Upstate German Shepherds founder, Don Spear, has been breeding dogs over a 40 year span. First it was his beloved Golden Retrievers, then the sweet, fun, and true Blue Tick Coonhounds. Now it is the mighty German Shepherds of European fame. We emphasize the well-bred, “flat back” German, Czech and Low Country bloodlines popularized after WWII. We do NOT deal in the American branch characterized by the sharp downward angle of the back and the squat rear. Ours are working lines and are NOT show dogs. What’s the difference? We breed for flawless disposition with unparalleled steady nature and courage and character. 


All of our adult dogs are companion dogs living in someone’s household. The European German Shepherd is much too evolved to languish in a kennel. GSD’s need regular human interaction. Their intuitive nature thrives on companionship. All of our females are at our home in Canisteo, NY near Bath and due south of Rochester which we refer to as our kennel. It is actually our modest house. This commitment to having no kennel dogs is the reason we are a small breeder. 


The European breeds were always ​superior, but with the fall of the Berlin wall East and West Germany were reunited. An entirely separate line of GSD was integrated into the DNA mix. Strong stock became mighty! Our dogs are impossible to make unsure with a rock-solid steady nerve base. They have great bone strength and great working ability. They are relaxed and perfectly behaved inside the home. They are especially gentle with small children and are able to concentrate and focus on task. Conversely they are highly determined in protection. Our dogs have a great willingness to be obedient showing reliable responses to the obedience commands. 



Our Number 1 objective is good health. Next is the perfect home pet disposition. Along with that comes the desire to be trained and to follow commands that leads to such a satisfying relationship between dog and master. Finally, should you want a personal protection dog, you have the correct stock to achieve this goal. To accomplish this, one needs to follow the exacting standards of the German breed. We consider the world’s best breeder of this bloodline to be the American, Wayne Curry. Both in breeding and in training, Wayne is unsurpassed, in our opinion. He and his dogs have earned just about every award in the sport, i.e., Highest Scoring American Dog/Handler at the World Championship, Winner of the American Kennel Club Working Dog Sport Championship, High in Trial Owner, Bred, Trained, and Handled Award at the German Shepherd Dog Club of America-Working Dog Association Schutzhund Invitational, etc. Der Spiegel Magazine has named him America’s Number 1 GSD breeder! It is his lines, now sought by the Europeans, that are our breeding stock. From us you get his stock for half the price.

We are a small family breeder, in Upstate New York. You can come on site to pick your pup if you live nearby. If we don’t have what you want, it is likely that Wayne has it in Washington State. We couldn’t possibly make a higher recommendation. 


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Upstate NY German Shepherds

Canisteo, NY, USA

(315) 406-3783 donaldgaryspear@gmail.com