Cher Car Kennels in St. Johns, Michigan has been breeding and training dogs for lives of significance and service since 1977. Our breeding program specializes in German, Dutch and Belgian Shepherds along with Parson Russell Terriers and strives to produce the naturally protective and loving family dog you remember from childhood.
We select our breedings to emphasize physical soundness, intelligence and temperament, and we carefully match each individual puppy to its new family based on the buyer's stated activity needs and desires. We only utilize x-ray cleared dogs (hips and elbows) in our breeding program, with OFA certification obtained at the appropriate age.
Our 20 acre country farm with boarding kennel facility provides the perfect setting for active socialization of our puppies by exposing them to farm animals (goats and horses) along with other dogs, training clients, and lots of friends…ensuring a well rounded development.
The Car Kennels breeding program has produced more than 350 dogs that have gone on to certify as Police, Sheriff and Government K-9s (the US Department of Defense, US Department of State, US Department of Homeland Security, US Drug Enforcement Administration, USAF Security Forces) and more than 100 dogs certified in Search and Rescue applications (wilderness, disaster, cadaver, avalanche and drowning rescue or recovery).
In addition, over 200 dogs provide support as medical assistance dogs helping their owners mitigate disability related limitations by serving in all manner of fashions, such as Brace and Mobility (BMSD) dogs, Medical Alert (allergy, diabetic, seizure, migraine, psychiatric) service dogs, Listening Ear (hearing alert) dogs, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) service dogs and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) service dogs. An untold number of others also provide their owners with Emotional Support (EA).
The greatest success of our breeding program however, is the vast majority of our dogs who serve as loving and loyal family pets and protectors.
Cher Car Kennels strives to produce the working dog that you remember from childhood. Our breeding stock is selected on the basis of sound temperament, longevity and health. All dogs used in our breeding program are x-ray cleared (hips and elbows) with O.F.A. certification obtained at the appropriate age, as it sometimes makes no difference how intelligent a dog may be if it suffers from physical faults that restrict or inhibit the dog from performing tasks required. Our goal since 1977 has been to produce a healthy, great tempered, physically correct and fit dog that is also beautiful to look at and a credit to the breed.
Our puppies are raised with love and lots of socialization on our country farm setting; around horses, goats, dogs and puppies … plus people in obedience class, boarding clients and lots of friends.
They are temperament and aptitude tested at 6 weeks of age and matched with prospective owners who have undergone in-depth interviews to determine the best puppy for their needs.
These puppies grow up to fulfill duties as police dogs, guide and physical assistance dogs, search and rescue dogs, obedience, agility, rally, nosework and conformation dogs, dock jumpers, racers and ratters; and most importantly, exceptional family companions and protectors.
Let us help you find your next best friend!
We try to maintain a wide variety of females within the breeds we have that will add different qualities to our planned litters.
We do NOT just breed for "HIGH DRIVE"... meaning that each breeding is planned to be a stable blend of easy to train, healthy dogs that would be suitable for a LOT of different families, households, and styles of work.
Some females are known to produce very stable, easy going PETS, Therapy dogs, agility dogs, and the like. Other females are going to produce more driven, energetic working dogs; suitable for police work, sport, or any type of demanding placement.
Let us know what type of dog you are looking for, and we can tell you which breeding will produce what you are interested in!
All our females are UKC registered. All will have health checks suitable for their breed.
Some on the pages won't be old enough for OFA, but will be OFA'd when they reach the correct age. Watch for updates!
Cher Car Kennels is proud to present our list of studs for your perusal. We have also listed some of the studs available that have been trained, or bred by Cher Car Kennels. Most stud services are by private treaty.
YOUR FEMALE NEEDS....
U.K.C. registration papers
No females will be bred for any reason if they are not purebred and registered with the U.K.C.
She will also have to be x-rayed clear of hip and elbow dysplasia (OFA certified).
Females must test negative for Canine Brucellosis (using RSAT-Rapid-Rapid Slide Agglutination Test) dated within 21 days prior to breeding.
Your female will also be evaluated for suitability for breeding.
Your female must not have any breed disqualification faults, including faulty temperament for that breed.
Not all females will be accepted.
General recommendations follow each male, to help you make your choice.
Please contact the kennel for further information on any stud listed here.
Cher Car Kennels believes that a dog must be structurally sound. It sometimes makes no difference how intelligent a dog may be if it suffers from physical faults that restrict or inhibit the dog from performing tasks required. Therefore, we do everything possible to eliminate hip and elbow dysplasia from our dogs. All of Cher Car's breeding stock is x-ray cleared (hips and elbows) with OFA certification obtained at the appropriate age, and although no breeder can claim 100% success, we believe our results are quite impressive.
To view results of some of our dogs, please check our link to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals' website.