About Us:

marksandradixieWelcome to our Website!

We.. are Sandra and Mark and ... our German Shepherds.  

Mark and I have both had German Shepherds in our lives for as long as we can remember, and we have learned to love the breed to the exclusion of all others.

We started in the breed like many enthusiasts, purchasing our first dog, with no big plans other than to do some obedience work.

Our love of the breed led to our first litter in 1999 and since then we have been dedicated to improving and maintaining the best qualities of the German Shepherd through our breeding program.

We show our dogs in conformation and obedience and over the years we have bred American and Canadian Champions.  We have learned that Temperament and Health are the key to success in any ring and for those puppies going to companion homes.

 

Our History:

 In 1992 we purchased our first dog "Honni" (Tradar's Lucy Honeyfrom Tradar Kennel  with the objective of doing Obedience. Gail, at Tradar gently nudged us into the conformation ring and we were immediately hooked. Honni was not only a pretty girl, but a joy to train and show.

After about 8 years of showing and training we finally felt that we knew enough to think about having a litter of our own.

Honni was unable to give us our first litter so we searched for a foundation bitch, and found "Senta" (Silverhill's Valley Girl)  in British Columbia at Silverhill Kennel.  Senta was a very special lady, a tribute to the breed and as a bonus a great producer.
Senta traveled all the way to California to meet up with Am Ch. Rohans Glass Palace ROM and they produced for us our first wonderful litter. Senta gave us our first Canadian, American Champion, special friend and companion "Big Jake of Gableridge", Princess (Gableridges Lady Take a Chance) (father of MV Can. Ch. Gableridges Aragorn Elessar aka Strider) and Minnie (Gableridges Minnie Me).

  • Tradars Lucy Honni

    Tradar's Lucy Honni

  • Show handling class

    Our Show Handling Classes

  • Strider

    MV Can. Ch. Gableridges Aragorn Elessar, TT, HIC

  • Big Jake

    Can/Am Ch. Big Jake of Gableridge, TT, HIC

  • Princess

    Can. Ch. Gableridges Lady Take a Chance

  • Senta

    Silverhill's Valley Girl

Everyone who met Big Jake was struck by his presence and special style. In 2006 Big Jake appeared in the GSDCA Red Book ranked as the #11 top sire in AKC major point show tabulations.

Mark and I love dogs and enjoy sharing with dog people. In our spare time, we have given all breed show handling classes and other training to both adults and kids. For a few years, we were fortunate enough to provide classes to the Juniors in the Ottawa Junior Kennel club. We like to give something back to the dog community. We feel it is important to help newcomers to the show circuit by sharing our experiences and expertise. Our clients are great people and we all have alot of fun.

We built our kennel building in 2004 shortly after moving to our new location in Arnprior. We have nine indoor outdoor runs, with a separate whelping area and kitchen in the front of the building. The building is heated in the winter and air-conditioned in the Summer all with a new Geo-thermal Heating System which was installed in 2008.

We have learned a lot over the years and realize there is so much more to learn about this wonderful breed of dog. We worry a lot about the German Shepherd Breed and where it is going. We have over the years seen problem temperaments and poor health plague the breed. These are things which we have worked very hard to avoid and correct.

We take every opportunity to educate and inform the public of the wonderful qualities of the German Shepherd Dog. A well bred German Shepherd is intelligent, affectionate and loyal.

We support all of our puppy buyers for the life of their dogs.

Please browse the site and keep coming back, for updates. We would love to hear from you.

 

Mark and Sandra