I am the second generation of our family, which has raised and trained dogs. I was brought up from the day I was born in a show ring, as I became older I worked with the trainers helping them to get their dogs ready for the ring. My father ran our kennel with some of the best German imported Shepherds that could be found. He held training classes at our home from the time I was to little to remember. I strive in my breeding program to keep the standard of the breed into the USA. I am committed to the breeds that I raise and only strive for the betterment of the breed. Because of my history with the AKC I am not only concerned with the conformation but also the health of the dog. I feel both are important to keep the breed standard in all breeds. By browsing my breeding dogs you can see I have selected some dogs that I feel I can more than achieve this with.
All our puppies are very socialized and do not live their life in a cage. Our females and male breeders are a part of our life. They are exercised and have play time in our play yards. They all have names and are loved and cared for as our own house dogs. Our breeders are groomed on a regular basis and see a vet once a year for checkups and teeth cleanings. Our puppies are crate trained to the best of their ability at their age, they experience many things before they come to your home. They are raised on carpet and have heat and air-conditioning just as our house dogs do. They learn to go in and out a dog door even as a puppy. We do not over breed our females and give them a rest in between breeding, we let them enjoy life without puppies hanging on them 24/7. We also retire our breeders into homes. These dogs are spayed or neutered and given away to people that are approved by our standards. Keep in mind we reserve the right to refuse anybody the purchase of one of our puppies. You must meet OUR requirements to purchase one of our puppies or dogs.
Graceland Kennel is also very committed to spaying and neutering pets. Because we believe in this so strong, we do sell some dogs on a spayed and neuter contract only. We feel that this may not eliminate all unwanted breedings but is the best for the health of your puppy. Also, we feel that in the event you choose to place your puppy elsewhere by surrendering it to a human society or rescue we require that you return the puppy to us so that we can find another suitable home for it. We hope that by doing this it will stop the purchase of that puppy to a puppy mill. At any time we will accept the puppy back if you can not keep it or care for it, note when doing this we will not return any money, but will try to make pickup arrangements for it at our cost.
As you have read we are very committed to the quality of our dogs and thank you for taking the time to look at our web site, if I can help you find the right puppy or dog for you or your family please contact me.
I have chosen my breeders from carefully selected yorkies and have raised most of them from puppies. I have been careful in my selections to maintain the yorkie standard. Health, teeth, joints, ears, coats, personality and then size are my goals to perfect. All my puppies are born with careful monitoring of not only the puppy but the female. Each puppy is socialized in the home setting. Being handled, fed, played with and loved until they are old enough and emotionally adjusted to go to their new home. Each puppy is an individual with different stress levels. Because of this, not all puppies are sold at eight weeks. Our puppies do not go home to their new owners until I feel that they have adjusted to parent and litter separation which is a very stressful time in their lives.
Because of the tiny size of my puppies, which average from two and a half pounds to five pounds, I have the final decision whether the puppy will be sold to certain homes. I do not recommend these small babies in homes with small children, because of this I reserve the right to sell or not to sell. Also, shipping becomes a problem because of their sizes.
OUR KENNEL NAME
Graceland Kennel was founded in 2007, after a divorce and moving to Marshfield, MO. I owned and operated Kram Haus Kennel, which was founded in 1993, for many years raising and training German Shepherds for personal protection and police work. Because of my name change I elected to change my kennel name. I chose this name when I was walking with my German Shepherd, Una, which was her last walk with me after 13 years of service on our new land in Marshfield. I felt this was an appropriate name for the start of a new begining. I am no longer able to raise German Shephereds though they are my true love and have chose to breed English Bulldogs due to the genetic problems and back yard breeding of many breeders again like the Shepherd ruining the breed just for the buck.
In all my years I have tried very hard to produce a healthy, and gentically excellant puppy. I have had a couple problems which developed after a sale and have always tried to make that right with the person. One which was plastered all over the internet by a lady that demanded to pick her puppy up, though we had been without electric for 9 days and running our home on a generator. It was a true challange trying to keep puppies warm in that 9 days. I had to bring them into my home as we only had one generator. I have determined that some people you are unable to please no matter if you give them the moon. But I do have to say that I have done very well for as many years as I have been in business. I feel that if you look at my sold puppies and the comments that my customers have made, I only wish I had room to put all of these comments on my site, should prove that I do take very good care and do truly care about my puppies as well as customers and adult dogs.