Choosing a kennel name for your GSD breeding program, Part 1

Choosing a kennel name for your GSD breeding program, Part 1
Alf vom Haus Weinbrand pictured here at 4 months. From my A litter born in 2000. When he went to his new home, they called him "Fargo".

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Once you decide that you want to become a breeder, one thing to think about is your kennel name. A kennel name is the name you will use for all of the puppies you produce. Your kennel name will become a part of their registered name. Most kennel names are used after the call name, however some choose to use it at the beginning of the name. For two different examples, if you use the kennel name vom Haus Weinbrand, you can place your kennel name as follows:


Choosing a kennel name for your GSD breeding program, Part 1
Frenzie vom Haus Weinbrand is from my F litter. She is shown here at 5 1/2 months old tracking at the Schutzhund club. If you see other F vom Haus Weinbrand puppies, it is easy to see that they are littermates due to their names. Photo by Jessica Gainer


Frenzie vom Haus Weinbrand

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Vom Haus Weinbrand’s Kai.

Unfortunately the American Kennel Club (AKC) has quite a few requirements for registering a kennel name. They make it near impossible for a good breeder to register their kennel name, especially when you are first starting out. However, if you are breeding German line dogs you may want to look into registering your kennel name with the United Schutzhund Clubs of America (USCA) which is pretty simple.

You want to choose a kennel name that is unique, many choose something that has special meaning to them. It could be an area you live in, a nearby land mark, a past dogs name, or even your family name. If it is something too common, then it is possible someone else may already be using the name for their kennel and breeding.

Choosing a kennel name for your GSD breeding program, Part 2