What's Included With Your GSD Puppy?
How our systematic breeding strategies positively influence the temperament of your future puppy
When it comes to choosing breeding males and breeding females many factors come into play, which can present issues if a breeder does not have a set of criteria they use to select sires and dams.
Here at Berken Shepherds we have developed a breeding methodology that makes identifying German Shepherd dogs fit for breeding a systematic process. And though the process is complex, it's all based on a simple acronym; T.H.I.S (Temperament, Health, Intelligence and Structure).
When considering a dog for breeding at Berken Shepherds, the dog's health and structure are evaluated using tests, x-rays and other diagnostic tools such as DNA analysis and blood work. To us, these evaluations are cut and dry. If a dog isn’t the proper size or has health issues that could potentially affect workability of the puppies, they are ruled out. Furthermore, if the dog we're looking at for potential breeding has any structural problems (however minor) that will limit working or breeding potential, we determine the dog unfit for breeding.
These 'cut and dry' tests seem simple, but are based on in-depth research and experience with the German Shepherd breed as a whole and should not be taken lightly. To ensure your German Shepherd puppy is as healthy as possible throughout their life, you need to make sure you choose a breeder that takes these factors into consideration.
On the other hand, temperament and intelligence require a bit of a different evaluation when it comes to choosing breeding pairs for out litters. Tests include, but are not limited to, an in-depth pedigree assessment, and consideration of the dog's behavioral history and upbringing.
Analyzing a dog's behavioral history is by far the most difficult assessment to ensure accuracy on but with that said, it's quite possible the most important...
Doing so includes how the dog interacts in everyday social scenarios as well as how he or she has been kept (living conditions). If you could choose between having your future puppy's mother and father having lived in a cage their whole life, or inside with a loving family, which would you go with?
The answer is simple.
Two other factors we consider are the extent of the dogs training and their enthusiasm while working with a handler.
If we mistakenly chose a dog with sub-par temperament for breeding, the decision could (and most likely would) negatively affect the temperament and personality of each puppy in the litter.
While we recognize that perfection is impossible, we do our absolute best to protect against potential mistakes. And it's important that whichever breeder you choose does so as well.
Choosing dogs for breeding is NOT a task Berken Shepherds takes lightly. It is arguably the most important piece of the puppy puzzle when creating new litters that will have a positive place in this world.
Healthy and temperamentally sound dogs are paramount to producing helpful dogs in the future.