Celhaus TT Litter (Lovely bred to Cantor)
Whelped October 3, 2020:  4 bicolor males, 2 black males, 2 bicolor females and 3 black females

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Lovely is from my LL litter and is the mother of the RR litter.  This is a repeat of the RR litter, so check out their page for more info and photos.
Cantor is also the sire of the NN, OO, PP, QQ, RR & SS litters.

I am expecting some real live wires, full of the love of life, very social and confident, highly intelligent with nice working drives.  We should have some SAR and competition prospects as well as pups good for both therapy dog and service dog jobs – and of course some for good pets to active families.  I’m expecting them to train easily and enjoy working, to have a sense of humor – Lovely is a real tease – and to have super noses and the desire to use them.   


whelped 3/24/16

OFA GOOD hips:   GS-99355G24M-VPI
PennHip at 1 year:  .37 left; .42 right
(PennHip no longer gives percentile ratings unless they’re in their excellent range, which is below .30)
OFA Elbows:  GS-EL37972M24-VPI
OFA Cardiac:  GS-CA1790-18M/P-VPI
OFA Thyroid:  GS-TH830/33M-VPI
OFA Eyes:  GS-EYE525/26M-VPI
OFA DM (spinal myelopathy) free:  GS-DM7517/18M-PI
free of bleeding disorders (vonWillebrand’s and hemophilia)
TLI Test normal at 18 months (free of EPI – Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency)
AKC DNA Profile:  V895816

Cantor is doing extremely well in training.  He is amazing in agility; for instance, he learned the weaves in 6 sessions, including being consistent in finding the entrance to the set of 12 weaves from all angles and at great distances, no matter where I happen to be positioned, which is unheard of.  He excels in nosework, which he loves, and also enjoys obedience.  Cantor received his Canine Good Citizen title in September, 2017.  In October 2017 he passed all his UKC nosework pre-test titles.  Since then he has earned his Novice and Advanced Interior titles and his Novice Exterior title. 

UKC (United Kennel Club) Nosework titles:  PTN, PTA, PTS, PTM, PTE, NI, AI, NE (all five pretests, plus both Novice and Advanced Interior titles and the Novice Exterior title).  There are five levels of difficulty (novice, advanced, superior, masters and elite) in each of five elements (exteriors, interiors, vehicles and containers).  Before a dog can compete for a title, it must pass a pre-test to show that it will search for and find that particular odor.  Cantor passed all five pre-tests (Novice level is Birch, Advanced is Anise, Superior is Clove, Masters is Myrrh and Elite is Vetiver) and last year began competing in classes, where he is doing very well.  He doesn’t like nosework as well as agility, but he enjoys using his nose and is getting more intense the more he trials.

NADAC (North American Dog Agility Council) Agility:  Cantor has participated in 3 agility trials.  He has some “legs” (you need three passing scores to earn each title) in several different classes.  He tends to go over the top with excitement at the trials and makes little mistakes, but he’s maturing nicely and hopefully he will earn some titles next year, since all three agility trials this year were cancelled due to the pandemic.

Therapy Dog, registered with Alliance for Therapy Dogs (formerly Therapy Dogs Incorporated).

Cantor has his AKC Therapy Dog Novice (THDN) title, which requires a history of 10 therapy dog visits.  Once he completes 50 visits, he will be eligible for his AKC Therapy Dog title (THD).  He has trouble sitting still for long so at the moment he is just visiting the Alzheimer’s Unit at one of the nursing homes.  Hopefully once a matures a little more he’ll be able to handle the hour-long visits to the entire nursing home facilities.  He participated in the Reading Dog program at the Children’s Library, which is designed to help children who are having trouble learning to read.  Children read to the non-judgmental therapy dog, which helps them to overcome feelings of embarrassment or inadequacy.  Now that we’re going to the schools, which are much more chaotic, I don’t take him. 

He also has his AKC Canine Good Citizen title.

Cantor is athletic and very well built for a working-line dog.  He has decent drives that go into overdrive when he’s doing something he loves, such as agility. 

See Cantor’s page.
See more Cantor photos
Playing in the snow, March 2012
Cantor at 18 months
Cantor favorite photos from birth


Dam:  Celhaus Love Every Living thing PTN, PTA, PTS, PTM, PTE, AE, NC, NV, ATD, THDN (Lovely)
whelped 3/16/16

PennHip DI’s .25 & .24
(She received a 95th percentile rating, which means her hips are better than the hips of 95% of the 13,538 German Shepherds they had evaluated at the time we did hers),
OFA good hips,
OFA Elbows,
OFA Thyroid,
OFA eyes,
OFA Cardiac,
von Willebrand’s and hemophilia free
OFA DM (clear) – free of the spinal myelopathy mutation genes
free of EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency) at 28 months

UKC Nosework Titles:  PTN, PTA, PTS, PTM, PTE (all five pre-tests), Advanced Vehicles and Novice Exteriors.  Nosework is a fun new competition venue derived from narcotics dog training where dogs compete in searching for certain essential oils instead of narcotics.   There are five levels of difficulty (novice, advanced, superior, masters and elite) in each of five elements (exteriors, interiors, vehicles and containers).  Before a dog can compete for a title, it must pass a pre-test to show that it will search for and find that particular odor.  Mercy has passed all five pre-tests (Novice level is Birch, Advanced is Anise, Superior is Clove, Masters is Myrrh and Elite is Vetiver), and has her Advanced Exteriors, Novice Interiors and Novice Vehicles titles.  Both our spring and fall 2020 nosework trials were cancelled due to the covid pandemic, so she won’t be able to earn any new titles until May 2021.

NADAC Agility:  Lovely was ready to compete for agility titles this year, but all the trials were cancelled due to the pandemic.  She will compete next April.

Lovely is first of all a tease.  I see it every morning during her ball sessions.  She is a two-ball dog, which means she won’t give me the one she has but must decided to drop it before I can throw the other.  She’ll retrieve for several minutes then give me a grin and sit there, making me wait until she decides she’s ready for more ball throws.   She has great hunt drive and natural desire to use her nose.  I see that during her ball sessions, too.  She seems bored if I throw the ball straight in a clear area but delights if it goes over trees and out of sight so she has to search for it.  I also see it in training, not so much in nosework other than she is Miss Gawky and will suddenly get engrossed in something and forget to search.  She’s getting better as she gains more experience and better understands that her job is to go in, search, find – and then she can be silly.  I definitely experience her humor in agility.  She makes me work every obstacle and will all of a sudden do some totally unpredictable, silly thing like acting as if she’s never seen a tunnel before and why would she go into that dark opening.  The instructor and my classmates get lots of laughs when it’s our turn to work.  She’ll be totally serious and focused and then all of a sudden give me a sideways glance with a twinkle in her eye and I know she’s plotting mischief.  In this she’s like her great-great-great grandmother, the original Glory, about whom people still tell funny stories. Life is never dull with Lovely around.

She has a nice social temperament and is full of the joy of life.  She has an endearing habit at home of coming up to me as I work on the computer, placing one paw on my leg and staring soulfully into my eyes until I quit typing and give her attention.  She soon figured out that the people we visit are extremely susceptible to this as well and thus is very popular as a therapy dog.

We actually did her therapy dog test in the Alzheimer’s Unit of one nursing home that I visit.  Before the pandemic, I went to the Unit every Thursday afternoon.  They are crazy about my dogs, so I had the brainstorm to ask if they’d like to help us do the test. Lovely knows Laurie, the tester, quite well so we need someone else to do the friendly stranger petting and exam as well as the walking erratically and running-past-as-if-in-an-emergency parts of the test.  The staff and residents were thrilled to be asked to participate.  One of the staff members did all those tests except one of the residents used her walker for the walking-erratically test and another helped us with the approach-someone-in-a-wheelchair test.  The rest of the residents watched avidly and had to be restrained from reaching out or approaching Lovely to pet her until we finished the test.  Then we went right into the first of her supervised visits and all the residents got to pet her.  In fact, we had to make the circuit of the room three times before everyone was satisfied that they had petted her enough.  She was a super hit and all of us had a ball.

Since March, when the pandemic shut down the nursing homes, we still go to visit but we have to remain outside the homes and wave at or talk to the people through the windows.  I write the residents weekly letters so we stay in touch.  All of us can hardly wait until we can actually visit again.

Lovely also does well in obedience.  She has her Canine Good Citizen and Canine Good Citizen Advanced titles. We wanted to work on the other titles but Laurie, who also instructed those classes, moved out of town and no one else has offered them.

Lovely is sixth-generation my female line and shows so many of the good qualities from her great-great-great grandmother, Glory and those who followed her:  sound temperament, lots of drive, super noses, joy of life, willingness, the list goes on.  Breeding tells!!

See Lovely’s page 
See Lovely March 2020
See Lovely at 18 months
See Lovely’s favorite photos


Maternal Grand Dam:  Celhaus Gift of Glory PTN, PTA, PTS, PTM, PTE, AE, NI, ATD, THD (Glory Too)
whelped 6/7/13

OFA Hips GOOD:  GS-93516G28F-VPl
OFA elbows normal:  GS-E132026F24-VPl
PennHip at 1 year:  90th Percentile (Distraction Index .25 left and right hips,
in their excellent range, which is below .30)
DM (Spinal Myelopathy) carrier:  IGS-DM3153/6F-PI
OFA Eyes:  GS-EYE363/63F-VPI
OFA Cardiac:  GS-CA1434/30F-VPI
OFA Thyroid:  GS-TH802-46F-VPI
OFA CHIC (Canine Health Information Center) DNA REPOSITORY:  GS-DNA-361/S
Free of bleeding disorders (hemophilia and von Willebrand’s)
Free of EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency) at 29 months

Therapy Dog, registered with Alliance for Therapy Dogs (formerly TDInc).

GloryToo, named after her great-great-grandmother, whose call name was Glory, lives to use her nose.  She showed that drive practically from birth and as soon as I decided to keep her, I started allowing her to search for the nose work scents after I had trained the big dogs.  She was often quicker to find the hides in the house than the adults who had been training for months, so I knew I had a special pup here.  I’m hoping to get some nose work titles on her this summer.  I also plan to resume her agility training once she’s done with this litter.

She’s not extremely ball driven but enjoys her morning play sessions as one-on-one time, though she really perks up if she has to hunt to find the ball where it has bounced across a fence or into the snow.

UKC Nosework titles:  PTN, PTA, PTS, PTM, PTE, NI, AI, NE (all five pretests, plus Novice Vehicles; Novice Containers; Novice, Advanced and Superior Interior titles; and Novice, Advanced & Superior Exterior titles).  There are five levels of difficulty (novice, advanced, superior, masters and elite) in each of five elements (exteriors, interiors, vehicles and containers).  Before a dog can compete for a title, it must pass a pre-test to show that it will search for and find that particular odor.  GloryToo passed all five pre-tests (Novice level is Birch, Advanced is Anise, Superior is Clove, Masters is Myrrh and Elite is Vetiver) and is doing very well in competition, though she missed several trials when she was either in heat, pregnant or lactating. 

She’s a very social dog, very affectionate, and a great therapy dog.  She particularly enjoys the Reading Dog programs we do at Tongue River Elementary and Tongue River High School.  She has an engaging, sometimes silly personality and just bursts with the joy of life.

She has her AKC Therapy Dog Novice (THDN) title, which requires a history of 10 therapy dog visits and her.   AKC Therapy Dog title (THD), which requires 50 visits.  She is working on her THDA title, which requires 100 visits.  She visits nursing homes and participated in the Reading Dog program at the Children’s Library, which is designed to help children who are having trouble learning to read.  Children read to the non-judgmental therapy dog, which helps them to overcome feelings of embarrassment or inadequacy.  She particularly enjoyed the Reading Dog program at the children’s library and obviously missed it, so I began contacting schools to see if we could get any teachers interested in dogs coming to their classrooms.  In April 2019, we received a request to come to Tongue River Elementary School in Ranchester (about 15 miles for Sheridan).  She was thrilled to begin doing weekly Reading Dog sessions there.  GloryToo also participates in a stress-relief program during finals week, where therapy dogs visit students at the local college.  That may also be implemented at the high schools.

She also has her AKC Canine Good Citizen title.

See GloryToo’s page
See GloryToo March 2020
See GloryToo’s favorite photos

Maternal Great Grandsire:  Jagerstadt Chaos von Celhaus PTN & PTA, O-EAC, OAC, S-ECC, S-TN-E, EJCOJCOWVS-NAC, S-NCC, S-TN-N, S-WV-N, S-NJC, S-TG-N, S-HP-N, ATD, THD-N, THD, THDA
3/23/06 – 2/25/18

NADAC Agility titles: Superior Novice Regular, Superior Novice Weavers, Superior Novice Chances, Superior Novice Tunnelers, Superior Novice TouchNGo, Superior Novice Jumpers, Superior Novice Hoopers, Open Regular, Open Chances, Open Tunnelers, Open TouchNGo, Open Hoopers, Open Jumpers, Open Weavers, Outstanding Elite Chances, Outstanding Elite Regular, Elite Tunnelers

Chaos retired from agility competition and began training for Nosework titles.  Unfortunately, by the time UKC, which took over all nosework titling from United Nosework, began allowing nosework trials again, Chaos was aging to the point he didn’t like traveling and spending hours at a trial, so he never got more than the first two pre-trials. I lost him to cancer barely a month from his 12th birthday.

Chaos was a Therapy Dog, registered with Alliance of Therapy Dogs (formerly Therapy Dogs Inc.).  He had his AKC Therapy Dog Advanced title, which requires 100 certified visits.

OFA Fair Hips, PennHip 70th Percentile, OFA Elbows, OFA Cardiac, OFA Thyroid, OFA DM (free), CERF, von Willebrand’s and hemophilia free, free of EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency)

Chaos had a rock-solid temperament and steady nerves. He was very social with all ages of people and was an excellent Therapy Dog. Chaos came from herding lines. Both his parents were working stock dogs on farms in North Carolina. I like to incorporate dogs from herding lines in my breeding programs because of their high bidability. They truly want to work with the handler, and Chaos was no exception. He was extremely fun to train because he checked constantly to be sure he was doing what I want.

See Chaos’ page
See Chaos’ favorite photos
See Chaos’ agility photos

For more information on the German Shepherd style of herding see


Maternal Great Grand Dam:  Celhaus Celebrate Life AE, PTN, PTA, PTS, PTM, PTE, EE, SC, AV, AI, NR, NT, ATD, THDN (Lively)

whelped 11/3/09

NADAC Agility titles:  Novice Regular, Novice Tunnelers.   Unfortunately, the agility trials were moved from a site ninety minutes away to one that is 3 1/2 hours one way.  I have to drive back and forth each day since I have other dogs at home I must care for each evening, so our chances for more agility titles are low.

UKC Nosework titles:  Elite Exteriors, Master Interiors, Master Containers, Superior Vehicles, PreTest-Elite (all 5 PreTests).

At our first Nosework Trial in May 2014, she received the first two titles in Exterior Searches, NNE1 (where they search for Birch Essential Oil) and NNE2 (where they search for Anise Essential Oil).  On July 1st, 2014, the United Kennel Club took over nose work from its originating United Nosework organization, so those titles are now NE & AE.  They did not allow trials until after they have incorporated all the information of every dog that titled under United Nosework.  Lively continued training in the interim and will compete for more titles as trials are held.  She was retired and spayed in the spring of 2017 so now she no longer misses trials due to being pregnant or raising pups.

Lively is a Therapy Dog, registered with Alliance of Therapy Dogs.  She has her AKC Therapy Dog Novice (THDN) title and nearly enough visits to qualify for the THD (Therapy Dog) title, which requires 50.

OFA “fair” hips, PennHip 60th percentile (DI’s .39 & .35), OFA Elbows, OFA Cardiac, OFA Thyroid, OFA DM (carrier), OFA eyes, von Willebrand’s and hemophilia free

free of EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency) at 24 months

Lively produced three litters when bred to Chaos and two litters bred to Quasi.  She has produced some excellent Search & Rescue dogs as well as competition dogs (agility, nosework, etc), service dogs and therapy dogs.  She has tons of drive and in her youth would retrieve a ball all day long.  She’s a nice medium size and very athletic.  She’s also a fun dog to live with and, especially, to train.  Her pups typically excel in any kind of training and approach it with enthusiasm, yet they can also serve as service dogs, which asks for a much calmer, quiet dog that concentrates on assisting its owner with any disabilities the person has.

See Lively’s page
See Lively March 2020
See Lively’s favorite photos

Maternal Great Grand Sire:  Kway vom Posthorn SchH3 (LGA) KKL1 High Protection (97 V) at the 2007 Americans

“a” normal hips HDZW 66

whelped 9/9/00 – lived until 14!

free of EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency) and of the Degenerative Myelopathy gene.

According to his owner (Bill Kulla), “Kway participated in two research studies that are working to identify a genetic marker for EPI and DM, so that one day we may eliminate these devastating diseases from our breed.”

Other quotes from Kway’s website, www.kulladogs.com:

Kway (pronounced “Kwhy”) was the expression of his world class bloodlines: son of Asko von der Lutter and grandson of Aly vom Vordersteinwald.  Asko was the 1998 Bundessieger and 2000 WUSV World Champion and has proven himself as producer already. At the past three BSPs, Asko had more sons shown than any other dog. Aly was a close second.

Kway himself was a true all-three-phase dog: tracking is deep-nosed and methodical, obedience was fast and animated yet precise, and bitework was extremely strong with full, hard grips. Kway was balanced in the protection work and brought his natural aggression to the work for strong guarding. Through all three phases, Kway was a dog that was in true harmony with his handler, and their strong bond was evident on and off the field.

Always pronounced in courage; in Kway’s breed survey special mention is made of his exceptional temperament.

Kway was linebred 5-5 on Urs aus der Hopfenstraße, and he carried the black recessive.

Bill reports that Kway loved to retrieve and was good with everyone. He also was good with other dogs, including small dogs, and enjoyed nurturing puppies.  I really liked him when I took Quinta to be bred in 2009.  Kway had been retired for two years, but put on a beautiful obedience demonstration for me.  He was five days from turning nine years old but sure didn’t look it as he heeled, ran and jumped. 

Maternal Great Great Grand Dam:  Celhaus Quintessence NJ NR NTO NC TDInc (“Quinta”)

NADAC Agility titles:  Novice Jumpers Superior, Novice Regular, Novice Tunnelers Outstanding, Novice Chances, 2 legs towards her Open Jumpers title, 2 legs towards her Novice TouchNGo title, 2 legs towards her Novice Weavers title and 1 leg towards her Novice Hoopers title

AKC agility titles:  one leg in each of Standard, Jumpers with Weaves & FAST

OFA hips (good); OFA Elbows; OFA Thyroid; OFA Cardiac; CERF; also tested EPI (Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency), von Willebrand’s and hemophilia free.  In December, 2007, Quinta received her Health Award Certificate of Recognition from the German Shepherd Dog Club of America.

Quinta was a Therapy Dog, registered with Therapy Dogs Inc. (now Alliance of Therapy Dogs).

Quinta, commonly known as “Wild Thing”, was the character of the family.  She loved to work, begged to train, and got into all kinds of trouble when we didn’t.  She was crazy about agility.  Her biggest problem was remembering to listen to me and go the direction I indicated, rather than attack every obstacle in sight.  When she did remember, she was extremely intense and concentrated, a joy to work, and nearly always took 1st place.  She also did extremely well in obedience and tracking but we never tried for titles since trials are few and far between.  Quinta was very much like her mother, Jubilee, and grandmother, Glory.  She was quite dramatic, very fast and athletic, loved to tease, and had trouble being a “good” girl.

See Quinta’s page
See Quinta’s favorite photos
See Quinta’s agility photos

Maternal Great Great Great Grandsire:    Bianko vom Leerburg (“Comanche”)

OFA GOOD hips, OFA elbows

Janet Wilt’s Comanche was a Search & Rescue dog, certified in Avalanche, Water, Tracking, Wilderness Rescue and Cadaver.  He was also certified as a narcotics dog (4 odors), evidence and building search.

See Janet’s Search & Rescue group, Jackson Hole Independent Search Dog Teams, www.jhsearchdogs.org.


Maternal Great Great Great Granddam:  Celhaus Jubilee CGC CD NA NAP TDInc.

7/19/98 – 11/20/12, made it to 14 1/3 years!

OFA GOOD hips, OFA elbows, OFA cardiac, OFA thyroid, von Willebrand’s and hemophilia free, CERF

Jubilee was a Therapy Dog, registered with Therapy Dogs Inc.

She had her Companion Dog title and her AKC Novice Agility titles and only needed one more qualifying score to finish her Novice Jumpers title, but she developed spurs on her back (from being such an athletic, body-slamming, hard-playing dog all her life), so her jumping and competing days were over.

Jubilee was the most athletic GSD I’ve ever known–unless it’s her daughter, Quinta or granddaughter, Lively.  At 14 1/3, she was still healthy, though arthritis from bridging in her back had slowed her down considerably.  When she was just a pup she would jump into the back of a 3/4 ton pickup from which I was shoveling wood shavings, trudge to the top of the shavings pile, and get on top of the cab. She would climb, jump, drill through incredible obstacles to retrieve her toys (the favorite of which is the Frisbee).  She loved obedience, tracking and agility.  Her tracking was very intense and only needed proofing to be ready to try for her Tracking Dog title.  When she hurt her back, I retired her.

See Jubilee’s page
See Jubilee’s favorite photos


Maternal Great Great Great Great Granddam:  Roche Jaune’s Triumph of Celhaus CD, TDInc (“Glory”)

9/14/94 – 9/9/02

OFA GOOD hips, OFA elbows, CERF, von Willebrand’s and hemophilia free

Glory was a Therapy Dog, registered with Therapy Dogs Incorporated (now Alliance of Therapy Dogs).

I originally began in American-line German Shepherds, the old lines with lots of European influence – before they were ruined by the fad for extreme side gait.  When the breeder from whom I got my dogs for years retired in the late 1980’s, I decided to switch to European working lines.  Unfortunately, the first several breeding prospects from those lines that I bought failed all their health screenings.  In fact, they introduced me to new problems in the breed – genetic eye and bleeding conditions – so I increased the number of health screenings that I did before passing a dog for breeding.  Glory was the first one who passed all the tests and whom I could breed, and she produced so well that I have continued her line for six generations of females.  With her first litter I adopted the German system of having an alphabet letter for each litter, beginning with the A litter of 1997, from whom I kept her daughter Ashi.  That was such a great litter that the next year I drove her all the way to Toronto to breed her to a German import there who was closely related to Ashi’s sire.  That only resulted in one pup, whom I kept.  I didn’t use a litter letter for her but instead named her Jubilee because the Catholic world was in the middle of a jubilee year of prayer to prepare for the millennium. 

Glory was a mix of German show and working lines and was absolutely beautiful.  She was also a tease with an amazing sense of humor and would drive me crazy when I tried to get her serious enough to train and to compete for obedience or tracking titles.  I always bred her to working-line males and she generously threw more serious working dogs than she was but also her correct structure AND sparkling personality.  Her progeny were just plain fun and continue to be so to this day, including an occasional one who is a big tease like she was (though more easily trained).  The latest tease to liven up my life is her great-great-great granddaughter (a Lively granddaughter from the LL litter of 2016), Celhaus Love Every Living Thing (“Lovely”).  I still miss Glory a lot but I enjoy the vivacity in all her children and their enthusiastic enjoyment of life.

See Glory’s page
See Glory’s favorite photos

Celhaus German Shepherds

4817 Big Horn Ave
Sheridan, WY  82801

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The NuVet people had tried to recruit me for their breeder program for several years but it wasn’t until I was getting frustrated at my inability to get a soft, shiny coat on Quasi that I decided to try their products. I finally told the NuVet people I would never recommend any product without trying it first, and that I’d like to try their NuVet Plus on Quasi. They sent a free two-month supply and at the end of the trial period I was seeing enough improvement that I signed up for their breeder program.   [READ MORE]