Nummer-Eins German Shepherds at work.
We as German Shepherd breeders and enthusiasts believe German Shepherd is more than just a good looking dog, or a beautiful dog. A German Shepherd is a working breed with a biddable temperament and that character must be preserved.
We are currently in the fifth generation of our breeding program which has given us the unique opportunity to develop a breeding mother-line which has consistently produced not only outstanding dogs with excellent health and anatomy but also stable temperaments with drive to excel in avenues like Schutzhund/IPO, detection work, herding, agility, obedience competitions and above all being our loyal companions.
The Nummer-Eins breeding program has evolved and developed over the years like every well thought out breeding program should and we strive hard to search out dogs from Europe, primarily Germany to include in our breeding program to continue producing healthy dogs with well balanced temperaments and correct anatomy.
Each generation we have bred, we have retained dogs that we have raised, trained, trialled & competed with successfully in the United States, Canada and even Germany.
This is the only way to ensure correct genetics being passed on to future generations, making Nummer-Eins the ONLY kennel in the United States with that has produced BHOT and VA dogs. (Visit the SV Terms page for an explanation on what abbreviations stand for.)
Above, Stryder being presented as a demo dog in a trial, shows his fast and willing retrieves over the hurdle and showing an energetic and happy picture in the heeling phase.
Above, Stryder in a montage through the motions of obedience and protection work from his IPO1 trial where he was High IPO1 in trial and High Protection in trial with 95 points out of a possible 100. He always presents himself with a ready to work, happy attitude with power and enthusiasm in all phases. Herr H. Schlipp, the judge, was very complimentary of Stryder's happy attitude and willingness to work for the handler in obedience; his grips, power and pronounced fighting instincts in the bitework.
He observed Stryder is the strongest male from the high breeding lines that he has judged thus far and would like to judge him again in the future.
(Above left) Manolo heeling showing intense focus on handler. (Center) Manolo in protection work showing a full hard grip (Abobe Right) manolo retrieving the wooden dumbell over the A frame during the obedience phase of his IPO/Schutzhund training.
Manolo von Nummer Eins pictured here with Abhai tracking in Wiesbaden, Germany. Tracking, like protection and obedience is an integral part of the Schutzhund sport and tests the dogs ability to problem solve by itself, working 30 feet away from the handler at the end of the line. The objective of the exercise is to teach a dog to scent discriminate and find hidden articles on a track that might range anywhere from 300 to 700 paces including several turns. Manolo finished his IPO titles with an impressive IPO3 in record time.
Team Nummer Eins German Shepherds: Lansing Metro Area, Michigan