About the Kennel

The very first two: Our Shamrocks Foundation Females, Roxie (front) and Stytch (back)

Committed to Excellence, Every Pup

We are a small, woman-owned kennel. We produce no more than 2 – 3 litters each year, focusing on quality, rather than quantity.

We believe that commercial, high-volume puppy production does not produce quality companions, inflicts irreversible damage to our beloved breed, and should be avoided. This is NOT the kind of breeder we are. We are involved in this breed for its improvement, and each pup we place is done so with full transparency in genetics and personality.

Our dams and sires are pets first. All our dogs, including our puppies, live inside our family home. They eat in our kitchen, among our family. They play with our children. Each one is a member of our family and receives nothing but the best from us.

The position of verified dam or stud in our program is earned. Each candidate must first pass genetic and physical tests. Then our dogs are trained up in basic obedience, house-training, and community manners. Most are required to title before breeding. This process takes up to two years, depending on the individual.

Training begins at an early age for a Birkline Doberman!

Our foundation stock are never asked to be parents before they are both physically and emotionally mature enough to handle the task. They are never made parents before age 2 or after age 7, and when our stock retire, they spend the rest of their lives as beloved pets in our home, just the way they started.

We make educated pairings at our kennel, to ensure your puppy isn’t affected.

We pair our dogs wisely. The genes have been identified for some of the most heartbreaking diseases, running rampant through our breed. We carefully screen each candidate; check and double check, to ensure that your puppy will, at most, carry one side of the gene necessary to become affected by:

  • vWD, von Willebrand’s Disease
  • DCM, Dilated Cardiomyopathy
  • DM Degenerative Myelopathy

One carrier in a pairing is alright, though The Kennel Birkline’s longer termed goal is elimination completely with genetic screening of pups and limited registrations of carriers. It is never acceptable to breed two carriers of the same genetic disorder together, as this will produce a high likelihood that the pups will become affected by these heartbreaking issues.

From the breeding through the day they leave our home, your pups live a pampered, structured life, complete with early potty training to give you a leg up. We also utilize Early Scent Introduction (ESI) and Early Neurological Stimuli (ENS) to give the pups a superior advantage. With our daily regiment of socialization and stimuli, our pups come out well-rounded and set up for success. They also come with a full genetic profile from Embark, giving our clients the peace of mind that comes with being well-informed.

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