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Q: What are Pioneer Shepherds?


Pioneer Shepherds are a specific type of German Shepherd Dog bred by us at Pioneer German Shepherds. Many of our puppy owners refer to their dogs as Pioneer Shepherds as our dogs are not typical German Shepherd Dogs! How do our dogs differ from the typical German Shepherd?

  • SIZE: Our dogs are usually larger to a LOT larger than the average German Shepherd Dog. Male German Shepherds can typically run 24-26" at the shoulder per AKC standards, 23.5-25.5" per the German SV standard, with weights in the 75-90 pound range. Males we produce typically run 28-32+" at the shoulder, with usually a minimum of 100 pounds but most weights typically average 120-140+ pounds. An AKC standard female would be in the 22-24" range, 21.5-23.5" for the German SV, with standard weight being 60-80 pounds. Our females usually average 26-28"+ with a weight of about 85-110+ pounds.

  • TEMPERAMENT: Most German Shepherds are higher energy dogs. Some lines are bred specifically for a purpose, such as working lines being utilized by the police force. These dogs can be drastically different from ours. Rather than breeding for the conformation ring or working ability, we focus on breeding family companions. Our dogs are, in general, going to be more calm and laidback than a typical German Shepherd Dog. Our breeding dogs are in the low to medium range for drive and energy, rather than medium to high, as most families want a playful dog that knows when to settle down and relax as well. Our dogs are natural guardians and protectors who are intelligent enough to determine friend from foe without being overly aggressive.

  • COAT TYPE: Most people are used to seeing a typical German Shepherd Dog with a short coat. While we occasionally produce short coat puppies, the majority of the dogs at our kennel are known as long coats. Because of their "bear-like" appearance, people may sometimes confuse a long haired German Shepherd with that of a mix. It is merely a recessive gene and when two long coated dogs are bred together, only long coats will result. Our short coats tend to run more on the "plush" side, their fur will typically be more of a thick, bristle coat rather than a tight-fitting one and gives these dogs a more rugged look than typical German Shepherds.

  • STRUCTURE: Depending on the lines, our dogs can look vastly different than a typical German Shepherd Dog. The dogs usually seen in the AKC shows are known as American Showlines. These dogs tend to have slender heads, large ears, and an elongated appearance due to an extremely sloped back. German Showlines, while usually having a nice front end, tend to have an appearance known as "roach back" or "banana back" due to an extreme arch of the rear. Our dogs have more of an old fashioned German Shepherd appearance similar to dogs seen in the 1950's, such as Rin Tin Tin, when dogs had little angulation and a very sturdy appearance. We strive to breed for a more "blocky" head with smaller ears, a wider muzzle, and little angulation in the hindquarters. Our dogs tend to have a thicker bone structure overall than most German Shepherd Dogs and therefore would be considered large German Shepherds or giant German Shepherds.

  • LONGEVITY: Unfortunately, due to the myriad of health issues they face, many German Shepherd Dogs do not live past the age of 8. We stive to produce healthy pups out of healthy parents, but not only that, many, many dogs in our lines have lived to be 11-13+ years of age. Some of our own retired breeding dogs are over 10 and still act like puppies, and our veterinarians have continuously been impressed with not only their size, temperament and stunning looks, but their overall hardiness as well.

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    Above, Ash at age 10 1/2 and 145 lbs. He's now 11 years young, healthy as a horse, and still producing puppies!

    145 pound Giant German Shepherd Ash at age 11

    Note: There are people out there claiming they breed or sell "Pioneer Shepherds" or "Pioneer German Shepherds". Our kennel name is NOT affiliated with any other breeders. A Pioneer Shepherd can ONLY come from Pioneer German Shepherds!

    Our dogs are atypical, but are 100% purebred German Shepherd Dogs. They are NOT Shiloh Shepherds or King Shepherds.

    To view some of our past old fashioned German Shepherd puppies, please click on the Gallery link.

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