Karinina European K9 Training Base, BH, SG, KKL1, ZVV1 (IPO1) is our fabulous girl from the Czech Republic. As her IPO1 title indicates, she is a flat-backed, working line dog, as all of our dogs are. We used to be able to just say a dog was European and that meant flat-backed, working line, but sadly no more. For reasons that we can’t explain the Europeans are now following the Americans into show dog lines. From our perspective, this is madness! So, now some European GSD’s are sloped back, show dogs; bred for a “beauty” standard that we don’t even think is beautiful, instead of a work function which is always a subset of intelligence. Thank God for the Czechs! We have a trusted source in the Czech Republic who feels the same way we do about our Shepherds and are a family owned kennel like us. We got Karinina as bred and trained by them.
Karinina clearly has the intelligence and drive for higher-level training BUT importantly, has an “off” switch. This means that her usual demeanor is a family friendly companion dog eager to get her next command and have energetic fun with the family who is her “pack”. Turn the switch and she is a serious working dog, fully focused at the task at hand. So this high-performance dog can, upon command, go right back to being a family pet. Her pups will exhibit this wonderful trait as well. More and more of our clients are having their pup trained in Search and Rescue. It is a wonderful family activity and, once certified, can be a valuable community function when called upon by authorities to find a lost person. Our dogs always excel at this and are at the top of their class. No wonder, S&R requires decision making and our dogs are smart!
Karinina has higher ball drive than our other females. Ball drive is a measure of the dog’s eagerness to play hard. This is an essential trait in higher-level training. The ball becomes the reward for the pup in training. For the client who wants a dog for training beyond basic obedience, ball drive is what they are looking for. Karinina is a medium but strongly built female with A1 hips and good elbows. Her litters are sold out before they are born.
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European K9 Training Base,
BH, SG, KKL1, ZVV1 (IPO1)
Hartman's Anoshi. She is a 2.5 year old long haired sable. Anoshi is also a cross of 2 excellent lines. Her sire is a traditional sable, stock coated working police K9, currently on the force in central NY State. He is the son of our Rommel and Mercedes. Her dam is a beautiful plush coated black and red working wheelchair assist service dog. Anoshi is a moderate sized female, coming in at a fit 65 pounds.
She possesses a good, but manageable drive, ideal for training, and a wonderful loving disposition that allows her to get along with all ages of people, and co-exist in a multi dog and cat home environment. She is a much loved family pet first and foremost. Anoshi has excellent house manners. Anoshi has a prelim of good hips and elbows, and is DM negative by parentage. All of her puppies are raised in the house, with constant interaction with multiple people, and other pets in the home. We feel this produces a well socialized puppy, that can transition into its new family more easily upon weaning.
Mishka is the mother of Anoshi. Rush is Anoshi’s father. Rush is from Rommel x Mercedes. Therefore, Anoshi is second generation Upstate German Shepherds.
AGNES, Darkness Marsyas Bohemian, BH, SG, KKL1, ZVV1 (IPO1) is our second fabulous girl from the Czech Republic. She is very similar to Karinina. Agnes has the same field trial titles as Karinina and the same calm demeanor. As her IPO1 title indicates, she is a flat-backed, working line dog, as all of our dogs are.
The most recent trend in European Schutzhund breeding is to reduce the size of the dog to enable superior agility; Agnes is bred in that vein. She weighs in at a lean 67 pounds but is still big boned and strong. That makes her noticeably smaller that Lexus and Mercedes but with the same large, wide head that characterizes a well-bred GSD’s. You will start to notice Shepherds that are long-legged with pointy heads and snouts like a coyote. We consider them unfortunately not well-bred.
Most of our buyers want a friendly companion dog they can trust with the children and grandchildren yet has a protective instinct. That EXACTLY describes Agnes! She has perfect house manners and high ball-drive with a strong, full grip in protection training. I emphasize that we don’t breed for beauty, but one cannot help but notice that Agnes has perfect form-to-function conformation.
I’ve said this before: Thank God for the Czechs! We have trusted sources in the Czech Republic who feel the same way we do about our Shepherds and are family owned kennels like us. We got Agnes as bred and trained by them.
Like Karinina, Agnes clearly has the intelligence and drive for higher-level training BUT importantly, has an “off” switch. This means that her usual demeanor is a family friendly companion dog eager to get her next command and have energetic fun with the family who is her “pack”. Turn the switch and she is a serious working dog, fully focused at the task at hand. This high-performance dog can, upon command, go right back to being a family pet. Her pups will exhibit this wonderful trait as well. More and more of our clients are having their pup trained in Search and Rescue. It is a wonderful family activity and, once certified, can be a valuable community function when called upon by authorities to find a lost person. Our dogs always excel at this and are at the top of their class. No wonder, S&R requires decision making and our dogs are smart!
Agnes’ hips and elbows are A1. Agnes will not produce a pup at risk for DM.
Hara Zoe vom Szymcz, is another of our European import line dogs, coming from a strong German heritage. She is a medium-sized sable, weighing about 64 pounds. This is the target size for the high-performance dogs coming out of Europe: males in the 80s, females in the 60s. The smaller dogs are more agile in the field trials and seem to live a bit healthier, longer life. This makes the veterinarians happier as well.
Hara has boundless energy and a very high play drive. She can play fetch all day! She is a flat-backed, working line dog with a large head. She was trained professionally, and has achieved her BH title. Hara is also nearly ready to compete for her IPO1 title, showing proficiency in all 3 phases - obedience, tracking, and protection! That means she stays on command in the face of serious distraction such as noises and traffic. She is highly intelligent and a lot of fun to train. Hara is our highest drive dog. Additionally, she is friendly with family yet very protective when strangers appear, alerting us immediately.
We will breed her to low-medium drive males to get pups that are more settled than she. This pairing will produce pups that are most suited to active families, farm work, Search and Rescue, or as a jogging/hiking companion. They will be highly trainable and eager to please. Hara’s hips and elbows are Pennhip certified VERY GOOD. She is DM clear.
Xenia is an absolutely beautiful black & red with outstanding temperament and phenomenal structure! Despite the fact that we deal in working line dogs and not show dogs, she is so striking that she has been shown four times with consistent top results. We were just proving our point that our dogs are “accidentally beautiful."
Xenia has a calm and steady nature, relaxed and sure inside the home and gentle with children. She demonstrates safe and reliable behavior in every situation . She is compliant to the handler and easy to lead. Very very well trained, just barely whisper and she obeys without hesitation. Loves to play and retrieve a ball. Well-mannered with a watchful nature towards strangers. Announces the arrival of strangers with strong convincing barking. Hips and elbows certified. Comes from a top rated German line.
XENIA, SG, BH, WB (RETIRED)
How joyful a German Shepherd is in the snow. Xenia Playing with her friend.
Mercedes has a very similar appearance to her larger mate, Rommel. She is a rare, true black sable. She has been trained in Amsterdam and the US as a personal protection dog. See the video of her in action below.
You want her by your side and on your side. She is royal in the best sense of the word and as true as a companion can be. Her pronounced play drive is shown by high desire for the ball. She can execute the obedience exercises with great speed and determination. These German lines lead to dogs that are one-of-a-kind in protection and in sweetness in disposition. The large Belgian Malinois preferred by some military trainers, while superb for that work, cannot transition to family pets upon command like a German Shepherd Dog. Mercedes illustrates this very point. Her two favorite activities are retrieving a tether-ball and getting long hugs from me.
Mercedes is fast with boundless energy. She is amazingly quick. And now she has proven to be a wonderful mother. Her male pups are Rommel all over, her females are the picture of her.
This very feminine female is a highly unusual jet black. In the warm weather her undercoat is black cherry. Feminine means that her overall confirmation is not as stout as my other two GSD. She has the ideal slender Schultzhund build. She is so perfectly black it is difficult to get a picture of her with much detail! Simply put, she just shines. She is quick, an outstanding athlete, with a vertical jump that will astonish you. Lexus has unsurpassed intelligence. She might be the brightest dog I have ever owned (and yes, I’ve had a border collie). She has great trainability and the genetic capability to learn quickly. Often one repetition is all that is needed to teach her a move.
She exhibits superior bonding capability with the handler and is naturally guidable; she follows the obedience commands without hesitation. I will tell you, she has a sassy attitude. If you like a dog with “big” personality, her pups are for you. Lexus does not back down. She plays so rough with Rommel you would think they are wild wolves. Her bark, another trait bred into these fine GSD, is so fierce, it will scare off most people/animals you would want scared off. There’s not a coyote in the state of New York that dares enter my yard! Lexus typifies the decades of selection and training at the very highest levels by people who have made dog breeding their life’s work. This long labor has the end result of providing you with the most desirable of family pets.