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Fabulous German Shepherd Puppies Ready to Go Home

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Hi everyone,

We have several nice puppies available now.  I’ll write about them below, but first I’ll catch you up on what we’ve been doing lately.  I’m committed again to posting most everyday that I’m home and not at dog shows.  We had a very busy show schedule this going to Claremore, Grove, Stillwater in OK, Cortez, Colorado, Albuquerque, NM, and Garden City, KS.  We are preparing to go to Billings and Great Falls, MT.  We have managed to pick up several wins and including some major wins.  However, we should have done better, and were quite unlucky do to weather cancellations and last minute judge changes.  We have eight German Shepherds Dogs on their way to Champion titles.  Easily two to three year project to finish all.  However, Heidelberg’s Patriot, Jude, Ekko , and Daphne are close to completing their championship title.

Heidelberg's Jude v Renac
Heidelberg’s Jude v Renac
This Picture Taken In February of 2012 Shows Daphne's Perfect Gait
This Picture Taken In February of 2012 Shows Daphne’s Perfect Gait
A Two-Year-Old Patriot playing in Pine Bluff, AR at Dog Show in February 2013
A Two-Year-Old Patriot playing in Pine Bluff, AR at Dog Show in February 2013
Heidelberg's Ekko Quinnd with her owner, Riley Westfall
Heidelberg’s Ekko Quinnd with her owner, Riley Westfall

We have puppies available out of Jude and Grand Champion Kodi, please check out http://keystonegermanshepherds.com/PuppiesForSale.htm.

Grand Champion Heidelberg's Kodiak v Queridad
Grand Champion Heidelberg’s Kodiak v Queridad OFA Excellent
Heidelberg's Jude v Renac
Heidelberg’s Jude v Renac

Below are some pictures of the puppies that we have available:

Victor and Vega on a Great Adventure
Victor and Vega on a Great Adventure
Wren a Kodi Who Loves to Be Held
Wren a Kodi PuppyWho Loves to Be Held
Aspen Letting Everyone Know that He's Special and in Control
Aspen Letting Everyone Know that He’s Special and in Control
Jude Puppies Playing, From Right to Left Aspen, Allen, and Annie
Jude Puppies Playing, From Right to Left Aspen, Allen, and Annie
Yancy and Yosemite Playing
Yancy and Yosemite Playing

Please call me at (918) 261-4729 if you would like to take one of puppies home with you.  Please visit our web page to learn more about these wonderful Heidelberg German Shepherds that we raise at Keystone German Shepherds & Kennels.  http://keystonegermanshepherds.com

Sincerely,

Dean Heckathorn

 

 

 

 

German Shepherd Dogs and Puppies in Competition

Exploring the vast prairie of the Washita National Wildlife Refuge
Exploring the vast prairie of the Washita National Wildlife Refuge

Hi Everyone,

We are close to starting our show season for 2014.  We are very excited about the judges and shows through April 2014.  We will be choosing shows past April as the judge panels are posted on Onofrio.com. We have several shows planned and everything has lined up well for us in regard to quality judges and show locations.  Our training has started and we should finish three dogs to their Championship and complete the Grand Championship on two dogs this year, and if we do really well four or five dogs will finish.  Our first show for 2014 is Saturday only in Wichita Falls, Texas on March 1, 2014.  The following week will be going to Columbia, MO showing both Saturday and Sunday on March 8 and 9, 2014.

I learned a lesson last year about posting the show that we are going to be competing before the shows close.  Apparently, we had some professional handler(s) that will go unnamed track my postings to enter shows where we had built majors and then showing up with one or two extremely competitive dogs.  While we do not shy away from competition under some of the judges that we showed under last year strongly leaned towards professional handlers rather than owner handlers such as myself especially when the dogs are close.  This proved to cost us some major wins in 2013, which was frustrating when we had gone to the expense and work to build the majors.  Therefore, I will now only discuss shows publicly after the entries have closed.  If you are showing a Heidelberg German Shepherd with us please call me to find out what shows we are planning on going to this year.

We have three dogs that are close to finishing and will likely complete their Championship this year.  The First with nine points and one major is Heidelberg’s Kaito v Carlief (Toby), with seven points and one major is Heidelberg’s Brandi Chariman (Kailey), and with eleven with and one major Heidelberg’s Diesel v Oklahoman.  Champion Heidelberg’s Kelsey Queirdad has 33 points and four majors and only needs to defeat two champions to win her Grand Championship.  Also, Champion Zeke v Gennnyh (Kolby) needs only seven more points to complete his Grand Championship.

Heidelberg's Kaito
Heidelberg’s Kaito v Calief (Toby)
Heidelberg's Ekko
Heidelberg’s Ekko Quinnd
This Picture Taken In February of 2012 Shows Daphne's Perfect Gait
Heidelberg’s Daphne Oklahoman
A Two-Year-Old Patriot playing in Pine Bluff, AR at Dog Show in February 2013
Heidelberg’s Patriot v Atlantan
Heidelberg's Jude v Renac
Heidelberg’s Jude v Renac 
Heidelberg's Brandi Chariman
Heidelberg’s Brandi Chariman
Champion Heidelberg's Kelsey Queridad
Champion Heidelberg’s Kelsey Queridad
Champion Heidelberg's Zeke v Gennyh
Champion Heidelberg’s Zeke v Gennyh

Also in contention for this year is Heidelberg’s Patriot v Atlantan, Heidelberg’s Ekko Quinnd with one point, Heidelberg’s Daphne Oklahoman with three points, and Heidelberg’s Jude v Renac with one point.

If you are considering getting a German shepherd puppy consider getting one of our older puppies and save a little money on some very high quality shepherds.

Please continue to check out our web page as we post updates on available litters: http://www.keystonegermanshepherds.com/PuppiesForSale.htm.   We have several wonderful puppies that that are ready to go home.

Ask me a Question and I will provide my opinion.   Also, please see our web page: KeystoneGermanShepherds

Sincerely,

KeystoneGermanShepherds

German Shepherd Dog (Our Daphne)

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Exploring the vast prairie of the Washita National Wildlife Refuge

 Hi Everyone,

When watching Heidelberg’s Daphne Oklahoman (Daphne) yesterday, my first thought after saying to myself she is perfect was how blessed I am.  I do not see myself as particularly talented and to consistently have such wonderful and nearly perfect German Shepherd Dogs, I can only be thankful to God for his blessings upon me and my family.  Daphne is a Daughter of Grand Champion (GCh.) Champion (Ch.) Best in Show (BIS) winner Heidelberg’s Oklahoma Natashac (Kay) and Ch. Heidelberg’s Bogie v Charisman.  Kay is a Ch. Heidelberg’s Natasha Cheyenne and Ch. Heidelberg’s Dargo v Angeliq daughter.

This Picture Taken In February of 2012 Shows Daphne's Perfect Gait
This Picture Taken In February of 2012 Shows Daphne’s Perfect Gait

The wonderful thing about Daphne is that she is an exact copy of Kay, but where Kay was a little bit too small at approximately 65 pounds, Daphne is going to finish out at approximately 85 pounds.  With the size of her Grandmother Natasha and the movement and structure of Kay and the energy and Charisma of Dargo there is little doubt that Daphne could be campaigned to be the number one German Shepherd Dog in the country.  Will that happen probably not because of the expenses related to such a campaign, but maybe if we can find a sponsor for her in the next couple of years it could possibly happen. 

Daphne (left) Playing In Pine Bluff, AR Feb, 2013
Daphne (left) Playing In Pine Bluff, AR Feb, 2013

Daphne already has 3 champion points from the puppy class with me showing her and when we start showing again this fall, I suspect that she will finish quickly like her mother, Kay.  Kay finished in three weekends going breed every day and winning several group placements.  Kay is our first BIS Winner and multiple-Group winner.  In 2009 at Kay’s first competing show, I showed her in the 12 to 18 month class, I won the class, but Kay was jumping and playing not showing well at all because she was too happy to be with me.  Brian Livingston, one of the best professional handlers in the country, saw Kay with me in the show ring.  After I won the class, Brian came up to me and said, ‘if you will let me show her for the rest of the weekend, I’ll show her for free, and I guarantee that she will go Best of Breed and win in the Groups’.  Kay won Best of Breed and took Group 1 and just missed out on winning Best in Show.  The next day she won Breed and took Group 2.  Kay is a superstar that rarely comes around and Daphne is in the same class as her mom.

GCh. Ch. BIS Multiple-Group Winner Heidelberg's Kay at age 15 months
GCh. Ch. BIS Multiple-Group Winner Heidelberg’s Kay at age 15 months

Please continue to check out our web page as we post updates on this litter and future available litters: http://www.keystonegermanshepherds.com/PuppiesForSale.htm.   We currently have Wally and Walter, two male puppies left.  Both are wonderful puppies and Walter has developed in to quite the show prospect.   Remember that we do ship puppies.

 Ask me a Question and I will provide my opinion.   Also, please see our web page: KeystoneGermanShepherds

Sincerely,

KeystoneGermanShepherds

German Shepherd Dogs – Our Future Superstars (Hardy)

Exploring the vast prairie of the Washita National Wildlife Refuge
Exploring the vast prairie of the Washita National Wildlife Refuge

Hi Everyone,

Today I am going to introduce you to Heidelberg’s Hardy v Casinoe (Hardy).  Hardy is out of our Champion (Ch.) Heidelberg’s Tundra v Heath (Tundra) and Heidelberg’s Casino Royale (Cassie) who is out of Heidelberg’s Emerald (Emmy) a daughter of our Ch. Heidelberg’s Oliver v Diamond a Ch. Heidelberg’sGunter v Whipero (Gunter) son.  The reason I am excited about Hardy’s breeding is the divergent lines that his two parents come from because Gunter was Ch. Heidelberg’s Rocky v Kaito (Rocky) son and there are very few of those out there and I only believe one Champion, our Gunter.  The reason is because the owner of Rocky refused to continue breeding Rocky because she wanted him to be totally focused on her. 

Heidelberg's Hardy V Casinoe (Hardy) at 12- Months-of-Age
Heidelberg’s Hardy V Casinoe (Hardy) at 12- Months-of-Age

Our Ch. Tundra is a Ch. Heidleberg’s Dargo v Angeliq son and our all-time best producer.  Now that I probably bored most of you to death talking about my Grandchildren, let me just suffice that Hardy provides us a lot off diversity in our breeding program, thus allowing us to line-breed without inbreeding. 

 Hardy is not our largest male unlike his sire Tundra and while he is only 19 months old and has a lot of growing to do, I believe he will finish up at approximately 85 to 90 pounds lean weight. His size will be much more like his Grandfather, Ch. Dargo, who is our smallest stud dog.  I have found that our smaller studs out produce themselves in size producing unusually large offspring and then these huge studs tend to produce smaller offspring, and through this cycle, we maintain balance in the size of our dogs where our males average 100 pounds and our females average 85 pounds.  For example our Champion Natasha Cheyenne was our all-time largest Champion bitch; however,she produced our smallest bitch, Grand Champion( GCh.) and Best-In-Show (BIS) winner GCh. Ch. Heidelberg’s Oklahoma v Natashac (Kay).

Heidelberg's Hardy V Casinoe (Hardy) at 12- Months-of-Age
Heidelberg’s Hardy V Casinoe (Hardy) at 12- Months-of-Age Showing His Perfect Front

Hardy has been shown several times in the puppy class accumulating several blue ribbons and it is obvious that the judges like him.  He is not yet extremely happy in the show ring, but that will improve and he will start winning once he starts expressing charisma in the show ring.  Hardy has perfect structure and form and a nice even gait.  He has had a high rear-end as a puppy, but that is not uncommon where the front shoulders grow slower, catching up to the rear later much as with horses.  I have been concerned with his turn of stifle but that has also improved with time to where he is almost fault free.  In addition, he has a perfect coat, not too long but very plush. 

Hardy is a sweet and very confident puppy with a very playful personality.  Several people that have come out to see our puppies have said that they want a male just like Hardy.  Look for puppies out of Hardy next year as we move forwards with his Championship and get him OFA’ed certified.

We have some wonderful new additions to our kennel including Nelson, Patriot, Sword, Daphne, Journey, Winter, and Serenity.  Tomorrow, I will choose another puppy to discuss on this blog. 

Please continue to check out our web page as we post updates on this litter and future available litters: http://www.keystonegermanshepherds.com/PuppiesForSale.htm.   We currently have Wally and Walter, two male puppies left.  Both are wonderful puppies and Walter has developed in to quite the show prospect.   Remember that we do ship puppies.

 Ask me a Question and I will provide my opinion.   Also, please see our web page: KeystoneGermanShepherds

Sincerely,

KeystoneGermanShepherds

German Shepherd Dog Show Results and Reflections: Feb 2 & 3, ’13 Pine Bluff, AR

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Exploring the vast prairie of the Washita National Wildlife Refuge

Hi everyone,

We just returned from the February 2 and 3, 2013 Pine Bluff, Arkansas dog show.  We did not do as well as we had planned, but we were able to get Select German Shepherd Dog and Select German Shepherd Dog Bitch.  Therefore, Ch. Heidelberg’s Zeke v. Gennyh owned by Terry and Spencer Cline won two majors and 6 Grand Champion points towards his Grand Championship.  In addition, Ch. Heidelberg’s Kelsey Queridad won two majors and 9 Grand Championship points towards her Grand Championship.

We did not win any class points, but Heidelberg’s Kaito v Carlief owned by Kristen Brian got a major reserve under Judge Roger Hartinger.  On the bright side, at her first show, Heidelberg’s Daphne Oklahoman being shown in 12 to 18 class showed very well for a puppy and placed both days.  Daphne will likely finish her Championship very quickly.

Heidelberg's Daphne Oklahoman
Heidelberg’s Daphne Oklahoman

We may have done much better at this German Shepherd Dog Show if I was physically in better shape.  During the holiday season, I had added some unneeded weight and due to the cold weather my activity level also declined.  Because I got fatigued, I did not present our dogs as well as I could have if I were in better shape.  Needless to say, I am very sore today.

In addition, because of the cold weather none of our dogs were ready to be shown in regards to their training level.  This is entirely my fault due to my reluctance to work with the dogs in miserable weather.  For our next show, I am committed to be in better shape and have our German Shepherd Dogs better trained and ready to be shown.

We had a blast exercising our dogs at the Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center.  The German Shepherd Dogs had serious fun investigating the old-growth hardwood bottoms of the delta.

Daphne and Patriot playing
Daphne and Patriot playing

Delta Pine Bluff 6

12 month old Hardy
12 month old Hardy

Pine Bluff Delta Delt Pine Bluff 3

Delta Pine Bluff 4

We will probably not enter under Mr. Roger Hartinger again.  We have shown under Mr. Hartinger several times now without winning any points since 2009 when we won Best in Show and winners dog under him in Enid Oklahoma.  For Judge Stephanie S. Hedgepath, we will only show under her again if she is part of more favorable judge panel for us even though last time we showed under her in 2007 in Gray Summit, Missouri, we swept all the points.

Ask me a question and I promise to provide my opinion.

Sincerely,

KeystoneGermanShepherds