Policies

Prices

All puppies are typically $2000. Puppies from imported litters tend to have more costs associated with them, therefore will have a higher price. Older puppies or dogs may be more, according to the level of training.

Deposits and Waitlist

A deposit of $500 will reserve a puppy. The deposit is applied to the purchase price. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable. Once a deposit has been placed, your name is added to the waitlist.

 

If the buyer is unable to take the puppy due to unforeseen circumstances, the deposit may be held for up to one year to be applied to a different litter. Your name will become inactive on the waitlist at that time. When you are ready for a puppy, your name will become active again and your name will move to the bottom of the waitlist. 

 

If we are unable to provide the buyer with the puppy for any reason, a full refund of the deposit will be provided to the buyer or the buyer may choose to apply the deposit towards a puppy from a different litter. This does not include a match not being available from the current litter.

We reserve the right to first pick male and female from every litter. As puppies become available, we work from the top of the waitlist in the order the deposit was received. They buyer can choose to pass on a puppy and move to the next litter. 

Currently, our waitlist is rather long. For complete transparency, here is a link to the waitlist

Puppy Selection

Our goal is to match each puppy and family to the best fit for everyone. Puppy selection takes place around 7 weeks old, after their drives, temperaments, and personalities are more apparent. Puppy selection is based on the needs of the family and the needs of the puppy, in the order of deposit received. Consideration will be made for gender preferences and color preferences when possible. We will not place a puppy in a home we believe will not be a good match. Ultimately, everyone ends up unhappy if the match is not a good fit.

Puppy Care

We raise our puppies in our home using many of the Puppy Culture protocols. Our goal is to give each puppy it's best start through love, play and exposure to many different experiences to enable them to be healthy, confident, happy puppies when they leave our home. We de-worm the puppies several times according to standard care protocols for puppies. We provide their first round of vaccinations as well as microchip. They will also be examined by our veterinarian before leaving our home. Our puppies are ready to go home at 8 weeks old.

Health Guarantees

Our puppies are guaranteed to be free of genetic disorders. 

Hips are guaranteed to be free of dysplasia. It will be the buyer's responsibility to have the puppy/dog x-rayed and OFA certified by an orthopedic veterinarian at two years of age. Having your dog spayed or neutered before two years of age nullifies this portion of the contract. Failure to maintain a healthy weight nullifies this portion of the pup’s guarantee. Failure to complete OFA certification by the age of 26 months nullifies this portion of the pup’s guarantee. If a problem is seen within the allowed time frame, written OFA verification will be required before any refund or replacement is given. We highly recommend, especially for sport dog families, that “pre-lims” be done by an orthopedic veterinarian by 12 months of age. If dysplasia is verified by an orthopedic veterinarian, the puppy/dog will be replaced from the first available litter. A statement from a vet verifying spay/neuter of the affected puppy will be required.

Names

We put a lot of effort into planning our breedings and raising our puppies. Therefore, we are proud of the dogs we produce. To recognize your dog as coming from our kennel, we include our kennel name (Aus der Asche) as the suffix of each dog we produce. We also assign each litter a letter that the first name should begin with and will provide suggestions. This helps with record keeping and identification.

Training

German Shepherd Dogs are very smart, active dogs. They need regular mental and physical stimulation. Training may be as complex as Schutzhund, search and rescue, personal protection or as simple as obedience and daily walks. Our dogs excel in a variety of different training venues including those listed above and agility, nosework, barn hunt, competitive obedience, tracking, etc. Training is a great way to bond with your dog. We are always happy to help match you with resources in your area to find a good fit for you and your dog. 

We now offer a puppy foundation obedience program. It's a two week boarding program that will lay the foundation for basic obedience: sit, down, recall, & place. If you are interested in finding out more about this, reach out for more information. 

For more information on our in-house training options, click here.

Spay & Neuter Policy

We recommend that should you decide to spay or neuter your dog, you wait until they are at least two years old, giving your dog's growth plates time to close. The latest research indicates early spay and neuter can negatively affect joint, bone, and ligament development. It can also increase the risks for some cancers, hypothyroidism, diabetes, obesity, and cause urinary incontinence in females. Neutering can also increase aggression, fear and anxiety, and excitability. Research indicates the earlier the dog was neutered, the more negative the effect on the behavior. Here are links to several articles and studies to read more.

Study Finds Early Spay-Neuter Surgeries in German Shepherd Dogs Increase Risk of Joint Problems

Early Neutering Poses Health Risks for German Shepherd Dogs, Study Finds

Neutering of German Shepherd Dogs: associated joint disorders, cancers and urinary incontinence

Spay Neuter And Joint Disease

Spaying, Neutering Large-Breed Dogs Linked to Higher Risk of Obesity and Nontraumatic Orthopedic Injuries

Assisting Decision-Making on Age of Neutering for 35 Breeds of Dogs: Associated Joint Disorders, Cancers, and Urinary Incontinence

Behavioral and Physical Effects of Spaying and Neutering Domestic Dogs (Canis familiaris)

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Located in Conroe, Texas

(Just North of Houston, TX)