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About Stronghold

We specialize in only breeding German Shepherds of the highest
quality, with sound solid nerves, excellent tracking abilities, with
well balanced character and stable temperaments. Our Beautiful German
Shepherds are correct in structure, highly intelligent, and trainable.
They are very beautiful in appearance, have wonderful caring and
protective personalities, and are a pleasure to own.

Our beautiful German shepherds dogs and puppies are made up from only
the finest and proven producing working bloodlines available today, as
well as many great ASKO Von de Lutter, Ferro and others that you will
find packed within every generation of Stronghold pups.

Our very selective breeding program is designed to preserve the
integrity and noble character of the breed as well as bring together
the well blended qualities we expect from our dogs and puppies at

Our Puppies are suitable for use in a variety of working fields such
as Police K9, Narcotics and Family Protection,
Schutzhund, Search and Rescue, Obedience, Agility, Herding, and
Personal, and family Companion.

Owner/ Breeder
William & Penny Strong
 Wolcott, vermont

We are a small breeding kennel located in the beautiful Northeast
Kingdom of Vermont . We are nestled on 18 acres of fields and forest.  Here there are wet lands, grass fields, a private pond and maple
woods . Our Dogs enjoy plenty of fresh air, running free along serene
nature trails, romping in the fields and swimming. They are happy,
healthy and vibrant individuals that thrive on their life here.

Our beautiful puppies are born in our home as part of our family in a
very special birthing room that has been designed for the comfort as
well as safety for the mothers and new babies.
We have selected and Imported our Dogs from only proven producing
working bloodlines and directly from the Czech Republic, , and East and west
Germany. We are here to meet the needs of all....

You can expect a puppy from Stronghold to be personally selected with
your specific needs in mind. We literally spend hundreds of hours with
our puppies from the time they are born until the time they are ready
to leave for their new homes. We pay a great deal of attention to
detail and know each of our puppies very specific characters,
individual qualities and unique personalities. We are clearly able to
recognize these individuality's within a litter, and place our
puppies accordingly with great success. Our puppies are raised in a
spacious, clean, enriching. stimulating, age appropriate and
interchangeable environment, that is designed to enhance the early
presence of their natural abilities with confidence through exploring,
stimulation, sounds and interactions within a positive, and praise
motivated setting. They are exposed to farm animals,children of all

It is our goal as breeders to produce only quality,
healthy, vibrant, and happy puppies that are warm in character,
capable of working in a variety of fields from loyal personal
companion, to the highest competition level of sporting dog to
protector and defenders of our Law Enforcement communities.
Our own adult German Shepherd Dogs and puppies are raised in our home as part of our family, with our children and other small pets. We are very firm
believers that most dogs live very well within a pack structure by
nature and are well adjusted and confident with themselves by the
rules set forth within a pack environment. Our dogs eat together side
by side, sleep together throughout our house, and play together. They
accompany us in our daily lives and routines and are an interactive
and intricate part of our lives here.. There is not a day that we do
not have a boarder that always remembers coming back home and fits right
back into our pack..

While we understand this lifestyle may be a bit more than most people
would care to experience, we feel it gives us a completely honest
inside understanding to knowing these beautiful animals with a
heightened appreciation for life and a better understanding of our dog
behaviors which we find essential to our breeding programs unique and
personal puppy selecting process.

Stronghold German shepherds are also naturally reared.

So what does "naturally reared" mean?

People who naturally rear their dogs believe in feeding them a species
appropriate diet. They believe that commercial dog food does not
provide proper nutrition. Commercial dog food companies use animal
parts that are not fit for human consumption when making dog food.
For instance, 3D (dead, diseased, dying) animals end up in dog food.
If you look at the ingredients of a bag of commercial dog food, very
rarely will you see REAL MEAT listed as a main ingredient. You will
see grains and meat "by products" listed but not REAL meat. Grains
are not a natural food for dogs. They are an inexpensive way to fill
up a bag of food and they are also the cause of many food allergies in
dogs. They do nothing in the way of providing real health to the dog.
All these unfit products are put together and heated to very high
temperatures to kill off unwanted bacteria. Unfortunately, when that
is done, all the good nutrients are also destroyed. The companies
then add them back in in the form of synthetic vitamins. We can
hardly consider that to be nutritious food. Dogs, like us, need REAL
food. If you're interested in reading more about what goes into
commercial dog food, you might find Ann Martin's book, "Food pets die
for" to be quite enlightening. To read an excerpt from her book.
Shirley's Wellness Cafe also has some great articles about commercial
dog food.

There are many dog nutrition books available that include recipes for
homemade dog diets. When feeding a raw diet, you need to balance out
the meat, bone, veggies, organ meats and supplements. It is very
important that you follow recipes that have been created by people
with experience.

There are several companies that put out frozen raw dog foods..some
that are balanced as is, and others that just need the vitamin/mineral
supplements added. Check out "Oma's Pride" to see what they offer.

People who naturally rear their dogs believe that vaccines carry
RISKS. Some of these people give a very limited vaccine schedule.
Others have eliminated all but the state mandated rabies vaccine.
Again, the Internet provides a wealth of information about the risks
involved in routine vaccination. The common practice of vaccination
today is to use a combination vaccine. This combination vaccine
includes 5-7 different viruses all in one shot and if that isn't
enough to send the immune system into turmoil, it also contains a
binder to hold them altogether and a preservative, such as thimersol
,which is a known carcinogen. I'm sure you have all read articles
about the use of mercury in children's vaccines and the possible link
of mercury to autism in children. It is no different with dogs. All
vaccines carry risks! Think about what we are doing when we inject a
dog with these vaccines. When we inject these vaccines into the dog,
we are bypassing the dog's first line of defense-the mucous
membranes-the nose, throat/mouth. We are injecting these vaccines
directly into the blood stream. This throws the entire immune system
into turmoil and it does not know how to react to these "invaders."
To make it worse, we are injecting it with not one, not two but
anywhere from 5-7 different viruses at the same time. And it is not
uncommon for these dogs to also receive their rabies vaccine, wormers,
flea/tick products all administered at the same time. It doesn't take
an awful lot of common sense to realize that this COULD, AND MOST
LIKELY IS, VERY DAMAGING TO THE DOG'S IMMUNE SYSTEM. To make it even worse, new puppy owners take their dogs to the vet shortly after
purchasing them. When puppies go to a new home, they are most likely
experiencing stress. They are leaving the only home they have ever
known, they are leaving their litter mates, being introduced to new
people, new places, new routines, house training, new food, different
water, noises they have never heard. That's a lot of stress for an 8
week old puppy. Add on all those vaccines, and you are asking for
serious autoimmune problems at some point. Vaccines are now being
blamed for all types of autoimmune related problems in dogs. If you
want to read more about the problems vaccines are causing check out
Shirley's wellness cafe. She has some great articles on the dangers
of vaccines. Dee Blanco, DVM has written a great article about
vaccines in which she explains how they work, what is in them, and the
risks involved in giving them. She also talks about the practice of
yearly vaccinations and explains why that practice is wrong.

There has been a lot of pressure put on allopathic veterinarians in
the past few years to reexamine their vaccine practices. Studies have
proven that the practice of yearly boosters is more harmful to pets
than it is beneficial. Immunity lasts a lot longer than one year. 27
veterinary schools are now recommending that vaccines be given every
THREE years. They recommend that you give the series of puppy
boosters, then the one year shot and then every three years after
that. That's progress but natural rearers know that even that is too
much. Titer tests are available that measure the level of immunity
that a dog has to diseases like parvo and distemper. For those who
don't want to vaccinate, titer testing is a good way to ensure your
dog has picked up "natural" immunity through exposure to disease in
the environment.

When puppies are born, they are protected from disease by maternal
antibodies that they receive from the dam's milk. The longer they
nurse, the longer the protection lasts. Unfortunately, most dams
today, because of the way they are reared themselves, do not produce
enough milk to nurse their puppies much past 5 weeks of age. So, to
"protect" the puppies from disease, breeders start immunizing the
puppies at about 6 weeks of age. This is way too young and way too
much stress on an undeveloped immune system. It is best to wait until
at least 12 weeks of age to give the first vaccine. If you give the
vaccine while the maternal antibodies are still present in the puppy's
immune system, it will not be effective and you will have stressed the
immune system for nothing. By 12 weeks of age, the maternal
antibodies should be gone and the puppy should be able to mount a good
response to the vaccine and should then have good protection against
the disease. If you do not live in an area where any of these
diseases are endemic, then it is safest to wait until 6 months of age
as that is when the dog's immune system is FULLY developed. At that
point, it can best handle the insult of the vaccine.

A dog owner in England , Catherine O'Driscoll, who has owned several
golden retrievers who all suffered early deaths, started looking into
WHY these things were happening. One died of rear end paralysis (
vaccine induced) and one or two died of cancer. She started thinking
that the vaccines were to blame for these things and ended up doing a
worldwide survey of different diseases and the relationship to the
vaccines that the dogs had received. She came up with an average
amount of time between when a vaccine was administered and when a
certain disease appeared. She found that 55% of the problems that
dogs experienced occurred within 3 months of vaccination. She has
since written two wonderful books about the dangers of vaccines. The
first is called "Who killed the darling buds of May." It was
subsequently released under a new title, "What vets don't tell about
vaccines." Recently, she published her second book, "Shock to the
System." Both are really good and informative books. She also started
a great website to help inform people of the dangers of these vaccines
and the deception among the vaccine companies.

My own personal belief is that our modern day practices have caused a
vicious cycle that has caused most dogs to live in a state of chronic
disease. For convenience, dogs are fed commercial dog food-just scoop
it out of the bag. That's it!!! And because we feed this unfit, dead
food, our dogs are unhealthy. And because our dogs are unhealthy, we
need to vaccinate them for diseases. Their immune systems are not up
to the job of fighting off diseases on their own. And because they
are unhealthy and the immune systems are challenged by these vaccines,
we also need to worm them, give them heartworm preventatives, and flea
products. We need to go back to square one and start feeding these
dogs correctly.

People who naturally rear their dogs DO NOT USE PREVENTATIVES NOR
CHEMICALS on their dogs. Preventatives ARE chemicals. We all have
seen what the "miss" use of chemicals has done to our environment and
thus to our own health. Look at the growing rate of cancer in our
society. It is no different with dogs. Cancer is widespread in dogs
today. Lymphoma is a common cancer in dogs and it has been linked to
exposure to lawn chemicals. It doesn't take alot of common sense to
realize that an animal, WHO LICKS HIMSELF TO KEEP CLEAN, laying on a
lawn that has been sprayed with CHEMICALS is going to be affected by
those chemicals. What we all fail to realize is that the reactions
that any living being might experience from exposure to "foreign
objects" is not going to be readily apparent most of the time.
Sometimes it is months, sometimes it is years and sometimes it IS
immediate. Most of the time, we, as owners would never put the
connection together.

The new method of preventing flea/tick infestations is the use of
"spot ons." Take for example the one for fleas/ticks called
"Frontline." Most vets will tell you it is the safest product on the
market. I did an internet search on this product. The main
ingredient is fipronil. Fipronil is a NEUROTOXIN. It causes seizures
in rats and rabbits. Yet, they say it is safe in dogs. It might not
affect them immediately, but in time it builds up in the system and I
believe they will react to it in one way or another. As usual, we as
owners, won't know that the problem our dogs has IS related to the
chemical we put ON THE DOG! I can't imagine why anyone, after
reading the safety warning, would put that on their dog. The label
warns you to wash your hands thoroughly after application and not to
let your children touch your dog for so many hours after application.
But it is safe for an animal who LICKS himself to keep clean????????

We have met some really wonderful people because of my interest in
natural rearing. We have learned so much about what it means to raise
a healthy dog and to keep it healthy. We have made major changes in
the way we raise my own dogs and feel quite content that I am doing
the best I can to give my puppies a healthy start. Since switching to
natural rearing 11 years ago, I have seen major improvements in our own
dogs. We have had 3 dogs live to be 23 years old.. The most obvious
improvement is in the newborn litters. The puppies are plump and
robust, nurse vigorously and their dams provide lots of milk. We, as
a society, need to realize that convenient isn't always best and that
we need to take responsibility for the decisions we make regarding our
animals health. We all need to be informed so that we can make
educated decisions.