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What is a Long Haired German Shepherd?

Long haired German Shepherds are also known as Long Coated German Shepherds. The breed is a predecessor to the Short Haired German Shepherd that is more common in America.  In 1899, the SV club (Schäferhund-Verein) was formed, and the breed standard for German Shepherds was set from their requirements. The breed standard they had set was later accepted, and dictated that Long Haired Shepherds were not desirable in a show line.

Breeding of Long Haired German Shepherds continued as the breed was hyper-intelligent, loyal, and proved more durable than their show line counterparts, finding usefulness in both police and military line work. Due to their trainability, they also became great guard dogs and house pets for active owners.

However, all of this changed in 2009 when the AKC formally accepted Long Haired German Shepherds into the breed standard.

The main difference in the breeds is simple – Long Haired German Shepherds have longer coats. They also typically lack the undercoat that their short haired counter parts have. Their coat is also smoother and more durable.

Other benefits of Long Haired German Shepherds is that due to their exclusion from the breed standard, it has resulted in a much happier and healthier breed with solid hips and joints – something that most short haired shepherds struggle with during their mid-to-late years.

How does the buying process work?

In order to ensure that you get the pick of the litter for your lifestyle and interests, we personally match you with a new partner.

We spend a significant time with each puppy literally from the moment it is born. Through daily handling and observation, we monitor each puppy’s:

  • Play drive
  • Energy level
  • Confidence and “pecking order” in the pack
  • Reactions to new stimuli
  • Many other factors

With this, we can determine what kind of dog each puppy will mature into.

When the puppy reaches seven weeks old, we assess each puppy using the Volhard Aptitude Test used by the world-renowned Monks of New Skete. The test measures 10 different characteristics of the dog–Social Attraction, Following, Restraint, Social Dominance, Elevation, Retrieving, Touch Sensitivity, Sound Sensitivity, Sight Sensitivity, and lastly Stability. The puppies are scored on a scale of 1-6. A puppy that scores a one is suited for an experienced handler and is more of a working-line dog (Military, Police, Search & Rescue), whereas a puppy that scores a six is a more independent dog that does not require human contact (Sheep Hearding, Property Guarding). No score is bad, it just shows the nature of the dog. Our dogs generally score 2-4, which makes them great pets and easy to train. We send this test home with the puppy to assist you in your education of how to handle different scenarios in training.

We do not necessarily operate solely on a “first come first serve” basis because we want to match you up with a lifelong partner. The more information you can provide us about what you are looking for, the better.

For example, do you want a dog that will be glued to your side at all times, or one that will come for a petting and then go lay down contently in the corner? Do you want one that will have the stamina to keep up with a long day of sport or competition, or one that is laid-back and happy with a short walk when you get home from work? Do you want a dog with confidence who approaches new things boldly, or one that looks to its leaders for guidance in new situations?

Whatever your lifestyle and preferences are, we will find you the perfect lifelong partner!

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