Here at Grothaus Working German Shepherds, we have a focused and responsible breeding program with a goal… We breed dogs that we would want for ourselves. That’s why we keep dogs back from our breeding program to work/train ourselves, so that we personally know exactly what we are breeding. To be a correct and ethical breeder, a true breeder needs to personally know, train, trial and experience what they are breeding. Our dogs live with us, not at other locations and/or other homes/locations, waiting to be bred.
We take the extra effort ourselves and go above and beyond to train and compete with our own dogs. It is not a question of whether you have the ability or not to know a good dog; it is the consistent hands on experience, training (in multiple venues) and trialing/testing at all levels that completes the process. This is crucial to a successful breeding program.
Every puppy and dog that carries the Grothaus kennel name represents us as a breeder. It’s our job and obligation to breed for temperament and health first; working ability and structure follows.
Grothaus puppies are priced at $1800. Individual litters are priced based upon the titles and accomplishments of the parents and the costs incurred to do the breeding. For pricing on a specific litter, please see the individual litter listing, or contact us.
A non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to reserve a puppy from a litter and will only be accepted from individuals who have already completed our interview and screening process. Fill out our PUPPY QUESTIONNAIRE
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 a list that I can refer to once the puppies are born to call and announce what we have available. If you are on the waiting list and we produced the puppy you are looking for, you can then put a deposit down to hold that puppy until it is ready to go home. Please note, we do keep an active waiting list before each breeding takes place. The best way to ensure your next puppy is from Grothaus, is to place a deposit early.
The deposit is $300 and is accepted with a signed copy of the deposit contract after you have been approved. The deposit is not necessarily for a certain pick in the litter, it more stands for your place in line for which puppy works best for your family and lifestyle. I will evaluate the dogs during their entire lives with a dog training and behavior background as they grow under my close supervision. I’ll watch social interactions, confidence, drives, attitude, and personalities. As I watch over the litter of puppies, I can choose which one suits your needs best as a family, lifestyle, training disciplines, and goals. This means that I could have 7 puppies that are suitable, or one. Unfortunately, sometimes mother nature has other agendas besides attending to ours, and number of puppies, sexes, colors, and personalities can never be predicted. If none is the case, due to a deposit being placed on a planned litter and the litter not providing, the deposit may then be moved to another litter. The puppy pages, Facebook and Instagram will be updated regularly once the pregnancy is farther along, and then on until the puppies are sold. There will be pictures and videos and interested parties can watch the puppies personalities emerge as they grow. And as always, I’m available to answer any questions you may have about our dogs, our program and our puppy.
Our puppies are sent to their new homes between 8 and 9 weeks of age and are permanently identified with microchips before going to their new homes. All Grothaus puppies come with a written 36 month Limited Health Warranty and Lifetime Breeder Support. See CONTRACT All Grothaus puppies are sold with AKC Limited (non-breeding) Registration. We will gladly upgrade registration to Full (breeding) Registration once the dog has reached a minimum of 2 years of age and has passed basic tests of breeding suitability. This includes passing hip/elbow evaluations and working title or certification. The only exceptions to this policy are for conformation showing purposes or for pups sold outside the USA where Full AKC registration is required in order to obtain kennel club registration in the customer’s home country.
Grothaus Kennels claims Right of First Refusal on all pups we breed, for the lifetime of the dog. This means that if for any reason a buyer is unable or unwilling to keep their dog, we must be contacted before any action is taken and given the opportunity to take back the dog.
Preference is given to experienced GSD owners and working/sporting homes.
Worldwide shipping is available.