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We Breed & Sell Superior European German Shepherd Pups!

High Quality German Shepherd Dogs Are Available To Go Home Soon!!!

Owning German Shepherd dogs is an experience like no other. They make great companion animals. Shepherds have great playful energy and are a highly trainable breed. Shepherds desire an intense relationship with their families. You probably have a lot of questions if you’ve never owned a German Shepherd before, and you’re considering getting one. We provide first-hand expertise and advice so that you can spend more time engaging with your new family member and less time learning the ins and outs of German Shepherd ownership.
Here at Upstate German Shepherds, we offer German Shepherd puppies bred following finest European traditions. German shepherds are consistently ranked as one of the most popular dog breeds in America.

Our Featured Pups


Our spectacular breeding between Levi and Ida produced 9 stunning sables, and we currently have 4 adorable females still looking for their furever homes from this litter.



Anoshi has long been one of the most consistent producers of excellent pups. She is also the mother of our top sire Levi. Ultrasound confirms Anoshi is pregnant. We bred her to Chewy and those puppies can go home to you in August. To reserve a pup, call:



Cherie is a beautiful black and red daughter of Anoshi and Chewy, and has now passed all of her health testing (OFA Good  / Normal, DM Clear) and is joining our program.  We just bred Cherie with our handsome Czech imported sire Patton (Excellent hips, normal elbows, DM clear, working titled). This breeding should produce stock coated sables, and bi colored pups with great minds and moderate drive.

Available to you in August. To reserve a pup, call:


 Sit up and take notice of this one!  We have proudly placed some of Reece’s pups before, but just recently officially added her to our home.  Reece is a beautiful and sweet solid black female who carries the recessive gene necessary to produce beautiful blue pups!  We have searched far and wide for a stud to breed her to that met our exacting standards, and have finally found him in “Cam”.  Cam is a very rare blue and red long coat male who is OFA good / Normal, and DM Clear as are all of our dogs.  Cam’s owner has graciously agreed to let us breed our beautiful Reece to her handsome boy on Reece’s next heat, which should happen any time.  This cross should produce solid blue and solid black, with the possibility also of blue and red, blue and tan, black and red, and black and tan.  There may be long coated pups in the litter.  This litter is already filling fast!


Levi and Ida.. a match made in doggy heaven!  This repeat breeding is second to none!  Paired together, Levi and Ida produce 100% sable pups, with some stock coat, and some who are plush or long coated. PUPS BORN 1/22/2024!!! We have 4 beautiful sable females still available from this superstar litter! (Puppies Adopted!)

Next Planned Litter Will Go Home In September! We Are Taking Deposits.

European Bloodlines

Our pups are bred from superior quality Sires and Dams, making them some of the best in the USA.

AKC Registered

All our pups are certified and come with all their paperwork, ensuring their health is in tip-top shape.

Social & Friendly

Our pups grow up in a social environment. Ready to come home at 8 weeks old minimum.


With over 40 years of combined experience, Upstate German Shepherds, led by founder Don Spear and seasoned breeder Jodi Hartman, specializes in breeding the renowned European German Shepherds. Don’s decades-long dedication, particularly 20 years focused on this majestic breed, led to the discovery of the longhair variant Shepherd, a journey that began with the union of Rommel and Mishka. Together, Don and Jodi merged their expertise and kennels, situated on Jodi’s expansive 14-acre property in Canisteo, NY. Jodi’s innate understanding of German Shepherds, honed over 20 years, complements Don’s expertise, guiding their meticulous breeding practices. Upholding the legacy of post-WWII bloodlines, they meticulously select pairings to ensure impeccable temperament and unwavering courage, prioritizing the well-being of each pup. Emphasizing companionship, their dogs reside in homes, not kennels, fostering vital human interaction essential for their intuitive nature. Their commitment to superior health, evidenced by DM-clear status and certified hip and elbow health, underscores their dedication to excellence. With a focus on impeccable disposition, impeccable health, and unwavering obedience, Upstate German Shepherds sets the standard for exceptional canine companionship and protection.

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Pup Adoption Process



Phone Interview

Contact us by phone or Email and let us know what you’re looking for. We will give you our latest litter information.



Visit Your Pup

We offer a range of options from physical visits, virtual visits, and delivery. Whatever you’re chosen method, we’re here to make this experience a happy one.



Take your pet home

Once your pup has reached the 8-week threshold, he or she is now ready to be with their forever family


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Meet The Parents

Based on 19 reviews
Ryan Bierley
Ryan Bierley
Ivan turned 2 this week. He has amazing bone structure, head size and calm temperament. Our family couldn't be happier with our decision to work w Jodi and purchase a pup. It is very comforting to know that any issue/question I may have, no matter how small, she will be there to answer and help me out. This has helped us raise Ivan with the best care possible. Thank you so much!!!
Ting Cai
Ting Cai
Our baby Hemi, Anoshi and Chewy’s boy, turning 2 next March. Only here to show how beautiful Hemi is. Enjoy.
Diana Anderson
Diana Anderson
Looking into getting a pup, soon !
Edurne Alvarez
Edurne Alvarez
I have been in the market for the best bred Shepherd for a while and contacted a specialized GS group on Reddit for a breeder in the Northeast, which is how I found UGS. I have never experienced better customer service, or such knowledgeable, as from Jodi and Don. Every question I have had along the way has been replied to in such a friendly manner, and when I decided to wait for a bit longer with getting my puppy due to personal life events they were really cooperative and helpful, and I cannot wait till I can get back to them to get my puppy. The dames and sires are impressive stock - I have experience dealing with the best breeders in Scandinavia. I wholeheartedly recommend UGS for anyone considering a top of the line GS. Thank you Jodi and Don!!
Spoke with the breeder. Very knowledgeable of the GSD breed. I would recommend this breeder to anyone in the market for a well balanced GSD.
Yarri Soteros
Yarri Soteros
I called Don out of the blue after hours and he graciously took the call and answered all my questions. Having 50 years experience with large breed dogs, I could tell straight away Don was knowledgeable. We lost our beloved old man last year at age 14 and we're not quite ready for a new family member just yet. When the time is right, I'll be sending a deposit for my puppy from Upstate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, all our breeding dogs undergo routine comprehensive health screenings to ensure the well-being of our puppies.

Absolutely, we prioritize socialization from an early age to ensure our puppies grow into well-adjusted and confident dogs.

Our German Shepherds are known for their stable and loyal temperament, making them excellent family companions and protectors.

Yes, we encourage prospective buyers to visit our facility, meet the puppies, and interact with the parents to ensure a good fit. Call now to schedule an appointment to visit.

Reserve Your New Friend!

Our babies are adopted quickly, so reach out to reserve your forever friend or to ask any questions.

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