West German Show Line German Shepherd Breeder in Minnesota
von Gottschalk German Shepherds
Please note: Our location is under construction and we are not allowing visitors until it is complete.
The only exception is for those picking up their puppies.
Each puppy comes with:
*AKC registration application
*first set of shots at 7 weeks old
*we also provide weekly updates of the puppies up until they are ready to go home
Puppies will be started on Diamond Naturals Large Breed Puppy Formula.
Here at von Gottschalk German Shepherds we believe in responsible breeding. Please take note that our prices are based on other puppies selling of the same quality in the midwest region. We want to encourage responsible breeding, so we only offer full breeding rights (full AKC registration) at a higher price. If you would like to breed your puppy in the future, you will need to purchase your puppy on full registration. If you are looking for a best friend or family pet you will only need to purchase your puppy on limited registration. Returning customers receive a discount.
Because of the risk of disease being brought in combined with the fact that we are a small breeder with our own family to accommodate, we do not allow visitors in our home prior to puppy pick up. No more exceptions! Puppy picks will be made at 8 weeks old on pick up day. It will be very important when you make your appointment to pick up your new puppy that you are not late and do not change your time of arrival, there will be others behind you waiting to pick up their puppy also. If you can not make it to your appointment to pick up your puppy, you will have to make your choice based off our descriptions and pictures.
It is VERY IMPORTANT that at any time you are visiting our home, PLEASE do NOT bring other animals. Also, please refrain from visiting other breeders, dog parks, or pet stores prior to coming to our home. Parvo is a very powerful, deadly disease for our young puppies and even though the puppies are given a vaccine against it, they are still susceptible to it in those first few weeks. The disease can be carried in on your shoes without you knowing it. There are other diseases as well, but this can be one of the worst. Losing puppies is no fun.
We do as much socializing as we can with our puppies. Most days the majority of our time is spent with our dogs. We also have three children, and as I'm sure you can imagine, they are also around the puppies A LOT, so the puppies are always getting loads of attention and love. We try to introduce as many new sounds and new environments to the puppies as possible. The puppies also get introduced to their first bath at 5 weeks of age.
German Shepherds are great family pets, however how the new owner chooses to raise their puppy is a major determining factor regarding its personality. Raising a puppy is like raising a child, no puppy or child is born "bad", it is all up to the parents on the upbringing. There are a few puppy temperament tests you can do with each puppy to get an idea of their temperament/personality.
Please remember when buying, a puppy is a commitment, and not just a gift you can throw away later if you don't like him or her. Please do your research about the breed and remember that puppies require a lot of patience, attention, time, training, and love!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask! Please find our email and phone number on the 'Contact' tab of our page. We will respond to you as soon as we can! Thank you!