What is AKC Bred with H.E.A.R.T?

Grothaus kennels is enrolled in the AKC Bred with H.E.A.R.T. program. This program is meant to improve the health and well-being of purebred dogs through breeders like us, who have made a commitment to breeding better dogs through education and health testing.


Certifying that their breeding stock is health tested in accordance with the recommendations of their breed’s National Breed Club.


Promising that they will pursue AKC provided or AKC approved continuing breeder education so that they stay educated on the best breeding practices, including advances in canine health.


Agreeing to comply with the AKC Care and Conditions Policy, including inspections by the AKC, and promising to share with AKC health testing and continuing education documentation.


Accepting responsibility for the health and well-being of the puppies they produce and for complying with all laws regarding the ownership and maintenance of dogs.


Upholding the AKC’s tradition of breeding purebred dogs that are happy and healthy.