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Blackthorn's "P" litter

Top DDR and West German working bloodlines!

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100% DDR bloodlines

Xita was imported from Germany in summer 2010. She's got a rock-solid temperament with a clear head and strong natural defense.

She's impressed all who meet her with her soundness and excellent temperament--sweet when appropriate, but serious when it comes to protecting her people and space.

Puppies from her first litter are working in SAR, herding, agility, schutzhund, and training for Service Dog work, in addition to being excellent family companions. She passes on her excellent conformation, beautiful pigmentation, a strong desire to please and willingness to work with the handler.

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Sire: V Bandit vom Wolfsheim,
KK1a, SchH3, FH

Top West German working bloodlines

Bandit is a big, handsome dark red sable with outstanding temperament and working ability. He has rock-solid nerves, impeccable temperament, strong, strong bitework, focused and intent tracking with natural scent skills. His mother is a very strong female who has proven her ability to pass on her excellent qualities to her children. His father Vito is one of the top stud dogs in Europe--a producer whose sons and daughters are proving their own ability to produce high quality dogs. His puppies are working in a number of venues--they have his strong nerves and good drives and often his large size. They are proving themselves competitive in schutzhund, agility, obedience, and K9 work.

Videos and more pictures available.

Born February 13, 2010

6 females, 3 males

solid black, dark black/red (like Xita), black sables, dark red sables

All puppies are socialized to humans, other dogs, cats, various surfaces, noises, and scents. Puppies are sold with a veterinarian health check, first set of shots, and with a hip/health warranty.

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Puppies will be $1,500 (approved homes only)


Call Name


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(Puppy name: "Petunia")

black sable
female (white "blaze" on chest)

Small but determined -- very strong and forward, also very sweet and always looking to make eye contact. She's very determined and a bit fierce when she wants something.

Looking for an experienced/active pet home or a working home.

black sable

Confident and forward, good drives, sweet personality, medium activity level.



(puppy name: "Primus")

solid black

Sweet, "middle-of-the-line" boy. SOLD!


(puppy name: "Pollux")

dark red sable
male (white on chest)

Big, solid boy, richly pigmented, huge head, great drives, excellent confidence. SOLD!


(puppy name: "Panther")

black sable

Dark and strongly built--very handsome, very determined and forward. SOLD!


solid black

Sweet, attentive, constantly seeks eye contact and interaction; medium-drive, medium activity, good confidence.




(Puppy name: "Peregrine")

dark black/red(tan)
female (small star on chest)

Sweet, relaxed, confident, medium-drive.



(Puppy name: "Pandora")

dark black/red(tan)
female (3 white toes on hind foot, no star)

She's forward and confident; good drives, great looks--very adventurous and has consistently been the "great explorer" of the litter. SOLD!


(Puppy name: "Piglet")

dark red sable
"Piglet!"--very into her food--large girl, red sable. Sweet, confident, affectionate, adventurous but attentive. SOLD!

April 10, 2011

Breeding quality working German Shepherd Dogs since 1996.

Barboursville, Virginia

Previous Litters

Blackthorn's "A" Litter

Born in February 1997, out of Frostbite v Pantara and V-Quattro v Spitzbubezwinger. Produced Ash and Asa--both went on to be awesome Schutzhund dogs and Ash has turned into a producer of great working dogs, too.


Blackthorn's "B" litter

Born in November 2001, this litter from Bodo and Nike produced everything we could have wanted--beautiful dogs who love to work. Three of the puppies--Badger (Xena), Brer, and Bramble--worked as certified Search and Rescue dogs.


Blackthorn's "C" litter

Nike and Ash

A super breeding, repeated several times! This combination has produced active pets, several dogs working in Schutzhund, and Circe, Ixnay, Inigo (Nash), Ilya (Blaze), and Jedi are all training/working in SAR. Jedi and Jubilee are also training in herding.

Blackthorn's "F" Litter

Blackthorn's "I" Litter

Blackthorn's "J" Litter


Blackthorn's "D" litter

Enni and Cliff

A gorgeous litter, this breeding also produced some great workers and companions. Deva was listed in the top 25 agility competition dogs in the U.S. after her first year of competition and was the 2009 GSDCA Agility Victrix!


Blackthorn's "E" Litter

Enni and Eagle v Eichenluft

Blackthorn's "G" Litter

Blackthorn's "H" Litter

Nike and Alex v. Eisenhaus

Blackthorn's "K" Litter

Danca and Faddo Adlerburg

Blackthorn's "L" Litter


Blackthorn's "M" Litter

Danca and Coal

Blackthorn's "N" Litter

Hunter x Orus

Blackthorn's "O" Litter

Xita x Laruh

Handsome puppies--working in herding, SAR, schutzhund/PP, agility, Service/Assistance Dog, Therapy Dog, as well as being excellent companions and friends.



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