MASSTANA GERMAN SHEPHERDS
We purchased our first
German Shepherd in 1969, after moving into our first house in
. She was a beautiful, extremely intelligent, eight week old puppy
bitch. As she grew up we
were often asked if we were we going to breed her. We
did not make a serious attempt to finish her Championship, but we
recognized that she was a good bitch and was well bred.
While we didnít buy this puppy with the intention of
going into breeding, with much encouragement, we took the plunge and
bred her in 1971. We got
8 puppies and were hooked. The
puppies were healthy, had wonderful temperaments and the experience
was rewarding for the families who received them and for us, as we
learned more about the breed and the objectives of the German
Shepherd Dog Club of America (GSDCA).
Since John was from
and we lived in
we came up with the kennel name of Masstana which we have used ever
there we began a program which really got started in a more earnest
way when we moved to
in 1975. We are a small
kennel, with only four or five adult dogs in residence at any one
time. We generally have
one litter a year, but have been successful in breeding and/or
owning 10 Best in, or Best Opposite in German Shepherd Dog Club of
One of our current champions is Ch Masstana's Karli, who
generations of our breeding program. Several of our dogs are
behind a US Grand Victor and a Canadian Grand Victor and several
Select dogs and bitches. We
have bred or owned
16 AKC Champions to date.
Both Nancy and John have been long time members
of the German Shepherd Dog Club of America (GSDCA) and of the German
Shepherd Dog Club of Greater New Haven (GSDC of GNH). John is
a past President and current Board Member of the GSDC of Greater New
Haven. In addition
John served as a Board Member of one of the nations largest guide
dog schools for over 24 years, serving as Chairman for 4 of those
We are signers of the
GSDCA Breeders Code and stand behind our puppies with written
guarantees of health and no disqualifying faults as described in the
written GSDCA Standard. We
breed for temperament first and structural soundness second.
We recognize that the majority of our puppies will go into
pet homes and, as such, we strive to produce healthy, happy and
mentally stable dogs. At
the same time we strive to produce dogs which have strong backs,
strong secondary sex characteristics and the fluid strong movement
outlined by our Shepherd Standard.
Itís gives us a great sense of satisfaction to occasionally
produce everything we are striving for.
It is hard work, but the goal we strive to achieve is well
worth the effort.
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