We have had German Shepherds for over 20 years. It is apparent there are several, consistent breed traits, they are loyal, willing to learn & eager to please. .

Our first foray into breeding was with Ash (Rhemacourts Belinda). We retained a bitch puppy from her first litter, Ebby (Crumpsbrook Ebony).


About the German Shepherd

Before making the decision to purchase a German Shepherd puppy, you will need to consider whether this highly intelligent breed is right for you. This involves doing some extensive research about the breed before going to see a litter of puppies. Owning any dog is a long term commitment, so it is better to know what you will be taking on before you buy.

Taking on a new puppy is hard work and will alter your routine. You will need a great deal of time, patience and commitment. Puppies need 3 or 4 meals a day and will need to be taken out into the garden at frequent intervals to assist with toilet training. They have little sense of right and wrong, so the ground rules also need to be established early on. Therefore they require a lot of attention, training and affection. Your lifestyle will change for the next 10 to 12 years, which is the average life span for a Shepherd.

They are extremely intelligent, alert, loyal to their family and easy to train. They are versatile and biddable making them popular with the police, obedience and working trials enthusiasts.

Being so intelligent, German Shepherds can learn bad habits just as quick as good ones, making correct and consistent training very important, especially as a puppy.

The Shepherd is essentially a working dog, so needs plenty of exercise and something to keep his active mind occupied.

It is extremely important that he is socialised frequently during the first year, so that he is a well adjusted and sociable member of the family. The puppy will need to be given the opportunity to play and interact with other dogs, which are calm and good-natured.

The German Shepherd thrives on companionship, so if there is no one at home for most of the day the German Shepherd is not the breed for you.


Breed Standard

General Appearance

 Slightly long in comparison to height; of powerful, well muscled build with weather-resistant coat. Relation between height, length, position and structure of fore and hindquarters (angulation) producing far-reaching, enduring gait. Clear definition of masculinity and femininity essential, and working ability never sacrificed for mere beauty.


Versatile working dog, balanced and free from exaggeration. Attentive, alert, resilient and tireless with keen scenting ability.


Steady of nerve, loyal, self-assured, courageous and tractable. Never nervous, over-aggressive or shy.

Head and Skull

Proportionate in size to body, never coarse, too fine or long. Clean cut; fairly broad between ears. Forehead slightly domed; little or no trace of central furrow. Cheeks forming softly rounded curve, never protruding. Skull from ears to bridge of nose tapering gradually and evenly, blending without too pronounced stop into wedge-shaped powerful muzzle. Skull approximately 50 per cent of overall length of head. Width of skull corresponding approximately to length, in males slightly greater, in females slightly less. Muzzle strong, lips firm, clean and closing tightly. Top of muzzle straight, almost parallel to forehead. Short, blunt, weak, pointed, overlong muzzle undesirable.


Medium-sized, almond-shaped, never protruding. Dark brown preferred, lighter shade permissible, provided expression good and general harmony of head not destroyed. Expression lively, intelligent and self-assured.


Medium-sized, firm in texture, broad at base, set high, carried erect, almost parallel, never pulled inwards or tipped, tapering to a point, open at front. Never hanging. Folding back during movement permissible.


Jaws strongly developed. With a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. Teeth healthy and strong. Full dentition desirable.


Fairly long, strong, with well developed muscles, free from throatiness. Carried at 45 degrees angle to horizontal, raised when excited, lowered at fast trot.


Shoulder blade and upper arms are equal in length, well muscled and firmly attached to the body. Shoulder blades set obliquely (approximately 45 degrees) laid flat to body. Upper arm strong, well muscled, joining shoulder blade at approximately 90 degrees. Seen from all sides, the forearms are straight and, seen from the front, absolutely parallel. Bone oval rather than round. The elbows must turn neither in nor out while standing or moving. Pasterns firm, supple, with a slight forward slope. An over long, weak pastern, which would affect a dog’s working ability is to be heavily penalised.  Length of foreleg slightly exceeds the depth of chest.


Length measured from point of shoulder to point of buttock, slightly exceeding height at withers. Correct ratio 10 to 9 or 8 and a half. Undersized dogs, stunted growth, high-legged dogs, those too heavy or too light in build, over-loaded fronts, too short overall appearance, any feature detracting from reach or endurance of gait, undesirable. Chest deep (45-48 per cent) of height at shoulder, not too broad, brisket long, well developed. Ribs well formed and long; neither barrel-shaped nor too flat; allowing free movement of elbows when gaiting. Relatively short loin. Belly firm, only slightly drawn up. Back between withers and croup, straight, strongly developed, not too long. Overall length achieved by correct angle of well laid shoulders, correct length of croup and hindquarters.  The topline runs without any visible break from the set on of the neck, over the well defined withers, falling away slightly in a straight line to the gently sloping croup.  The back is firm, strong and well muscled. Loin broad, strong, well muscled. Weak, soft and roach backs undesirable and should be heavily penalised.  Croup slightly sloping and without any break in the topline, merges imperceptibly with the set on of the tail. Short, steep or flat croups highly undesirable.


Overall strong, broad and well muscled, enabling effortless forward propulsion. Upper and lower thigh are approximately of equal length. Hind angulation sufficient if imaginary line dropped from point of buttocks cuts through lower thigh just in front of hock, continuing down slightly in front of hindfeet. Angulations corresponding approximately with front angulation, without over-angulation.  Seen from rear, the hind legs are straight and parallel to each other. The hocks are strong and firm.  The rear pasterns are vertical.  Any tendency towards over-angulation of hindquarters, weak hocks, cow hocks or sickle hooks, is to be heavily penalised as this reduces firmness and endurance in movement.


Rounded toes well closed and arched. Pads well cushioned and durable. Nails short, strong and dark in colour.


Bushy-haired, reaches at least to hock – ideal length reaching to middle of metatarsus. At rest tail hangs in slight sabre-like curve; when moving raised and curve increased, ideally never above level of back. Short, rolled, curled, generally carried badly or stumpy from birth, undesirable.


Sequence of step follows diagonal pattern, moving foreleg and opposite hindleg forward simultaneously; hindfoot thrust forward to midpoint of body and having equally long reach with forefeet without any noticeable change in backline.  Absolute soundness of movement essential. 

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