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KVG Breeding Philosophy and Long Term Goal

The primary goal of my breeding program is go above the standard of 'mandatory' health testing, by conducting optional health tests that are crucial to the betterment of the German shepherd dog. Mandatory health tests are: hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia. Optional health tests are: degenerative myelopathy, transitional vertebrae, osteochondrosis dissecans, genetic autoimmune diseases, allergies, heart and eyes. I aim to achieve this goal, by conducting all of the mandatory and optional health testing to aid in my decision making in regards to breeding, whilst conducting ongoing research regarding these diseases to further my knowledge.

The secondary goal of my breeding program is to focus on the character, and temperament of each dog bred, in particular the overall 'nerve' strength, and or 'confidence' that German shepherds must possess in order to safely coexist in society today, and to pair each dog so as to improve the temperament of their progeny. I aim to achieve this by choosing dogs that have the capacity to happily live in a home environment, among children, adults, and seniors, with the capability to handle 'society' and our 'urban' lifestyle without undue stress to the dog, and forward aggression towards people.

Thirdly, my goal is to strive to continue to improve the workability, the level of 'drive' a German shepherd is meant to have so that it continues to be a versatile, strong working dog, whilst maintain my high standard of health and temperament! Health and temperament will not be sacrificed in the name of drive, sport, or winning a competition. I aim to achieve this goal via training, and competing all of my KVG dogs in the traditional sport of Schutzhund, originally designed to test the German shepherd dog for breed suitability.

Not all dogs bred, are an exact replica of my breeding goals, however, all bred dogs have the genetic stamp of possibility, behind them. Like other species, each dog is an individual, with individual needs associated in terms of training, time, and patience during growth and development. A German shepherd puppy is not a machine, it is not a computer, or program, it does not come with a set of instructions, or a step by step manual. The 'art' of raising a puppy, a dog, is just that, an art.

Calibre Juno vom Gorka
Jim Beam vom Gorka
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