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