About Us

About Us

    Since the age of 6 I have been heavily involved with dog breeding, I started as a 'puppy socializer' for my grandfather who bred and raised Doberman K9s up until he retired when I was 13. When I was 24 I ran into a liver German Shepherd in a feed store and I was captivated. A year later I purchased my first liver German Shepherd and the Volhouden kennel was founded. Volhouden is Dutch for Perserverence as the off color GSD has unfairly been the target of discrimination and ridicule. I have found and purchased some incredible dogs, from US bred to European imports, my lines are diverse and exemplary. It has taken the better part of a decade to ensure the dogs in my breeding program are far above the average German Shepherd in the United States with generations of healthy hips and elbows as well as the stable temperament and fierce protector attitude the German Shepherd is known for. I work with two 'types'; Showline and Silver/White. I currently do not work with Working lines.

    My puppies are all raised indoors, following Puppy Culture and Avidog principles with Early Neurological Stimulation(ENS) and Early Scent Introduction(ESI) for the first two weeks of life. I only ever have one litter on the ground at a time to ensure each puppy gets the individualized upbringing and care they need. I care deeply about what happens to my puppies and do everything in my power to set them up for success in your home, from exposing them to startling sounds like thunderstorms and fireworks, to adventures into the public to get them a head start on socialization, my goal is to do most of the early hard work for you. Starting in 2023 all of our pet home puppies will go home pre-sterilized to help ensure no accidental breedings happen while you are waiting for your puppy to finish growing so they may be traditionally spayed or neutered. The male puppies will have a vasectomy and female puppies will have an Ovary Sparing Spay. Our main goal is healthy, long lived companions. We have a secondary long term goal of producing 'off color' German Shepherds to introduce into the UKC show ring and sport world.

    We are currently located in Colona, IL. I'm excited to work with you in finding your next lifelong companion, please feel free to reach out anytime!

  • How much are your puppies?

    Unless specified on the Litters Page, all our pet(Limited AKC registration, NO BREEDING) puppies are $2800 USD. We require a $100 NON-REFUNDABLE reservation fee, this goes towards the purchase price of your puppy and ensures you a spot on our waitlist, we take a maximum of 4 before the litter is born. Once the puppies are born, if your specified coat color/gender is born, we require a deposit of $400. The remainder of the purchase price is due at 7 weeks of age when picks are made. Picks are done in order of DEPOSIT received, NOT reservation fee. We make EVERY attempt to keep people up to date on labor and to contact everyone in order of reservation fees received, but if you do not respond within 72 hours, we do move on to the next person on the list. Monies paid are refundable in the instance that I can not provide you with a healthy, suitable puppy ONLY.

  • Do you sell breeding rights?

    Short Answer; No, we do not. We sell all puppies on Limited AKC pre-completed registration and under a very strict spay/neuter contract.

    Exception; If you are an established, experienced breeder, with a lengthy track record of Health testing/Performance or Show titling, we are open to discuss a breeding prospect with you, very strict rules and requirements apply and there are certain coat colors and lines we will not allow in breeding homes.

  • Are the puppies parents health tested and titled?

    Yes, all of our breeding dogs that we OWN are Hip and Elbow certified through OFA and PennHip. We also only use outside stud dogs with completed health testing. We test our dogs for hundreds of genetic diseases through Embark(this includes DM and MDR1) and test for Pituitary Dwarfism, which is becoming an increasingly common problem in the GSD. We screen hips and elbows with OFA and PennHip evaluations at 12 months for preliminary scores and 2 years with OFA for official scores.

    All of our breeding, of age dogs are titled in Conformation, Sports or when coat color allows, both. We do NOT show with AKC, we strictly show with UKC.

  • Can I meet the parents?

    While we would love to have you visit our property and meet the parents in person, this is not always possible, nor do we usually allow it. Unfortunately in this day and age not everyone has the best intentions and we have been the target of burglary at our old property from folks posing as interested puppy buyers. There are also a myriad of diseases that can be tracked unknowingly onto our property, by well meaning clients, which can result in a very lengthy and expensive venture for us.

    We do however, happily face time, share photos/videos of our daily lives, the kennel and the environment in which the puppies are born and raised. We have nothing to hide and will gladly take photos or videos featuring any number of 'proof' requirements for worried clients. Usually our puppies are picked up by clients at the vet office, in person.

  • Have the puppies been socialized?

    Absolutely! We take the time to introduce puppies to new people/environments and will take puppies into public before they go home, using very strict procedures to ensure their health and safety. We try to send our puppies home with you as bomb proof as possible.

  • Have the puppies been to the vet?

    Yes! All of our puppies go to the vet at 7 weeks of age and receive their first vaccine(administered by the vet), fecal check and a thorough exam. We do NOT give our own vaccines as most vet practices will not accept breeder administered vaccines. Our vet also inserts their microchip at this visit and provides a very comprehensive and thorough exam record(which we provide a copy of to you), ensuring that you take a healthy and exemplary puppy home.

  • Do you have a guarantee? Do you require spay/neuter?

    Yes and yes. Our guarantee is in our Puppy Contract, it covers everything we currently test for. We do require you to spay/neuter your dog by 26 months.

    Starting in 2023 all of our pet home puppies will go home pre-sterilized to help ensure no accidental breedings happen while you are waiting for your puppy to finish growing so they may be traditionally spayed or neutered. The male puppies will have a vasectomy and female puppies will have an Ovary Sparing Spay.

  • When can my puppy come home?

    We really appreciate the enthusiasm our clients have about taking their baby fur ball home, but by law, we do not allow them to go home before 8 weeks of age and may keep them until 12 weeks if we think they need some extra work.