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Progressive K9 Training & Kennels
194 Bannister Hollow Rd
Macks Creek Mo 65786
We are striving to the top
line breeder of German
Shepherd and Siberian
husky.  We off all types
of training from basic to
more advanced. We sell
and ship our puppies
with-in the United States
and that includes the
states of: Alabama AL,
Alaska AK, Arizona AZ,
Arkansas AR, Colorado
CO, Connecticut CT,
Delaware DE, Florida FL,
Georgia GA, Hawaii HI,
Idaho ID, Illinois IL,
Indiana IN, Iowa IA,
Kansas KS,
Kentucky KY, Louisiana
LA, Maine ME, Maryland
MD, Massachusetts MA,
Michigan MI, Minnesota
MN, Mississippi MS,
Montana MT, Nebraska
NE, Nevada NV, New
Hampshire NH, New
Jersey NJ, New Mexico
NM, New York NY,
North Carolina NC,
North Dakota ND, Ohio
OH, Oklahoma OK,
Oregon OR, Pennsylvania
PA, Rhode Island RI,
South Carolina SC, South
Dakota SD, Tennessee
TN, Texas TX, Utah UT,
Vermont VT, Virginia
VA, Washington WA,
Washington, D.C., West
Virginia WV, Wisconsin
WI, Wyoming WY.  
to make it more than a 9-to-5 job. According the AKC
Registration Statistics, the German Shepherd is consistently one
of the United States’ most popular dog breed, and makes a loving
family companion, herder and show competitor. The German
Shepherd is approachable, direct and fearless, with a strong,
commonly black and tan. However, in the Schutzhund world
(German show for protection), the preferred color is black and

The German Shepherd originated in 1899 in Karlsruhe, Germany
due to the efforts of Captain Max von Stephanitz and others.
Derived from older breeds of herding and farm dogs, the first
German Shepherd exhibited in America was in 1907. The fame
associated with Rin-Tin-Tin and Strongheart, two members of the
breed whose movies played on variations of the boy and his dog
theme, shot the popularity of the breed sky-high.

Is a German Shepherd Right for You?
German Shepherds are very energetic and fun-loving and love to
have a ball thrown around or have a big area to run around in.
The breed is very fond of children once a relationship is
established, as they have a calm and kind demeanor. German
Shepherds are very loyal family pets and the ideal guard dog
which is necessary for many families. German Shepherds require
lots of regular exercise and grooming

General Appearance
The first impression of a good German Shepherd Dog is that of a
strong, agile, well muscled animal, that is alert and full of life. A
healthy German Shepherd is well balanced, with harmonious
development of the forequarter and hindquarter. They are longer
than tall, deep-bodied, and present an outline of smooth curves
rather than rigid angles. They look substantial, not spindly, which
gives an impression of muscular fitness and nimbleness, both at
rest and in motion, without any look of clumsiness or soft living.
The ideal dog is stamped with a look of quality and nobility –
difficult to define, but unmistakable when present. Secondary sex
characteristics are strongly marked, and every animal gives a
definite impression of masculinity or femininity, according to its

German Shepherds have a distinct personality, marked by direct
and fearless, but not hostile, expression, self-confidence and a
certain aloofness that does not lend itself to immediate and
indiscriminate friendships. The dog must be approachable, quietly
standing its ground and showing confidence and a willingness to
meet overtures without itself making them. They are poised, but
when the occasion demands, willing to be eager and alert with no
reluctance. They are always fit and willing to serve in their
capacity as companion, watchdog, blind leader, herding dog, or
guardian, shaping with the environment they are presently in.
German Shepherds must not be timid, shrinking behind their
masters or handlers, and should not be nervous, nor should be
looking about or upward with an anxious expression or showing
nervous reactions like tucking of the tail in response to strange
sounds or sights. Exhibiting a lack of confidence under any
circumstances is not typical of good character. Any of the above
mentioned deficiencies of character which indicate shyness must
be penalized as very serious faults and any dog exhibiting
pronounced indications of these must be excused from the ring
(when showing the dog). In the ring, the judge must be able to
observe the teeth and to determine that both testicles are
descended; any dog that attempts to bit a judge will be
disqualified. The ideal dog is a working animal with an
incorruptible character combined with body and gait suitable for
the arduous work that constitutes its primary purpose. With all of
this in mind, these dogs make amazing household companions.

Size, Proportion and Substance
The desired height and weight for a German Shepherd male at the
top of the highest point of the shoulder blade is 24 to 26 inches,
and weighs between 80 to 100 pounds; Females should be
between 22 to 24 inches and 50 to 85 pounds.

The German Shepherd is longer than tall, with the most desirable
proportion being 10 to 8½. The length is measured from the point
of the pro sternum or breastbone to the rear edge of the pelvis,
the ischial tuberosity. The long and desirable proportion is not
derived from a long back, but from overall length with relation to
height, which is achieved by length of forequarter and length of
withers and hindquarter, viewed from the side.

The head is noble, cleanly chiseled, strong without coarseness,
and in proportion to the body, but above all not fine. The head of
the male is distinctly masculine, and that of the bitch distinctly
feminine. The expression is keen, intelligent, and composed.
Their eyes are of medium size, almond shaped, set a little
obliquely and not protruding. The color is as dark as possible.
Ears are moderately pointed, in proportion to the skull, open
toward the front, and carried erect when at attention.  The ideal
carriage being one in which the center lines of the ears, viewed
from the front, are parallel to each other and perpendicular to the
ground. A German Shepherd with cropped or hanging ears must
be disqualified. Seen from the front, the forehead is only
moderately arched, and the skull slopes into the long, wedge-
shaped muzzle without abrupt stop. The muzzle is long and
strong, and its top line is parallel to the top line of the skull. The
nose should always be black. A dog with a nose that is not
predominantly black must be disqualified when showing. The lips
are firmly fitted. Jaws are strongly developed.

Teeth -- 42 in number. There are 20 upper and 22 lower and all
are strongly developed and meet in a scissors bite in which part of
the inner surface of the upper incisors meet and engage part of
the outer surface of the lower incisors. An overshot jaw or a level
bite is undesirable. An undershot jaw is a disqualifying fault.
Complete dentition is to be preferred. Any missing teeth other
than first premolars is a serious fault.

Neck, top line, Body
The neck is strong and muscular, clean-cut and relatively long,
proportionate in size to the head and without loose folds of skin.
When the German Shepherd dog is at attention or excited, the
head is raised and the neck carried high; otherwise typical
carriage of the head is forward rather than up and a little higher
than the top of the shoulders, particularly in motion.

top line-- The withers are higher than and sloping into the level
back. The back is straight, very strongly developed without sag or
roach, and relatively short. The whole structure of the body gives
an impression of depth and solidity without bulkiness.

Chest--Commencing at the prosternum, it is well filled and carried
well down between the legs. It is deep and capacious,never
shallow, with ample room for lungs and heart, carried well
forward, with the prosternum showing ahead of the shoulder in
profile. Ribs well sprung and long, neither barrel-shaped nor too
flat, and carried down to a sternum which reaches to the elbows.
Correct ribbing allows the elbows to move back freely when the
dog is at a trot. Too round causes interference and throws the
elbows out; too flat or short causes pinched elbows. Ribbing is
carried well back so that the loin is relatively short. Abdomen
should be firmly held and not paunchy. The bottom line is only
moderately tucked up in the loin.

Loin – Viewed from the top, broad and strong. Undue length
between the last rib and the thigh, when viewed from the side, is
undesirable. Croup long and gradually sloping. Tail should be
bushy, with the last vertebra extended at least to the hock
joint. It is set smoothly into the croup and low rather than high.
At rest, the tail hangs in a slight curve like a saber. A slight hook—
sometimes carried to one side—is faulty only to the extent that it
mars general appearance. When the dog is excited or in motion,
the curve is accentuated and the tail raised, but it should never be
curled forward beyond a vertical line. Tails too short, or with
clumpy ends due to ankylosis, are serious faults. A dog with a
docked tail must be disqualified.

The shoulder blades are long and obliquely angled, laid on flat
and not placed forward. The upper arm joins the shoulder blade
at about a right angle. Both the upper arm and the shoulder blade
are well muscled. The forelegs, viewed from all sides, are straight
and the bone is oval rather than round. The pasterns are strong
and springy and angulated at approximately a 25degree angle
from the vertical. Dewclaws on the forelegs may be removed, but
are normally left on. The feet are short, and compact with toes
well arched, pads thick and firm, nails short and dark.

The whole assembly of the thigh, viewed from the side, is broad,
with both upper and lower thighs well muscled, forming as nearly
as possible a right angle. The upper thigh bone parallels the
shoulder blade while the lower thigh bone parallels the upper arm.
The metatarsus (the unit between the hock joint and the foot) is
short, strong and tightly articulated. The dewclaws, if any, should
be removed from the hind legs. Feet as in front.

The ideal dog has a double coat of medium length. The outer coat
should be as dense as possible, hair straight, harsh and lying close
to the body. A slightly wavy outer coat, often of wiry texture, is
permissible. The head, including the inner ear and foreface, and
the legs and paws are covered with short hair, and the neck with
longer and thicker hair. The rear of the forelegs and hind legs has
somewhat longer hair extending to the pastern and hock,
respectively. Faults in coat include soft, silky, too long outer coat,
woolly, curly, and open coat.

The German Shepherd Dog varies in color, and most colors are
permissible. Strong rich colors are preferred. Pale, washed-out
colors and blues or livers are serious faults. A white dog must be

A German Shepherd Dog is a trotting dog, and its structure has
been developed to meet the requirements of its work.

General Impression – The gait is outreaching, elastic, seemingly
without effort, smooth and rhythmic, covering the maximum
amount of ground with the minimum number of steps. At a walk
it covers a great deal of ground, with long stride of both hind legs
and forelegs. At a trot, the dog covers still more ground with even
longer strides, and moves powerfully but easily, with coordination
and balance so that the gait appears to be the steady motion of a
well-lubricated machine. The feet travel close to the ground on
both forward reach and backward push. In order to achieve ideal
movement of this kind, there must be good muscular
development and ligamentation. The hindquarters deliver, through
the back, a powerful forward thrust which slightly lifts the whole
animal and drives the body forward. Reaching far under, and
passing the imprint left by the front foot, the hind foot takes hold
of the ground; then hock, stifle and upper thigh come into play
and sweep back, the stroke of the hind leg finishing with the foot
still close to the ground in a smooth follow-through. The
overreach of the hindquarter usually necessitates one hind foot
passing outside and the other hind foot passing inside the track of
the forefeet, and such action is not faulty unless the locomotion is
crabwise with the dog’s body sideways out of the normal straight

Transmission—The typical smooth, flowing gait is maintained
with great strength and firmness of back. The whole effort of the
hindquarter is transmitted to the forequarter through the loin,
back and withers. At full trot, the back must remain firm and
level without sway, roll, whip or roach. Un level top line with
withers lower than the hip is a fault. To compensate for the
forward motion imparted by the hindquarters, the shoulder should
open to its full extent. The forelegs should reach out close to the
ground in a long stride in harmony with that of the hindquarters.
The dog does not track on widely separated parallel lines, but
brings the feet inward toward the middle line of the body when
trotting, in order to maintain balance. The feet track closely but
do not strike or cross over. Viewed from the front, the front legs
function from the shoulder joint to the pad in a straight line.
Viewed from the rear, the hind legs function from the hip joint to
the pad in a straight line. Faults of gait, whether from front, rear
or side, are to be considered very serious faults.

Disqualifications from the Ring
Cropped or hanging ears
Dogs with noses not predominantly black
Undershot jaw
Docked tail
White dogs
Any dog that attempts to bite the judge