Welcome to German Shepherds vom Pearlinhaus,
where Family Loved AKC German Shepherds are raised in the home.
We are first and foremost a family. We are NOT a kennel so don't expect the professional atmosphere of a competition breeder or commercial breeder, either on this website or at our home. We are, very simply put, just a family that loves the German Shepherd Dog, from the fantastic family minded dogs with no direct show lineage to the show line types, we love them all and share this love with others. However, keep this in mind: if you are looking for a cheap way to get into the competition circles, please look elsewhere, we don't want to be a part of that world. Our dogs are meant for family lives and when people start looking for a cheap way to get their foot in the door to the high end competition world, chaos and drama has erupted and we don't need nor want to be a part of that. Our down to earth world of family dogs, and the high roller world of trials, bite games, ribbons and trophies and traveling to competitions, are as different as day is to night. We're family minded, they're competition minded. If you're thinking of entering that world, my advice is to go to that world, find a top competition kennel/breeder and get your dog from them. (yes you'll pay a lot more, but it's their world. Using one of their dogs in their world is only fair.)
Now, if you're looking for a family companion that will excel in training, (training is a must due to their high intelligence) be the top in it's obedience class, can play ball with your kids, intimidate and raise his hair and even show some teeth at an intruder or unwelcomed stranger (but not go berserk unless needed), can go to show n tell with your son / daughter, be your 4 legged vacuum following after your kids, and be there to soothe the tears of an upsetting day, and cuddle at your feet (or in your lap!)after a grueling day at work, THAT's what we're all about, that's what we strive for. ..*There is an occasional "working attitude" pup for a high energy/high drive ranch worker, but these are not the norm for us and are recommended for a working home*... You can see our family dogs on our "About Us" page. Our dogs aren't handled and drilled for competition trials, and they don't live outside in kennels. They have a dog house or two outside but won't even use them LOL! They live with us in our home and they know it. We don't have trophies to prove their worth because we don't need them in order for us to know they are everything to us. No we don't compete but our dogs as smart as the competition dogs and maybe even more stable and loving due to their everyday life. (at least I think so and have heard the same from others LOL). I believe the difference is that the competition dogs are usually bred into that world from parents of that world and brought up from birth in that world of kennels and exhibitions and trials of one kind and another, trained to attack when no "air" of danger is present, and to be winners in a non family setting. Those games are just not us, no offense meant towards them, that just isn't our world.
Our world is here, in a calm yet occasionally hectic home setting. I believe the atmosphere that surrounds the dog from the time the mom is pregnant (just like other mammals, us humans included) and especially through the first few weeks of life makes a world of difference in the future life of the dog and it's potential family. The personal photos you see on these pages are of our dogs in their every day life, this is our world. They're absolute family dogs. I would like to think that my hard work to get back to the awesome instinctually intelligent dogs of the past, with families being it's "job" and that job is so natural to it, and is it's passion, it's very reason for being, is worth it. A dog that is so intelligent, it can work independently, with your trust he/she will do the right thing. I've often thought I was alone in these beliefs, but then I found this interview with a highly respected and seasoned veteran of this breed: Schäfermeister Manfred Heyne. Although our specialties are in different areas (mine is family his being herding). Some favorite information regarding instinct is found in this website's pages: http://www.german-shepherdherding.com/the-genetic-origin-of-the-breed/ When we do have puppies, they are born in my bedroom, raised in our home until about 4 weeks old, then they start going outside to our fenced yard as well as to their indoor /outdoor nursery area (about a 1/4 acre) to experience a little more of their world such as the horses, cats and other life (pics on puppy page), and yet still get to interact in our family life. I love being included in the life of our pups as they grow too! I
consider our new families as extended family and most of them stay
in contact and share their pup's life with us! What a warm feeling to be able to extend our family with such amazing and loving people! We truly have been blessed .....(And yes, I'm pretty chatty too, that's been pointed out a time or two, and I'm too old to care, LOL. So don't worry if you feel you ask too many questions or share too much about yourself. You might actually have to put on the "hip waders" to absorb it all! LOL! I actually like to chit chat! so go ahead and chat away with me!A written GOOD HEALTH GUARANTEE goes with each puppy! It's the same guarantee you will find on the high end breeder contracts. We may be small, but we provide this as well because we agree with them that nature can throw a curve ball out of the blue, so we too have that written guarantee in place.
(Ours is different in that a 'Well Puppy Exam' by your vet is required to activate it)
The German Shepherd breed is in my blood so to speak. My father had German Shepherds as did his father, who also had a knack for training. Their dogs were never a part of the competition world back then either, but were family dogs through and through. We played football (tackle yet!) frisbee, swam with them and snuck the food to them that we as kids didn't want LOL! Some of these dogs were trained far beyond the usual obedience and manners and might even have been top champions if they had been raised in that competition world, but as my dad always said, "the dog can't read and doesn't care about a shiny object, only people care about those things" And he's right.
These dogs work at home. As I was growing up, more often than not there were no fences to define property lines, the dogs just seemed to know where they belonged and that family was to be taken care of and intruders were to be kept out. These dogs were not trained to know this, they just seemed to "know". There are family stories of these dogs saving kids, warding off drunk intruders, keeping strays from hurting us and yet leaving alone the wildlife that inhabited our property. One of our dogs even "helped" my little brother bring home a few baby bunnies, she never hurt them but carried one home in her mouth while my brother carried a few more in his shirt. Mother of course had them put the bunnies back, but this shows how a family German Shepherd can be. This is what was bred into the German Shepherds of days gone by. If there was no danger nor "air of danger" they were fine. They didn't need to be ordered to do these things, they just seemed to know. With no actual "guard dog" training, they guarded with instinct and intelligence. Here's another example: My Uncle came from the east one year and even though our male had never met him, he greeted him as if he KNEW it was family!! How did he know? We didn't "introduce" him. This dog that did NOT like strangers accepted this man and acted as if he had known him for YEARS and having him there was no big deal! This is the intelligence we strive for. Our dogs don't care that they aren't champions themselves (but if they could talk, they might brag that their grandad was LOL!) But more importantly, they have good instincts.They don't need the game of being taunted and hit with noisy sticks or ordered (sent in) to bite padded suits in a training facility or arena in order to do their job here at our home, or on a ranch, or farm, or as therapy or personal assistant dogs. They do this with instinctual intelligence better than any other dog.
After 40 plus years of being with these family minded dogs, my training knowledge and breeding theories / knowledge have grown as well. I continue to research new data. Continued
growth of knowledge is so important in any thing we do, and I think
everyone should be open to all that is offered out there today. There is
tremendous opportunity for educational growth when a person is open to
learning from the experiences of others. There are some amazing people
out there that love to share their knowledge with those that are eager to listen and learn. These "teachers" come from all areas of expertise;
from long established competition breeders or kennel
breeders, to professional trainers, to vets and researchers with their constantly updated findings, to our own
family and their many combined years,
there are those that are open to sharing their experiences with those
that are eager to listen. Their vast combined knowledge, as well
as what I have learned from my own learning curves, has taught me so
much! I believe we should all be open minded to learning, and always
know that we can improve, correct, and continue to grow so that we can
provide the best future for our awesome breed.
A good example is the subject of HD. There are lot of breakthroughs and theories on this now that intrigue me. I have found his subject has strong opinions on both sides of the Vit C research, so to be safe, I add it, ... better to be safe than sorry right? I am open to considering a new theory as long as it is backed up by research. I don't ever want to stop learning. It's what keeps us moving forward. * More information on the HD / VitC and other health topics (with links to the research) on our History page.
My love for the German Shepherd started with the dogs of my childhood in the early 60s, and it pushes me to improve at every chance I can get. My grandfather first introduced me to training at an early age, so I guess you could say that my interest is inherited from him. I trained my first one, a sable German Shepherd, when I was 12 /13 yrs old. I taught him to climb, watch, "send away", come, stop, sit, lay down, stay, heel, etc. all with hand signals as well as voice commands. I was hooked from that point on (I have been told more than once by a sibling that I was always out training with our dogs LOL!) For me, it's a fun and fascinating field and I will continue to soak up all the research and facts until my last breath!
I love those German Shepherds I knew as a child, and I'm very particular to find those qualities in the picks of dogs I have today. They're impressive, intelligent, devoted, gentle when needed and stable enough for a family pet, yet solid, brave, confident and intimidating enough to protect the family.
This is the regal and truly versatile dog it was intended to be. My goal is to take all these strong structures, high intelligence, and stable temperaments and breed them back into the mainstream German Shepherds meant for families.
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From Military Working Dogs, (down through history and today) to Police K-9, Search and Rescue & Family Companions/ Protectors, this is a truly versatile breed!
Working long hours, side by side with their partners after 9/11
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"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion"
Sick child's best friend.
child's favorite pillow
I also think the diet and maintenance care of these awesome dogs should be as natural & toxin free as possible. Like it was when we were kids and everything was a little more natural. Dogs just seemed to live healthier, longer lives. But that's just my own families experience, others might disagree and that's ok, each has a right to their own beliefs. But for every nay sayer of natural health care, there is another in favor of it with research to back it up... licensed vets' research included on each side of the issue. Each individual has to decide for themselves and their dog. Around here, I use Wolf Creek Ranch products in addition to my veterinarian. The natural products they offer cover everything from meds to shampoos and flea treatments.
**A friend's Welsh Corgi came down with vet confirmed Kennel Cough once and all the meds the vet was prescribing were super expensive and not doing much for her poor sweet Corgi. I suggested Wolf Creek Ranch products, she researched, ordered their products, and he improved as soon as she started the herbal meds and was completely well within 3 days. (It's worth looking into) http://wolfcreekranch1.tripod.com/
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Raising German Shepherds in Washington / Oregon area,
the Columbia River Gorge, is a joy and my passion.
"I'm happiest when I'm with my shepherd"
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Last but not least: Yva ...Retired healthy and happy at age 6