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Aachen Dutch Shepherds
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 by B. Addison
May 2024

I came to see Keely in May of 2024 looking for a Dutch Shepherd pup. Keely showed me several puppies of every color. After meeting them all, I selected the one who’s personality matched best. I would suggest Aachen to anyone looking for Dutch Shepherd. Keely cares about her Dutch lines and only breeds the best. The ten hour drive was well worth it and I expect to be back for number 2 eventually.

 by The West Family
Adventures with the West crew and their Aachen Dutch Shepherds!

My husband and I purchased our first Aachen Dutch Shepherd from Keely over 9 years ago and she was flown to our first home in Colorado. We now have 3 children and travel across the country, living in 5 different states with our Dutchie girl! She is so sweet, very intelligent, and the best protector. She is loyal to her family and has brought so much joy to our lives that we will soon be making the trip to see Keely for another pup. We are so happy to have found Aachen Dutch Shepherds almost a decade ago and again today! Keely and her team work hard with these outstanding dogs and it does not go unnoticed. Thank you for everything, we will see you soon!

 by Cameron Woldhagen
Aachen Dutch Shepherd - Keely

I had a Dutch Shepherd from Aachen for about a year. I tried everything I could to make this dog a perfect dog for me and my family. The dog ended up not being the best fit for us, with me being in a wheelchair. After a year, I called Ms. Keely about my concerns and everything I was experiencing with this dog. She called me back within a couple of days, and after discussing this with her, she gave me the opportunity to come back and see if there was a better fit for my family. I returned my dog and Ms. Keely gave me the opportunity to look at as many dogs that I wanted to. I got to spend 2 days with Ms. Keely and using her knowledge, I was able to pick out another dog. I now have the most amazing dog that fits perfectly with my family and loves doing everything with us. Whenever it is time for me to add the next Dutch Shepherd to the family, I will definitely be giving Aachen Dutch Shepherds a call. Thank you Ms. Keely!

Hello Cameron and family,THANKYOU for your kind words!! Of course we want every Dutchie to work out 100% in their family, but if they don't, we are always here to help and make things right!Your Dutchie friend,Keely

 by Lahela & Alex
Letter from Zuko, Lahela, & Alex From Utah.

We are soooo happy to finally have our boy. We absolutely loved meeting our pup as well as Keely herself! She is an amazing woman in this business and knows her stuff to the "T". Keely has done such a great job with her dogs, and in turn, we got a very handsome, smart, and loving dog from her. Keely was able to match us perfectly to our pup, he is exactly what we needed and wanted. It was such a great experience for all of us involved. Keely was able to help us turn our little family of two into three. The whole process of getting our pup was great, she was able to answer any and all of our questions that we had. As well as tips and tricks about the breed, and so much more! Thank you so much, Keely, for everything that you have done for us, we are eternally grateful for everything that you have done for us and what you have given us in return.
We are so happy to be part of the Aachen family and to have Keely as a new friend.

THANKYOU so much for the lovely compliments!! It was such a wonderful time meeting you both and helping you to choose your boy! Your Dutchie friend,Keely

 by Stacy

I recently adopted a Dutch Shepherd/Belgian Malinois puppy- he’s my first so it’s a learning curve. At the time when he was about 5 months old his one ear was still really floppy and all I had researched said you needed to do something if they weren’t standing up around this time. When I contacted my vet they told me if they weren’t up by now there was nothing I could do…so I googled Dutch shepherd breeders thinking maybe someone more knowledgeable about the breed would have insight and that is how I stumbled across Keely. She seemed like she had a great program so I reached out to her to get her opinion not knowing if I would hear back. She was kind enough to reply and told me what I could do in addition to providing links for chews, supplements and other interventions to help. I have a good pup and the ear thing is trivial in the grand scheme of things but thanks to Keely my pup is almost 7 months old and both ears are sticking straight up! I really appreciated her taking the time to help me with my dog despite it not being one of hers which to me speaks volumes about a breeder and she wanted me to follow into and let her know how we made out. I got Dutch on a whim but in the future if I’m looking for a Dutch shepherd I would absolutely love one of hers

Always glad to help a fellow Dutchie lover when I can! And make a new friend too! I appreciate very much what you've said!Keely

 by Chance & Jamie R.
Awesome place and pups

Im a sheriff’s deputy and my wife is a stay at home mom with some health issues. We have been looking for a pup that would be a good fit for a service/protection dog. We spent quite some time on the phone and emails with Aachen/ Keely prior to picking the perfect pup. After picking the one, we headed to pick her up. Here’s where life happens, we arrived to pick our pup up and Keely runs a top notch business so she had us gradually be introduced to “our” pup. To make a long story short, the pup we had picked just wasn’t the right fit for us, and not only us but Keely also said it wouldn’t work. After the little curve ball Keely spent hours with us letting us find the perfect one and low and behold we did. I had no doubt that would happen. I would recommend 1000 times over to anyone, if your looking for a great place, business, and people, go to Aachen Dutch Shepherd’s. You won’t be disappointed!!!!

I am very appreciative of what you've said about your selection and purchasing experience! It is always about helping my Aachen owners to get just the right match for them! Thankyou so much for putting your faith and trust in our Aachen Program to help your family to pick YOUR right Dutchie! Keely + Krewe, Aachen Dutch Shepherds

 by Blayke

Started looking for a Dutchie and it was a nightmare trying to find a good breeder. So I came across the website and it was exactly what I was looking for. Don’t forget I emailed tons of breeders and they could barely send an email back, and when they did it didn’t answer any of the questions I had asked. So I made a couple trips out to visit the puppies and played with a handful of them. She helped me find the exact puppy I was looking for, after standing out in the cold for nearly 8 hours on multiple occasions we finally found the right pup. After having her for almost a month she’s exactly what I was looking for. Highly highly recommend going out there!

THANKYOU Blayke for your awesome testimonial about your entire purchasing experience with us, and MOST importantly, about your new Aachen Dutch Shepherd puppy! The pups were nonplussed about the cold compared to us!! It's both my pleasure and honor for you to have chosen us for your sport puppy! Keely

 by Richard

I got my first dutch shepherd from aachen. I spent about 9 months researching this breed and breeders.i found keely to be very knowledgeable helpful and most importantly trustworthy. Her help with picking pup was right on with what i was after. Very enjoyable experience and i would recommend her to anyone and everyone looking for one of these dogs. inside joke staffs nickname for apache, he was spot on. thanks again for all you did . Richard

I am humbly grateful for your testimonial with your Dutchie Apache!! Besides your investment for him (being a silver brindle), and all the way from "lower Georgia almost to Jacksonville FL!" It was great to have visited with you again today about his training progress, that the Mrs. loves him too, and your new shotgun big rig trucking buddy when you are out on the road! Keely

 by Robert Vice
The wait was worth it!

My wife and I took a long road trip to meet the newest member of our family over the Labor Day weekend. I discovered the Dutch Shepherd breed while helping my son research a stray he adopted. It led me to eventually after 6 months of investigation to Aachen Dutch Shepherds where 2 years ago I began a conversation with Keely about a pup on a video. I had just missed acquiring her by a day. Long story made short, I continued to watch their YouTube videos every nigh studying each litter and pup. Well, I finally moved on my desire and bought a pup. Her name is Karrah and she is awesome. After 3 weeks of bringing into our family I have a pup with an exceeding amount of natural intellect. We house broke her in 4 days. She quickly took on the role of matriarch and learned boundaries and noise discernment quickly. She lavishes affection on all humans and is adapting to our other dogs in stages. My only wish was that I would have acquired the first dog so she would have an equal playmate now. I'm pretty sure she won't be the last Dutchie to come from Aachen for us. I highly recommend this breed if you like a robust playmate and an intelligent loyal protector, it's evident that the lines Aachen has are good working lines. Hope to be back there in a year!

I thankyou both and really appreciate what you've said out our Dutchies!! See you next year!

 by Mitchell
Perfect Dog

My wife and I added Penny to our family in May of 2021. We had reached out to Aachen Shepherds and told them that we wanted a puppy girl that just wanted to be velcroed to us and that was a good family pet. They said they had the perfect dog and sent us a video of her playing and I was sold. We picked her up from the airport and she is just the absolutely perfect dog. Penny has the sweetest personality and has integrated extremely well into our lives. We have to older dogs that are both 12 years old and she is very careful when playing with them. She is the best dog to take on hikes, or take to the park and play frisbee with. I couldn't be happier with her, and we will definitely be coming back for our next dog. I would tell anyone looking for a new pup to look at Aachen Shepherds!

Thankyou both for your wonderful words of endorsement!

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 by B. Addison
May 2024

I came to see Keely in May of 2024 looking for a Dutch Shepherd pup. Keely showed me several puppies of every color. After meeting them all, I selected the one who’s personality matched best. I would suggest Aachen to anyone looking for Dutch Shepherd. Keely cares about her Dutch lines and only breeds the best. The ten hour drive was well worth it ... view more

 by The West Family
Adventures with the West crew and their Aachen Dutch Shepherds!

My husband and I purchased our first Aachen Dutch Shepherd from Keely over 9 years ago and she was flown to our first home in Colorado. We now have 3 children and travel across the country, living in 5 different states with our Dutchie girl! She is so sweet, very intelligent, and the best protector. She is loyal to her family and has brought so much... view more

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Aachen Dutch Shepherds is featured in the very FIRST BOOK ever written about the breed as being the #1 REPUTABLE place to get your Dutch Shepherd from! We are listed as #1, over only two places selected and written about in the entire United States!

Available Dutch Shepherds~where you aren’t just getting a Dutch Shepherd, you are getting an Aachen Dutch Shepherd!


I’m a sheriff’s deputy and my wife is a stay at home mom with some health issues. We have been looking for a pup that would be a good fit for a service/protection dog. We spent quite some time on the phone and emails with Aachen/ Keely prior to picking the perfect pup. After picking the one, we headed to pick her up. Here’s where life happens, we arrived to pick our pup up and Keely runs a top notch business so she had us gradually be introduced to “our” pup. To make a long story short, the pup we had picked just wasn’t the right fit for us, and not only us but Keely also said it wouldn’t work. After the little curve ball Keely spent hours with us letting us find the perfect one and low and behold we did. I had no doubt that would happen. I would recommend 1000 times over to anyone, if your looking for a great place, business, and people, go to Aachen Dutch Shepherd’s. You won’t be disappointed!!!!

just received this March 2023

Additional Testimonials

Received January 7, 2021  

This State Trooper client of ours from Massachusetts was referred by a Navy Seal client of ours in NV who received a pup for us as a surprise Christmas gift for his 10 year old son.  The Massachusetts State Trooper met by happenstance because he saw a picture online of the Navy Seal’s Aachen Dutch Shepherd we picked for his son~~ and now that State Trooper and his family have an Aachen Dutch Shepherd of their own too!  His review is below:

Keely Hope all is well. Here is Molly. She is amazing. Wanted you to know that I spoke to a fellow Trooper who ran the K-9 unit for the Mass State Police. He knew of you. Told me that there was only 1 breeder in the US he’s recommended for a Dutch Shepherd. Thank you so much.

These military K9 handlers picked their puppy after driving in from Camp Pendleton via San Antonio to our home, (wife is also a K9 handler and has been training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio for the past several months) then back to Camp Pendleton! Plus the backstory along with this is….about two years ago we sold a Dutch to another Marine military K9 handler, who is now a State Trooper in PA, they both love their dogs, AND, they know each other from service! Here’s the update we just received from our Camp Pendleton K9 handlers about their female pup they picked (from the four that we said would be great candidates for them to pick their puppy from):

Just wanted to let you know how ridiculously happy we are with Russia!  Almost 10 weeks old and already a gator grip and she will not let go…slick floors, open stairs NOTHING bothers her. I can’t say enough good things about your dog breeding program, the ease in which you were able to work with us to accommodate limited time to come up and test the pups, and your down right honesty and judgement. Again, thank you for everything and will keep you posted as she grows and progresses.

Here’s a letter we received from a puppy owner that we selected and flew their puppy to them! We placed an Aachen Dutch Shepherd pup with a retired FEMA Official of the California State Government and San Bernadino County Reserve DEPUTY CHIEF~here is his letter below:

“Thank you very much for our new puppy.  The pup was everything you described.  Perfect for us in every way. 
Thank you very much for your time and patience.  Likely could not have done it by myself.
K.L.  Retired: San Bernardino County Reserve Deputy Chief California Governors’ Office of EMS Chief
FEMA Security Again, Thank you very much!

From our newest Aachen Dutch Shepherd puppy owner who drove here from North Carolina:

So took a long trip from North Carolina to pick this amazing puppy up, and had a couple of names picked out for her. Called them out and she answered to Dutchess. So I present to you the Dutchess of North Carolina. This is my first Dutch Shepard and I can say that this will not be my last. She immediately took to my German Shepard and they have since then been inseparable. Highly trainable and without a doubt a great addition to my family. As she grows and comes into her personality I’ll keep everyone up to date.

This Law Enforcement officer is getting his puppy from us, after his Puppy Training Program. On Thursday, November 19, 2020, Michael H. wrote:

I am interested in a Dutch Shepherd. It would be the first time owning this type of dog but I have experience around these types of dogs. I am retiring as a Police Officer in about a year. I have spent most of my career on the SWAT team and we worked with our highest drive K9 (mostly Malinois). I have many real world and training experiences and caught them in bite suits.

My interest is in the breed and having this type of dog – just a good, healthy, smart dog I would like to have around. I have no intention of showing, competing, “real” work, etc. At this point it would be pretty much me and the dog. I intend to work at some job to stay active but the dog would get my full attention otherwise. My ideal scenario would be a stable dog, with relatively lower drive, with some obedience training I could build from.  Both as a learning experience for me, and to know I can properly manage the dog My search so far has been somewhat frustrating. It is hard to judge it all online. I am genuinely interested in being a good owner. I heard a podcast with you, liked your attitude towards it all, and I am reaching out. Thanks, Mike

One of several, of our latest updates from our Aachen Dutch Shepherd owners~this one from a CHIEF of POLICE and his wife, that drove in from out of state over 500 miles one way for their family  puppy!

They sent along a picture that is worth more than 1000 words!

April 2019:  “Wow.  What a puppy!”

mother and son with Dutch Shepherd puppy


Here’s a December 2018 testimonial from our client that drove in from New York for his Aachen Dutch Shepherd puppy!….”He’s been fine ever since we got to the hotel.  And no in-room accidents either!”

This is a client testimonial that we received October 2018 from our OKLAHOMA STATE TROOPER that came to our home, along with a colleague of his that is ALSO an Oklahoma State Trooper to pick out his puppy for his family and very young children!

…”Hey Keely~Just shooting you an update on beautiful Kimber. She has adjusted well and doing great. We are blown away at how incredibly intelligent she is. We are so happy she’s ours and thankful you gave us the opportunity to purchase her.”
Trooper D. Anderson

We just received this update (03/2017) for another of our AWESOME AACHEN DUTCH SHEPHERDS!  This lady is 70 years old and is legally blind.  She is training her Dutch Shepherd for her service guide dog~having done so with different breeds over the years.

…”Hi Keely, Mardi from here.  Well Sedona is doing great in her training to be my next guide dog. She can work with me in the manual wheelchair, or the power wheelchair, and on good days when I am able to walk, she also guides me while I am walking. I walk very slowly so she has learned to adjust her pace for that. She is very much a people dog. She does get distracted by people petting her when she is working but is easily redirected back to work. We are working on this intensely. People just don’t get it, that when you pet a dog that is working, you are distracting it from its job. That could be dangerous for the handler as well as the dog. I keep trying to teach the public about this, but it is very time consuming. Anyway, Sedona has learned to stop at street crossings even when there are not lights. She has learned to stop at the curbs and curb cuts. She crosses streets very well and is very confident. She has learned to stop at drive ways also. But she is a thinking dog. She has figured out that she doesn’t have to stop at all drive ways. If there are no cars parked in them, she will just walk on by them. She will stop if there are cars parked in them. If they have a gate and it is closed, she does not stop but, if the gate is open, she will stop and listen for my cue to go forward. We have had several traffic checks and she has responded perfectly by stopping and waiting until the car has passed and then will continue on. She will stop at large obstacles, like garbage containers or bicycles, and wait for me to direct her. I then tell her to go around and she picks the safest way around it. If it is a small object, like a child’s toy or a piece of trash on the sidewalk, she will just take me around it. She will totally ignore dogs that rush the fences and bark, growl and lunge.  We had our first loose dog encounter last week and I told her to leave it and she just walked by it and we continued on our way. We have been to several restaurants now, and she has behaved very well. She sits under the table and does not beg for food. We are working on lying down under the table. She will learn that when she is more relaxed I think. She has also learned to pick up my keys for me and give them to me. I am constantly dropping them so this is very helpful. We play catch with her favorite toys. But she has one that is her very favorite. It is an old de-stuffed Hedge Hog. She does play with her Kongs and she has tennis balls and a variety of other toys, but she loves that rag of an old Hedge Hog best. That is what I used to teach her to retrieve for me. She learns things so fast. She is eager to learn new things. She loves the time when we just sit on the porch or sometimes the couch and have some cuddle time. She loves to be petted and rubbed all over, especially her stomach. She is such a sweet girl and I love her very much. I am so glad I decided to get my Dutch Shepherd from your kennel. I got such a wonderful little girl. Right now, I am using a black harness that was one of my older dog’s harness. When she passes the blind fold test, she will be a fully trained guide dog. Of course, I know that training never stops while the dog is working. I will then make her a beautiful white harness like I made for Nici, my current Siberian Husky guide dog, who will be ready to retire when Sedona is a fully trained guide dog. I hope she will be able to work for me into my 80’s. I am 70 years old now. There is a trainer here in town, that wanted to buy Sedona from me. He said I would never be able to train a Dutch Shepherd at my age as she would be too much dog for me. I just laughed at him and told him that, there were Siberian Husky breeders that told me I would never make a service dog out of a Siberian Husky. Well I proved them wrong. I have trained 3 Husky guides for myself over the years. I told him that if he wanted a good Dutchie, he could get one from you.  I have also trained a Belgian Tervuren as one of my guide dogs. All of my guide dogs have been great dogs to work with.  I am glad I was able to train my own working dogs and did not have to settle for a school dog.  I have been able to pick the breeds that I want and name them what I wanted to. They have been customized to my needs and have learned far more than the guides that the schools put out.

I enjoyed raising Sedona from puppyhood and I am now enjoying training her to be a guide dog. I think she is enjoying it also. She has a lot more to learn, but I know she will learn it all and I will have a great guide dog. I am enclosing some pictures so you can see her in training. I hope things are going well for you.   Thanks for such a wonderful dog !    Mardi


Two of our Aachen Dutch Shepherd pups (reserved prior to birth) headed to SOUTH AFRICA in 2016 to help prevent poaching! Purchased by a law enforcement official for their work, as well as to help start the Dutch Shepherd breed there! We are proud of all of our Aachen Dutch Shepherd placements here and around the world!

Retired police officer of 29 years that came here from out of state, who is now a Counseling Therapist for Law Enforcement, Military, etc…for their Aachen Dutch Shepherd pup for Therapy work with her clients. (Accompanied by a gentleman who works for Homeland Security! His job entails making sure no nuclear components or guns, etc…cross over the border)

She is truly amazing. Such a sweet girl with a calm disposition. She came into the house and immediately got along with the cat and other dogs. She totally ignores the bird so we are good especially with the goal to make her a wonderful therapy dog. We got home on Saturday morning, and by Sunday afternoon she already had “sit” down pat. Today we started on down and it’s obvious she’s getting it. Thank you again so much for time and patience. I believe in God things and I think you and these dogs are part of one of mine right now. Again thank you for your time and care in helping me pick the perfect dog! I will be back for another.

Pup is owned by a police officer client of ours who drove here from Colorado to get his pup that we selected for him! We are TREMENDOUSLY PROUD~as you can imagine!

Well here goes my feedback for my Dutch Shepherd puppy that I purchased from Aachen Dutch Shepherds. I don’t know where to start but I can truly say that this pup by far is the best investment I have made. This dog is 5 1/2 months and does not stop impressing me. I felt so proud and feel so attached to this dog, it’s incredible. I also took him to start his K-9 training evaluation and they have a pair of DS, but somehow they couldn’t stop looking at Dino. He will start his training tomorrow and I am very excited. Overall, this puppy’s alertness, drive and bite is very impressive, so Aachen I will be calling you soon when I’m ready to purchase a DS female. Thank you and keep it up with your breeding program. SFC J. L. Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico

This gentleman flew down from Chicago for his Aachen Dutch Shepherd:
A serious dog with strangers and not for the faint of heart. In bite training now and was described as a prodigy during the first session. He loves it. Thank you very much…Great dog…very smart! Very! Perfect special forces dog as per trainer. Now with a police dog specialist for serious training and bite work. The bite work is needed to relive his pent up instincts. He’s ecstatic when done. Happy as a little kid at Christmas. Unusual animal. Totally lovey with us and a few people but a loaded gun with others. We can do anything with him. No problems with us. I wanted a guard dog. Boy, I got one! A natural athlete with frisbee and catches line drive tennis balls. Not just lobs but hard throws. Constantly active and demands attention. We love him…Never saw a dog like this. I’ll keep you posted. V.V.

A note from one of our many Canadian Dutch Shepherd owners:
I searched so long for a good Dutch Shepherd breeder and when I came across Aachen Dutch Shepherds I was very happy! They are very connected with their client and their pups look very healthy and eager to learn. I watched a couple of their videos on their youtube channel and I was sold, I can’t wait to get a hold of one of their puppies for myself and family! K.C. Quebec, Canada

Happy New Year from New York! Gladys is doing great! She is so smart and such a quick learner, she gets along with our two Springer spaniels very well and also our 3 year old son and our new baby boy that’s 2 months old. She is very strong and sturdy and loves to herd the spaniels. She loves the 95 acres, always chasing deer and any other varmint out of our yard. She has a very intimidating look, scares the UPS and FedEx guys by just looking at them, at the same time she is very sweet to us. Overall, she is outstanding!! Best, Cliff and family

This Aachen Dutch Shepherd owner came to our place, his credentials are he is the State of Louisiana Firearms Instructor for the State Police
He is a training machine… we will be taking his civil servants test in January. That will be the first steps in our journey to get him a badge as a K9. His P.T tests went very well. He climbs a step ladder and jumps from a 6 ft tall platform into water…the last step we need for his physical required tests is to physically pull a man sized dummy a set distance and he isn’t ready (yet). He is an awesome dog, and a great friend who’s size agility and color turns heads from the academy to Petsmart.
By the way my phone got killed in a hit and run with a 5 year old in a barbie jeep so I haven’t had a phone in about a week till now. Good talking to you! Thanks again, D.K.

We have also welcomed a Federal Government Employee from WAY deep TX, who lives right at the Mexican-American border. He and his very active-outdoorsy family intend to do alot of sport work with this pup~what was especially significant about this transaction, is that he chose our dogs over a local breeder~he realizes and knows there IS a difference in quality.

It is not uncommon for people who are aware of other dutch shepherds in their particular area, region or state, to pass them by for one of our Aachen Dutch Shepherds instead~even when it means going miles and several states or cross country out of their way to do so, or having us fly one of our Aachen Dutch Shepherd pups to them instead!
We have a saying here…..”you can not go too far for a good dog, after all, we went to Europe for ours”.

We recently had a couple as well as some Nationally Certified SAR team members (repeat purchasing owners) that drove down from the Kansas City/St. Louis area to get one of our puppies. They had looked at other Dutch Shepherds in their area, but passed on them to drive here instead and get an Aachen Dutch Shepherd puppy! Now what does that tell you folks?

All good! Bonded with family right away!! She sleep with us. Lol. She’s part of our pack. You can hold her up like you would a baby on your shoulder, and she’ll snuggle her head into your neck or over your shoulder. Once home she was running with boys they showed her the house. 100% family dog. Just what we wanted. Older male dog (9yr) no issues. She follows him and is learning from him. Which is a good thing. Younger female (2yr) they are working out the toy thing. The 2yr has high ball drive. So boys have to throw both. Lol. Thanks again, Ron D. and family, Utah

We just placed an Aachen Dutch Shepherd pup with a retired FEMA Official of the California State Government and San Bernadino County Reserve DEPUTY CHIEF~here is his letter below:
The pup was everything you described. Perfect for us in every way. Thank you very much for your time and patience. Likely could not have done it by myself. Again, Thank you very much!
K. L. Retired: San Bernardino County Reserve Deputy Chief California Governors’ Office of EMS Chief
FEMA Security (now retired to Montana)

Our repeat purchasing Aachen Dutch Shepherd owner from Alaska will be getting her second female puppy from us. Tragically, her two and half year old Dutch Shepherd sacrificed her own life protecting her owner from a wild moose on a hiking trail in Alaska. A most heroic and tragic story:
She was the most amazing dog I have EVER owned. Incredibly smart, protective, loyal, tough headed, and full of heart. Sadly I lost her to an accident where she was trying to protect me from a moose on a trail about 3 months ago. I know one can never replace a dog like her, but I am a little empty without my partner by my side. I honestly can’t imagine owning anything besides a dog with the same qualities. The female you sold me (her name was Maven) had everything. It’s like she could read my mind, or just look at me and knew how I was feeling, whether I was nervous, scared, excited, happy, sad whatever. When you have any future litters I would be very interested in owning another one of your wonderful dogs. C.G.

This couple drove down from the Northeast US:
Hi Keely, The puppy is doing great! It was a pleasure to meet you and your husband. Thank you for showing us your property and beautiful dogs, and horses too! We had a safe trip home to Chicago, and the puppy traveled super! We can’t thank you enough for this big guy!! Sincerely, D. & M. D.

This is another of our Aachen Dutch Shepherd letters that we receive:
I am currently an Acting Chief of Police for a Department on the East Coast. Back in 2006, I was still a K9 Handler in our agency and had gotten my very first Dutch Shepherd who went on to become a dual purpose dog for our agency and was certified in both Patrol Work (criminal apprehension, tracking, article searches, etc.) & Narcotics Detection as well. He was also trained in and doing a great job with the French Ring Sport. Dutch Shepherds as you well know, are a unique and rare breed that many people know nothing about and are just gorgeous dogs in every way possible. That being said, I will only deal with people like yourselves who are true experts with this breed. I refuse to just grab any breeder out there or go to some back yard breeder who has some puppies available. I have been in touch with many breeders and kennels throughout the US, as well as many Law Enforcement Agencies etc. and your Kennel and Dogs do come highly recommended and your site is very impressive. J.C.

The newest member of our family made is Koa, Hawaiian for warrior. I held him for the ride home and fed him a couple of treats to make friends with him. It worked! He follows me around like a shadow. Since then I have hand fed a little bit of kibble before I put his bowl down and he is continuing to bond with me quite well. Lynette has been loving on him too and he enjoys her holding him and gently swinging on our patio swing. Attached is Koa making himself at home and my elderly Dad holding him.Thanks, B. & L. C., Washington State

After reading everything you sent me I am so very happy I have held off on buying a pup. I have been looking for about 7 months and have come close but for one reason or another I have nixed the deal. I am looking for a dog to splash dogs, agility, trail ride with me, go with me to shows, go to work with me, do protection work and do some therapy. I was raised with borzoi for both show and open field hunting, I have hunted with dogs for bear, cougar, and boar. I have competed in a variety of horse sports, some all the way to the world level.

I work at a local (Nevada) specialty pet store and have the luxury of taking my dog with me to work, I have access to top of the line foods, variety of treats, and the most comfy beds. I have been working with a protection trainer being his decoy, and he’s been helping me look for our Dutch Shepherd.

YOU SENT US THE PERFECT PUPPY! So after a few name changes she picked her name. Cyn… A Romanian female guardian. Just wanted to say thank you again! She has been a true blessing! She’s taken to everything I’ve exposed her to. She’s already excelling at protection work, obedience, and therapy work. We hike every weekend and loves to go. Here’s a few pics from the past three weeks!!! She’s been doing amazing on training too we are working with an amazing trainer and she’s excelling at protection and bite work. Here’s some bite pics from training tonight! First time with this decoy. We walk at night with a group of dogs, 2 malamutes, border collie, pit bull, 2 corgies, a husky, a chihuahua and a Malinois! All off leash no fights! We joined Dog Scouts of America and we are working towards our first badge of basic obedience! I’ve sent you some pics of our adventures! The guy in the wheelchair is a close friend of mine and been working with us.Thank you so much she’s perfect! J.B.

He is an experienced K9 handler/trainer and currently competes with a Malinois. He purchased a Dutch Shepherd pup from us to bring along as his replacement competition dog when that day comes. Keep in mind when reading this that he has just had her less than a week!!!

I just wanted to thank you for the 7mo. old female Dutch that you shipped to me last week. She exceeds all my expectations and is without question the best dog I have ever had. She has already made a bond with me and is so fast to learn what is expected of her that it makes my head spin. In less than a week I no longer need to keep a leash on her for hikes and she has already learned to jump obstacles, come and sit correctly and with enthusiasm, to down readily and is now working on moving to the heal position from which she will sit, down and stand. This, of course with food rewards. She will scale almost vertical sandstone faces and swims with relish. I took her to my trainers facility the other day and demonstrated our progress with obedience work and then ran the agility course with her. What a willing performer, unbelievable. I wish I had a video to share. Right not she is sitting with her head on my shoe-resting before we go on our daily hike. J.S.

Here’s a letter from another of our Doctors of Veterinary Medicine Aachen Dutch Shepherd owners:
Hello! It was so nice chatting with you today about my wonderful puppy Sage. He’s about 30 pounds and I swear I can see him growing it’s so fast. Here are some pics for you. I threw in an action shot, too. The other dog is my Mom’s Shepherd. The two of them adore each other and are constantly raising cain. I could go on and on about them but I’ll spare you. J. P., Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Here’s a great way to end one’s day! Got this email from a trainer this evening~they drove in from way out of state to get their Aachen Dutch Shepherd. These trainers work for one of those HIGH END fully trained Executive Level protection dog companies~where their finished dogs sell from $50,000.-$100,000!

Very pleased with our recent purchase.. She is everything you said she was and more! Very stable, confident, wanting to please disposition. Easy to train. Bonded quickly. We will keep you updated on her progress. Thank you for producing such a high quality dog. S.L.

I just returned from a day trip (11/26/14) of hand and personally delivering an Aachen Dutch Shepherd pup of ours to his new owners in Mexico! This personalized, courier service is available to you for any of our Aachen Dutch Shepherd pups that you select. This family told us that they could have purchased a Dutch Shepherd from a breeder there in their city, but instead chose one of OUR pups~as they said ~ours were the best!

This phone call we also received from a gentleman in IRAQ, (one of many overseas phone call from various war zones, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc..for our dogs) he had been stationed there a year and a half, (career military) and upon his R&R return we shipped him one of our pups. His credentials are impeccable, both as a “dog man” and as a professional. He is the DEPUTY DIRECTOR for the UNITED STATES’ STATE DEPARTMENT POLICE OPERATIONS IN IRAQ FOR INTERNATIONAL LAW AND DRUG ENFORCEMENT and is TRAINING THE IRAQI POLICE FORCE!! He said he has working under his direction, two of the top American dog trainers, besides that he has previously owned a Dutch Shepherd, his last that passed away two years ago, and lived to a very nice 13 years of age. They researched “who” to get his Dutch Shepherd from~and chose us. He had promised his 5 year old son that Daddy would get them a new puppy when he returned. He is now retired from the military and is a Chief of Police in Georgia upon his return.

This is not the first time we have fielded calls from Iraq, or military personnel in Afghanistan, Iraq, etc….but when people are taking the time out of THEIR days to call here and RESERVE ONE OF OUR PUPS OVER HALF A WORLD AWAY~now THAT’s saying alot, without having to say anything more.

This is an update from a professional K9 Training Academy in the Eastern US~We have had several referrals from these professional K9 handlers and breeding kennel~this is the facility that not only acquired the pup for their personal dog, but will also use him in their military working dog breeding program. …”Hello again, I thought I’d send you a few pics and also let you know how he is doing. All in all, I could not have asked for a better dog. He has been great. Simply great. The only limit on his training would be my knowledge. He will go as far as I will take him, and then some. He has a great personality, he has the most kid like and playful personality when he is off the training field, and yet, when it is time to work, he switches right over to a serious mode, (no matter what the task) and gets the job done. I haven’t done it with him in awhile, but he turned out to be a phenomenal tracker. He is also great with kids and other people, and also very stable in a city environment. He also is not distracted by loud noises like gunfire, horns, etc… He is an all around great dog. Off the training field, and on it. Keep up the great work with breeding some good dogs! As you can see in the photo I attached he turned out to be a very fine looking boy… Once again, I couldn’t have asked for a better dog. Best Regards, T.R. & J.R.

We also have another Aachen Dutch Shepherd client that not only is a professional dog trainer, but also has a company that sells working dog equipment to police departments and working dogsport people, and he remarked “that he has found his Dutch Shepherd source with us”. He will plan on dual certifying the pup for re-sale to Law Enforcement. Depending on how the pup does, he will be priced anywhere from 6,500-12,500 after one year with him. He told me the other day that he has had officers ALREADY trying to buy the pup from him~and he is just barely 4-5 months old! Below is an update report we have received:
He has turned out great! He is very intelligent, has always been confident, extreme hunt/prey drive, athletic and will do almost anything to try and please his handler.
Compared to other dutch shepherds we have owned, his capabilities and disposition leaves them in the dust. We constantly recommend you guys to police and military handlers who are looking for a dutch pup of their own. Thanks again, J.F.

We have an active Navy Seal that selected one of our Aachen Dutch Shepherd pups for his family’s first line of home defense~that is~when HE’S deployed on a mission! Can’t imagine anyone wanting to “mess” with a Navy Seal and/or an Aachen Dutch Shepherd! Talk about your ultimate guardians! I believe that is our third Navy Seal to purchase one of our Aachen Dutch Shepherds!

We flew a puppy to a Doctor in California as a surprise Christmas present for his wife~their daughter, who is a Police Officer in Los Angeles, was also one of “Santa’s helper!” It was only after the pup was chosen and all arrangements made, that the gentleman told us that he would venture that this was our first time of placing a pup with a FIVE TIME OLYMPIC COACH, in TWO different countries and in TWO different disciplines!

Leo and Jo W. in Wyoming~Jo and her husband have raised, trained and shown their Border Collies for the last 20 plus years, in addition to NCHA winning horses,(another sport near and dear to our hearts in addition to our Aachen Dutch Shepherds as in 1986 one of our horses won a World Championship in Senior Cutting !) Leo and Jo also raise cattle and sheep. Plus, Jo has both nationally and internationally trialed their Border Collies. She was the FIRST team to represent the USA at the 2005 INTERNATIONAL WORLD BORDER COLLIE TRIALS IN TULLARAME IRELAND!

My Dutchie is 7 months old now and Fantastic! Thank you Aachen Dutch Shepherds! I am so happy with my pup that I got at 8 weeks of age. To be able to have a granddaughter of Ringo Van de Vastenow is very exciting! Dutchies are not for everyone, but for those of us that are owned by them..there is no other breed. My pup arrived fat and healthy, I was very pleased with the shipping arrangements made. And it was very difficult to ship her to my remote location, but Aachen made it so easy. Prompt, friendly ,courteous and knowledgeable. M.G., Michigan

This is a letter from Michael and his wife, Claudia, and one of their many WONDERFUL letters, they live in North Carolina:

I am a retired law enforcement officer and trained my pup from the age of 8 weeks as a search/water rescue dog. He recently passed away at 12 years. We miss him dearly and loved him very much. He was ‘Top Dog’ and protector of my wife and I. He went everywhere with us- Plane, Train or Automobile. He was truly our partner 🙂 My wife and I are very excited about a future addition to our family!!!

Panchito is wonderful!!! He arrived a safe, happy and loving puppy!!! We love him sooooooooo much!!! Thank You!!! I have done more with him in one day than I have done in the past month!!! Very sweet, high energy and incredible drive!!! And what a bark for an 8 week old!!! 🙂

We are very happy that we got him through you and will refer all our friends to you!!! You get all 5 STAR raves from us!!! Folks are asking us a million questions , especially our friends from Holland and Belgium 🙂 And you know how thorough they are… You know we love y’all !!! :-Thanks again so much!!! Michael, Claudia and Panchito ‘The Pistol’ Zajac

Letters from Bud and Cherie from California
We drove from California to pick up our pup and let me tell you it has been well worth it. We met with the breeder and they are fantastic people. Thor is 8 months old now Born 1/3/08 and weighs in at 70lbs Very alert and very, very smart. He is an excellent example of good breeding practice and proper care when very young. I would recommend Aachen Dutch Shepherds to any one that is serious about the Breed. Thanks again for a great Dutchie!