Let's not measure a breeder's success by the amount of winning their dogs do in a performance or show ring but by the number of dogs that stay with the family that purchased them as a pup and that die in the arms of that same family 14 years later. In that case...we have 3 winners. The winners are breeder, the family and most importantly...the dog.
Sotto German Shepherds is a small hobby kennel located east of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. We enjoy training, working and just spending time with our dogs. Our property is 160 acres along a creek with plenty of room to run and play. I've had German Shepherds since my childhood and have loved the breed ever since! The German Shepherd suits our lifestyle the best. Our family is very active with our horses and other outdoor activities. The more training, working and socializing that you do with your German Shepherd, the closer the bond and more confident, well mannered and calm your German Shepherd will be. You will have a wonderful obedient companion.
Family raised German Shepherd dogs are not ones left in a crate nor locked/chained in the back yard and forgotten. They need mental stimulation to be mentally healthy.
Our German Shepherds live in house with us and are valued family members. Living in our house with us is cool for them in the summer months and warm in the winter months but most important is the companionship and bond that is developed.
"If" breeding, our goal is to produce quality WORKING LINE (Czech lines) German Shepherds that will be healthy, strong, loyal companions with solid working drives and be protective friends. They will be mentally healthy, physically sound. They will have a strong and not over angled hind end. They will be intelligent with lots of character, high drives, personality and heart.
Before being considered for breeding, our suitable adults are selected by their health and healthy background, sound and easy going temperment, the quality of their bloodlines, and their ability and drives to work. Our German Shepherds will also have numerous CKC working titles before being considered worthy of breeding. If they were imported as a young adult with a title I will still put a CKC working title on to see for myself the brains they have. Breeding is never our first option for our dogs. Training and competing is my passion. This will prove to us that they have the brains and working drives worthy to pass on.
They are instinctively protective WITHOUT being aggressive.
Our German Shepherds are X-rayed (OFA) hips and elbows or certified in Czech prior to coming to Canada. They are also DM tested before they are considered for breeding. Our German Shepherds are on Heartworm Preventative and given limited vaccinations. We feed dehydrated raw mixed with a quality kibble and also raw chicken.
All of our pups are whelped in our house under my constant watch... helping if needed and just watching over them! I stay with them until birthing is complete, all have nursed and are stable. They are handled from birth. Depending on the season, if winter then they will stay in our house. If it's summer then they will go outside for the day. They will be socialized and exposed to different noises, objects and surfaces.
We register our German Shepherd pups with the CKC (Canadian Kennel Club) on a non-breeding contract for "Companion/Pet" pups. The price for a companion pup is lower in effort to help the purchaser cover the fees for altering. Full rights are available only to select people who will be providing a working home.
They will be micro chipped and will have be vaccinated appropriately for their age and may leave for their new home at eight weeks old. They will be dewormed numerous times. All pups will come with 6 weeks of pet insurance from date of possession courtesy of Pet Plan.
We insist that new puppy owners enroll in at least one Puppy Obedience Class (6 week) session and hope for a few Adult Obedience Classes. Socializing and manners are very important. Obedience...is the key to your pup growing into a enjoyable companion.
We produce mostly solid black German Shepherds but also produce occasionally some Black/Tan German Shepherds.
Because we are always improving our bloodlines we often have adults available to re-home or co-own. If re-homed then they will be spayed or neutered.
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