King Of Zion German Shepherds kennel has come to a decision, that starting 2022 - all working titles, breed surveys and so on will be earned in USA . With possible minor exceptions, all dogs’ full training and development will be brought “IN-HOUSE” at our kennel.
Till this point - our dogs were developed to entry level of obedience/ BH level + foundation of bite-work and tracking and/ or with them earning their further working and breeding titles in Europe … Czech or Germany. All titles will be earned under USCA or GSDCA here in United States. Lifetime breed surveys, IGPs, BH, etc …
We are fully committed to our dogs and their development as we believe, work invested today - contributes to the future generations and our objective is to have the same amazing GSD 10-20 years down the road as we have today. No compromise.
We have many goals and the earliest are in Spring 2022. Viera’s IGP1 (and 2), her breed survey, Zeal’s IGP and breed survey under USCA, Lena’s AD, BH and so on … Training like this demands weeks, months and endless hours of work.
But here is the exciting part …
We love our dogs and the deeper relationship building that is awaiting us thru the training in invaluable. We are so excited about this journey that will be full of growth and surely will bring much pain as well. There will be times when we will won’t to quit, and probably some frustration tears will be shed …
… But …
… at the end and thru the process - we will be rejoicing as well …
… the new level of depth and understanding of this sport and GSD world
… the sense of contribution to our kennel and confidence in our dogs and who they are as we cut no conners …
We are …
… 1 pack
… 1 family
… 1 heart
We look forward to continuing partnership with our team and mentors. It would not be possible without them and we are certain that we will meet new amazing friends to learn from as well.
It takes a village and much support from others, which we so very appreciate and value.
HERE. WE. GO. !
... V2 Zeal Best Of The Gods ...
Zdice, Czech Republic
Judge: Ing. K. Strouhal
Congratulations to our youngster earning another show rating in working class today!
Last show of the season for our boy ended with nice critique and comments from the judge. We so looking forward to watching him mature and even more … so excited for him to come home very soon
IGP2 is next and then hurray home!
Special thank you to Veronika for preparing our boy and Nikole for super handling
Nyu today ...
Still little naked but slowly getting her coat back … she is our chameleon …
Was blowing her coat for over 3 months and it seems that every single hair on her body is new …
SG6 BSZS 2019 Nyu vom Eichenplatz
IPO1, 5JIZ1/ P
Sire: V Zasko vom Eichenplatz
Dam: V Tootsie vom Eichenplatz
Breeder: Lutz Wischalla
Nyu is ...
Grand daughter to:
VA Ballack von der Brucknerallee and VA Gary von Huhnegrab
VA Omen vom Radhaus (VA Remo vom Fichtenschlag son)
VA Jaci vom Eichenplatz (VA Yukon von der Bastillie and VA Alisha vom Eichenplatz daughter)
VA Hagadahls Figo (Furbo degli Achei and Hagadahls Wanda son)
VA Queen vom Loher Weg
VA Alisha vom Eichenplatz
Today we have a HUGE DOUBLE CELEBRATION
Our boy Zeal passed his IGP1 and therefore became a stud available for breeding. This fall - he will also complete IGP2 and breed survey. The breed survey might have to be FCI and we might have to finish his USCA / SV breed survey, when he returns to USA as trials have been very limited.
We are so proud of our boy … his willingness to learn, his drive and ability to intensively train is admirable …
At this moment - he is available stud to approved females in Czech Republic.
Who we truly want to celebrate today - is his current trainer and his breeder - Veronika.
Veronika is a person with an integrity that never has to be questioned.
She never cuts corners - even when it’s costly to her … and always does what is the best for the dog.
We so very much appreciate the partnership with Veronika and the excellence she operates in. The way how she communicates ahead of time - even about the style the dog is being trained with and make no great decisions without the owner’s approval and partnership.
She is the TOP tear is her field and we are so very honored to walk hand in hand with someone who exels in GSD field in such way … as a breeder, as a trainer and someone who will always go 100% full in and is honest and true.
Veronika, we celebrate you and honor you!
Thank you for who you are!
We have great litters planned for this Fall 2021 and for next year 2022.
And this summer we have amazing high quality puppies available.
There are many puppies available this summer - it seems that market is saturated with fur balls .. but not every puppy is the same. Educate yourself, do your research and see what makes breeders different. We take placement of our puppies very seriously and we look forward to getting to know you and finding the right puppy for your family and your lifestyle.
Blend of these 4 is coming in a few weeks to our kennel.
Imported from Czech. Czech and German DNA
4 boys are on their way.
(1 has new best friend already)
• health tested and proven parents • pink papers • microchipped •
The United Schutzhund Clubs of America (USCA) is a German Shepherd Dog Breed Organization guided by the rules of the organization of origin of the German Shepherd Dog, the “Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (SV)” in Germany. USCA is a member of the “World Union of German Shepherd Dog Clubs” and accepts the bylaws of this organization in regards to the breeding rules of German Shepherd Dogs.
German Shepherd Dog Standard
23.12.2010/EN FCI-Standard N°166
TRANSLATION: Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (SV) E.V. / Original version: (D).
ORIGIN: Germany / DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD: 11.08.2010.
UTILIZATION: Versatile working, herding and service dog.
FCI-CLASSIFICATION: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs).
Height at the withers: 60 cm to 65 cm
Weight: 30 kg to 40 kg
Height at the withers: 55 cm to 60 cm
Weight: 22 kg to 32 kg
Brief historical overview:
According to the official documentation of the Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (SV) e.V. (Society for the German Shepherd Dog, “SV” for short) – legal domicile in Augsburg, Germany, member of the Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen (VDH, German Kennel Club) – the “SV” as the founding club of the breed is responsible for the breed standard of the German Shepherd Dog. Established in the first General Meeting at Frankfurt/Main on 20 September 1899 according to suggestions by A. Meyer and Max von Stephanitz and in addition to the amendments of the 6th General Meeting on 28 July 1901, the 23rd General Meeting at Cologne/Rhineland on 17 September 1909, the Executive Board & Advisory Board Meeting at Wiesbaden on 5 September 1930 and the Breeding Committee & Executive Board Meeting on 25 March 1961, revisions were resolved within the framework of the World Union of German Shepherd Dog Clubs (WUSV) Meeting on 30 August 1976.
Revisions and catalogued measures were resolved with the Enabling Resolution through the Executive Board and Advisory Board from 23/24 March 1991, amended through the Federal Conventions from 25 May 1997 and 31 May/1 June 2008.
The German Shepherd Dog, whose methodical breeding was started in 1899 after the foundation of the society, had been bred from the central German and southern German breeds of the herding dogs existing at that time with the ultimate objective of creating a working dog inclined to high achievements. In order to achieve this objective, the breed standard of the German Shepherd Dog was determined, which relates to the physical constitution as well as the traits and characteristics.
The German Shepherd Dog is medium-size, slightly elongated, powerful and well-muscled, with dry bone and firm overall structure.
Important dimensional ratios
The height at the withers amounts to 60 cm to 65 cm for male dogs and 55 cm to 60 cm for female dogs. The trunk length exceeds the dimension at the height at the withers by about 10 – 17 %.
The German Shepherd Dog must be well-balanced (with strong nerves) in terms of character, self-assured, absolutely natural and (except for a stimulated situation) good-natured as well as attentive and willing to please. He must possess instinctive behaviour, resilience and self-assurance in order to be suitable as a companion, guard, protection, service and herding dog.
The head is wedge-shaped, and in proportion to the body size (length about 40 % at the height at the withers), without being plump or too elongated, dry in the overall appearance and moderately broad between the ears. Seen from the front and side, the forehead is only slightly arched and without any or with only a slightly indicated middle furrow.
The ratio from the cranial region to the facial region is 50 % to 50 %. The width of the cranial region more or less corresponds to the length of the cranial region. The cranial region (seen from above) tapers evenly towards the nasal bridge with gradually sloping, not sharply depicted stop in the wedge-shaped facial region (foreface) of the head. Upper and lower jaws are powerfully developed.
The nasal dorsum is straight, any dip or bulge is undesirable. The lips are taut, close well and are of dark colouring.
The nose must be black.
The teeth must be strong, healthy and complete (42 teeth according to the dental formula). The German Shepherd Dog has a scissor bite, i.e. the incisors must interlock like scissors, whereby the incisors of the upper jaw overlap those of the lower jaw. Occlusal overlay, overbite and retrusive occlusion as well as larger spaces between the teeth (gaps) are faulty. The straight dental ridge of the incisors is also faulty. The jaw bones must be strongly developed so that the teeth can be deeply embedded in the dental ridge.
The eyes are of medium size, almond-shaped, slightly slanted and not protruding. The colour of the eyes should be as dark as possible. Light, piercing eyes are undesirable since they impair the dog’s impression.
Ears – The German Shepherd Dog has erect ears of medium size, which are carried upright and aligned (not drawn-in laterally); they are pointed and with the auricle facing forward.
Tipped ears and drooping ears are faulty. Ears carried rearward when moving or in relaxed position are not faulty.
Neck – The neck should be strong, well-muscled and without loose neck skin (dewlap). The angulation towards the trunk (horizontal) amounts to approx. 45 %.
Body – The upper line runs from the base of the neck via the high, long withers and via the straight back towards the slightly sloping croup, without visible interruption. The back is moderately long, firm, strong and well-muscled. The loin is broad, short, strongly developed and well-muscled. The croup should be long and slightly sloping (approx 23° to the horizontal) and the upper line should merge into the base of the tail without interruption.
The chest should be moderately broad, the lower chest as long and pronounced as possible. The depth of the chest should amount to approx. 45 % to 48 % of the height at the withers.
The ribs should feature a moderate curvature; a barrel-shaped chest is just as faulty as flat ribs.
The tail extends at least to the hock, but not beyond the middle of the hind pastern. It has slightly longer hair on the underside and is carried hanging downward in a gentle curve, whereby in a state of excitement and in motion it is raised and carried higher, but not beyond the horizontal. Operative corrections are forbidden.
Forequarters – The forelimbs are straight when seen from all sides, and absolutely parallel when seen from the front.
Shoulder blade and upper arm are of equal length, and firmly attached to the trunk by means of powerful musculature. The angulation from shoulder blade and upper arm is ideally 90°, but generally up to 110°.
The elbows may not be turned out either while standing or moving, and also not pushed in. The forearms are straight when seen from all sides, and absolutely parallel to each other, dry and firmly muscled. The pastern has a length of approx. 1/3 of the forearm, and has an angle of approx. 20° to 22° to the forearm. A slanted pastern (more than 22°) as well as a steep pastern (less than 20°) impairs the suitability for work, particularly the stamina.
The paws are rounded, well-closed and arched; the soles are hard, but not brittle. The nails are strong and of dark colour.
The position of hind legs is slightly backwards, whereby the hind limbs are parallel to each other when seen from the rear. Upper leg and lower leg are of approximately the same length and form an angle of approx. 120°; the legs are strong and well-muscled.
The hocks are strongly developed and firm; the hind pastern stands vertically under the hock.
The paws are closed, slightly arched; the pads are hard and of dark colour; the nails are strong, arched and also of dark colour.
The German Shepherd Dog is a trotter. The limbs must be coordinated in length and angulations so that the dog can shift the hindquarters towards the trunk without any essential change of the top line and can reach just as far with the forelimbs. Any tendency towards over-angulation of the hindquarters reduces the stability and the stamina, and thereby the working ability. Correct body proportions and angulations results in a gait that is far-reaching and flat over the ground which conveys the impression of effortless forward movements. The head pushed forward and the slightly raised tail result in a consistent, smooth trot showing a gently curved, uninterrupted upper line from the ear tips over the neck and back to the end of the tail.
Skin – The skin is (loosely) fitting, but without forming any folds.
The German Shepherd Dog is bred in the hair varieties double coat and long and harsh outer coat – both with undercoat.
The guard hair should be as dense as possible, particularly harsh and close fitting: short on the head, including the inside of the ears, short on the front side of the legs, paws and toes, some-what longer and more strongly covered in hair on the neck. On the back side of the legs the hair extends to the carpal joint or the hock; it forms moderate ‘trousers’ on the back side of the haunches.
Long and harsh outer coat:
The guard hair should be long, soft and not close fitting, with tufts on the ears and legs, bushy trousers and bushy tail with downward formation of tuft. Short on the head, including the inside of the ears, on the front side of the legs, on the paws and toes, somewhat longer and more strongly covered in hair on the neck, almost forming a mane. On the back side of the legs the hair extends to the carpal joint or the hock and forms clear trousers on the back side of the haunches.
Colors are black with reddish-brown, brown and yellow to light grey markings; single-colored black, grey with darker shading, black saddle and mask. Unobtrusive, small white marks on chest as well as very light color on insides are permissible, but not desirable. The tip of the nose must be black in all colors. Dogs with lack of mask, light to piercing eye color, as well as with light to whitish markings on the chest and the insides, pale nails and red tip of tail are considered to be lacking in pigmentation. The undercoat shows a light greyish tone. The color white is not allowed.
Height at the withers: 60 cm to 65 cm
Weight: 30 kg to 40 kg
Height at the withers: 55 cm to 60 cm
Weight: 22 kg to 32 kg
Male dogs should have two obviously normally developed testicles which are completely in the scrotum.
Any deviation from the aforementioned points should be considered as a fault whose evaluation should be in exact proportion to the degree of deviation.
Deviations from the above-described breed characteristics which impair the working capability.
Faulty ears: ears set too low laterally, tipped ears, inward constricted ears, ears not firm
Considerable pigment deficiencies.
Severely impaired overall stability.
All deviations from scissor bite and dental formula insofar as it does not involve eliminating faults (see the following)
a) Dogs with weak character and weak nerves which bite
b) Dogs with proven “severe hip dysplasia”
c) Monorchid or cryptorchid dogs as well as dogs with clearly dissimilar or atrophied testicles
d) Dogs with disfiguring ears or tail faults
e) Dogs with malformations
f) Dogs with dental faults, with lack of:
1 premolar 3 and another tooth, or
1 canine tooth, or
1 premolar 4, or
1 molar 1 or molar 2, or
a total of 3 teeth or more
g) Dogs with jaw deficiencies:
Overshot by 2 mm and more, undershot, level bite in the entire incisor region
h) Dogs with oversize or undersize by more than 1 cm
j) White hair colour (also with dark eyes and nails)
k) Long Straight Topcoat without undercoat
l) 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)
Sourced from The United Schutzhund Clubs of America (USCA) website.
Our boy has earned his BH-VT today and is moving forward in his IGP training in Czech.
We were suppose to do it in December last years. He was completely prepared at 17 months and I was so excited for him and I to do it together, but trial got canceled.
So - now - thank you to his trainer Veronika for completing the first step
onto the next!
Time for another CELEBRATION!
NYU’s BREED SURVEY
paperwork is - IN - !
SG6 BSZS 2019
Nyu Vom Eichenplatz
••• 5JIZ1/ P ••• Class 1 •••
HD/ ED a1-Normal
While she was in Czech - Nyu has earned her FCI breed survey.
After long break from training, she was able to accomplish it just within 5 weeks of training and that was in very limited way - as most training fields were closed till about 2 weeks before the trial.
I want to celebrate and honor Veronika, who trained her and has done incredible job within such short time.
We still plan on completing her SV breed survey as well - for all of her titles are under SV.
The SV event in Czech was canceled,
so we plan on completing her Kkl here is USA.
Video from her training will be available on YouTube shortly
We are proud of our girl.
Let’s talk about MONEY, Shall we?
& Pure bred dogs, dogs in shelters and dogs bred just cause they could ...
And allow me to share ahead - I am not looking for negative conversation here ...
Just sharing few thoughts that came to my mind as I am pondering while vacuuming
Recently I heard a comment
“your puppies are expensive”.
And from that point of view - I must agree. Those looking
“for a puppy”
- our puppies are expensive.
Those - looking for great
“quality pure bred German Shepherd”
- that is different.
No breeder gets rich on breeding pure bred dogs.
It is a HEART thing.
Passion for the breed,
Passion to contribute in the breed’s development and making it better,
Passion for their own dogs and doing it “right” ...
Contribution to the integrity of this dog world,
What ever the reasons are ...
The amount of time invested,
Travel cost to shows and training,
Travel cost to Europe,
(Due to pandemic 3-5x times higher cost)
Not to mention the hours, weeks and months of time invested in training,
And the list goes on.
Unless one has 50 dogs and just multiplies - the richness is in the HEART satisfaction and fulfillment.
... & unfortunately - then there are dogs, who were bred only because they can.
I truly believe - that if anyone is looking for a new family member -
“quality pure bred dog”
with the characteristics the breed brings”
... boxer, pug, golden retriever or german shepherd - SUPPORT THE BREEDER that “does it right” is the way to go.
If someone is looking for
“A puppy” ...
Helping a dog in a shelter is the other way to go (Personally had a few).
Super NEWS from Europe arrived yesterday.
Our boy ~ Zeal Best Of The Gods ~ has earned his first European title at a Czech regional conformation show ...
SG1 by winning his 18-24 mo. class!
And what made it the best was the
amazing critique from the judge.
Critique that has been consistent in USA and now across the seas as well.
The consistency speaks volumes.
We are grateful and excited.
He presented himself with class.
We are very proud of him.
Thank you Veronika Konvalinková Pěkníková for all you support and helping our boy to present the quality he embodies.
Thank you Nikol for excellent handling.
We are proud to announce the sire of our confirmed upcoming litter...
VA Jimmi Best Of The Gods
Jimmi is a phenomenal - one of a kind - Czech stud with blend of Czech and German bloodlines.
He is a son of Onex, who's DNA is very rare in US and we are honored to carry it.
During Czech Siegershow in 2018, he earned his VA title and he has earned many other great accomplishments.
And the best part?
He is mainly a pet and family companion ...
... beast on the training field & loved by his owner
Sire: V Onex vom Gerianian Hoff
Dam: V Dafnie Best Of The Gods
VA2 Czech Sieger 2018
SG1 Czech Sieger 2017
Multiple: V1, VT ,OV
RTG DLK 0/0 DKK A/A
Owner: Lenka Pistulkova
Breeder: Veronika Konvalinková Pěkníková
Currently accepting reservations
(Jimmi x Nyu)
THEY. ARE. HERE.
3 males & 4 females
Beautiful, active, hungry and healthy.
All puppies are almost like thru copy machine ... it is very even litter.
Viera did great and she is such an amazing caring mamma.
Born Thursday June 3rd, 2021.
We are excited to see these bears to grow. This is repeated breeding as the previous litter was outstanding.
(photos of puppies from the previous litter attached)
This litter has 6x VA's (world champions) within the first three generations in their pedigree.
Amazing family companion as the TEMPERAMENT and CHARACTER of German Shepherd breed has been nurtured thru the generations along with health testing as well.
S: VA Ursus Vom Welsetal
D: SG Viera Best Of The Gods
We are expecting these puppies to grow into deep black/ red pigment, fantastic balanced temperament, willingness to learn, and great confidence.
Wonderful to be family members - Pets/ Companion/Protection and also good for sport, breeding and shows.
Female and Male reservation available.
For more information:
Big THANK YOU for all help and support to Alena Souckova, Veronika Konvalinková Pěkníková, Lesli Schneider Andrewand Alonzo Williams... so grateful to have you and thank you for all you do and who you are.
This truly takes a team.
Glory be to God.
... NYU & JIMMI ...
What a great new combination in our kennel!
NYU arrived to us late Spring 2021, and she was imported from Germany thru little stop in Czech for training.
She was rated #6 in a world championship as a junior earning her BSZS SG6 title in 2019. We are proud to have her as part of our kennel.
JIMMI is a phenomenal - one of a kind - Czech stud with blend of Czech and German bloodlines. He is a son of Onex, who's DNA is very rare in US.
During Czech Siegershow in 2018, he earned his VA title and he has earned many other great accomplishments.
We are expecting these puppies to grow into medium to large German Shepherds, with fantastic balanced temperament.
Great as a Family Companion/Protection & for Schutzhund sport (IGP).
This litter has 5x VA's (world champions) within the first three generations in their pedigree.
Puppies are children to VA Jimmi Best Of The Gods, great grand-children to VA Ballack von der Brucknerallee, VA Gary vom Huhnegrab, VA Fultz di Zenevredo and VA Kronos von Nurburgring.
We are very excited to welcome these little bears around June 30th, going home right before Labor Day.
• • • • • • • • • •
THANK YOU for your service DISCOUNT
We excited to share that King Of Zion German Shepherds provides “THANK YOU for your SERVICE” puppy discount now.
We have a soft spot in our hearts for those in uniforms, as we believe that we are able to live the life we live and feel safe as we do, because of your service and your dedication to this nation.
And with the on-going situation, we are extending this discount also to all medical personal and to teachers.
We value and appreciate your work and we THANK YOU.
Discount is provided to men & women in service to:
- Military (active duty & retired)
- Fire dept.
- Medical personal
*** Proof of service is required (i.e. military ID).
South Central Regional Conformation Show
We are very happy to share this update,
even thou we hoped for rich attendance in our classes, we value the experience and great judge’s critique.
Putting to work all of our hard work of training felt great
Zeal got completely soaked with rain and even thou he does not love water - he did not care.
SG1 Zeal Best Of The Gods
VP1 Alena King Of Zion
VP1 Gabriela Best Of The Gods
CONGRATULATIONS to all participants of the show.
Thank you Rob and Jessy for your perseverance and organizing the show even after the Texas snow storm cancellation and for making it a great event even during such windy rain storms yesterday.
Thank you to the judge Heidi Theis (USCA) for making us better and taking the time with detailed criticism of all placements and explanations of decisions being made from educational stand point and for pausing and making helpers better by giving tips and sharing best practices.
Thank you to all helpers, who presented the dogs even when rain was pouring down their face and not even one yarn of their clothing stayed dry.
Special THANK YOU to Rachel Rhodes and Shannon O’donovan for handelijg our dogs with excellence, Veronika Peknikova and Rachel for training tips and training with us ...
... and for the amazing support we had in Alonzo Williams
It was a great event ... much experience and success was gained.
Welcome to USA
Nyu Vom Eichenplatz
BSZS SG6 2019
We are excited to announce that Nyu has joined our family and our KOZGS kennel.
Thank you Elena Ortiz and Amber Chrystal for your partnership and referral on this side of the world and Yvonne Schneider for being our partner in Germany.
And huge thank you to Veronika Peknikova for the amazing care and training helping us achieve Nyu’s goals, especially in this covid difficult season. (Will share about our great success soon) ... and thank you for always going above and beyond, investing 1000% into your fantastic craft.
And lastly and most importantly... we are thankful for and amazed by the goodness of the Lord ...
He told us to bring Nyu to us before we could even make a solid educated business decision and we obeyed. We are looking forward to the adventure He planned for us together ...
Nyu - Pedigree D.:
Nyu - Schaeferhunden:
We are excited to introduce you to our new member of our kennel ...
Gabriela Best Of The Gods
Thank you Veronika and Christina for all the hard work you invest into your dogs and for nurturing the beauty of this breed.
Their health, temperament and work ethic ...
We will stewart progeny of Zac & Erynne with honor. Thank you for all you do.
Gabriela just turned 8 weeks and she will be arriving to US soon.
We have high expectations for this little lady. She is perfect to us!
V Zac Dei Precision
(VA Asap Vom Aldamar)
BSZS 2019 SG 16
V Erynny Best Of The Gods
(VA Zigo von Regina Pacis)
SG3 Czech Sieger 2014
V2 r.CAC 2016
IPO 2, Spr3, Fpr3
ED 0/0 HD 0/0
This boy is almost ready to go for his training to Europe. He has a lot of work ahead!
And we can't wait to have him back in the Fall to finish the year strong. We pray that all goes well and he will be a great stud for our King Of Zion kennel and to other approved females.
We are cheering for you Zeal!
This boy and girl ... they are getting ready for their first 2021 show!
South Central Regional Conformation Show
HOSTING CLUB: Lonestar Schutzhund Club/ San Antonio, TX
EVENT DATE: 2/21/21
JUDGE: Heidi Theis - USCA
Alena will be just old enough, to participate in "Puppy 4 - 6 month female Long Coat" class.
Zeal is going to be able to compete for his SG title as "Young Adult 18-24 month male Long Coat". He missed entire show season last year, so we hope and pray for no cancelation of plans, so he can get to work : )
We are excited about what this year holds and to earn new accomplishments!
IMPORTANT FOR ALL PUPPY OWNERS!
IMPACT OF EXERCISE ON PUPPY GROWTH PLACES (FOR ALL RACES)
When it comes to puppies, it may be tempting to exercise them to ′′ drain ′′ that limitless energy they have, but it's important to consider the impact exercise can have on their growth plates.
When can I take my puppy for a run with me? When can my puppy start competing in agility tasks? When can my puppy follow me on a bike?
These are all important questions puppies owners often ask. While there's no doubt about the fact that puppies love to be active and move, even to the point of exhaustion, as with most things in life, something even good, in excess, can have an impact negative, and in this case give rise to problems in the skeletal system during our pup's development.
What are growing plates in puppies?
Puppy bones are surrounded by layers of soft cartilaginous tissue that is under development and is found toward the end of most long bones. These soft cartilage areas are known as growth plates or more technically epiphisary plates.
Scottish surgeon John Hunter studied growth plates in great detail in the late th century. Studies on growing chickens revealed that bones don't develop from the inside out, but that bones grow right where growth plates are located.
John Hunter's studies gave him the nickname ′′ father of the growth plate ′′ and his contributions have surely helped both humans and animals.
As you can imagine, since plates are made of soft and developing cartilage, they are vulnerable and can be quite prone to injury.
Damage to puppy growth plates
When it comes to the skeletal development of puppies, it's important that the bones experience uniform growth-basically synchronized growth that occurs evenly and at the same speed.
If a growth plate injury occurs, the growth of damaged cells may decline and stop, which means there may no longer be growth in that area. When the growth of the affected side is delayed or stopped, the healthy side can continue to grow and that irregularity can lead to potential deformity.
For example, when the injured ulna growth plaque stops growing, the radio bone will continue to grow and will lead to a bone that is slightly longer than the other causing inclined legs, explains veterinarian Dr. Gary.
Puppies are particularly prone to injury during vigorous exercise because they lack coordination and don't have much muscle strength. In addition to excessive and exhausting exercise, injuries can occur in a puppy's growth plates due to a fracture, such as may occur when falling or being sharply struck by something. While these fractures can heal, the bone can grow unequally, which, as we have seen, could lead to bone deformity.
If, therefore, you suspect an injury to the puppy's growth plates or if you notice any anomaly, consult your vet immediately.
Injury prevention on puppy growth plate
Puppies need proper exercise as they grow and develop, but moderation is the key. It is therefore important to be careful especially with high-impact activities, such as repeatedly jumping, catching a Frisbee, raffle obstacles, or jogging on hard surfaces like asphalt. The grass offers a more suitable surface and better traction compared to hard cement or asphalt. Continuous vigorous exercise should be avoided, activities involving sudden changes in direction or very gross games.
When do the puppy growth plates close?
As the puppy develops, its growth plates are closing as calcium and minerals harden soft areas, but exactly when they close?
Since dogs develop at different rates depending on size and breed, there isn't a single rule that fits all.
For example, Chihuahua's growth plates will be closed long before puppies of bigger breeds as a Great Danish. Overall most skeleton growth occurs when puppies are between 3 and 6 months old. Afterwards, longitudinal growth decreases, and from 10 to 12 months or to 18 months in large / giant dog breeds, most growth plates have been merged and closed. However, some suggest that the process can last up to 20 months.
How can a dog owner know for sure if his dog's growth plates have been closed or not?
The best option is to talk to the vet before starting to subject the puppy to any regimen of sport exercise or rigorous training. For more tranquility, keep in mind that with an x-ray it is possible to see whether the bones have fused or not. In an X-ray, the veterinarian will determine whether the growth plate has been transformed into a solid and integral part of the bone, leaving its only trace of existence in the form of an epiphissary line as seen in the above image.
Effects of hormones
Hormones are known to play a role in a puppy's growth plates and skeleton development. As we've seen growth plates usually close when a dog is between 12 and 20 months old, depending on breed and size. This matches the end of puberty in the dog.
Male and female sex hormones are known to play a key role in bone growth plates.
Therefore, if a dog is spayed or neutered before puberty, there is a delay in the closure process, which makes affected dogs more likely to develop problems such as hip dysplasia, cross ligaments breakage, or cancer bone.
Delaying castration in large breed dogs can help reduce the incidence of these problems.
Written by Adrienne Farricelli
Fuente: Daily Dog Discoveries
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Zeal's 1/2 brother during his protection work - Kros Best Of The Gods
The first Schutzhund (now referred to as “IPO”) trial was held in Germany in 1901 to emphasize the correct working temperament and abilities in the German Shepherd Dog breed. Originally, these dogs were herding dogs, but the industrialization of Germany encouraged breeders to promote the use of their dogs as police and military dogs. The Verein fur Deutsche Schaferhunde (SV), the parent club, became concerned that this would lead to careless breeding and undesirable traits such as mental instability, so it developed the Schutzhund test. Since then, many other countries and working dog organizations have also adopted Schutzhund (or IPO) as a sport and a test of working performance in dogs. International rules have been established, and they are administered by the Verein fur Deutsche Hundesport (VDH).
The IPO titles are comprised of 3 phases. In each phase, the presiding judge observes and assesses the dog for sound working temperament, as defined in the USCA rules for working dog trials.
TrackingAt all levels, track is laid earlier by a person walking normally on a natural surface such as dirt or grass. For IPO 1 and FRr 1 titles, the track is laid by the handler. For IPO 2 or 3, FPr 2 or 3 and higher level tracking titles, the track is laid by a stranger. The track includes a number of turns and a number of small, man made objects left by this person on the track itself. At the end of a 10 meter leash, the handler follows the dog, which is expected to scent the track and indicate the location of the objects, usually by lying down with it between its front paws. The tracking phase is intended to test the dog’s trainability and ability to scent, as well as its mental and physical endurance.
ObedienceThe obedience phase includes a series of heeling exercises, some of which are closely in and around a group of people. During the heeling, there is a gun shot test to assure that the dog does not openly react to such sharp noises. There is also a series of field exercises in which the dog is commanded to sit, lie down, and stand while the handler continues to move. From these various positions, the dog is recalled to the handler. With dumbbells of various weights, the dog is required to retrieve on a flat surface, over a one-meter hurdle, and over a six-foot slanted wall. The dog is also asked to run in a straight direction from its handler on command and lie down on a second command. Finally, each dog is expected to stay in a lying down position away from its handler, despite distractions, at the other end of the obedience field, while another dog completes the above exercises. All of the obedience exercises are tests of the dog’s temperament, structural efficiencies, and, very importantly, its willingness to serve its owner.
ProtectionThe protection phase tests the dog’s courage, physical strength, and agility. The handler’s control of the dog is absolutely essential. The exercises include a search of hiding places, finding a hidden person (acting as a decoy), and guarding that decoy while the handler approaches. The dog is expected to pursue the decoy when an escape is attempted and to hold the grip firmly. The decoy is transported to the judge with the handler and dog walking behind and later at the decoy’s right side. When the decoy attempts to attack the handler, the dog is expected to stop the attack with a firm grip and no hesitation. The final test of courage occurs when the decoy is asked to come out of a hiding place by the dog’s handler from the opposite end of the trial field. The dog is sent after the decoy who is threatening the dog with a stick and charging at the handler. All grips during the protection phase are expected to be firmly placed on the padded sleeve and stopped on command and/or when the decoy discontinues the fight. The protection tests are intended to assure that the dog possesses the proper temperament for breeding.
The IPO Titles
The BH or companion dog title is a pre-requirement for IPO titles. All breeds and sizes are eligible with the minimum age requirements of 15 months.
There are three levels of the IPO test:
IPO 1, IPO 2, IPO 3
In addition to the IPO titles listed above, the United Schutzhund Clubs of America offers several other training degrees: the STPr, FH 1, FH 2, and IPO-FH tracking degrees; the AD which is an 12.5 mile endurance test (one of the requirements for the Breed Survey); separate obedience, protection and tracking titles that reflect the routines for IPO 1, 2, & 3 levels; and RH titles.
For IPO 1 the dog must be at least 18 months old and pass an initial temperament test by the judge. In tracking, it must be able to follow a track laid by its handler at least 20 minutes earlier. In obedience, the dog must heel off leash, demonstrate the walking sit, the walking down, and the long down under distraction, as well as the send-out. It must retrieve on the flat and over a hurdle, and over the scaling wall. In the protection phase, the dog must search 2 blinds, perform escape and courage test exercises, and demonstrate a side transport.
For IPO 2 the dog must be at least 19 months old and must already have earned its IPO 1 degree. In tracking, the IPO 2 candidate must be able to follow a track laid by a stranger at least 30 minutes earlier.
It must again pass all of the obedience and protection tests required for the IPO 1 degree, but those tests, for IPO 2, are made more difficult and require greater endurance, agility, and, above all, control. There is an additional walking stand exercise required in obedience. In protection, the dog must search 4 blinds and demonstrate a back transport of the decoy in addition to the IPO exercises.
For IPO 3, the dog must be at least 20 months old and must have earned both the IPO 1 and the IPO 2 titles. Again, the tests now are made far more difficult. The track has four turns, compared with two turns for IPO 1 and 2, and there are three objects, rather than two, that must be found by the dog. The track must be laid by a stranger and be at least 60 minutes old. All exercises in obedience and protection are demonstrated off leash. The walking stand is replaced by the running stand. The picture of obedience, strength, eagerness, and confidence presented by an excellent IPO 3 team is a beautiful illustration of the partnership of human and dog.
UPCOMING LITTER ...
We are very excited for our next breeding, as we plan to repeat the amazing litter "A" with Viera and Ursus.
The puppies were exceptional quality.
Healthy, strong, black & red puppies with amazing temperament and a great disposition to grow into fantastic family companions, as well as show and breeding candidates ... see for yourself here: Litter "A"
We will breed our female Viera in February 2021, and puppies will be going to their new homes in June 2021.
We have currently available reservations for this litter.
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Deposit will be refunded, if we will not be able to provide puppy as per contract.
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It is based on puppy's temperament that will match their new family lifestyle.
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