How Does the Process Work? Take a look around our website and feel free to ask as many questions as you wish. If German Shepherds are new to you be sure to take a look at the pages "Why our Breeding Stock come from Germany" and "American VS German" and "How we Raise our Puppies". These 3 pages will tell you a lot about our dogs and who we are. This will also help you determine if we are the right breeder for you. We will ask you some questions and may also ask you to fill out our puppy application / questionnaire. When you have decided that we are the right breeder for you and you wish to move forward, we will send you our Reservation form and Deposit Instructions. We will need to know about your plans and hopes for your puppy, your experience with dogs in general and the German Shepherd and what kind of living situation your new puppy will have.
What is the price for a puppy? The price depends on the ratings and achievements of the parents and grandparents as well as what you are looking for. Some people are looking for a quality pet where others are looking for placement in a service home, for law enforcement, to get into IPO (Protection Training & Competition). The needs for each person can vary significantly. It is important we understand what your needs are to determine if there is a specific breeding you would be interested in etc.
Once I place a Reservation (with Deposit) , how long will it take before I get a Puppy? We are a small hobby breeder and each of our breedings are very well thought out. Quality is our number 1 priority and we will never sacrifice that for quantity. Our puppies are in high demand and our wait list is typically 4-6 months. In order to get on our waitlist we require a Reservation Fee, which is applied to your total purchase price. Sometimes we will have a larger litter and you may be asked if you would like to move up to a earlier litter than expected or we may have a smaller litter or have a litter of all girls or all boys and you may be bumped to a future litter. This is why we expect 4-6 months to be a reasonable timeline. You can reach out to us to see what the litter expectation is at anytime and we can give you a good estimate of timing, depending on what you are looking for.
What if I want to pick my puppy out of the Litter? When we can, we will offer you a choice of puppies from the litter, but sometimes it is not possible. From my experience, often people are overwhelmed when looking at puppies and it's not easy to make a decision. Our puppies are raised in our home and we can make a very good recommendation on personality and temperament traits in each puppy that fit the lifestyle and needs of the client.
I don't plan to show or breed my puppy. I don't need papers - Can I get a discount? Whether you need papers or don't plan to breed or show our puppies we are more than happy to still place our puppies in a home where his main job is to be a companion, offer family protection or provide service needs as long as he is cared for and loved however, that does not change the quality of the puppy and the price remains the same.
At what age will I get my puppy? Usually our puppies go to their new homes between 8-9 weeks of age. They go home after their Well Puppy Vet Check, Dewormings and Vaccinations appropriate for their age.
Can I come over to look at puppies prior to 8 weeks of age? Puppies are very susceptible to disease and if a virus such as Parvo is introduced, an entire litter can be lost, including your puppy. Visitors may have been to places such as animal shelters or other breeding facilities, pet stores or parks prior to coming to CCGS putting our entire program at risk. Once puppies are 8 weeks old they have received their first vaccination and their personalities and structure can be evaluated much easier. We do have reviews on our website and on Google and we are happy to provide you with additional references upon request.
Will my puppy have his AKC Registration when I pick him up? Puppies will be eligible for AKC Registration and will come with the AKC Registration Application for you to submit to AKC. Puppies from mothers that have not had a previous litter with us may take longer to get the application due to the transfer process from Germany. The process for new mothers from Germany could take an additional 90-120 days to get their paperwork for registration. We will mail it to you upon receipt from the AKC.
What if I want to breed my puppy? Our puppies are of high quality however, not every puppy will be suitable for breeding when they come to breeding age. Most of our puppies are placed into pet homes and are sold with Limited Registration on a Spay/Neuter Contract. In order to protect our puppies and kennel name we have a special policy for anyone getting a breeding prospect from Central Coast German Shepherds so, if you plan to do breeding, please discuss this in advance as we have a separate purchase warranty and agreement for breeding homes.
Nutrition and Diet: A poor quality diet is a significant contributor to Hip Dysplasia. For a quality breeding program Dysplasia is only 20% Genetic and 80% Environmentally caused. Please plan to feed your puppy a high quality diet to help reduce the risk of Dysplasia to your puppy. We feed Life's Abundance. Early Spay and Neuter are additional contributors. Please consider that you will significantly reduce the risk of a puppy getting environmentally caused Dysplasia by waiting to Spay or Neuter your puppy until they reach maturity, typically 18 months for a female and 20 months for a male.