"The most striking feature of the correctly bred German Shepherd are firmness of nerves, attentiveness, unshockability, tractability, watchfulness, reliability and incorruptibility together with courage...."
- Captain Max von Stephanitz
- Captain Max von Stephanitz
Kellnhaus was created because of our love for the German Shepherd Dog breed and need for a service dog. In looking for the right addition to our family, it was clear that there was a need for high quality, registered, healthy German Shepherd Dogs in Alberta and western Canada that had both the capacity to work and the nature to serve even the most vulnerable.
With this in mind, we sought out specific lines of pedigree that consistently produced stable temperaments, amazing intelligence, correct conformations, and various drive levels suitable for a range of lifestyles and needs. We carefully selected foundation pups to begin Kellnhaus to begin working with. Through titling, testing, and hard work, we ensured they complimented each other's strengths and would produced pups worthy of the tasks ahead and the GSD name. With that, Kellnhaus German Shepherds Companions and Service Dogs was born. We take great care to match each pup with the person and home that is right for them to ensure they are an irreplaceable companion and partner for a lifetime of love and service.
Why The German Shepherd?
Anyone who knows anything about the history of the German shepherd breed knows that they were bred first and foremost to be efficient working dogs and secondly to be show animals. Between the years of 1899 and 1901, a man by the name of Max von Stephanitz saw a dog at a dog show that he greatly impressed by. Max wanted to create a dog breed that was the ideal working dog. Max purchased this dog who became a sire for the foundation breeding stock. This dog along with the regional/native shepherd dogs in Germany – the Thuringian, the Wurttemberg sheep dog and the Swabian Service Dog are where all modern day German Shepherds can trace their DNA back to. In 1901 the German Shepherd was registered as a breed.
Why Show Line German Shepherd's?
When choosing a working dog, why would we select from show lines instead of working lines? The answer is an easy one- show line prey drives are usually lower meaning they are more content with a slower pace of life. This is important in both a family home and as a working service dog. The conformation lines are dogs that are generally easy to live with, trainable, stable, and calm, yet possessing enough drive to work and protect. The structure of these dogs is excellent, balanced, harmonious and efficient, and their general appearance is quite striking. It's important that a dog be built right from the genetics up to avoid costly health problems down the road. Working and show lines are still similar in temperament, with the working line exhibiting a higher drive and more intensity, making the show lines a better choice for families and service dogs. Our dogs still excel in many sports, but by breeding for a more balanced drive, they are able to have an "off switch" allowing them to live happy, healthy lives in our homes and as part of our families.
We are past or current proud members of the following organizations:
Canadian Kennel Club
German Shepherd Dog Club of Canada
German Shepherd Dog Club of America