ZIRKLESIRONSHEPHERDS.COM

Family and veteran owned and operated. Our premium line German shepherds are wonderful pets, home defenders, police, military and service dogs. Several of our dogs are serving in the community right now.

We breed and train high quality German shepherd dogs for multi purpose use at affordable prices.

Our premium German shepherds are proven in the home and in the field. Reserve one today.

Customer satisfaction and creating a strong healthy relationship between you and your German shepherd is our priority. With more than 20 years experience with this magnificent breed you can count on us to answer your questions.

About Us


Our premium line, reasonably priced German shepherds are born and raised in our home. These puppies are exposed to other dogs, children large and small, cats, birds and strangers. Training begins when they start to walk. These pups are temperament tested to ensure they go to the type of owner they will fit with best. Some of our prior pups are working in law enforcement and some are therapy dogs in nursing homes. From personal/home defense to autism support our premium line German shepherd dogs have you covered.

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  • Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania, United States

F.A.Q


Intro

German Shepherd Dogs are among the most popular breeds in the world, consistently in the top five AKC breed rankings for most years these records have been kept.
It's not hard to understand why. German Shepherds, the result of one man's vision of canine perfection, were designed to be the ultimate in work ethic, courage, and physical prowess. With their large powerful bodies, thick double coats, and noble expressions, they're not hard on the eyes, either.
Max von Stephanitz, who played a major role in the development of the breed in the late 1890s, set his ideal as a no-nonsense worker—smart and strong enough to learn any job, and always eager to do it.
“Utility,” he said, “is the true criterion of beauty.”

The paint job

The most common colors for this breed are
  • black
  • gray
  • sable
  • black and tan
  • blue
  • red and black
  • black and silver
  • liver (brown).
Some liver, blues and solid liver-colored ones are accepted as a pure breed dog. However, pure white, solid blue, and spotted dogs are not considered purebred

Coat confusion

Coat Lengths
The German shepherd is available in four coats -- short with an undercoat, medium with an undercoat, long with an undercoat and long without an undercoat. The short and medium-length coats are the preferred show coats. The short coat is as described, short. The medium or plush coat is longer and fuller than the short coat. Besides the longer hair, the long coat has long tufts or feathering on the ears, back of the legs and the tail. The long coat without the undercoat has the same feathering, but the outer coat is soft instead of coarse.

Intelligence

They’re considered the third smartest breed of dog. To be placed in the top tier of intelligence, breeds must understand a new command after only five repetitions and follow the first command given to them 95 percent of the time. German Shepherds are smart, active dogs who will do best with smart, active owners able to give them focused attention, exercise, training, and lots of one-on-one time. There are few dog breeds whose fans don't call them “intelligent,” but in the case of the German Shepherd Dog, that's probably an understatement.

Importance of finding an experienced breeder

HEALTH ISSUES 
Over the years, indiscriminate breeding practices have lead to hereditary diseases such as hip and elbow dysplasia, blood disorders, digestive problems (probably due to nerves), epilepsy, chronic eczema, keratitis (inflammation of the cornea), dwarfism and flea allergies. In order to avoid these conditions, it is imperative that you deal with breeders of the highest standards. Breeders such as ourselves are committed to eliminating these genetic disorders, and therefore build our breeding program very conscientiously in consequence. This insures that you can enjoy peace of mind, and enjoy a full and productive life with your shepherd.
Health disorders sometimes encountered in german shepherds:
Hip Dysplasia (HD) - Hip Dysplasia is the result of the malformation of the hip joint(s). This condition is a common difficulty in most of the large dog breeds and is both genetic and environmentally influenced. Be sure that both parents of any German Shepherd Dog puppy you are considering purchasing is certified by OFA, OVC or Penn Hip to be free of Hip Dysplasia. Over-feeding, over-exercise and injury while young may also contribute to your puppy damaging his hips (leading to degeneration).

Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI)- This disorder of the digestive system is potentially life threatening (particularly in its acute form) but often responds well to treatment. It is more common in some breeds than others and is frequently seen in German Shepherd Dogs. Successful treatment of pancreatic problems requires close cooperation between owner and veterinarian, as well as a certain flexibility in working with changes in the animal's condition.

Inter vertebral Disc Disease -German Shepherd Dogs are prone to degenerative disc disease although some bloodlines appear to have a higher incidence of this problem than others. Dogs with spinal problems should never be used for breeding. Dogs producing offspring with spinal abnormalities should be spayed or neutered.

Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD) -Osteochondrosis Dissecans is a disorder of bone formation resulting from a defect in the transition of cartilage into bone during the growth process. This condition appears to be genetic in nature, being far more common in some bloodlines than others. Similar to hip dysplasia, environmental factors can be contributory.

Panosteitis - Occasionally referred to as "wandering lameness" or Pano for short, this disease presents itself as spontaneous lameness, affecting dogs between the ages of 5 to 14 months. It's also known as "long bone disease", "shifting leg lameness" and "growing pains". "Pano" can be detected and diagnosed by x-ray. Onset can be from 5-12 months (occasionally later) and last until 18 months or more. Though it is uncomfortable for the puppy, it almost always grows out of it. The lameness need not be limited to one leg. Pano is generally considered to be a polygenic trait with limited heretibility .

Elbow Dysplasia- Elbow Dysplasia is a developmental disorder of the bones associated with the elbow joint. This disease is generally accepted as genetic in nature, and can occur in multiple levels of severity. As with Hip Dysplasia, both parents should be certified as free of Elbow Dysplasia prior to breeding.

Degenerative Myelopathy - Generally appearing in middle-aged dogs degenerative myelopathy is relatively common in German Shepherd Dogs. Triggered by the body's auto-immune system, a progressive degeneration of the spinal cord occurs. Beginning with the hind limbs this disease progressively weakens the entire body.

Skin Problems- Unlike humans who react to allergens with nasal symptoms, dogs react with skin problems. These problems may range from poor coat texture or length, to itching and chewing, to hot spots and self mutilation. Allergies may also play a part in chronic ear infections. To make matters more difficult to diagnose and treat, thyroid disease may add to the problem as well.

Hemophilia A -This recessive genetic disorder is usually found in males, with females being the carriers. Commonly referred to as the "bleeders disease", hemophilia is due to insufficient levels of the factor VIII blood clotting factor. Usually accompanied by hematomas (pockets of blood under the skin), this condition is present from birth.

Pancreatitis- Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas. This condition can occur once in dogs life, or be the first of many (chronic) occurrences. One of the main contributors to pancreatic flair ups is dietary (dog fed a particularly high fat meal), which the digestive system is not accustomed to.

Diabetes Mellitus -As with diabetes in humans, diabetes mellitus in dogs is primarily attributed to insufficient insulin production by the pancreas. Diabetes impacts the entire animal. With early diagnosis, treatment, and controlled diet the animal can live a long healthy life.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) - Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and Central Progressive Retinal Atrophy (CPRA) are among the most common eye problems in German Shepherd Dogs. These conditions usually begin to display symptoms at about 2 years of age. They are progressive in their degeneration. Both conditions are hereditary.

Sub-Aortic Stenosis (SAS) -This congenital heart condition has been found in German Shepherd Dogs, although major efforts are underway to eliminate (severely reduce) this condition. Ranging from minor heart murmurs to fatal, this condition covers a wide array of symptoms.

Epilepsy - Epilepsy is a hereditary seizure disorder. This disease cannot be cured, but it can be controlled with medication. The dog with epilepsy can live a fairly normal life, but cannot be placed in the stressful situation of showing, and certainly should not be bred.

Von Willebrand's Disease (vWD)- von Willebrand's disease is a hereditary bleeding disorder. It impacts the dog's ability to clot blood (similar to hemophilia). This disorder is found in both males and females.

Bilateral Cataracts -Cataracts in dogs can be identified as opaque spots on the lens of the eye. These spots may cause total or partial loss of vision. Some cataracts are hereditary while others are not. In some cases surgery may help the dog recover.

Cherry Eye-The tear gland that normally occupies the base of the third eyelid occasionally becomes enlarged, and will protrude beyond the leading edge of the third eyelid. This protrusion will appear as a round, red mass (cherry eye).

Cryptorchidism- Cryptorchidism is a genetic condition in which either one or both testicles do not descend into proper location within the scrotum. This is hereditary and dogs exhibiting this condition should never be used for breeding.

Bloat- Bloat is a condition where a dog's stomach produces excessive gas and enlarges severely enough to cause death without immediate treatment

TEMPERAMENT ISSUES
In some ways, this dog is truly the alpha personality: calm, assertive, assured, confident, hyper-intelligent, powerful and athletic, and with the size to make you hesitate. Then at home the German Shepherd behavior is loving, quiet, calm, and even spunky at times. Due to poor breeding some lines have become very aggressive. Others are fearful and weak in nature. Some believe this is due to generations of breeding for color and coat traits while ignoring the dogs working attributes.

Buying from these irresponsible "back yard breeder types" will not only result in you getting an undesirable dog, it will contribute to the downfall of a truly great breed. JUST DONT DO IT. the money you save in initial investment will be lost 10 times over in vet Bills and maybe even law suits.

BE A RESPONSIBLE BUYER 

What to feed your German shepherd dog

While the "dog food/raw diet debate" rages on, I will say that both are the answer. While most commercial dog foods are a complete diet they are also full of things you should not give to your dog. On the other hand dogs do not naturally eat plain raw meat. The argument that dogs are meat eaters only is full of holes. In the wild dogs will eat anything they can. Just ask your veterinarian about all the weird stuff he/she has had to surgically remove from a dog. I do give my dogs raw meat daily. I also supply them with high quality dog kibble to supplement their diet. This has worked for me and my shepherds for may years and I stand by this choice. 

How it works


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We have a screening process. As every responsible breeder should. We have an application that will ask you all we need to know. We take these applications and decide if you are a good fit for one of our puppies. To receive an application just email us in the contact section and we will forward you one. After reviewing your application we will contact you with the options we have available, so be sure to add your contact info, a good time to contact and best method.

We prefer that you see your puppy and pick one out in person. But sometimes this is not practical and we understand this. We will ask you a series of questions to figure out wich available puppy will best match your needs. We send our future puppy owners weekly updates with pictures and videos. We are also available if you just want to check in now and then.

Just check out the available puppies section. Each picture will be labeled. When you contact us make sure to let us know wich one you are most interested in.

WE DO TAKE DEPOSITS
But we do not refund them. It is your choice to decide how much you want to put down but we require $200 to guarantee your puppy will be held for you. If you are selected to receive a puppy and choose to put a deposte down you will be supplied with a contract to guarantee you will receive your pup in the allotted time discussed.

Payment Is due the day of pickup/delivery. We do not ship our puppies. We will not budge on this. But we are able to negotiate for delivery in most circumstances.

We accept checks for deposits but not on delivery day. We accept PayPal, western union, and cash. Final payment can be paid via check but do it early as the check must clear before you receive your puppy.

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Please consider making a donation to do your part in giving a disabled person a service dog. We will do our part if you folks can help out. We get several calls with each litter asking for a donated puppy. We would love to be able to donate them all but this is just not something we can afford to do. These donations will supply a local disabled person with the service they need. Keep checking the website as we will surely post several pictures of this for you all to enjoy. Please contact us to see how you can help.

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