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  • What makes German Shepherds unique?
    German Shepherds are phenomenal dogs who are incredibly special for many reasons. They are known for their intelligence, loyalty, and courage. They are hard-working, versatile dogs that originally served as shepherds, and are now widely used for a variety of tasks that range from their ancient duty as herders to guard dogs, police dogs, service dogs including seeing eye dogs, military working dogs, and beloved family pets. Here are some of the things that make German Shepherds special: - Intelligence: German Shepherds are one of the most intelligent dog breeds. They are quick to learn new commands and can be easily trained. This makes them ideal for a variety of jobs, including working as police dogs, search and rescue dogs, and guide dogs for the blind. - Loyalty: German Shepherds are known for their loyalty to their owners. They are protective of their family and strive to keep them safe. This makes them excellent guard dogs. - Courage: German Shepherds are not afraid to stand up to danger, and have been known to protect their owners from harm. This makes them ideal for working in law enforcement and other dangerous situations. - Versatility: German Shepherds can be used for a variety of tasks, including their ancient role as herding dogs, serving the blind and disabled as service dogs, guarding, police and military work, search and rescue, and serving as beloved companion animals. This makes them one of the most popular dog breeds in the world. German Shepherds are truly noble. If you are looking for a loyal, intelligent, courageous, and loving friend, and if you are looking forward to training, exercising, and socializing them well, then a German Shepherd may be the dog for you.
  • Are the parents registered? What is their pedigree?
    Both Sire and Dam are AKC registered German Shepherd Dogs from a incredible West German show line pedigrees that includes 18 world and national champions, all of whom have achieved VA 1 show ratings and acheived Schutzhund titles. VA1 is Excellent Select Show or Performance Rating Awarded at Seiger Show. This is the highest attainable rating. Many of the dogs in their pedigree have achieved VA 1 multiple times, including the legendary Zoro Splitberg, the incredible Dux de Intercanina, the stunning Wilko vom Fichtenschlag, and the phenomenal Nicos vom Leithawald. Additionally, all of their ancestors have excelled in Schutzhund, including multiple achieving SchH3 and IPO3, the highest level of Schutzhund tracking, obedience, and protection, including the incredible Siegerin Maxi vom Mittelwest and the magnificent Ursus von Batu. Click on our dogs on the Our Dogs page for fulll details on their incredible ancestry!
  • Can we meet the parents?
    Yes! We are local on Maui, and are happy to have visitors from Maui or the neighbor islands. Please fill out a puppy interest form, and we will be happy to set up a time to meet the parents and puppies!
  • When will the puppies be available? And can we meet them?
    Our gorgeous, playful new puppies will be able to go to their new homes when they are eight weeks old! We would love for you to meet them. Call to arrange a visit. Please fill out a puppy interest form to reserve your pup, and get ready to have an amazing new best friend!
  • Will the puppies be up-to-date with vaccinations?
    We will provide the first vaccinations for your new German Shepherd puppy. Before they go home with you, they will have seen the veterinarian at least twice, received all age-appropriate vaccinations, and passed all health examinations. Once you get your puppy, makes sure to establish with a regular veterinarian. It is very important to keep your dogs up-to-date with appropriate veterinary care, vaccines, and preventative treatment for fleas, ticks, and heartworm. We are happy to provide recommendations for excellent local veterinarians on Maui or to help you find resources that may help you find your veterinarian on O'ahu, Big Island, Kaua'i, Moloka'i, and Lana'i.
  • Where do you offer shipping?
    We are local on Maui and will ship all puppies inter-island. We charge $225, which includes the crate, taking the puppy down to the airport, and the shipping fees via local carrier. We ship to O'ahu, Big Island, Kaua'i, Moloka'i, and Lana'i. With no quarantine restrictions, you will be able to create a deep bond with your puppy, during the early phase of their puppyhood.
  • What do you need for a puppy?
    Here are some of the things you need for a puppy: A crate or playpen: This will give your puppy a safe place to sleep, eat, and take a nap. A crate pad or blanket: This will make your puppy's crate more comfortable. A food and water bowl: Make sure the bowls are the right size for your puppy and that they are easy to clean. A leash and collar: You will need these to walk your puppy and keep them safe. A harness: This is a good option for puppies who are still learning how to walk on a leash. Toys: Puppies need toys to play with to keep them entertained and out of trouble. Make sure your toys are age-appropriate and puppy-safe. A bed: Your puppy will need a comfortable place (or places) to sleep. A brush: You will need a brush to groom your puppy's fur. A shampoo and conditioner: You will need these to bathe your puppy. Just like a human baby, puppies will need regular bathing and grooming. A first-aid kit: This is important in case your puppy gets injured. A microchip: This is a small chip that is implanted in your puppy's skin. It contains your contact information so that your puppy can be returned to you if they are lost. A Veterinarian: Just like you need a regular doctor, your dog will need a regular veterinarian to help keep them healthy throughout their life. Flea, tick, and heartworm prevention: Preventing these common health problems can keep your dog healthy and save a lot of expense and illness in the future A training plan: It is important to have a plan for training your puppy. Puppies need to be taught basic commands like sit, stay, and come. They also need to be potty trained. There are many resources available to help you train your puppy. You can find books, websites, and even classes that can teach you how to train your puppy. If you are interested, we can provide recommendations for trainers on Maui. Bringing home a puppy is a big responsibility. However, it is also a lot of fun! With the right preparation, you can provide your puppy with a loving and happy home and have the best friend of your life.
  • Do you have a spay/neuter contract?
    No, we don't. By the time your puppy is old enough for this type of surgery, you will know him/her well enough to make a good decision for the dog and your family.
  • What's the difference between shorthaired and longhaired German Shepherds?
    The main difference between shorthaired German Shepherd Dogs (GSDs) and longhaired ("coated") dogs is their coat type. Coat: Shorthaired: Shorthaired GSDs have a shorter, denser double coat with a more streamlined look. Their guard hairs are shorter and the undercoat is less thick, making them better suited for warmer climates, like Hawaii. Longhaired: As the name suggests, longhaired GSDs have a longer, thicker double coat with an outer layer of guard hairs and a dense undercoat. This plush coat provides extra insulation in cold . Grooming: Shorthaired: Shorthaired GSDs are relatively low-maintenance when it comes to grooming. Weekly brushing is sufficient to remove loose hair and keep their coat looking tidy. They rarely need bathing unless they get dirty. Longhaired: Longhaired GSDs require regular brushing (at least two to three times a week) to prevent matting and maintain coat health. Bathing should be done occasionally with dog-specific shampoo to avoid stripping their natural oils. According the the AKC breed standards: "The ideal dog has a double coat of medium length. The outer coat should be as dense as possible, hair straight, harsh and lying close to the body. A slightly wavy outer coat, often of wiry texture, is permissible. The head, including the inner ear and foreface, and the legs and paws are covered with short hair, and the neck with longer and thicker hair. The rear of the forelegs and hind legs has somewhat longer hair extending to the pastern and hock, respectively. Faults in coat include soft, silky, too long outer coat, woolly, curly, and open coat." These faults mean that coated shepherds will lose points in conformation trials. The German Shepherd Dog Club of Germany, Verein fur Deutsche Schaferhunde (SV), considers the following to be faults: Long Straight Topcoat without undercoat Long-haired (long, soft guard hair without undercoat, mostly parted in the middle of the back, tufts on the ears and legs and on the tail) These dogs are not allowed to be bred, get show ratings, or compete at worlds. We breed only dogs with short coats as a result. Ultimately, the choice between longhaired and shorthaired GSDs depends on your personal preferences and lifestyle. In our warm climate in Hawaii, a shorthaired German Shepherd is often more comfortable and less susceptible to heat exhaustion. They also dry off a lot faster after trips to the beach!
  • Do you have recommendations for veterinarians or trainers?
    Caring for the health and education of your puppy is very important. We are happy to provide recommendations for excellent local veterinarians and trainers on Maui. We are also happy to guide you to resources that may help you find the right veterinarian or trainer for you if you are elsewhere, including O'ahu, Big Island, and Kaua'i.
  • What are some fun facts about German Shepherds?
    Here are some more fun facts about German Shepherds: German Shepherds are the fourth most registered breed by the American Kennel Club (AKC). The first German Shepherd was born in 1895 in Germany. After World War I, the breed was called the "Alsatian Wolf Dog" until the 1970s. Of the three dogs with stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, two are German Shepherds (Rin Tin Tin and Strongheart). Lassie, a collie, is the third. German Shepherds were used in World War I to carry messages and to find wounded soldiers. German Shepherds were used in World War II to guard prisoners of war and to sniff out landmines. German Shepherds are still used today by law enforcement, search and rescue teams, and the military. German Shepherds are a top choice for service dogs, such as seeing eye dogs, mobility assistance dogs, and psychiatric service dogs.
  • Who are some famous German Shepherds?
    Strongheart: Strongheart was one of the earliest canine film stars, appearing in a number of silent films in the early 1920s, along with another German Shepherd, Lady Jule. Their grandpuppies also became famous actors. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Rin Tin Tin: Rin Tin Tin was another famous German Shepherd film star, who appeared in a number of films in the 1920s and 1930s. Rescued as a puppy in France as a puppy during World War I, he started a long line of famous Rin Tin Tins. He was voted Best Actor at the 1929 Academy Awards, according to legend, though the award was given to a human. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ace the BatHound - Yes, Batman's dog was a German Shepherd named Ace! Major - was the beloved White House German Shepherd of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Originally a police dog, he was gifted to the President by the New York State Police. President John F. Kennedy also had a German Shepherd named Clipper, who became a favorite of Jackie Kennedy. Trakr: Trakr was a German Shepherd from Canada who served as a search and rescue dog in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks. He was known for his determination: he combed the wreckage for two days, only stopping when he collapsed from smoke inhalation, exhaustion and burns. Trakr was named one of history's most heroic animals by Time magazine. The PDSA Dickin Medal is a military service award for "conspicuous gallantry or devotion to duty while serving or associated with any branch of the Armed Forces or Civil Defence Units," aka "the animals' Victoria Cross" has been awarded to 11 German Shepherds: Antis, Bing, Irma, Jet, Rex, Riffleman Khan, Thorn, Apollo, Sam, Lucky, and Lucca. These are just a few of the many famous and acomplished German Shepherds. These dogs have made a significant impact on human lives, and they continue to inspire us with their intelligence, loyalty, and courage. Maybe your puppy will be next on this list?
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