My Vision

Oakwood is the prefix for dogs bred and lovingly raised in my home. I breed very selectively

implementing a thoroughly researched multigenerational plan to produce dogs of superior

quality, health and temperament.   My priority as a breeder is to produce a few fantastic litters

each year.

 

Conformation

Oakwood dogs typically finish their championships in just a few shows and they prove their quality by winning at the biggest events of the year - the GP Nationals and GPCA Supported Entry competitions.  The Oakwood track record for wins at the German Pinscher Nationals weekend spans more than 10 years… 2017~Georgio Winners Dog at the national and 2 more days that weekend, Merlot Winners Bitch to finish at the Supported Entry,  Madonna Best Foreign Bred at the national, in 2016~ Cami BOS to Best in Sweeps and major win Nationals weekend, Nikki BOS Nationals Weekend,  2015 ~ Nikki wins BOS Saturday and BOB Sunday of Nationals weekend,  2014 ~ Nikki WB and major and Madonna Owner/Handler BOB,  2013 ~ Madonna placed all three days (select Bitch twice and BOS), 2012 ~ Lukas National BOB, (in 2011 we did not attend, Lukas son Max was BOB), 2010 ~ Leia WB for a major,  2009 Amigo swept Winners Dog all three days and Rain was WB for a major, 2008 Nick Winners Dog at the national and Amigo, Pete and Diane also won majors, 2007 Lukas and Venture were Winners Dog and Winners Bitch, in 2006 I was show chair and did not show, in 2005 my foundation stud dogs Cash and Kaiser were Winners and in 2004 Sophie was WB for a major, I did not attend the club’s first National in 2003.     I show my dogs proudly and any dog that does not meet my high standards is placed without finishing, even when they already have major wins to their records.  It is quite easy to obtain a championship on any German Pinscher and many substandard dogs have achieved the title.  A championship is NEVER a good reason to breed a dog of poor quality.  I prefer to strive for excellence in quality, health and temperament.  Oakwood Kennel will never be the GPCA record holder for the number of Champions finished in a year as I show only quality animals and only one or two dogs at a time. 

Breeding Philosophy

I do not inbreed dogs.   In a breed with an already narrow gene pool, father/daughter, mother/son, sibling to sibling, half-brother to half-sister breeding and closely related cousins brings forward genetic health and temperament problems which could be prevented by wiser breeding decisions.  I invest in the long term prosperity of the breed by  traveling to the best studs and importing dogs and semen from the best males worldwide with genetic diversity, excellent health, temperament and superior conformation as my primary goals. I do not show the “pick of the litter” if that best puppy in the litter is grown out and does not meet my high standards.  The dog is altered and rehomed into a pet home if determined their temperament or conformation is not of benefit to the breed and my breeding program or if they fail any health certification.  I could complete their championships, but quality, temperament and health comes before ego and show wins.  My motto of Quality not Quantity will prove of greater benefit to the preservation of this breed than those whose breeding decisions are made based on a winning record, a national ranking or finishing an entire litter by showing them against their siblings.  The importance of Temperament - FIRST and FOREMOST A breeder must have a vision of what they want to produce in their bloodlines and what characteristics are important to them to reproduce in their dogs. Temperament of puppies is, in my experience, highly inherited, therefore I am focused on selecting dogs to breed that are of friendly, open, biddable and stable temperament.  A dog with an amenable personality makes both a wonderful life-long companion for those pups who are beloved pets as well as those who are lucky enough to be selected as show dogs.  All Oakwood dogs are first and foremost family companions and need to be a joy for their owners to have in their homes. My dogs live peacefully together in my home, I do not keep dogs in kennels, outbuildings or runs - my four to six dogs are members of the family and are first and foremost my companions.  I tolerate no aggression and expect everyone to get along.  Puppies begin socialization at birth.  The importance of Health - CRITICAL to maintain The German Pinscher is, in comparison to other breeds, relatively free of inherited diseases. To ensure we are working with breeding animals least likely to produce inherited genetic disorders, all my dogs have tested clear by DNA or vonWillebrands Disease (a bleeding disorder) so no futher testing is required unless I choose to breed to a carrier in future.  I have preliminary hip x-rays done when dogs are young and then repeat them after the age of two for their OFA certification to ensuring there is no evidence of Hip / Elbow Dysplasia.  Heart screenings are done with a certified cardiologist.  The dogs have yearly eye exams with a certified veterinary opthamologists and any dog who fails to receieve a passing exam in any area is removed from the breeding program. Cataracts are more prevalent in the German Pinscher than in other breeds and yearly examinations are a must for breeding animals.  German Pinschers can carry the dilute gene (which produces the bue and fawn colors) which along with the color mutation carries with it various health problems.  For this reason I do not breed for the dilute colors.   All health testing is listed on each dog’s individual dog’s page, even if a health problem is detected and the exam is failed - transparency is vital to buyers who need to know they are getting a dog from a breeder with multiple generations of health tested dogs whose testing is publically disclosed.  I do not over-vaccinate.  AVMA has acknowledged that, just like humans, animals remain at full immunity once properly vaccinated with a series of shots during the first year of life. This means that yearly booster shots, which can cause serious illness to a fully immunized adult dog, are unnecessary and potentially harmful. Only rabies, which is required by law, is routinely given to my adult dogs. I feed a combination of raw human grade meats along with Honest Kitchen dehydrated organic dog food.  The Responsibility of a Breeder I love my dogs with a deep passion and have a tremendous commitment to ensuring each one has the best life possible. While it breaks my heart each time I place a beloved adult who has retired from both the show ring and from my breeding program, I believe I am doing the right thing for the dogs. They deserve the best life.  Dogs should not be kept in kennels isolated from the love and attention they deserve. I find wonderful forever homes for each dog where they can be the center of their new owners universe. My heartache at placing them turns into joy as I get photos of my beloved dogs in front of Christmas trees with their presents, on boats, hiking with their doggy backpacks, just lounging on the couch or dedicating their lives to being service dogs,  I know I've done the right thing when I see how loved my retirees are in their new homes.  In order to continue to home raise and properly socialize and train my next generation to be wonderful ambassadors of their breeds, I limit myself to keeping at most 6 adult dogs. The testimonials I receive from the new owners are so rewarding that it makes me sure that I am doing the right thing for my best friends.                        
© Oakwood German Pinschers - updated July 2017
Retiree Kaiser and his new family
My Vision

Oakwood is the prefix for dogs bred and

lovingly raised in my home. I breed very

selectively implementing a thoroughly

researched multigenerational plan to

produce dogs of superior quality, health

and temperament.   My priority as a

breeder is to produce a few fantastic litters each year.

 

Conformation

Oakwood dogs typically finish their championships in just a few shows and they prove their quality by winning at the biggest events of the year - the GP Nationals and GPCA Supported Entry competitions.  The Oakwood track record for wins at the German Pinscher Nationals weekend spans more than 10 years… 2017~Georgio Winners Dog at the national and 2 more days that weekend, Merlot Winners Bitch to finish at the Supported Entry,  Madonna Best Foreign Bred at the national, in 2016~ Cami BOS to Best in Sweeps and major win Nationals weekend, Nikki BOS Nationals Weekend,  2015 ~ Nikki wins BOS Saturday and BOB Sunday of Nationals weekend,  2014 ~ Nikki WB and major and Madonna Owner/Handler BOB,  2013 ~ Madonna placed all three days (select Bitch twice and BOS), 2012 ~ Lukas National BOB, (in 2011 we did not attend, Lukas son Max was BOB), 2010 ~ Leia WB for a major,  2009 Amigo swept Winners Dog all three days and Rain was WB for a major, 2008 Nick Winners Dog at the national and Amigo, Pete and Diane also won majors, 2007 Lukas and Venture were Winners Dog and Winners Bitch, in 2006 I was show chair and did not show, in 2005 my foundation stud dogs Cash and Kaiser were Winners and in 2004 Sophie was WB for a major, I did not attend the club’s first National in 2003.     I show my dogs proudly and any dog that does not meet my high standards is placed without finishing, even when they already have major wins to their records.  It is quite easy to obtain a championship on any German Pinscher and many substandard dogs have achieved the title.  A championship is NEVER a good reason to breed a dog of poor quality.  I prefer to strive for excellence in quality, health and temperament.  Oakwood Kennel will never be the GPCA record holder for the number of Champions finished in a year as I show only quality  animals and only one or two dogs at a time. 

Breeding Philosophy

I do not inbreed dogs.   In a breed with an already narrow gene pool, father/daughter, mother/son, sibling to sibling, half- brother to half-sister breeding and closely related cousins brings forward genetic health and temperament problems which could be prevented by wiser breeding decisions.  I invest in the long term prosperity of the breed by  traveling to the best studs and importing dogs and semen from the best males worldwide with genetic diversity, excellent health, temperament and superior conformation as my primary goals. I do not show the “pick of the litter” if that best puppy in the litter is grown out and does not meet my high standards.  The dog is altered and rehomed into a pet home if determined their temperament or conformation is not of benefit to the breed and my breeding program or if they fail any health certification.  I could complete their championships, but quality, temperament and health comes before ego and show wins.  My motto of Quality not Quantity will prove of greater benefit to the preservation of this breed than those whose breeding decisions are made based on a winning record, a national ranking or finishing an entire litter by showing them against their siblings.  The importance of Temperament - FIRST and FOREMOST A breeder must have a vision of what they want to produce in their bloodlines and what characteristics are important to them to reproduce in their dogs. Temperament of puppies is, in my experience, highly inherited, therefore I am focused on selecting dogs to breed that are of friendly, open, biddable and stable temperament.  A dog with an amenable personality makes both a wonderful life-long companion for those pups who are beloved pets as well as those who are lucky enough to be selected as show dogs.  All Oakwood dogs are first and foremost family companions and need to be a joy for their owners to have in their homes. My dogs live peacefully together in my home, I do not keep dogs in kennels, outbuildings or runs - my four to six dogs are members of the family and are first and foremost my companions.  I tolerate no aggression and expect everyone to get along.  Puppies begin socialization at birth.  The importance of Health - CRITICAL to maintain The German Pinscher is, in comparison to other breeds, relatively free of inherited diseases. To ensure we are working with breeding animals least likely to produce inherited genetic disorders, all my dogs have tested clear by DNA or vonWillebrands Disease (a bleeding disorder) so no futher testing is required unless I choose to breed to a carrier in future.  I have preliminary hip x-rays done when dogs are young and then repeat them after the age of two for their OFA certification to ensuring there is no evidence of Hip / Elbow Dysplasia.  Heart screenings are done with a certified cardiologist.  The dogs have yearly eye exams with a certified veterinary opthamologists and any dog who fails to receieve a passing exam in any area is removed from the breeding program. Cataracts are more prevalent in the German Pinscher than in other breeds and yearly examinations are a must for breeding animals.  German Pinschers can carry the dilute gene (which produces the bue and fawn colors) which along with the color mutation carries with it various health problems.  For this reason I do not breed for the dilute colors.   All health testing is listed on each dog’s individual dog’s page, even if a health problem is detected and the exam is failed - transparency is vital to buyers who need to know they are getting a dog from a breeder with multiple generations of health tested dogs whose testing is publically disclosed.  I do not over-vaccinate.  AVMA has acknowledged that, just like humans, animals remain at full immunity once properly vaccinated with a series of shots during the first year of life. This means that yearly booster shots, which can cause serious illness to a fully immunized adult dog, are unnecessary and potentially harmful. Only rabies, which is required by law, is routinely given to my adult dogs. I feed a combination of raw human grade meats along with Honest Kitchen dehydrated organic dog food.  The Responsibility of a Breeder I love my dogs with a deep passion and have a tremendous commitment to ensuring each one has the best life possible. While it breaks my heart each time I place a beloved adult who has retired from both the show ring and from my breeding program, I believe I am doing the right thing for the dogs. They deserve the best life.  Dogs should not be kept in kennels isolated from the love and attention they deserve. I find wonderful forever homes for each dog where they can be the center of their new owners universe. My heartache at placing them turns into joy as I get photos of my beloved dogs in front of Christmas trees with their presents, on boats, hiking with their doggy backpacks, just lounging on the couch or dedicating their lives to being service dogs,  I know I've done the right thing when I see how loved my retirees are in their new homes.  In order to continue to home raise and properly socialize and train my next generation to be wonderful ambassadors of their breeds, I limit myself to keeping at most 6 adult dogs. The testimonials I receive from the new owners are so rewarding that it makes me sure that I am doing the right thing for my best friends.