their perfect family with you. We proud to provide high quality service, protection, competition, and family dogs to you! Our German Shepherd puppies and dogs are not run of the mill, they are leaders of the pack! They come with over two decades of experience, education, and flat out hard work behind them and we want to know how much you love your dog!

Not sure what to write? Here’s a great example!

 240361_209637952407930_170314119673647_553905_6216239_oWhat a dog!! We were very thorough in our search for a German Shepherd and had a hard time finding breeders whose standards were up to par. Linda was referred to us by another GSD breeder in Colorado and boy did she know her stuff. When we went to visit our soon to be pup Linda showed us the facility, all the paperwork and everything else you can possibly imagine. Even after we took Riley home we took her to weekly Schutzhund training with Linda. Riley goes everywhere with us…swimming, hiking, skiing, horse back riding…. you name it she loves it! At 6 years old, Riley is a wonderful, loyal, energetic and loving part of our family.”



For more examples please visit our Testimonials page. We thank you for making our work with German Shepherds so rewarding. By providing you with the best German shepherd puppy, we better this breed and our lives.

Please send a recent picture and a testimonial about your furry family member and experience of Team Dortmunder to kassieATdortmundergsdDOTcom

The Christmas puppy: A word about puppies as gifts

Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays!

Everyone at Vom Dortmunder German Shepherds loves to see our puppies in their forever homes. We have been receiving a lot of questions about Christmas puppies for sale recently. During the Holiday season we suggest you do NOT give a puppy or dog (or any animal) as a gift but rather put down a deposit ($500) on a litter and let your family or intended recipient pick a puppy together.

The Dortmunder team (and most breeders) consider deposits to be fluid- so your special person can choose the time best for them to add a puppy to their life. If we don’t have the desired sex or coat type puppy available then we can easily mark the next litter and this recipient can get exactly what their heart desires.

Your loved one might not actually have the time or resources for a new family member when you decide to gift it. So don’t set anyone up for failure. Instead for the holidays/special event, consider this:

4 Steps for Giving Puppies As Gifts

  • Plot With Professionals. Contact us and explain the situation. We love to conspire with you! Arrange to pay a deposit, or fund the purchase FOR the recipient, with the puppy to be chosen later.  Ask us about trainers pre-pay puppy training classes for the new family member, or fund the cost of the puppy’s first veterinary visit for puppy shots!Another great point to this is that you can involve multiple gifters in purchasing a puppy!


  • Go Shopping. Here is an Amazon List of products we recommend for your puppy kit! Create a “puppy care package” for the big day. Fill a puppy bed with treats, food, training and grooming equipment, and lots—lots!—of appropriate toys. Don’t forget to include a book or two about the puppy’s breed, training tips, or other fun information.


  • Get Creative. Why not make a “gift certificate” that details this special surprise, and have that ready to present on the big day. Perhaps it could be packaged inside a pet carrier, or in an envelope attached to the collar of a stuffed German Shepherd plush toy.


  • Take Your Time. Holidays can be hectic when normal routines go out the window. New puppies need the stability of knowing what to expect. But you can “gift” with the certificate on the special day, and the recipient can choose the best time to bring the pet home. Hopefully you also have the fun of accompanying the person later, when they choose their own furry wonder.

When you do it right, gifting with a puppy can be magic. You’re not only giving the pet to a person—you’re giving a special human to a waiting puppy.


Germany trip 2012

Linda has returned from Germany! She had a great time and was very busy! We’ve acquired a new female by  VA9 Lennox von Regina Pacis .She is 12 weeks old and her father is pictured below. His survey said this about him:

“… Very, big, strong and full-bodied, dry, firm, very well pigmented, built in very good proportion. Very strong head, expressive mask, dark eyes and ears fixed. High and long withers, very harmonious top and bottom line, very good location and length of the croup. Very good angulations in front and rear, balanced chest proportions, straight front. Front and back stepping, he shows with correct step…very liquid and solid hocks, ground covering gait, powerful supply and free precedence. Very safe being, TBS pronounced…”

Continue reading Germany trip 2012

Names and Titles 101

Ever wonder why  the registered name of a dog is so long? or what the letter combinations mean before and after their names? Let us break down V Hoss v Bullinger SchH3 Kkl 1  a.k.a “Hoss” for an example:

V= Vorzuglich -Excellent show or performance rating – dog must minimally have a SchH 1 title

Hoss=This is his given name. The one given to him by the breeder and his registered name. How do we decide what to name them? We just assign each breeding a letter of the alphabet and all the puppies from that litter will have a name that starts with that letter. 

v Bullinger= the breeding program from which the dog came. All our dogs that were born here will have  “Vom Dortmunder” after their registered name

SchH3= SchH I, II, III  Schutzhund  Obedience, tracking, and protection titles. Sch III is the highest rank a dog can receive and this achievement can be repeated. 

Kkl 1= Koerklasse I-  Especially recommended for breeding.

a.k.a= Also Known As- Whatever name follows this acronym is their ‘house’ name. It’s what we call them at home!


Here are some more German Titles and ratings that you will see in our dogs.

The VA titles are earned  Seiger shows and V ratings are earned at local Schutzhund club shows. If you’d like to know more about this show, follow this link. The Sch titles are earned at Shutzhund trials. If you’d like to know more about these trials, follow this link The KKL titles are earned at Breed Survey. If you’d like to know more about this survey, follow this link

SG -Sehr Gut -Very Good show or performance rating; The maximum rating any dog can have without a Schutzhund title;  highest rating obtainable by dogs under 2 years old or at USA SchH shows

KKL I- Koerklasse I -Especially recommended for breeding

KKL II-  Koerklasse II -Suitable for breeding

V  -Vorzuglich -Excellent show or performance rating – dog must minimally have a SchH 1 title

VA – Vorzuglich-Auslese -Excellent Select show rating at Sieger show; highest award obtainable by a German show dog;  can only be awarded to an outstanding conformation dog with at least a SchH 2 title; typically awarded to 12-15 dogs and bitches each year

Want to see more titles? Go here. Also VDGS will be at the 2012 Sieger show. Will you?!


Naming the “Q” litter

Sometimes naming litters is not all fun and games. It seems English lacks several Q words that aren’t related to math and make decent puppy names. So we turned to J.K Rowling’s Wizarding world of Harry Potter for our “Q” puppy names.

For the boys we have

  • Quidditch
  • Quirell
  • Quibbler

For the girl we have:(not from HP but hey)

  • Quintessa
  • Quinatina

Co-owned puppies still avilable.

Eletta (Voxi) is co-owned by Baerental German Shepherds and they love her as much as we do! There is a planned breeding for later this year with Voxi and a Baerental male so stay tuned.

Please visit their site for available puppies and get to know our partner breeders. Notice we are all small operations, with the health of our German Shepherds being the most important factor to us. We never breed for profit and it shows in the superior temperament and structure of our dogs.

“All of Baerental German Shepherds’ dogs are bred from the very best West German show lines. They are chosen for their soundness of character, willingness to please, and intelligence, as well as for their structure and health. They take correction well and enjoy all three phases of schutzhund work – tracking, obedience and protection. We’re committed to breeding dogs whose temperament and beauty allow them to perform in the show ring, in any dog sport, work as service dogs or detection dogs, and especially to be great family companions.

We also provide custom importing with references on request. Our 28 years of experience training and breeding German Shepherds, along with the experience of our German partners, gives us the background to help our clients reach whatever goals they have with their German Shepherd Dog.”