Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Price of a West Coast Puppy?
Our puppies are priced starting at $2,500 and up. Older puppies may be priced higher as training progresses and if they are shown. Prices on puppies imported directly from Germany with German Pink SV Papers will vary according to pedigree/training/etc., German Import puppy prices start at $3,500.
Deposits are $250 and are non-refundable, deposits can be transferred to another litter only if the current puppy on hold is less than two weeks old.
Please Call or Email for pricing on a specific puppy or litter.
How Can I Reserve My Puppy?
If you are interested in a puppy from one of our planned or upcoming litters you can contact us and place your name on a waiting list for the litter of your choosing without paying any fee. Once pregnancy is confirmed by ultrasound around 30 days of pregnancy, we take deposits in order to hold your place on the waiting list. Deposit's are $250 to hold a puppy in a litter and are non-refundable except in the case where there are not enough puppies born to fulfill the wait list for each sex, they are however always transferable to another litter if transferred by the time the puppies are no more than two weeks old. Placing your name on a waiting list or placing a deposit with us tells us that you have chosen us as the breeder of your choice for your future family companion.
We enjoy the time spent waiting together with our clients for their new puppy to be born and the excitement of watching them grow with their littermates until they are ready to join their new families at eight weeks of age. We send photos of the litter at birth and individual portraits at three and five weeks of age. We will also sneak in candid photos of the puppies in between those portrait times. We also will take photos upon request in order to fulfill any needed puppy fixes!! Puppies must be chosen between the ages of 6-7 weeks old.
What Does My West Coast Puppy Come With and When Can My Puppy Come Home?
Each puppy bred here at West Coast German Shepherds can go home no earlier than 8 weeks of age and will come with the following:
5 Year Written Hip & Elbow Guarantee and a 2 Year Written Congenital Health Guarantee. We do not require you to give back your puppy/dog in order to receive a replacement puppy under our guarantees. We also do not require special supplements or foods be purchased in order to keep your guarantee in effect. Please email us for a copy of our guarantee/purchase agreement.
First Puppy Vaccinations
Veterinarian Health Check
Up to Date Dewormings
International ISO Microchip
Hip & Elbow Certified Parents with a rating of no less than the German SV rating of "a" Fast Normal (a2) or OFA Good Hips & OFA Normal Elbows. All litters will be born with a ZW value of less than 100.
Degenerative Myelopathy Free - Each litter we produce will always be from parents that have been DNA tested for Degenerative Myelopathy, one parent from each litter will be CLEAR for DM, we will never produce any puppies that would get two copies of this gene making them susceptible to this crippling disease according to the current research. Click Here to read more about Degenerative Myelopathy.
Lifetime Support - We encourage our puppy owners to call or email us with any questions or concerns regarding their West Coast puppy or dog. There is no such thing as a stupid question when it comes to your puppy or dog. These questions when asked can sometimes save you both money and heartache, so please ask.
"Forever Have A Home Guarantee" - If you ever have to give up your dog for any reason our door is open and we will take them in and spend the time necessary to find them another loving family to call their own.
UC Davis German Shepherd Study Finds Early Neutering & Spaying Poses Health Risks for German Shepherd Dogs
Neutering before 1 year of age triples risk of some joint disorders
Urinary incontinence risks elevated in female dogs spayed before age 1
Previous studies also found early neutering risks for golden retrievers and Labrador retrievers
Renowned for their intelligence, obedience and loyalty, German shepherd dogs are often the preferred breed for police and military work, as well as popular service dogs and family pets. But as most handlers, breeders and veterinarians are aware, joint disorders are a big concern in these animals.
A new study in the journal Veterinary Medicine and Science finds that neutering or spaying these dogs before 1 year of age triples the risk of one or more joint disorders — particularly for cranial cruciate ligament, or CCL, tears.
“Debilitating joint disorders of hip dysplasia, CCL and elbow dysplasia can shorten a dog’s useful working life and impact its role as a family member,” said lead investigator Benjamin Hart, a distinguished professor emeritus in the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. “Simply delaying the spay/neuter until the dog is a year old can markedly reduce the chance of a joint disorder.”
Dog owners in the United States typically choose to spay or neuter their dogs prior to 6 months of age, in large part to prevent pet overpopulation or hoping to avoid unwanted behaviors. In Europe, however, neutering is generally avoided by owners and trainers and not promoted by animal health authorities, Hart said.
During the past decade, some studies have indicated that spaying or neutering can have several adverse health effects for certain dog breeds. For example, a 2014 study published in PLoS ONE and also led by Hart, examined the health records of over 1,000 golden retrievers and found a surprising fourfold increase in one or more joint disorders associated with spay or neuter before 1 year of age. In the same paper, joint disorders in Labrador retrievers were found to be increased by just twofold in dogs spayed or neutered in the first year.
For this current study, researchers examined veterinary hospital records over a 14.5-year period on 1,170 intact and neutered (including spayed) German shepherd dogs for joint disorders and cancers previously associated with neutering. The diseases were followed through 8 years of age, with the exception of mammary cancer in females, which was followed through 11 years.
The dogs were classified as intact (not neutered), neutered before 6 months, neutered between 6 to 11 months, or neutered between 12 to 23 months and 2 to 8 years. Joint disorders and cancers are of particular interest because neutering removes male and female sex hormones that play key roles in important body processes such as closure of bone growth plates.
Seven percent of intact males were diagnosed with one or more joint disorders, compared to 21 percent of males neutered prior to a year of age.
In intact females, 5 percent were diagnosed with one or more joint disorders, while in females neutered prior to 1 year of age this measure was significantly increased to 16 percent.
Mammary cancer was diagnosed in 4 percent of intact females compared with less than 1 percent in females neutered before 1 year of age. (The occurrence of the other cancers followed through 8 years of age was not higher in the neutered than in the intact dogs.)
Urinary incontinence, not diagnosed in intact females, was diagnosed in 7 percent of females neutered before 1 year of age.
“In addition to dogs suffering pain from joint disorders, the condition may also disqualify the dog as a working partner in military and police work,” Hart said. “We hope these findings provide evidence-based guidelines for deciding the right age to neuter a puppy to reduce the risk of one or more joint disorders.”
Other researchers on this UC Davis study were: Lynette Hart and Abigail Thigpen, School of Veterinary Medicine; and Neil Willits, Department of Statistics.
The research was supported by the Canine Health Foundation and donors to the Center for Companion Animal Health.