Owner Testimonials

Summerwood Farm NC, LLC
February 4, 2020
My name is Dale, I bought a German shepherd puppy from the Raeford Facility about 3 years ago. I just wanted to share a picture of my girl Ivy with you.
105 pounds of sweet loving GSD. 
Thank you. 
Thank you Dale for sharing your story and the beautiful picture of Ivy.

Picks of the Litter

Summerwood Farm NC, LLC

There has been many questions regarding pick(s) of the Litter puppies. I can say first hand that there is more than having First, Second pick and so on  of the Litter puppy. For that is just a Number.

The most important thing is how you Raise (your) that puppy.

You have made a Monetary and Lifetime commitment when you purchase this puppy (from whatever breeder you have choosen).

What I can say with most certainty is once you are now the proud owner of a Male or Female puppy, the fun has just begun. They are not unlike  children (eager to learn eager to please). They like to be talked to, played with and love. They in return will be forever your very Best Friend. Loyal to a fault and non judgmental.

To maximize their Size, their Health and their Devotion is not rocket science. (please read the  Nutrition, Exercise, Affection & Grooming Post)

You and or Your Family should be committed to do the following:

Quality Nutrition

Lots of Bonding Daily Exercise

Plenty of Affection

Weekly Grooming

Yearly Wellness Exams

Interact with Other Dogs & People

No matter what number you are in your particular Litter your puppy will excel is all areas of its’ life by following the above proven Suggestions.

Should you have and Questions or Comments regarding this Post, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Walt Bach/Founder

Call or Text: 910 916 9911

e-mail: vonBachHausKennel@yahoo.com


Revised 1/19/2020

The German Shepherd Temperament

Summerwood Farm NC, LLC

von BachHaus Kennel German shepherds

This picture is of my female German shepherd Akita with a week old fawn.
It was at night and we were in my pickup truck headed to the store. The vehicle in front of me swerved but hit an adult doe. The vehicle drove off. I stopped in the middle of the road to see the doe on the side of the road apparently dead. Next to this doe I saw a young fawn laying next to the mom. Akita and I got out of the truck and processed to walk toward them. The fawn ran off in the woods. I send Akita after it. Akita held the fawn down while I caught up. I picked up the Fawn that was unharmed by the collision and put it in the truck. I brought the fawn back to the Farm. The fawn was given warm goats milk many times a day. Akita and the fawn were inseparable and Akita protected her new friend day and night. They would go for walks on the many of our trails. They both slept in the high grass in the field at night. After living on the Farm for four months and being weaned several deer walked toward the pond one night. This is when the urge to be with his own kind over ridge the love he had for Akita. It left and Akita barely ate that next week. Oh yeah, it was a buck with the cutest little horns. Akita is no longer with us and is buried on the Farm. When I see a big buck on the property I wonder if that could have been the fawn we saved.
This is another reason why German shepherds are the best over all dog in the World.
Their Compassion.
Hunting of any kind is not permitted on the Farm.
German Shepherd Dog Temperament Characteristics:














Not only does the German shepherd have a great Temperament but is the most versatile dog in the World. From a Seeing Eye Dog, Service Dog, Family Protection, Cadaver, Tracking, Drug, Bomb Enforcement, Search & Rescue and Military and Law Enforcement throughout the World.
The von BachHaus Family
Tina from Archdale, Sue from Alcolu, SC, Michelle from Randalman and Walt from Raeford
 Revised 1/7/2020

American Kennel Club Versus The German SV for Breeding Requirements

In this Post I would like to discus the difference between the rules governing breeding requirements to register a litter from The American Kennel Club and The German SV (The Verein fur Deutsche Schaferhunde).

The American Kennel Club

  1. 1. Both Parents Must be AKC registered to register the Litter.

2. At time of mating the Dam and Sire must be 11 months of age or older and be less than 8 years old.

An undescended Sires testicle can still be register the litter.

Any mating combination is permitted:  Father & Daughter, Brother and Sister, Mother and Son, etc.

Hips nor elbows evaluation are not required.

Heart worm test are not require.

Yearly wellness exam with inoculations are not required

The German SV (The Verein fur Deutsche Schaferhunde)

Both Parents must be Pink Papered Both Parents

Both Parents Must be at least two years of age at time of conception.

Both Parents must have a successfully achieved a show title. (G, SG, V or VA)

Both Parents must have successfully achieve a BH (Behavioral Training) & AD (Endurance Test).

Both Parents Must successfully receive a  KkL1 or KkL2 (Breed Survey).

All Males must have their testicles descended. If not he can never be bred.

Both Parents must be titled in IPO (Tracking, Obedience & Bite Work Protection).

Both Parents Must have GOOD hips & elbows with no dysplasia determined by the SV.

Both Parent Must have their DNA Certification.

Yearly blood test is required for heart worm.

In conclusion, Germany Breeders may purchase approximately (one) one percent of their import German shepherds from North America. Conversely, the North American Breeders purchase approximately (85) eighty-five percent of their foreign imports from Germany and the Czech Republic.

You can clearly see the advantage of purchasing a von BachHaus Kennel German shepherd puppy All of our planed liters are produced by one or both German import titled adult German Shepherds in our Kennel.

This is a clear reason why our von BachHaus Kennel litters are produced by one or both parents being direct imports from German or Czech Republic.

Should you have any comments rewarding this POST please contact me: 

Text or Call Walt Bach: 910-916-9911

The von BachHaus Family
Tina from Archdale, Sue from Alcolu, SC, Michelle from Randalman and Walt from Raeford


Revised 1/6/2020






Guarantee Sales & Health Guarantee 2020

Summerwood Farm NC, LLC

von BachHaus Kennel German Shepherds

Raeford, NC  York, SC  Randleman, NC & Alcolu, SC Breeding Kennels

Agreement is only for those puppies purchased from Sue, Michelle, Tina or Walt

Guarantee Health & Sales Agreement for 2020

Owner(s) Name & Address: _____________________________________________________

Phone:                                                            E-mail address:  

AKC Number: __ __________________ Male or Female: ______________

Microchip Number: _______________________ Puppy Price: $____________

           von BachHaus Kennel (Breeder) is proud to offer one of the most comprehensive Breeder’s Health & Sales Agreement on the market today. Prior to you receiving your puppy; he or she will be thoroughly examined (wellness exam) at 7 weeks of age by a licensed veterinarian at the Cypress lakes Animal Hospital or Southern Oaks Animal Hospital in Hope Mills. Puppies will be ready for their forever homes at eight weeks of age. (not before) 

You should take your puppy to your own licensed veterinarian within 7 days of receiving the puppy. In addition to an exam, a fresh stool sample should be taken for any signs of parasites. If the Veterinarian finds the puppy to be in less than Good Health, the puppy should be returned to the breeder as soon as possible at the buyer’s expense. Once the puppy is returned, we shall have our Veterinarian complete a wellness exam to verify those issues. At this point you have a choice of choosing another puppy of equal value or receive a complete refund within 30 days. If the new puppy owner chooses not to provide this High Standard of care, then this Health Guarantee becomes null and void.

          Our puppies are said to be in Good Health (to the best of our knowledge) at the time of sale.  The owner should continue any and all vaccinations due for their puppy plus provide monthly heart worm and flea and tick prevention at the age recommended by the Veterinarian. Continue three more sets of vaccinations and worming as indicated on the health records provided and are required for this Health Guarantee to remain in effect. If the new owner chooses not to provide this High Standard of care, then this Health Guarantee is null and void.

          The breeder guarantees that both ears will stand erect by the age of 7 months. If not, Breeder will pay to have Dr. Kent Dean DVM, Southern Oaks Animal Hospital in Hope Mills place a prosthetic wire in the ear which permits the ear to stand erect while the cartilage grows around the rod. Dr. Dean will first x-ray the ear to verify that the ear had not been previously damaged. If ear damage is evident, the breeder will not pay the cost of the ear surgery.

          Your puppy is guaranteed to pass the OFA Certification of Fair or better at 24 months of age. If the x-ray results from the OFA states there is moderate to severe dysplasa, and after receiving said documentation, the Breeder will refund the original price of your puppy and you retain ownership of the puppy. If the OFA exam is not completed by 28 months of age, then this guarantee becomes null and void. We advise that the puppy not be spayed or neutered before the age of 18 months. There are many studies that indicate spay or neuter prior to that age is detrimental to the German Shepherd which may cause increased incidence of hip dysplasia.  If the puppy is altered before 18 months your Guarantee becomes null in void.       

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At seven weeks of age, when the puppy goes home, both testicles may or may not be descended. For this reason and others; we do not guarantee that this puppy will reproduce. The Breeder will pay to have your puppy neutered if one or both testicles due not descend. This surgery will provided at Cypress Lakes Animal hospital or Southern Oaks Animal Hospital in Hope Mills once the puppy reaches the age of 18 months.

          If our or your veterinarian concludes the umbilical hernia requires surgery to repair, the Breeder will have the hernia repaired at Cypress Lakes Animal Hospital, Raeford Animal Hospital in Raeford, Southern Oaks Animal Hospital in Hope Mills or Long Leaf Animal Hospital in Southern Pines at no charge to the owner.         

          Within one year (364 days) from the date of sale of your puppy and for whatever reason that you wish to return the puppy to von BachHaus Kennel in Raeford. We will arrange to meet at one of our two veterinarian’s offices in Hope Mills for a complete wellness exam at the Owners Expense. Once your puppy has been medically cleared, we will assume care of the puppy, and von BachHaus Kennel will either refund 100% of the purchase price. This is providing that there is no permanent damage that will affect the puppies health (this is includes behavioral, emotional or physical damage.) 

          Deposits/down payments are completely Transferable or Refundable up until the time you receive your puppy which is around eight weeks of age.   

Owner(s) Signature: ____________________________________________ 

Date: ______________________________________ 

von BachHaus Kennel (Breeder):____________________________________    

Date: ______________________________________ 

Contact Information 

          Summerwood Farm NC, LLC/von Bachhaus Kennel Corporate Facility is located at: 

311 Summerwood Drive Raeford, North Carolina 28376. 

Walt Bach Founder & Owner Since 2007

Please Call or Text for Additional Information: 910 916 9911

E-mail address: vonBachHausKennel@yahoo.com

Call Toll Free: 1-877-230-2192 

Please contact us directly should you ever have any questions or comments regarding your von BachHaus Kennel puppy.

The von BachHaus Family

Tina from York SC  Sue from Alcolu, SC , Michelle from Randleman and Walt from Raeford, NC


Revised 1/6/2020



2020 NC State Licenses

Summerwood Farm NC, LLC

von BachHaus Kennel German Shepherds

We are the ONLY German shepherd Breeder Licensed by the State of North Carolina & Hoke County for Selling and Boarding of German shepherds.

Summerwood Farm NC, LLC  is very proud that for the seventh year in a row we have satisfied the strictest requirements for obtaining these licenses. When considering you next German shepherd puppy you might ask the breeder, if they are licenses by the State of North Carolina.

Better yet, you might ask why they are not!

The von BachHaus Family
Tina from Archdale, Sue from Alcolu, SC, Michelle from Randalman and Walt from Raeford

Revised 1/7/2020

von BachHaus Kennel “Female Breeding Program” Information

Summerwood Farm NC, LLC

We have postponed the “Breeding Program” until further notice

von BachHaus Kennel “Female Breeding Program – 2020

Congratulations on your Female Puppy being Accepted………..

This Female Breeding Program has been in effect for several years now, benefiting the Puppy Owner, advancing the Breed for future Puppy Owners.

This program is completely voluntary and begins once your Female is 24 months of age. We require that an x-ray of her hips & elbows is completed and certified GOOD by the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation For Animals). We will except a pre-limb certification at 18 months of age. We will also require a Wellness Exam by your Veterinarian to make sure she is in excellent health. Once we receive notification from your Vet that her hips & elbows have no dysplasia and is in excellent health, she will be officially accepted into the Program.

Once the Female is 18 months or older and comes into season, we will breed her to one of our Titled German Import Males. At 13 months or older the female must have a pre-limb x-ray and sent to the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation of Animals) We will take her on day seven (7) from the start of her discharge. We will keep her up to seven (7) days at our Breeding & Birthing Facility in Raeford, Alcolu SC and/or Archdale. After she has mated twice, you can take her home. Thirty days after the last tie, we ask that you locate a local Veterinarian in your area who can perform a Pregnancy Ultrasound. von BachHaus Kennel will pay for this ultrasound (excluding all mobile units) which will verify whether she is Pregnant or not.

On day 47 we ask that you locate a local Veterinarian in your area who can perform a Pregnancy X-ray to determine the number of puppies she is carrying. von BachHaus Kennel will pay for this x-ray.

If she is Pregnant, on day fifty-five (55) she will be brought to our Breeding & Birthing Facility in Raeford, Alcolu SC and/or Archdale to have her puppies. On approximately day 63, she will have her puppies in the heated and cooled room in our house where she and the puppies will be warm and stress free. We will notify you immediately of her whelping and the number of puppies.

Once the puppies are five (5) weeks old, you can pick up your Female and take her home provided all puppies are doing well without her. In addition, you will be compensated $550. in cash for each puppy. If you decide to birth the litter and care for the puppies until they are six weeks of age you will be compensated $700. in cash for every puppy.

Should you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Walt Bach/Founder

 Cell or Text: 910-916-9911

E-mail: vonBachHausKennel@yahoo.com

The von BachHaus Family
Tina from Archdale, Sue from Alcolu, SC, Michelle from Randalman and Walt from Raeford


Revised 1/7/2020


Your Puppies Worst nightmare “PARVO”!

von BachHaus Kennel German Shepherds

Canine Parvovirus Type 2 or Parvo

I want to discuss in this post the Deadly importance of inoculating your puppy with the four-/five-way set of shots by your Veterinarian. First set at 6 or 7 weeks of age. The Second set of shots are given three weeks later, as is the Third set of shots. The Fourth and final set of shots takes place three weeks later, for a total of 16 weeks.

After that, each year your dog should have a wellness exam by your veterinarian. At that visit, a stool sample for parasites and blood work for heart worms should be required.

  • Parvo was discovered in the 1970’s. In two years, the virus had spread worldwide.
  • Dogs that develop Parvo will show symptoms 3-10 days after being exposed.
  • Symptoms include: vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea (usually bloody), and fever.
  • Mortality rate: 91 percent if left untreated, 5-20 percent if aggressively treated.
  • 80 percent of adult dogs show no symptoms; puppies are most susceptible.
  • Extremely resilient, Parvo can live in feces or other organic material for more than a year.
  • The only household cleaner that will destroy the virus is bleach.
  • The only Prevention for PARVO is Four sets of Vaccinations.

This Virus should scare the HELL out you as the new puppy owner.

I am speaking of 

P A R V O.

I recommend keeping your puppy off grass until he or she has received their 4th set of shots. Your puppy can play and walk on wood, tile, concrete, asphalt and sand without fear on contracting the Parvo virus .

This Virus called Parvo takes no prisoners, it kills. 

Don’t think for a minute this cannot happen to your puppy because you have never seen a dog in your yard.

Here at the farm we are fortunate to have three buildings with concrete floors where the puppies can play and socialize with the larger females  and we can watch them grow up..

Love your Puppy enough to make sure that this ever present killer – PARVO – is under control. 

Please discuss Parvo with your local Veterinarian.

This is my last comment regarding the subject of PARVO.   There is not a breeder around who has not lost a puppy or puppies from time to time to PARVO virus.

5-Way Shots 

Have you ever wondered how the 5-Way shot protects for your puppy/dog? The 5-Way vaccine protects against canine distemper, canine hepatitis, adenovirus cough (kennel cough), parainfluenza, and parvovirus.

Puppies, adolescent dogs, and adult dogs who are not vaccinated are at risk of contracting the virus. Protecting your puppy or dog from parvovirus could save his life.

Keep your dog healthy and parvo-free with these 8 tips:

1. Make sure your dog is properly vaccinated. Puppies should receive their first vaccines at 6-8 weeks of age; boosters should be administered at three-week intervals until the puppy is 16 weeks of age, and then again at one year of age. Previously vaccinated adult dogs need boosters every year. Visit The Animal Foundation’s Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic for affordable vaccines administered seven days a week — no appointment needed!

2. Limit your puppy or unvaccinated dog’s exposure to other dogs until he’s had his first two vaccinations, unless you are sure the other dogs are fully vaccinated.

3. Avoid places where your puppy or unvaccinated dog could be exposed to parvovirus from unvaccinated dogs. Dog parks, pet stores, play groups, and other public areas should be avoided until your dog or puppy is fully vaccinated.

4. When visiting your vet for wellness check-ups and vaccinations, carry your puppy in your arms outside and leave him on your lap while waiting in the lobby. Walking where other dogs have walked and gone to the bathroom will increase your puppy’s risk of contracting disease.

5. Parvovirus is very difficult to kill and can live in the environment for over a year. If you suspect your house or yard has been infected, clean with a 1:32 dilution of bleach (1/2 cup bleach in a gallon of water). Regular soaps and disinfectants DO NOT kill parvovirus. Areas that cannot be cleaned with bleach may remain contaminated. Remember, the virus can survive on a variety of objects, including food bowls, shoes, clothes, carpet and floors.

6. If you work or spend time in places where you have contact with dogs, change your clothes and shoes before returning home to your dog or puppy.

7. If your dog or puppy is vomiting, has diarrhea, is not eating or is lethargic, you should take him to the vet as soon as possible. These are all symptoms of parvovirus. Remember, Infected dogs may show only one symptom!

8. If you are considering adopting a new dog, we encourage leaving your unvaccinated puppies or dogs at home. It is very important to do a meet and greet, but take the time to make sure your dog is fully vaccinated first!


 Revised: 1/7/2020

The Origin of the Second most Popular Dog in the World, The German Shepherd

 This brief history is not intended to be all inclusive. It is an outline of breed history from a North American perspective.


The German Shepherd Dog is respected and admired throughout the world for its versatility, intelligence, and loyalty. It has existed as a recognized breed for a relatively brief period of time compared to other dog breeds. The early shepherd dogs of Germany were of several types suited to their environments. Coat length and texture, color, and build all varied but these types all possessed ruggedness, intelligence, soundness, and the ability to do specialized work.


With advances in transportation and communication came the forming of societies of herders and the first trends toward selective breeding of herding dogs, record keeping, and a gradual trend toward one type of dog which could work equally well under all conditions. In 1881, the first formal club, the “Phylax” society was formed but lasted only about three years.

In 1889 Captain Max von Stephanitzbegan the standardization of the breed. It all started at a dog show in Karlsruhe in western Germany. A medium-sized yellow-and-gray wolflike dog caught his attention. The dog was of the primal canine type, supple and powerful, and possessed endurance, steadiness, and intelligence. He was a working sheepherder, born with this ability, requiring no training other than direction and finish to become proficient at the task. This dog, Hektor Linksrhein, was purchased by von Stephanitz, renamed Horand von Grafrath, and became the first registered German Shepherd Dog.

Von Stephanitz founded the Verein für Deutsche Sch·ferhunde, SV (German Shepherd Dog Club), becoming the first president, and in a short period of time achieved the standardization of form and type in the breed. A standard was developed based on mental stability and utility. The captain’s motto was “Utility and intelligence”. To him beauty was secondary, and a dog was worthless if it lacked the intelligence, temperament, and structural efficiency that would make it a good servant of man. A breed standard was developed as a blueprint dictating the exact function and relationship of every aspect of structure, gait, and inherent attitude.

Von Stephanitz inbred heavily on Horand and also Luchs, his brother, to consolidate the bloodline. Horand’s best son, Hektor von Schwaben, the second German Sieger, was mated with his half-sister as well as through daughters of his own sons, Beowulf, Heinz von Starkenberg, and Pilot III.

Intense inbreeding also concentrated undesirable recessive originating from the mixing of the original strains. Von Stephanitz then inserted unrelated blood of herding origin through Audifax von Grafrath and Adalo von Grafrath.

As Germany became increasingly industrialized and the pastoral era declined, von Stephanitz realized the breed might also decline. With the co-operation of police and working dog clubs a set of specific tests was developed in tracking, formal obedience, and protection work. This was the prototype of the present Schutzhund trials. He persuaded the authorities to utilize the German shepherd dog in various branches of government service. The dog served during the war as Red Cross dogs, messenger dogs, supply carriers, sentinel, tracking and guard dogs.

The first German Shepherd Dog exhibited in America was in 1907. Mira von Offingen, imported by Otto Gross, was shown by H. Dalrymple, of Port Allegheny, Pennsylvania in the open class at Newcastle and Philadelphia. The first championships awarded German Shepherd Dogs was in 1913. In 1913 the German Shepherd Dog Club of America was formed by Benjamin Throop and Anne Tracy, with 26 charter members.

The German Shepherd Dog Club of America’s first specialty show was at Greenwich, Connecticut in 1915. In 1917, when America entered World War I, all things German became tabu. The American Kennel Club changed the name of the breed to the Shepherd Dog and the German Shepherd Dog Club of America became the Shepherd Dog Club of America. In England, the name of the breed was changed to the Alsatian.

With the end of World War I came a new appreciation for the breed. The German Army had made good use of the breed as a war dog. Tales told by returning U.S. fighting men, some bringing shepherds with them, and the intelligence and striking appearance of the dogs caught the attention of the general public. Rin-Tin-Tinand Strongheart, whose movies played on variations of the “boy and his dog” theme, shot the popularity of the breed sky-high. Puppy factories flourished to meet the demand, gutting the American market with poor quality “German police dogs”, resulting in a down-turn in popularity of the breed.

Serious breeding did continue such as by Mrs. Harrison Eustis, of Fortunate Fields Kennels, in Switzerland. Her approach was completely scientific with exhaustive research of breedings undertaken. The most widely known usefulness to which her dogs were put was as guide dogs for the blind at the famous Seeing Eye in Morristown, New Jersey.

In 1922 Germany introduced a system of regular breed surveys – a criticism of each dog, with a graded description and recommendation for (or against) breeding. This type of system never caught on in America due largely to the cultural differences inherent in American society. However, good dogs were still produced as German dogs were easily available for American dollars highly sought after in inflationary Germany.

Von Stephanitz had become alarmed at the trend in the breed toward oversized square dogs. Other problems included lack of steady temperament and faults of dentition. He and the breed wardens decided drastic measures needed to be taken. At the 1925 Sieger show von Stephanitz selected Klodo von Boxbergas world sieger. This dog was dramatically different from the type of dog that had gone before him. He was of lower station, deeper and longer in body, short in loin and with a far-reaching gait. As it turned out Klodo proved to be a potent sire, successfully heralding a “new” type of shepherd. That same year Klodo was imported to America by A. Gilbert of Maraldene Kennels in Hamden, Connecticut. Klodo, through a number of important sons and daughters, is largely responsible for the faults and virtues of modern North American lines.

In 1936 John Gans imported SiegerPfeffer von Bern and in 1938 Sidney Heckert Imported Odin vom Busecker Schloss. Through their intense inbreeding and line-breeding, these were dogs that molded the majority of our modern day lines. Pfeffer was German Sieger in 1937 and had a great show career in America. Through Pfeffer a uniform type in America was established but with the faults of long coats, missing dentition, faulty temperament, overlong bodies and loins, and orchidism (missing one or both testicles).

The German Shepherd Dog was widely sought after during World War II, employed by Allied and Axis forces, as mine detectors, sentinels, guard work, messenger, and other services. In America, Dogs for Defense was formed, providing thousands of dogs to the army.

The paths of German and American shepherds diverged after World War II. The Americans continued largely with the Pfeffer and Odin lines while in Germany the breed was in poor shape. Many dogs had been killed or destroyed due to lack of food. The best that was left was bred, frequently outcross breedings, since there was no great selection of line-bred stock. Soon the breeders had individual dogs dominant in the desired virtues. They then began to line-breed or inbreed so that by about 1949 quality specimens began to appear at German shows. The pedigrees of these “new” dogs were largely of the result of “type” breeding without the influence of Pfeffer but having the great dogs behind him. Prepotent sires emerged, Axel von der Deininghauserheide, Rolf vom Osnabruecker-land and Hein v. Richterback, representing preserved pre-war genetics.

Through Pfeffer, American breeders established a beautiful type. This was concentrated by inbreeding, and in combinations with descendants of his half-brother Odin vom Busecker-Schloss. Many well-known kennels of the day, utilizing these lines were Long-Worth, founded by Lloyd Brackett, Liebestraum, owned by Grant Mann, and Hessian, owned by Art and Helen Hess.

In 1950’s America, some breeders recognized the need for some infusion of outcross blood and this was done through Klodo Boxberg and Odin Stolzenfels lines which blended well with American taste for topline, croup length and rear angulation. The Axel/Rolf/Hein combinations were also brought in notably by Troll von Richterback. Troll, 1957 Grand Victor, had remendous appeal. He was dominant in producing rear drive, hindquarter strength, muscle, bone, and head. He was also dominant in producing straight uppper arm, weak ears, blues, and fading pigment.

Imports critical to the breed in America were Bernd v Kallengarten and Falk v Eningsfeld. Bernd was imported by Ernie Loeb. Bernd was dominant for shoulder, forehand, bone, feet, substance, suspension, head, croup, tailset, and body length but also weaknesses for ears, steep croup, loose ligamentation, long coats, and high percentage of hip and elbbow dysplasia. Of note is the fact that Bernd introduced the solid-black gene into the American breed.

During the 1960’s there was an emergence of strong families of stud dogs. In Germany the SV was in control while in America breeders were open to follow their own preferences. Troll wielded a large amount of clout in America by producing the famous “F” litter Arbywood, including Fels, Field Marshall, Fortune and Fashion, bred by Lucy Woodard. This pedigree combined Odin Stolzenfels/Klodo Boxberg/Pfeffer/Utz as well as the Axel/Rolf/Hein combination. The Arbywood males contrasted with their pure American counterparts, being stallion males with the desired type.

Fortune was bred to Fran and Joan Ford’s Frohlich’s Elsa v Grunestal producing Lance of Fran-Jo, American and Canadian Granvd Victor. Lance represented a new era in American shepherds – angulation, topline and sidegait. Lance’s popularity in the sixties was also due to the American tendency to turn away from imports, perhaps due to cost and poor quality. Lance was geographically convenient to all parts of the U.S.A. and was widely used.

Lance produced many offspring which in turn became pillars of the breed in America, including Lakeside’s Harrigan, Cobert’s Reno of Lakeside, Eko-Lan’s Morgan, Cobert’s Golly Gee of Lakeside and Mannix of Fran-Jo. Important offspring of these dogs included Doppelt-Tay’s Hammer and Hawkeye who figured prominently in the late seventies.

Also concentrating on Lance and figuring prominently in the breed were Zeto of Fran-Jo and Zeus of Fran-Jo.

Also important during Lance’s time was Yoncalla’s Mike, a Bernd v Kallengarten grandson consolidating the Pfeffer/Odin blood. Mike was a potent sire transmitting balanced structure, rich colour, strong bone and good feet. Mike’s best known son was Grand Victor Hollamor’s Judd whose daughters were also widely used.

In Germany a very active market developed for German Shepherd Dogs sought in countries such as Japan, Italy, Scandinavian countries, South America, France, and others. The SV matured with innovation such as the “a” stamp, a tattoo identification system, emphasis on producing bloodlines, and stricter regulations for top ratings given to dogs. In America the reverse happened as show status was emphasized, professional handlers began to control the sport and systems such as the Futurity/Maturity system emphasized early breeding of dogs before their true genetic worth became clear.

The emerging sires of Germany were Quanto Wienerau, Canto Wienerau, Mutz vd Pelztierfarm, and Marko v CellerLand. Quanto was a dominant producer giving low-stationed, medium sized progeny with good forequarter, strong bone and heads, and good type but also some fading pigment, east/west pastern conformation, cowhocks, and short, flat croup. He produced many famous sons such as Dick Adeloga and Lasso di val Sole. Quanto linebreeding has continued in importance through dogs such as Uran v Wildsteiger Land.

Canto only lived about four years yet had an important impact on the breed in Germany. Canto passed on style, energy, and desire to show and move which was sought after by international buyers. Canto produced well when crossed with Quanto lines as well as traditional working lines. His famous son Canto Arminius was also a dominant force in the breed.

The SV began to place more and more importance on training degrees. The mid-sixties saw a minimum Schutzhund 1 degree, and the AD, an endurance test. Temperament and courage tests became more demanding, and the SV forced breeders to concentrate on problem areas such as missing teeth, poor croups, etc. Since SV officials were also the jduges at the Sieger show it was only the animals meeting their dictated requirements that received the top honours. Schutzhund 3 become mandatory for the top VA awards.

To this point, the mid-eighties, we end this brief history. Although starting with a common base, the breed in Germany and America has taken a separate but parallel course. The Americans, largely through Lance, and the Germans, largely through Canto and Quanto, have evolved closely-bred, although differing breeds in looks, movment, style, and structure. Both systems have cemented both desirable and undesirable characteristics into the breed. The Americans have the option to persue their own views and choose their own bloodline courses whether from within or outside their country.

The Germans, controlled by the SV, will likely continue to look within to develop the breed. The future will be interesting for the breed in both countries …

The German Shepherd is regarded as the smartest breed in the world. They can also adapt in many roles, from a seeing eye dog to all forms of military to law enforcement, drugs & cadaver rolls throughout the world.


Revised 1/7/2020

von BachHaus Vision & Mission Statement

Summerwood Farm NC, LLC

(dba) von BachHaus Kennel German Shepherds

The von BachHaus Vision & Mission  Statement

 The Vision and Mission Statement of von BachHaus Kennel remains the same: to insure that we remain steadfast in our commitment to the devotion of breeding quality German Shepherds.  Our core belief is that unquestionably the German Shepherd is the most versatile dog in the World.

The German Shepherd can accomplish and excel at any task set before them.

My Family and I have been breeding quality German Shepherd puppies for the past twelve years.

We are very proud to be an American German Shepherd licensed breeder by the State of North Carolina.  We are also delighted that we have been approved as a registered breeder with the American Kennel Club.  

Our main focus at von BachHaus Kennel is to improve the German Shepherd breed, not exploit it.

 We are gratified that we have placed our puppies with their forever Families who cherish and care for them.

 As the proud owner, I am always available for questions, advice or suggestions from our von BachHaus Kennel Family dog owners.

Our core belief still remains what is best for the Puppy/Dog is our ultimate Goal.

Our vision statement is to properly secure the right Family for each and every Puppy/Dog. This is obtained through collective  understanding of your Families’ needs.


Resised 1/7/2020