Our Training Secrets Revealed This book shares the methods, and the step by step procedures we use in our obedience school to get our student's dogs to achieve winning scores and obedience ribbons. $24.95 CDN or $20.00 US. Get it at our kennel office, 4352 Middleton Rd, Grasswood, SK, S&T1A9, or request a mailing. Just send us an email, along with your address.
Registered Shepherds vs Unregistered ones. Registered dogs have a recorded pedigree that goes back many generations. The records are stored at a central location where the breed registry is kept; generally by an official government regulated body. In Canada, this is the Canadian Kennel Club, the CKC. There are all sorts of regulations in place to ensure that dogs are presicely what their breeders claim them to be, and that the parents are registered so the bloodlines remain pure. This ensures that German Shepherds are not mixed with Pomeranians and vice versa.
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PUPPY FOR SALE We have one female puppy from our ‘R’ litter available. None have been chosen, but we’ve finally satisfied all of our puppy requests for this breeding season. Her mother is Sunshadows Inca, and father is Sunshadows Pan.
Many of the dogs you'll see advertised are not registered, and although they may look like purebreds - and may actually be - there is no way to ensure that they are. These dogs may be produced by 'backyard breeders' who happen to have a Shepherd and who have a friend who has one, and they agree that their dogs are just the best thing they've ever seen. Nobody wants to go to the expense and bother of registering a breeding kennel, doing the paperwork and paying for litter registrations, so they just breed the two dogs, produce puppies and advertise them as GSDs (German Shepherd Dogs). This is semi- allowable unless they claim that the dogs are "Purebred". If they do that, they've broken the law. If only one of the parents are registered, the pups may not get registered until the other parent becomes registered. As a result, unregistered dogs will usually sell for significantly less money because they cannot be shown in official Shows or Breed Surveys. Besides, hobby breeders may not invest a lot in the process, sometimes missing vaccinations, worming, etc, and even trying to sell the pups before the optimal 7 weeks of age. There may or may not be any guarantees regarding health issues. Second; Different Lines of Shepherds for Different Purposes. A Shepherd from show lines In the '60s, the breed got split into two sub-breeds; working lines and show lines. The show lines are mainly bred for their conformation; that is, structure and movement, and these dogs are beautiful to see, moving gracefully and stacking (the stance needed for the show ring). There were some sacrifices made to achieve this look. The breeders at the time unintentionally gave up some if the highly desireable traits that the original Shepherds were bred for; that is, fighting spirit, prey and defensive drive, desire to work, and the sturdy, squarer stance displayed by all the other canids seen in nature. By far the largest group of GSD breeders fall into the show category. Showing a dog requires different work than training it to track, do obedience, and do protection tests. Currently, there is an effort to attempt to bring the two lines back to one, but the problem is that show breeders are reluctant to breed to a top working line dog, and working dog owners won’t breed to a show line dog! Each time this has been tried during the past 30 years, the results have been unacceptable to both groups; dogs that were less willing to work, and fared badly in shows! The efforts do so continue however, and we wish them luck. Two Working Dogs below Chase, a working dog with excellent conformation. There may be as many as 30 or so working Shepherd breeders in Canada, but there are many more breeders of show line dogs, so how do you tell the difference? Look for titles behind the names of the parents. IPO, IGP, SchH, plus Herding, Obedience and sport titles tell you that at least the parents are trainable and have some drive to work. The 'real' telling titles are the IPO, IGP (International Trial Rules) and SchH (Schutzhund) titles that prove that the dog has attained standards in tracking, obedience and protection tests. These are the tests that the Germans designed in order to select dogs that are elegible to be bred.
Labradoodle, a mixed breed‘designer’ dog resulting from a cross between a Labrador Retriever and a Standard Poodle. Labradoodles are a popular mixed breed that cannot be registered and are not 'purebred' dogs.
Pan, a working area guard dog.
Caper, a competition dog. Left, a dog from a famous Canadian show kennel that we are working in the IGP sport, planning to title in the Fall.
We may be offering a Tracking Class in the Fall meeting twice a week for 8 classes. The cost is $252.00 and maximum class size is 8, with 2 and 3 instructors. Indicate your interest by email and we’ll contact you to let you know about a start date/
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Pan
Full bite on the attack arm by Pan.
All Purebreds Are Not Created Equal! What Sets Sunshadows German Shepherds Apart?
Many of the dogs you'll see advertised are not registered, and although they may look like purebreds - and may actually be - there is no way to ensure that they are. These dogs may be produced by 'backyard breeders' who happen to have a Shepherd and who have a friend who has one, and they agree that their dogs are just the best thing they've ever seen. Nobody wants to go to the expense and bother of registering a breeding kennel, doing the paperwork and paying for litter registrations, so they just breed the two dogs, produce puppies and advertise them as GSDs (German Shepherd Dogs). This is semi-allowable unless they claim that the dogs are "Purebred". If they do that, they've broken the law. If only one of the parents are registered, the pups may not get registered until the other parent becomes registered. As a result, unregistered dogs will usually sell for significantly less money because they cannot be shown in official Shows or Breed Surveys. Besides, hobby breeders may not invest a lot in the process, sometimes missing vaccinations, worming, etc, and even trying to sell the pups before the optimal 7 weeks of age. There may or may not be any guarantees regarding health issues.
Second; Different Lines of Shepherds for Different Purposes. In the '60s, the breed got split into two sub-breeds; working lines and show lines. The show lines are mainly bred for their conformation; that is, structure and movement, and these dogs are beautiful to see, moving gracefully and stacking (the stance needed for the show ring). There were some sacrifices made to achieve this look. The breeders at the time unintentionally gave up some if the highly desireable traits that the original Shepherds were bred for; that is, fighting spirit, prey and defensive drive, desire to work, and the sturdy, squarer stance displayed by all the other canids seen in nature. By far the largest group of GSD breeders fall into the show category. Showing a dog requires different work than training it to track, do obedience, and do protection tests. Currently, there is an effort to attempt to bring the two lines back to one, but the problem is that show breeders are reluctant to breed to a top working line dog, and working dog owners won’t breed to a show line dog! Each time this has been tried during the past 30 years, the results have been unacceptable to both groups; dogs that were less willing to work, and fared badly in shows! The efforts to do so continue however, and we wish them luck.
Our Approaches Revealed   This book shares the methods, and the step by step procedures we use in  our obedience school to get our student's dogs to winning scores and  obedience ribbons.  $24.95 CDN or $20.00 US.   Get it at our kennel office, 4352 Middleton Rd, Grasswood, SK, S&T1A9, or  request a mailing. Just send us an email, along with your address.
Useful Things to Know about buying a German Shepherd... or any dog, for that matter! There are a few things that may be useful to understand about the German Shepherds you'll be seeing on your web search. You'll note a vast discrepancy in prices in your first glance, and I'll try to address why that is so. First: Registered Shepherds vs Unregistered ones. Registered dogs have a recorded pedigree that goes back many generations. The records are stored at a central location where the breed registry is kept; generally by an official government regulated body. In Canada, this is the Canadian Kennel Club, the CKC. There are all sorts of regulations in place to ensure that dogs are presicely what their breeders claim them to be, and that the parents are registered so the bloodlines remain pure. This ensures that German Shepherds are not mixed with Pomeranians and vice versa. Labradoodles are a popular mixed breed that cannot be registered and are not 'purebred' dogs.
Many of the dogs you'll see advertised are not registered, and although they may look like purebreds - and may actually be - there is no way to ensure that they are. These dogs may be produced by 'backyard breeders' who happen to have a Shepherd and who have a friend who has one, and they agree that their dogs are just the best thing they've ever seen. Nobody wants to go to the expense and bother of registering a breeding kennel, doing the paperwork and paying for litter registrations, so they just breed the two dogs, produce puppies and advertise them as GSDs (German Shepherd Dogs). This is semi-allowable unless they claim that the dogs are "Purebred". If they do that, they've broken the law. If only one of the parents are registered, the pups may not get registered until the other parent becomes registered. As a result, unregistered dogs will usually sell for significantly less money because they cannot be shown in official Shows or Breed Surveys. Besides, hobby breeders may not invest a lot in the process, sometimes missing vaccinations, worming, etc, and even trying to sell the pups before the optimal 7 weeks of age. There may or may not be any guarantees regarding health issues. Second; Different Lines of Shepherds for Different Purposes. In the '60s, the breed got split into two sub-breeds; working lines and show lines. The show lines are mainly bred for their conformation; that is, structure and movement, and these dogs are beautiful to see, moving gracefully and stacking (the stance needed for the show ring). There were some sacrifices made to achieve this look. The breeders at the time unintentionally gave up some if the highly desireable traits that the original Shepherds were bred for; that is, fighting spirit, prey and defensive drive, desire to work, and the sturdy, squarer stance displayed by all the other canids seen in nature. By far the largest group of GSD breeders fall into the show category. Showing a dog requires different work than training it to track, do obedience, and do protection tests. Currently, there is an effort to attempt to bring the two lines back to one, but the problem is that show breeders are reluctant to breed to a top working line dog, and working dog owners won’t breed to a show line dog! Each time this has been tried during the past 30 years, the results have been unacceptable to both groups; dogs that were less willing to work, and fared badly in shows! The efforts do so continue however, and we wish them luck. Two Working Line Shepherds Below There may be as many as 30 or so working Shepherd breeders in Canada, but there are many more breeders of show line dogs, so how do you tell the difference? Look for titles behind the names of the parents. IPO, IGP, SchH, plus Herding, Obedience and sport titles tell you that at least the parents are trainable and have some drive to work. The 'real' telling titles are the IPO, IGP (International Trial Rules) and SchH (Schutzhund) titles that prove that the dog has attained standards in tracking, obedience and protection tests. These are the tests that the Germans designed in order to select dogs that are elegible to be bred.
A Shepherd from show lines
At Sunshadows German Shepherds, we've focused on breeding only working lines, and over the past 41 years, we've carefully selected from the best dogs available from Europe for our breeding stock. We continue to do so to this day using contacts in Europe, the U.S. and Canada We would never claim that by purchasing one of our Shepherds you could win in conformation matches, but sadly, there are many show breeders that currently claim that their dogs can do competitive tracking, obedience, and protection, and they are partly right - until it comes to protection. Some of those drives have been lost in the show lines, traded in for beauty. Above - Earl von Haus Juros, FH, multiple times IPO3. He was 'V' rated in conformation by SV Judge Harald Hohman in 2017. Earl has now retired as one of our stud dogs. He achieved the High score in Tracking phase at the Prairie Regional Championships in 2018 with 197 out of 200 points. Exceptional German Shepherd Dogs. “We guarantee that purchasing one of our working Shepherds will give you a super loyal dog that will sacrifice its life for you and your family and provide you with secure peace of mind during its time with you. You will get a highly intelligent, active dog who wants to work and make you happy. Our lines have been carefully bred to be responsive to their owner's needs and make excellent competition, companion and service dogs. They are great with children and nasty to those who threaten their people.”
Earl vom Hous Juros
Labradoodle
‘Flips’ - multiple IGP 3 titles
Put Our Experience At Your Fingertips
Pictures by Julia Grayson, Austin TX
Sunshadows Bravo SchH3
FYI,
We may be offering a Tracking Class in the Fall meeting twice a week for 8 classes. The cost is $252.00 and maximum class size is 8, with 2 and 3 instructors. Indicate your interest by email and we’ll contact you to let you know about a start date