Blackthorn Working German Shepherds

A Little about Me and My Dogs

The kennel building in Spring 2008


Christine, Nike, and Ash--March 2003

BLACKTHORN – Prunus spinosa. The remedy for the depths of despair — the "Valley of the Shadow of Death."

BLACKTHORN – Circulation. Helps absorption of nutrients. Stabilizes emotions. Brings hope and joy. Strengthens the blood supply.*

(*Homeopathic uses for blackthorn.)
I've been involved in German Shepherds since 1992 and have been doing dog sports and schutzhund ever since, and I've been a Breed Warden and Tattooer for the United Schutzhund Clubs of America. My dogs are first and foremost my family members. I'm serious about having dogs around who I like to live and WORK with. I like a dog with a rock-solid temperament, intense drive, and keen intelligence. Good working dogs dogs who are FUN to work are made up of more elements than just drive and hardness I look for a dog who wants to spend his or her time with me, who always has a bright "What's next?" gleam in his eye, and who is a pleasure to be with and an even greater pleasure to train. This is the goal of every carefully planned breeding I do I don't breed often, and I want every puppy to grow up to be a joy in the work and in life.

In addition to my dogs, I have had three Bengal cats -- Jasper, Spider, and now Mako. And I have Siena, who gets a page of her own because she was Thorn's cat. She takes her role in socializing puppies VERY seriously!

I also have 2 JRTCA Jack Russell Terriers--Catawba Mountain's Flintrock (tan & white) and Catawba Mountain's Ruffian (black & white)--the terriers love to help "socialize" the puppies and keep everyone laughing!



Frost, Knight (age 14), Thorn, and me in 1994.

Spider and Jasper Thorn and his cat Siena



 Breeding quality workingline German Shepherd Dogs since 1996.
Located in Barboursville, VA

Copyright 1999-2012, Christine Kemper