Over 30 years of experience with German Shepherds: The first ZK litter was registered with AKC in 1994.
93 litters later we continue to fine tune, improve, and hone in on the best GSD qualities for health and well-being. We have an exceptional puppy raising program from birth to eight weeks, and an extensive transition support package for clients.

Experience in breeding, training and showing… Read more About Us
Our commitment to exceptional puppies, and support to our clients, 
is evident in every litter! The proof is in the progeny of our breeding dogs!  
Matching the right dog with the right owner/family.. 
There is no substitute for experience!
Please also see the For Sale page for older puppies and adults if available ~


Breeding dogs have Hip & Elbow, DM, Dental and Cardiac certifications, and most often have completed
Eye/CAER certification from OFA and working title and / or temperament certificates. 

Our imported ‘in house’ stud dogs Franco, BH and Zappo, CGC


P4 Litter
This is a repeat breeding! We had outstanding results from these two! Excellent health, temperament, structure! 

Havana has been bred to Franco, and puppies were born July 2, 2024. Six puppies, 2M and 4F. There is one male and one female available as of 7/4/2024. Pups will be going to homes at the end August!
Linebreeding VA Omen & VA Remo; Hip breed value calculation 79, Size breed value calculation 97
Vana was a wonderful, calm and confident mother… so pleased with the beautiful pups from the N litter.
Many more photos of the pups from 2023 on our Facebook page!


O4 Litter. 
Evita pups were born on 5/25. All pups are sold, but we love visitors that will help socialize puppies!

No Other Planned Litters for 2024


Puppy pics are available on our Cedar Crest K9 Academy / ZK Facebook Page page.

The proof is in the progeny!!
~ Please reserve your ZK dog early ~
Check out Cedar Crest K9 Academy Facebook Page for more photos!

* Disclaimer: We cannot attest to the quality of pups that are not from ZK registered litters. 
For other available pups / dogs see our For Sale page.


Protocols and Policies:   

We take great pride in our pups and care in raising them! In the Fall of 2019 our kennel was inspected by AKC, They look at many aspects of how the dogs are kept and cared for, as well as our record keeping. Please feel free to check out our AKC Kennel Evaluation.  Each breeding we do is carefully selected by looking at dozens of attributes of both sire and dam. We maintain the German standard as written for both physical attributes and character, and use only top examples of the breed for our program. Sales contract with health replacement guarantee and informative industry news to owners of our dogs is standard. There is no substitute for experience. This has been our life for over 25 years and 87 litters and our knowledge and training experience is evident in every litter we breed. Our pups are usually under contract early so reservations are recommended. We do these special things to insure our pups get off to the best start:

  • Researched early neurological stimulation program (3-16 days).
  • Specific vaccine protocol that is protective to the immune system.
  • Formal 3rd party Puppy Testing at 7 weeks.
  • Early socialization, exploration, crate training, potty training, clicker training, problem solving and enrichment
  • Imprinting for various skills starting at 4 weeks such as obedience, scent work and agility.
  • Full health foundation includes 1st shots and worming.
  • Every dog in the pedigree has certified hips and elbows and most often a temperament certificate or working title.
  • Extensive Puppy Packet with background pedigrees, informative articles, training information, handouts.

Aspects of health, temperament and conformation are a top consideration. A dog’s ‘Breed Survey” (the KKL after the dog’s name), outlines how closely a dog meets the various elements of the standard. Occasionally we will use a dog who meets the standard but has not completed all their titles or received their breed survey.

Please read this article, The Elements of Temperament, by Joy Tiz before considering a puppy from our kennel, and to more fully understand what to look for in the parents of any puppy being considered as your companion.

We do require that prospective buyers complete a written questionnaire and give references. Reservations are accepted with a signed contract and deposit.  What ever puppy you choose, please use a high quality dog food!
After selection of your breeder, it’s the most important decision you will make… 




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