How do I get a Grothaus puppy?

We are a small family owned and operated kennel and we only produce a couple of litters per year, this small volume allows us the personal attention each puppy and puppy buyer deserves in this process. We take our responsibility for every puppy we produce, very seriously and care very much about the type [...]


How do puppy deposits work?

Once you have filled out a questionnaire and are approved for a Grothaus puppy, you may either put a deposit down, or be placed on our waiting list. A deposit is to hold the next puppy of the specific type you are looking for (temperament, drives, personality, sex, color). The waiting list is just [...]


Do you make your living selling dogs?

No. If I could break even on the dogs I would be thrilled, but I can't remember a year that has happened. Between the cost of purchasing dogs, raising puppies up for possible inclusion in the program, health checks, food bills, vet bills, training, equipment, competition, travel, etc selling an occasional litter of pups doesn't [...]


Will you take the dog back if I can’t keep it?

Yes, I will take back any dog from my breeding at any time in its life. I understand that sometimes "life happens" and people find themselves in a situation where they can no longer keep the dog. In these situations I will be happy to help you find a new home for the dog, or [...]


What warrantees do you offer?

A sample copy of the contract can be found HERE Health – pups health is warranteed until they are 3 years of age. This is not a lifetime guarantee for 2 reasons. First, if there is a concern about the dogs health, it should have been checked prior to the dog reaching 3 years of age. The [...]


How does the purchase process work & what is the cost of a puppy?

The purchase process begins when you fill out the questionnaire and contact me about a puppy. I receive between 5 and 20 inquiries a week regarding puppies, the questionnaire has been designed as a way to begin to get to know you, and also keep track of “who is who” until we get to know each [...]


All those letters… What do they mean?

Many people ask me what the letters after a dog’s name mean. And what the hip ratings mean. This is a great question and requires a very lengthy answer. First, I must explain that each country like Germany, Czech, and Poland for example all have different working titles they use as well as different names [...]


What is the difference between American and German Lines?

And the answer is... Everything! The German Shepherd began as a herding and working dog. Put through a series of tests over the years through service and Schutzhund/IPO work. Generations of Germans put their time and efforts into creating a breed that could stand the test of time. A breed that could herd sheep and [...]


Do you sell puppies to pet homes?

Yes, I will place puppies in 'active' pet homes. While a working German Shepherd can also make a great house dog and companion, this is when it's also being actively trained or worked and has the outlet needed for its drives and working abilities. A pet home provides the pet portion of this equation, but not the other part, the working [...]

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