I just wish that I was half the person my Dog thinks I am.
"Giant German Shepherds"
A lifelong passion of mine has been for the True , the Original, Classic, Giant German Shepherd dog.
I have been breeding, raising, and training German Shepherd dogs for 52 years.
German Shepherd's were, and still are my passion, since I was a small child.
In 1945, after fighting in World War II, My Daddy brought his partner home with him,a huge black and tan male German Shepherd. His name was Major. He became my best friend and slept right next to me every night. I still remember Major and when he died, he took a part of me with him.
Since then, I have always had German Shepherds.
Over the years, it has broken my heart, to see what the show breeders and trainers have done to the German Shepherd Breed.
In the pursuit of an exagerated angular slope to the back and rear end, they have been bred into a small, deformed,wobbly, hyper, unusable, unworkable,hip dysplastic animal that I do not recognize anymore. They are a totally different dog and bear no resemblance to the original and true standard that was set for the Alsation (German Shepherd Dog) by its founder.
AKC Show Breeders and trainers have managed to completely anhialate the breed. They are very small dogs, and have facial characteristics that resemble a possum.Long skinny noses that come from a collie dog.Their ears are set on the side of the head. Their backs are groseley deformed and humped up, and the rear end falls all the way to the ground held up only by their rabbit like hocks , with legs that are bent up under them. They actually are walking on their hocks. They truly appear to be half rabbit. The new breed GSD show lines of today are extremely hyper and unpredictable.
It is unacceptable that the AKC has condoned and supported this practice for so long.
The German Shepherd that walks into a show ring should be representing what the GSD confirmation should be like, in order for him to do all of the jobs he was bred to do.
Please read this article on this matter:
There are a lot of breeders out there who claim to be breeding the old style, old fashioned, oversized, straight backed German Shepherd.
From what I have seen, there are indeed a handful of breeders that have some real nice German Shepherds, but most have crossed the GSD with malamutes and Great Pyrenees and some unidentifiable crosses, trying to put size on them, which is a sad thing to see. All you have to do is look at some of these dogs and their breeding is obvious. The Malamute crosses will have eye circles , or a bar running down the nose, and ears that grow out of the side of the head and tiny little eyes sockets. The feet will point outwards instead of pointing straight. Beware of the breeders who show pictures of their dogs with small children. It is an illusion trick to make the dog look much larger than it really is, and then they photoshoppe the pictures to widen and heighten the dogs. It is always best to go in person to see the dogs. We welcome visitors to come see our dogs , and encourage it. Always ask to come see the Breeder's facility, or if you cant go in person, ask for contact info of other buyers who have been there personally , and can tell you what their thoughts are. If a breeder has many dogs stuffed in their small backyard, or claim that all their dogs live in the house ......RUN!
The bottom line is...decide what type of GSD you want, and the temperament that best fits your needs , and then go visit the breeders who claim to have such dogs, and if the sire and dam are what you want , then pay a deposit on that litter. Do not go to the internet looking for other people's opinions of breeders. There are lots of week end know it alls ,who love to post their brilliance all over the internet, and dont know squat from squishola. Do your own research and make your own selections based on actual facts.
Ok, climbing off of my soap box...
My childhood hero was Rin Tin Tin. I watched him and Rusty every Saturday morning on TV.
Another of my heroes, and my inspiration for raising GS dogs, was "London", a famous Movie Star German Shepherd dog back in the fifties. I can still remember watching "The littlest hobo" when I was 8 yrs old. I nearly peed in my britches because I wouldnt leave the show seat to go to the restroom.
London is a good example of a German Shepherd that had some Malamute blood in him. Notice the Eye circles and the Nose Bar. It is a known fact that his breeder crossed a lot of his Shepherds with malamutes and then bred back shepherd.
He starred in "The Littlest Hobo" (1958) - "My Dog Buddy" (1960)
about a german shepherd (played by a dog named London) who wanders from place to place, helping people in trouble.
London's owner and trainer, Charles (Chuck) P. Eisenmann, brought him and his three brothers to Odessa, Texas in 1958 for the premier of "The Littlest Hobo".
They pulled up in front of the Movie House in a 1956 Cadillac, and all the dogs were riding in the back seat. When they unloaded, I was in love. I got to hug London's massive neck and he licked me all over my face.
He was enormous and beautiful.His head was wide and massive, with a huge jowel that hung down on the sides to roll into the powerful neckline and shoulder. His back was straight and strong .He had large soft eyes with a wrinkled brow. Ears straight up and very tall He must have weighed 140 lbs. or better. I will never forget him as long as I live.
I am very proud of the dogs that I have bred and raised over the years. They are large dogs with heavy bone. They stand erect with strong straight backs and are very well balanced. My dogs do not have hip dysplasia and although it can happen to any GS dog and other breeds as well, mine are not likely to produce pups with it.My dogs will have good temperaments, but will protect their family. I am a breeder, who produces highest quality, healthy puppies that will grow large and strong and look like a German Shepherd should.
You will see a lot of big GSD's out there but most are just tall with no bone mass or muscle. There is a difference.
I breed , raise, and train the Real German Shepherd Dogs for Companions,Family pets, Estate and Family Guardians, and Service Dogs for autistic children. I do occasionally have pups available for sale to companion or service homes.
I hope you enjoy the website and the dogs,
My dog breeding operation is named "Giant German Shepherds" , because, my dogs are above and beyond the AKC standard size.
My goal in breeding, as I have always done, is to maintain and preserve the magnificent Classic German Shepherd Dog".
My dogs are bred for, and exhibit heavy bone density, the original , Classic,GSD size, which varied from 25" to 30" at the shoulder and 80 to 110 lb. females, and 100 to 140 lb. males when grown at 2 yrs. old. Males are always larger than the females. I do occassionally have some exceptionally large females, but they are not the constant. This is the genetic rule in all of the animal world. Males are larger than females. The same with humans.
My dogs have Stable, calm dispositions,straight strong backs and hocks, having the physical and mental characteristics of the true and original German Shepherd Dog.
You will find my dogs easily trained, with good to excellent ball and prey drives.
I breed a dog that can be a trusted family member , can be your loyal companion, be a service animal to a special needs person, guard your estate ,Lead the blind,do police work,and be competitive in Agility and herding livestock work. He was originally bred to do all of these things, and he did it well. As a breeder, I have to remember , that if they get too large, they simply cannot perform all of these tasks as they should, and you are running a great risk of hip and elbow dysplasia, which is something I have never had in my dogs, so it is crucial to keep their size and weight to an impressive, but yet, acceptable working standard size..
My idea of the perfect size is 80 - 100 lbs. for females and 100-120 for males, and this is why I will keep the larger males and the smaller females for breeding, in order to maintain the size that I strive for.
As my contract has always stated, I DO NOT guarantee any certain size. They will fall into the range listed above, which are very nice sized and healthy dogs. If you want honesty, you have come to the right place. If you want illusions of grandeur and fantasies, go visit one of the hundreds of other GSD breeders that are happy to accomidate you.
At times there may be an extra small runt, or one with a defect, as with any litter of dogs. I will always point this out, and will usually sell them at a discount, or pull them from the selection lineup. (some runts may grow to be the biggest ones , and some may stay smaller).
So..please consider all of this carefully, before committing to being a GSD puppy owner.
If you are one those people that are only looking for a 250 lb.trophy GS dog, (They call me!) , there is no such German Shepherd, so please move on and waste someone else's time.
Owning a dog is a big responsibility and I want my pups to go to homes that want a GSD for what he is bred to be, and NOT just to be big.
Hey..I love the Big German Shepherds myself. I create them, as you can see, but I have enough sense to keep it real. The Classic German Shepherd was so amazing, that I wouldnt change that for anything on this earth.
I will compare my dogs to any German Shepherds anywhere. I havent seen any nicer ones .
Having said that...some of my dogs do get rather large and they shed like crazy, so I do not sell to apartment dwellers, who must keep the dog in a crate all day while they work. Sorry..