At The Canine Breeders Estate, our goal is to sell premium German Shepherds and French Bulldogs from outstanding bloodlines thereby providing our buyers with a dog having excellent genetics and tremendous potential. My wife, Tara, grew up in Skaneateles and graduated from SUNY Oswego with a 4 year degree in criminal justice. I was raised in Camillus. I have an undergraduate degree in Accounting and a Law Degree from Cornell University. Tara and I have been together for 20 years living in Upstate NY most of our lives. We currently reside in Fayetteville, NY. Tara and I sold our international manufacturing business interests a few years ago in a transaction where we fortunate enough to receive enough resources in our professional lives to retire early. In our quest for the next chapter of our lives, we were looking for something to do which would be fun, challenging and bring joy to our customers. A dog business was ideal. We researched and decided the German Shepherd was a great dog to breed since they were high in popularity, very intelligent and had the potential to fill the role as the family pet as well as many worthwhile working functions. Most importantly, the German Shepherd with the right genetics and training could be a loving family pet, but also safely provide the family with protection from adverse occurrences in their own home. We desired to create a BUSINESS to provide high-end bloodlines in a premium product with an upscale purchasing experience while raising loving dogs in a comfortable environment. We did not want to be a puppy mill nor did we wish to engage in a hobby where we randomly bred the family pet. Accomplishing our mission required a large investment in high quality breeding stock. Nevertheless, we wanted to make sure our product was affordable so everyone could benefit rather than just folks with a large amount of disposable income. Consequently, we decided to sell both high-end adult dogs and affordable puppies. A puppy is a great way to get the genetics of a great bloodline for only a small fraction of the price of an adult dog from that bloodline.
We started our business by partnering with a gentlemen who had 40 years of dog breeding experience and was commitment to selling only known quality product. The fundamental tenant of our business was to sell high end elite bloodline German Shepherd puppies for a reasonable price to make outstanding genetics available to our buyers. Recently, we decided to also sell French Bulldogs. Our buyers have a wide range of uses and goals for our dogs from family pet to personal protection dogs where the safety of their family is at stake. We have also sold two dogs to different buyers for therapy/medical purposes in the last month. Since we do not know what the customer will need from their dog purchase, we felt the most important characteristic in a dog was good genetics. Elite genetics enable the customer to have the best chance for a successful dog acquisition activity no matter their purpose/goal for buying the canine. Elite genetics provide and optimize the best chance for premium intelligence, steady nerves, courage, obedience, and most importantly long-term good health thereby creating wide ranging potential to meet the varied needs and goals of our customer base. In order to accomplish this goal, we made a huge investment in breeding stock. The breeding stock of the canine bloodlines we sell has typically bred out undesirable traits while emphasizing positive and desirable characteristics decades ago. Most of our GSD breeding stock was born in and imported from Europe with a pedigree of top performing Schutzhund dogs especially parents, grandparents, and great grandparents ect. Our wholesale cost of the mother/father breeding stock pairing which produces our puppies can approach $100,000. When we entered the business, we decided we did not want to be a provider who was selling dogs from an investment of a few thousand dollars per parent couple nor did we wish to breed a family pet with a friend’s German Shepherd. There are already many breeders doing so and profiting unfairly off their customer’s hard earned money by charging a large price, but not providing world class bloodlines. Additionally, we do most of breeding and vet activities in conjunction with the world renown Cornell University Vet School which costs more than local vets, but is consistent with our philosophy. By also selling puppies, we offer our buyers great bloodlines at a small fraction of the cost our customers would pay for adult dogs of that quality thereby providing an excellent value and great potential for their dog to become anything they desire. This allows our purchasers to look to forward to years of great health and loving enjoyment from their animal who truly becomes an adored member of their family. This philosophy also enables our customers to get a dog with a pedigree and genetics not typically available from most GSD sellers, especially at our price structure.
In addition to our investment in elite level genetics, we have also committed a substantial amount of resources to give our dogs a good quality of life. Our dogs do not reside in what most people would think of as a kennel. While our business office is located in Syracuse, New York, our dogs are raised on a 5 acre country plot with rolling hills, wooded areas, and a pond 45 minutes east of Syracuse. This ensures the dogs have lots of room to run and play together. We made a six figure investment in a 1500 square foot building facility based on an equestrian barn concept with spacious stalls for 8 adult dogs, plus 3 whelping rooms . Our Facility is both heated and air conditioned and includes a dog shower to help keep the animals clean. The facility which is the size of a small house was built to human housing specifications.
Our care takers, Dave and Christine Reiss, live on site fulltime so they can attend to the dogs needs 24 hours per day. They do an excellent job of raising loving pets. Properly socializing our dogs to be friendly and to play well with other animals is their priority. Dave and Christine love animals and it shows in the personality of our dogs. Each of our German Shepherds rotate living between the canine housing facility and our caretaker’s house which is located 100’ feet from the breeding facility. Our French Bulldogs live in Chris and Dave’s house full time. Our dogs live with and play regularly with other dog breeds. They also interact and play with cats and children. While many times dogs, especially German Shepherds can be mean and unfriendly, our dogs simply love people and are incredibly friendly competing for attention at all times. Further while our canine living facility has 3 whelping rooms, Christine and Dave have built a whelping room in the home where the puppies and their mom live for the first 3 to 4 weeks after birth. Christine routines sleeps in that whelping room for the first 48-96 hours of their new life.
While our French Bulldogs do not have the working dog or protection potential of the German Shepherd, they can bring years of loving fun to a family. We wanted to offer a smaller dog for families who want a quality bloodline pure bred pet, but find a dog weighing 70 to 100lbs to be too large for their lifestyle or desires. Consequently we chose the French Bulldog which is simply among the cutest, friendliest, and most loving small dog available. It is not a surprise that the French Bulldog is the 4th most popular breed in America. French Bulldog genetics are also important for good health. We acquire our breeding stock from a source who has successfully sold expensive healthy animals for many years. Our Breeding stock on French Bulldogs is typically one generation removed from high quality lines from Europe, South America, and Asia. In other words the parents of our dogs were usually born overseas rather than in America. As with German Shepherds, we typically only deal with normal AKC approved colors such at Fawn, White, Cream, and Brindle (dark and light coat hairs intermixed) so we have optimal genetics for the best health potential. Other colors such as lilac and blue are mutations which may be at higher risk for serious health problems. Both from a customer satisfaction and a moral perspective, we do not deal in those colors.
We felt we could profitably offer a premium product and an outstanding buying experience for an affordable price by staying disciplined to our core philosophy of providing high end genetics and behaving in a professional manner. Integrity is at the top of our priorities. We own all of the dogs shown in our promotional materials and all of the dogs used for breeding stock. We do not sell, breed or promote dogs we do not own and fully control. We do not sell our customers contact information. Further, accomplishing our goal of offering a high end product and an affordable option, meant avoiding profit as the driving force behind our business. Consequently, we have made large investments in quality but chosen to accept a modest profit rather than the higher profit warranted by our dog quality so our puppies can be available at a reasonable price affordable to all. Additionally, while I have a legal background, we do not have long complicated contracts requiring the buyers to agree to do certain things post sale. We wanted to trust and give our buyers the freedom to raise their dogs as they see fit without the burden of interference from us as some other dog breeders require in their long and complicated contracts. Ultimately, we wanted to use the professionalism developed during our 30 year career and our economic good fortune to bring our customers a quality product, affordable price, loving new family member and an upscale purchasing experience not typically found in the dog selling industry. My wife Tara has taken a very hands on approach to managing this endeavor. Feel free to call or email her directly at any time (day or night or holiday) she might be able to assist you. She works hard to answer/return every phone call or email rapidly. Thank you for taking the time to read about us and our philosophy. Please consider exploring our offerings if you are in the market for a German Shepherd or French Bulldog.