German Shepherd Breeders: Find Best US Breeders Near You

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It’s an important step for every potential German Shepherd Puppy owner – finding the right German Shepherd Breeders! If you’re thinking “Where can I find German Shepherd Breeders near me?”, you’re in the right place.

 

German Shepherd Breeders: Find Best US Breeders Near You 

Firstly, it is important to know there are thousands of loving and caring German Shepherds out there in rescues and shelters looking for your love in return for theirs. You might like to consider going to a rescue before you approach a breeder.

At The Daily Shep, we’ve already published the following articles on adopting German Shepherds Dogs and Puppies from rescues, and Buying and Owning German Shepherd Puppies:

But, the aim of this article is to provide a step by step process for finding quality and reputable German Shepherd Breeders in the US near you – by state, region and local area.

In the United States, if you’re thinking you have three main options if you want to buy German Shepherd puppies directly from good breeders:

1) Buy From The AKC (American Kennel Club) Marketplace or Puppy Finder

2) Buy From The German Sepherd Breeders Located in The AKC Breeder Locator Resources – A Parent Dog Breed Club for the Country, or Local Kennel In An Area or State. 

3) Buy From Independent, or Standalone German Shepherd Breeders

 

**IMPORTANT NOTE – PLEASE READ**: Two major problems with any potential breeder is the prevalence of genetic disorders in their puppies, and whether or not they health test their breeding dogs i.e. the parents.

Some countries like the US actually have laws in place to protect the buyer against genetic disorders.

We do not favor or recommend AKC registered breeders over independent breeders, or vice versa.

It is your responsibility as a buyer to ensure you do your due diligence to make sure the breeder has the necessary documentation to ensure their puppies don’t carry disorders and are health tested adequately.

We do not support breeding which harms the health of the dog in any way.

The health and well being of the German Shepherd itself is paramount over any commercial objective.

 

1) Buy From German Shepherd Breeders From The AKC Marketplace or Puppy Finder

AKC Marketplace and Puppy Finder For German Shepherd Breeders and German Shepherd Puppies

The AKC Marketplace or Puppy Finder will help you find male and female German Shepherd puppies, and reputable German Shepherd breeders that are apart of the AKC’s on-site marketplace.

You can sort the German Shepherd breeders by:

  • Breeders of Merit – German Shepherd breeders that demonstrate a commitment to the AKC community, dedication to their breed, and actively promote the sport of purebred German Shepherd dogs.
  • Bred With H.E.A.R.T. Breeders – German Shepherd Breeders that have met specific health testing standards and participate in continuing education.
  • Club Members – German Shepherd Breeders that are members of AKC-licensed or member clubs.

Apart from the standard Black and Tan German Shepherd puppies, here are some other popular breeder searches we found in the Marketplace:

 

Black German Shepherd Breeders

Black German Shepherd Puppies (as of 1 July 2016)

White German Shepherd Breeders

White German Shepherd Puppies (as of 1 July 2016)

Large German Shepherd Breeders

Large German Shepherd Puppies (as of 1 July 2016)

Long Haired German Shepherd Breeders

Long Haired German Shepherd Puppies (as of 1 July 2016)

Top Work, Sport, Police, Protection and Training German Shepherd Breeders

Top Work, Sport, Police, Protection and Training German Shepherd Puppies (as of 1 July 2016)

DDR German Shepherd Breeders

Black German Shepherd Puppies (as of 1 July 2016)

 

2) Buy From The German Shepherd Breeders Located In The AKC Breeder Locator Resources – Parent, Regional and Local German Shepherd Dog Clubs/Kennels

These breeders arent recommended directly by the AKC, or part of the AKC Marketplace. But, some are still seen as reputable breeders. 

The AKC resources allow you to find the top German Shepherd breeders by

  • Parent German Shepherd Clubs,
  • Regional German Shepherd Clubs, and
  • Local German Shepherd Clubs

The AKC recommends you contact your parent club first. Note that the people you get into contact with are volunteers and not professionals i.e. they aren’t paid for speaking to you. Be patient and courteous to them, and request they put you in contact with a suitable breeders, or breeders. German Shepherd Dogs and Puppies clubs and kennels:

 

Parent German Shepherd Dog Club

Parent Club: German Shepherd Dog Club of America

Breeder Referral: Joyce Schultz

 

Regional German Shepherd Dog Club

Regional German Shepherd Clubs

 

Local German Shepherd Dog Clubs

If you have no luck with the parent club or regional clubs, you can search for a local club near you:

AKC Local Club Search

And for convenience, we’ve listed the local German Shepherd Breeders and Kennel Clubs search links by US State for you:

Alabama – Local German Shepherd Breeders In Alabama

Alaska – Local German Shepherd Breeders In Alaska

Arizona –  Local German Shepherd Breeders In Arizona

Arkansas – Local German Shepherd Breeders In Arkansas

California – Local German Shepherd Breeders In California

Colorado – Local German Shepherd Breeders In Colorado

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Delaware – Local German Shepherd Breeders In Delaware

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3) Buy From Independent or Standalone German Shepherd Breeders

Obviously independent breeders are regulated by themselves – yes, there are the irresponsible breeders out there, but there are also some very good ones that hold themselves to a high standard!

We would encourage you to read Raising German Shepherd Puppies: Guide From Buying To Owning to know the things to look for in a German Shepherd Puppy.

Pay very close attention to the processes, intentions, regulations, safety, health and welfare procedures a breeders has in place for selling their German Shepherd puppies.

Approach a German Shepherd Club in your country and ask for a referral for a lists of trusted and reputable breeders.

You can read more about Ethical Breeders at GSDCA.org

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