German Shepherd Dog Tip (Naming Your Puppy)

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Hi Everyone,

Today I’m going to discuss the best and what I believe is the correct convention for naming and registering your German Shepherd Dog puppies. You should start with your kennel name or German Shepherd Dog type or title name as we do at Keystone German Shepherds.  For example, we use the title name Heidelberg, therefore, our dogs’ names begin with “Heidelberg’s”.

Champion Heidelberg's Genny Heatherh

Champion Heidelberg’s Genny Heatherh

Next you should have a litter letter for each litter.  We started with “A”, and work through the alphabet. For example, every German Shepherd Dog puppy in the litter will have their first name begin with “A”, such as Heidelberg’s Allen, Heidelberg’s Alvin, and Heidelberg’s Alice.

To complete the name, we use mom’s litter letter name with the maternal Grandmother litter letter at the end of mom’s name.  Continuing with the above example, mom is registered as Heidelberg’s Missy Angelq.  Therefore, her puppies would be registered as Heidelberg’s Allen v Missya and Heidelberg’s Alice Missya. We use the v to denote males.

Champion Heidelberg's Zeke v Gennyh

Champion Heidelberg’s Zeke v Gennyh

If you follow this convention or a similar one, you will find that it is much easier to remember the breeding or lines of each dog.  In addition, it becomes a record keeping tool that makes life a little easier for considering breeding matches and for looking up lineages several years from now.

Ask me a question and I will provide my opinion.




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