About Our Farm
Black Shepherd Farms is a small-town, Iowa dog breeder dedicated to breeding purebred German Shepherds with working bloodlines. Our main focus is to specialize in providing long-haired, black & sable German Shepherds with superior qualities. These qualities include: good temperament, longevity, intelligence and conformation.
Our puppies are 100% European working line shepherds. They will have high drives & an impeccable ability to perform numerous jobs! These dogs will LOVE to work and please their owner. Though our dogs make incredible family companions, they will need to meet specific energy needs and we will only sell to families that we believe can satisfy that stimulation for our dogs. THEY HAVE ENERGY THAT NEEDS UTILIZED! Our dogs make ideal police K9s, scent work dogs, working dogs (herding, guarding, etc.), and more!
All of our dogs are raised right here on the farm. NO kennels or crates and plenty of acres to run around on and just be happy puppies!
We will only be offering a limited quantity of litters, as we care very much about our dogs & only want to breed when they are the most capable. As of right now, we have no plans to expand our program.
Our Goal As Breeders
As pet breeders, our goal at Black Shepherd Farms is to provide our customers with an outstanding canine partner.
As animal lovers ourselves, we understand how important the health of your pet is to you. That's why we want to provide puppies bred from only the best genetics and pedigrees. Our puppies are a mix of DDR (East) German, West German, Czech & Swiss lines.
We strive to protect the origin of the breed while aiming to correct it's imperfections. This provides our puppies with long-lasting lives and more importantly, HEALTHY lives.
We breed to present our customers with intelligent, beautiful, safe, and well-tempered companions. We DO NOT breed for large size & we DO NOT breed for slanted backs. Although this is a common characteristic of a German Shepherd Dog, it is actually a human error, due to irresponsible inbreeding of the dogs. Don't believe us? Take a look:
This is the GHKLR winner, otherwise known as "Working Class Dog-Male" winner from 1933. Look at his composition. His withers are almost perfectly aligned with his hip bones. The conformation is outstanding. According the the AKC, the breed standard for show dogs states "The back is straight, very strongly developed without sag or roach, and relatively short. The whole structure of the body gives an impression of depth and solidity without bulkiness." This dog fits this standard perfectly.
This is the GHKLR winner from 1951. Very similar as the winner from 1933. His back is still very straight, even with his legs staggered, and his conformation is still very impressive.
GHKLR winner from 1973. Notice how the dog's back is starting to slant, unlike the winners from the early/mid 1900s.
Which brings us to the GHKLR winner in 2013. Beauty is no doubt, but his back is extremely slanted, prone to hip dysplasia and a shorter life expectancy. This is NOT what the breed was originally bred to look like.
Here at Black Shepherd Farms, we breed to correct this human error and get the German Shepherd dog returned to it's original roots.