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2 x VA Santo vom Leithawald is here!

We’re very pleased to announce that 2 time VA Santo vom Leithawald is now at Vom Dortmunder German Shepherds! Santo will be available for stud and is an incredible addition to our VDGS breeding adults.

His sire is  VA4 Sultan von der Jahnhöhe SCHH3  Kkl 1 and his grandsire is 2X VA1 Vegas du Haut Mansard SCHH3 Kkl 1  bringing a wonderful, strong line to Dortmunder puppies.

VA Santo vom Leithawald


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

Good news from Canada


Yesterday Hoss v Bullinger was awarded his Breed Survey for Life!

“The breed survey is the ultimate instrument used as the selection method for the German Shepherd Dog Breed. It is absolutely necessary for the preservation and advancement of this breed. Originally developed in Germany for their domestic stock, in 1922 the breed survey also became the tool used as a resource for breeding the German Shepherd Dog.  Simply explained, German Shepherd Dogs need a certificate for reproduction.

This certificate is issued by our organization which follows a special procedure where the breed survey judge evaluates the dog’s temperament in different stimulus situations. The dog must always demonstrate a friendly and self-confident character and in any situation, must show control even when in confrontation with its own natural instincts.

For more information on What a Breed Survey means and why they are important please visit the United Schutzhund Clubs of America’s site.

Today Emster v Bullinger and Hoss both passed their bitework portion and will show later today. We are so proud of our dogs and grateful for all the help and assistance we’ve received from trainers, helpers, and friends.


Black Forest Donation

Due to the hits on the website, phone calls or messages on our Facebook page we’ve decided to speak a little more on our recent donation to a victim of the Black Forest Fires.

Black Forest Animal Sanctuary contacted us last week about possibly donating a dog to the Fortner family at the request of Chief Warrant Officer II Brennan Avants from Fort Carson and his soldiers. As soon as we were asked we knew what we had to do. Having to prep our own family (people and animals) for possible evacuation during both the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest Fires, we knew a small part of the terror that was being felt throughout our community and within this family. The Fortners lost all their pets, their family, and their home in the fire. To reach out and provide a link in the chain of healing to our community is an honor.

Thank you so much for the responses of love and support that we’ve received for donating Basil to a Black Forest Family. This was a small thing we could do. We would like to say “Thank You” to the Black Forest Animal Sanctuary & Romero Wildlife for allowing us to bring some small measure of peace to this particular family.

We would like to remind all our friends and Dortmunder Family that there are many families that still need help. If you can, please donate pet supplies, food, beds,time or money. Please visit their site here and give what you can. The Animal Rescues and Sanctuary’s in the Colorado Springs Area are doing wonderful work and we are proud to work beside them to help bring our community closer and aid in healing after these horrible fires.

Below is the story in the Gazette this morning. Please go Here to see the video coverage by KRDO.
NOTE:  It’s been removed.

Darrell Fortner, left , hugs Basil, a 11-month old German shepherd who is donated by Linda Smith, owner of Vom Dortmunder German Shepherds, near the Red Cross tent in Black Forest, Saturday, June 29, 2013. Photo by Junfu Han. The Gazette.Story by Garrison Wells of the Colorado Springs Gazette.
Darrell Fortner lost his dogs to the Black Forest fire. On Saturday, he got one back.

A group of soldiers led by Chief Warrant Officer II Brennan Avants from Fort Carson, The American Red Cross and Black Forest Animal Sanctuary joined forces to find a German shepherd to help replace the dogs buried by Denver firefighters who were battling the wildfire. The Black Forest fire destroyed more than 500 structures and consumed 14,280 acres.

Reminders of the recovery were everywhere Saturday. Trucks hauling heavy machinery trundled through the intersection of Shoup and Black Forest roads about 2 p.m.

Pickups pulling trailers loaded with branches filled up at the Phillips 66. At the American Red Cross tent on one corner, a presentation took place when Linda Smith, owner of Vom Dortmunder German Shepherds in Florissant, unloaded the four-legged gift.

The 11-month-old purebred German shepherd named Basil was presented to Fortner. Fortner hugged Smith, who broke down during the presentation.

“It’s really an honor,” Smith said. “I could not imagine losing my dogs like that. They are my family.”After hugging Avants, Fortner said simply: “Look at her. She’s beautiful.”

Avants got the idea to help Fortner after he and 13 other soldiers from Fort Carson volunteered to distribute bulk goods to fire survivors from the Red Cross tent. Fortner was among those who stopped in. He’d lost the dogs, his home and belongings.

“I was already familiar with the story,” Avants said. “Darrell ended up being a frequent presence at our site and we wanted to do something for him. We got the idea of getting him a German shepherd to replace his loss and help in his recovery process.” There was a personal element to the mission. Avants’ family has two dogs.

“That plays into the emotional aspect of it,” he said. “They are definitely members of the family.” Avants learned about the Black Forest Animal Sanctuary and asked them for help. They found Smith, who was happy to donate Basil. “It’s a very touching story, it really is,” Avants said. “It shows how the Fort Carson and military presence in the area is huge and it’s one of those things where we can help and give back to the community.”

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…”

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2012 UScA Sieger show

** HERE are the official 2012 UScA Sieger show results**
So roughly 1,000 miles and an all night drive finds us in Indiana at the Sieger show! It doesn’t seem like the dogs really noticed, which is great.

The German Park in southern Indianapolis is hosting the Sieger show this year. Generally it hosts soccer teams and a small German restaurant but now it’s green fields are covered with great examples of the West German showline’s  dogs of all ages.

Nobody really got much sleep on the VDGS team (except the dogs) but we got to work right away when we arrived at the field around 7 a.m. We have done some catching up and visiting with friends from across the world but practice was forefront on our minds.We had a late night preparing for the show today with an evening bathing of Errol and good raw meal for all the dogs.


An early morning found the VDGS team at the field watching the opening ceremony and the classes ahead of ours. Errol had the first class around 10 am. We did as well as we could and got some very nice compliments from judges and other competitors about what a nice dog Errol is but fate ended us in 5th place. We learned a lot.

Everyone had a fantastic time and being able to see the other dogs succeed was a great education for everyone. We love our dogs and the great attitudes they have.