Details on Buying a Puppy

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How to buy your German Shepherd Puppy

  

On this page, you will find all the answers you need to choose and purchase your German Shepherd Puppies. If you are interested in a puppy from the current litter, or any future litter, please e-mail me directly at mailto: vongontahaus@gmail.com zand I will get back to you within 24 hours.  We have social, family friendly, well socialized, highly intelligent German Shepherd puppies for sale in NJ

  

Please scroll through the entire page for all the information, and answers. Our prices and other frequently asked questions are on our  FAQ's page. 

 
We have terrific, lovable puppies for sale. If you still have questions feel free to contact me anytime! 

Registration & Pricing

  

All puppies whelped will initially go with 'Limited Registration' on their A.K.C papers. This means you may not breed your puppy. We would prefer our pups to go to fun-loving companion homes and not be bred. 'Open Registration (breeding rights) will need to be discussed and agreed upon by me. Any Puppy sold with 'Open' Registration (breeding rights) will be sold for an additional fee. This is explained on or F.A.Q page

 
I accept Cash, Money Orders, Checks (all checks must clear the bank before I send the puppy home with you), and PayPal (with a 3% processing fee), credit cards with ( a with a 3% processing fee) 

 
 

Once the puppies are born I require a $500.00 non-refundable deposit. The remaining payment is due on or before the day your puppy goes home, but  preferably by the 7 th week  The total price of puppies depends on which parents were used. We conduct the Volhard puppy aptitude test at 6 weeks of age, and observing the puppy since birth to match up each puppy with each new family 

Shipping & Delivery


These German Shepherd Pups are for sale in NJ. I deliver to the New York City metro area for a area for a small travel fee, and frequently meet New Jersey or New York  families This includes  Brooklyn, Staten lsland, and Long Island and Queens.  I will travel to the Philadelphia area, in P.A or as far as Bucks County P.A  for a $250.00 travel fee.  I will travel in New England into Connecticut or into Massachusetts,  as far as Boston for a $400 fee.   I am also willing to fly your puppy. I will fly puppies out of the Newark  airport. Airline fee's, the shipping crate, and health certificate costs are all your responsibility, and can average an additional $400 to $650 depending on which air line is used and the size of your puppy when shipped.  A 10-12 week old puppy is heavier and has a slightly higher travel fee. I do not make a profit from charging you shipping.   I fly puppies via Delta or other airlines.   Some airlines  are less expensive, but is limited on arrival destinations, or may require several stops in a single journey which is more stressful for a young puppy.  I will try to use lowest cost airline first. In the event that they do not fly into your needed destination, I will fl Delta. Or you are welcome to fly here and pick up your up in person. 

All puppies will be given a health examination by a Veterinarian to be deemed healthy enough to withstand air travel.

Vaccine/De-worming Schedule

Establishing a Veterinarian and getting your puppy in to finish his/her vaccine schedule is the most important thing you can do for them. Without proper vaccine protection your puppy is in danger of becoming seriously ill. Once the series of puppy vaccines are completed, your puppy is up-to-date for a year. After the 1st year, it depends on the preference of your Veterinarian to determine his/her future vaccine schedule. My puppies will receive their 1st  de-worming at 3 weeks old, their 2nd at 6 weeks, then your Veterinarian will take over. The mother dog is also de-wormed before breeding as a precaution. The 1st set of vaccinations are given at 6 weeks old, then your Veterinarian will take over and continue to give booster vaccinations every 3-4 weeks for a total of 3 (sometimes 4) booster shots.

What comes with my new puppy?

A Puppy-Kit will come with every puppy that goes to their new home. The Kit will have an "A.K.C" folder that contains, papers to register your puppy in your name, tips on traveling, training, diet etc. I offer an extended 9 year health guarantee as part of my contract of your puppy, if you stay on the food and supplements I recommend.  The Kit will also contain a "Pet-Passport" in which I have been documenting everything from the day they were born. It will contain birth-date, color, sex, age, vaccine schedule, de-worming schedule etc. It contains everything you will need to keep everything straight for the rest of his/her life. I will also put in the folder a picture of the Mother and the Father and pictures of your puppy as he/she grew. I will contact you two weeks before the puppy goes home, so you can order the pawTree food  that the puppies have been eating, so you can avoid diarrhea because of sudden changing food. You can keep the food the same, or you can change it. If  you choose to change their diet, gradually change over to your new brand , this helps avoid vomiting and diarrhea. However, if you stay on the PawTree Diet, I add in a 9 year health guarantee. If you change the food, the 9  year health guarantee is null and void.    I also include a housebreaking D.V.D to help you along the way to crate training and housebreaking.   Lastly, they will come with a favorite toy; something they've played with since they were old enough to play. It's comforting, it smells like mom, their brothers and sisters, and the home they came from. 

Ok, I want a puppy! What do I do now?

  The first thing to do is contact me directly vongontahaus@gmail.com or call me 201-333-7957. Pending there are still puppies left or the waiting list isn't full, I'll discuss with you what you're looking for in a puppy, get to know you, answer any of your questions, and ask my own. Once the formalities are out of the way, and of the puppies are already born, you need to place a $500 non-refundable deposit. Click to apply for a puppy. I accept cash, money orders, cashiers checks and PayPal or Credit Card with a 3% processing fee attached. You need to fill out the puppy reservation form and mail it back to us by postal mail. If your deposit is via PayPal  you can email the filled out, and signed, form back.  Once your deposit is down, you're guaranteed your puppy, no one can take your place, or bump you. Once the $500 is down, the rest of the balance is due by the time the puppy goes home. You can pay little by little or all at once before they go home, however you want to do it, is fine with me.

Further Details on Your puppy

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How do I choose my puppy?

 If you have read this website at all, you will have seen that via videos and text I went into a great deal of detail of the kind of dogs we produce, and that we work our dogs in the sport of I.P.O and try to remain as close as possible to the breed standard. I have explained the difference between West German Showlines and Working lines. As mentioned on our page, we don't breed American Showlines.  Our dogs are our family pets and live with us in the home and  are not kenneled outdoor dogs. You will also have read that we do hip and elbow testing by an O.F.A certified veterinarian. You will have also seen that are dogs are directly imported from Europe, either Germany or the Netherlands. You will have seen we develop working line dogs with an excellent "off" switch  that can settle in the home and be excellent pets and family members. . so you should have some idea of the genetics we're looking for. After having   gone back and forth and side to side in trying to decide how to allow people to choose their puppies. I finally decided on a way that makes the most sense, is best for the puppies well being, and the people's interest. Despite having your eyes set on a certain color or even gender, I discourage, and rarely allow people to choose their puppies solely based on color, however I do take it into deep consideration. There are several reasons for this. First off, color changes dramatically as young puppies age. Our puppies are either black, sable, dark sable, or black and tan. We don't have black and red. The sable colored puppy at birth, could be brownish   at 7 weeks old, and dark grey  at adulthood, and the dark black and tan  puppy at birth, could be an tan-point bi-color several weeks later. Secondly, this puppy is going to be with you for the rest of its life, which could be 14+ years, wouldn't you rather spend it with a dog whose personality fits your liking rather than its color? If you want the calmest, laziest, most laid back puppy, more often than not, the puppy you chose solely based on color, could end up being the craziest one in the bunch! I need to look out for the best interest of my puppies also, they need to be with a family that suits them as well. I can't very well allow that crazy-hyper little puppy to go home to a family with tiny children who are afraid of rambunctious dogs, or a senior couple who do not intend to go on walks or actively exercise the puppy.  This is why I decided to place puppies based on the new strategy:

The Strategy!

 Each person or family on the waiting list needs to tell me exactly what they are looking for in an adult dog. What's your ideal pet? If you could pick a dog 'Subway Sandwich Style', what would you add and what would you leave? Tell me about yourself and your family. Other pets? Kids? House or Apartment? Are you active, or chilled out? All these details are important. Many people think they need to 'mold' the truth and tell me what they think I want to hear. They think that if they tell me they're at work 10 hours a day and the dog will be alone, I won't think that's a good environment for a puppy and therefor not let them have one. If that was the case, I wouldn't have so many German Shepherd dogs of my own! Everyone is different, that detail just lets me know that the craziest, loudest most active puppy, probably isn't a good fit for you. As long as you provide enough exercise and socialization and  love, is what is important. If you are looking for a yard dog to protect your property we are not the breeder for you.

 
From birth, I keep track of how each puppies temperament develops, their habits and new occurrences in behavior. Every single week, I observe each puppy , and write an individual weekly 'bio' of them. When the puppies are 6 weeks old, I will have a pretty good feel for their personalities. My goal is to make it like you were actually here! Then, I'll take all my observations and apply it to what you're looking for in a family pet, and your initial desires for certain colors and genders. Depending on litter size, I will then narrow your choices down to 2-4 puppies  and then I let you decide which puppy you would like to take home from those.  I also believe in the Volhard Personality profile, a well known scientific test, can be a valuable tool.


So, here at VonGontaHaus, I made choosing your new addition a group effort. It's between their current 'family' (us) and their future 'family' (you).


 The phrase, 'it takes a village', doesn't just apply to people!

Remember!!

 Your puppy is only 8-10 weeks old when you take them home. They have a lot of developing to do behaviorally, let alone physically. Environment, enrichment, socialization and so much more have a huge part in developing your puppies personality. I have done my best to choose the puppy whose personality I thought would be suit you and your preferences, but so many things change due to so many factors. I'm sure you've raised many puppies before so this is old news, but just remember, they're learning and are going to change as they grow and develop.
 

Where am I in line for choosing my puppy?

  I always post the current litters 'Waiting List' on my Facebook page once the puppies are born. It shows the order in which people stand to choose their puppy, where they are located, and if they prefer a male or female. I keep this list current so people know where they stand. I post on my Facebook page. Nothing can take your place, or move you down on the list.. Your deposit holds your place and other families will be turned down because you have your deposit in place.  If your deposit is in, you're golden! 

How do I pay for my puppy?

 Once the $500 is down, the remainder is due by the time the puppy goes home. You can pay little by little throughout the 8  weeks they are with me or all at once before they go home, however you want to do it, is fine with me. Just like the deposit, I accept, cash, money order, cashiers checks and PayPal or credit card with a 3% processing fee. Your puppy must be paid for in full before he/she goes home with you. I cannot do 'payments' and let you take your puppy home with money still owed. Or you can pay the balance, in cash, once you pick up your puppy..

What if I want a puppy in the future, but not right now?

 I'm always taking names down for people who want a puppy in the future, but aren't quite ready for one. I also take information from people who want a puppy, but there is not more room on the waiting list, or all the puppies have been spoken for. There are also situations where I don't have a litter available yet and people inquire. All of these situations are handled the same. I always have a waiting list. To be on the waiting list I require your name, phone number, email and city and state you reside in. I DO NOT accept deposits until the puppies are born. This ensures I have the gender and color preferences people want, and numbers. Once they are born, I re-contact everyone on the waiting list to determine if they still want a puppy, I f so, then I accept the deposit (see above paragraph), and make you sign a puppy contract.)

Frequently asked questions Part I

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Q. What is the typical cost for a puppy?

Before you buy a pup, make sure you are able to make a commitment to dog ownership. As a breeder, we want to make sure our pups are a good match for you and your lifestyle. It's a 12 to 14 year commitment.

Please read this blog post first:  click to view


It's not all smiles and hugs and belly rubs,but also vet visits, and food and training costs involved. https://vongontahaus.com/blog/f/are-you-committed-to-having-a-dog" rel="noopener" target="_blank">

A. Our prices range based on the pup and who the parents are. We have 2 lines.  

a) "Companion line" . Price range $1,800 to $2,100

b)  Performance line:      Price range $2,100-$2,400

c) Green dogs :  Depends on the age and the amount of training..


We have a "performance line" that is higher in drive, and is pure working lines. It usually involves Bourne as the father, or an outside male from working lines, as the father.


We have more of a "companion line" that is still a true German Shepherd, but with a different degree of hardness and prey drive. The companion line is West German Showline and West German Working line mix,with Jake as the father.  Jake is the son of Bourne, but has a showline mother. That makes the pups 75% working line and 25% showline.

The performance line usually involves Bourne as the father, or another stud dog.  That makes the pups 100% working line.

There is a 10% military or police discount no matter which line. If you title your dog, we give training incentives,as  shown below.  The price includes shots, vet check, wormed, A.K.C  registration with a hip guarantee.  We also can offer an extended 9 year health guarantee. We also include a puppy potty training DVD in our puppy care package.

In short, we as a breeder recognize that different people have different needs and expectations,  have two lines and the price depends on whether you are buying from the "performance line" and the parents of that line or the "companion line".  So our price really depends upon which parents were used.  We want the best possible match for our puppies. Our breeding males and females have been O.F.A hip and elbow tested by a Veterinarian specializing in these X-rays. We also did D.M testing. 



Our purchase process is further explained on our Puppy Page if you scroll down the page.

Our cost of puppies is further explained on our blog page. Suffice it to say, we don't offer $500 puppies that will then cost $5,000 in vet bills due to bad breeding. Our dogs are imported, or one generation away from imported dogs, have had hips and elbows tested, and have been tested against Degenerative Myelopathy.

Q. What separates Von Gonta Haus German Shepherds from the average breeder?

A. Von Gonta Huas, in English means "The House of Gonta" German Shepherds".  We went into great detail on this subject on our "about" page. This is our passion. We seek to produce dogs that have working ability and guarding instinct, yet very social and safe, and with the "kid gene" built-in.  We want calm and sensible dogs that work well in IPO but can also settle well and be good companions.


With the proven record of the German Shepherd Dog in the Seeing Eye, herding, police work, and as family guard and companion, most of us realize that a good shepherd is the best dog we could ever imagine. But how do you go about finding a good one among the sea of poorly bred ones that are so common?  We went to a great deal of detail on this on  our "About Page". We strive toward proven temperament, pjroven health, and puppy enrichment.  We have shown you via videos our own dog's and their ancestors' working ability.

However, we don't purely focus on I.P.O capabilities alone. We have two lines, depending on the male and female chosen. One line is more of our "performance line"  with dogs more geared toward working families and the sport of IPO/IGP, or police work, or search and rescue work, that with the right training, (which is key) will develop into strong competition dogs.  We also have a "companion line".  These dogs are also from working lines, but there is also introduction of West German showline blood, provided working ability is present.  This line is not as "hard" as the performance line and has somewhat less energy and more medium prey drive. than high prey . Don't get me wrong these dogs sill have plenty of built in "guarding instinct" built in, and with proper training, can still compete in the sport of I.P.O, but they are just a bit milder than the performance line. It all depends on which combination of parents is chosen and even in the same litter, there is variability among the pups, even from the exact same parents!

Q. Do you ship puppies?

A. Yes! We ship puppies all over the USA, Canada, and Europe.

Q. What is the cost to ship a puppy and is it included in the purchase price?

A. The typical shipping cost on a puppy ranges from $450-$650.00 normal range. This is NOT part of the puppy purchase price. The cost includes air shipping, Vet costs to ship, crate fee, and Vet and Airport trip charges. Puppies shipped outside the USA there will be extra shipping and permit fees about the range stated depending on airlines and country regulations for shipping. Shipping to Europe is $1,000 and up depending on country regulations.


 The higher shipping cost within the U.S usually comes when a buyer wants us to hold the puppy a little longer and housebreak them for them.  The 10-12 week old puppy that has  slightly more weight.  We don't make any money on shipping and encourage you to fly here yourself and pick up the puppy if you prefer.

Q. What is the deposit to hold a selection spot for a puppy?

The deposit is $500.00 nonrefundable, the moment the breeding is announced. The deposit is the same, for a pick pup or a non-pick puppy. A deposit is placed to hold your place in line for a puppy 

and other sales will be turned away because that puppy is spoken for.

If the  litter fails to produce a suitable dog for the buyer, such not their choice of color or gender, the deposit may be transferred to another litter.

All pups must have remaining balance paid in full by the 7th week. They go home on the 8th week.  No pick sports are guaranteed held for anyone or any department without a deposit and a signed deposit form and puppy contract!

If you would like to pay your puppy in full at 8 weeks of age, but for us to train your puppy until 4 months of age with basic house breaking, crate training and socialization, to even keep the puppy until 6 months of age and imprint leash walking an and some basic obedience, please call us and we will be glad to offer additional training up until 4 months or 6 months of age for an additional fee if you so desire.
 

Q. Where is the kennel located?

A. We are located in Jersey City, N.J.  All visits of pups are by appointment only and only after they 6 weeks of age and medically immunized.

Frequently Asked Questions Part 2

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Q. Do you take dogs back you have bred?

A. Yes! We first make sure you are fully prepared for dog ownership in our interview process in purchasing a puppy, and are not buying into a 12 or 14 year commitment on the spur of the

moment.  However, we always welcome back puppies and adults that we have bred.  We don't want to see our dogs wind up in animal shelters. We don't give a refund because you changed your mind a few months after you bought your dog, because we assume you made an informed decision. We also understand you haven taken your dog to a trainer if you needed help. But we do understand life events can happen that are beyond your control sometimes. This rarely happens, but unfortunately life events can get in the way. 

In any situation, we are here to offer a home for any of our dogs.

Q. What do you feed your dogs ?

 A. We feed pawTree to our adults, as  kibble, as our 5 Star food. We really believe in this food. . We also add in a vitamin and joint  supplement, plus wild Alaskan salmon oil. Puppies are weaned  onto milk, beef, and kibble mash. By the time they are ready to go to  their new homes, they are eating dry kibble   We offer a 9 year health guarantee if your puppy stays on this food and supplements plan.

Q. Do you offer incentives for titling a puppy?

Our police officers and veterans automatically receive a 10% discount.  But we are especially fond of people that train and title their dogs.   Currently, it is $50 for entry level titles (ex: BH or  PDC) and $100 for higher level titles (ex: IPO1 or PSA1). For anyone who  acquires a master level title (ex: IPO3), we will offer a half price of a  pup out  of a future litter. 

Q. How do you raise your dogs?

We are a small, private breeder of imported working line German Shepherds. Our goal is to produce a versatile dog that can work in the field of IPO and then lie on the couch and be part of the family at the same time,not kenneled dogs.


All of our dogs live inside and are members of our family, therefore we do not have a kennel building and keep a limited number of dogs. This small operation allows us to spend more individual time with each dog and focus on only keeping what we have the time to work and title. Each litter is raised indoors in our "puppy room." We never have more than one litter at a time and not more than two litters in a year. This allows us the maximum time possible to focus on each litter and every individual puppy. 

Q. Do you have A.K.C Certified dogs?

A. Of Course we do! But that's a bare minimum. The A.K.C registration is nothing more than a piece of paper proving the dogs are purebred, and has a closed stud book. It is in no way a certificate of quality or a way for the breeder to comply with the internationally recognized breed standard.  This matters because many, if not most, German Shepherds seen in the U.S are of poor quality and they often suffer from health and temperament issues. Therefore, please do your homework before buying a G.S.D. We don't breed American Showlines.  There are reputable breeders in the U.S who breed to a standard far in excess of the requirements of the America Kennel Club but they are relatively few in number compared to the many breeders who continue to produce mediocre dogs. Germany is the home of the German Shepherd Dog and its German Shepherds are universally recognized as the best in the world. Please continue in order to understand the difference between what is required in Germany to breed a German Shepherd and what is required in the US. That is why we focus on health testing of our dogs with O.F.A and perform the D.M test. That is why we have dogs directly imported from Germany or Netherlands, or one generation removed, from highly credentialed ancestors, to produce the finest dogs possible

Q. Do you have any questions we haven't addressed?

Customers have questions, we have answers. Please call 201-333-7957, leave a message, and we will be glad to discuss any additional information you may need.

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Better yet, see us in person!

We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.
Please email vongontahaus@gmail.com

Von Gonta Haus

Jersey City, New Jersey 07305, United States

Phone: (201) 333-7957 Cell: (201)-539-5305