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One of the things that makes Candle Hill Shepherds stand out, is our experience with dogs in many different working fields from Protection to Search and Rescue and a lot in between.  Below are some examples of our successful training program.  These are dogs we have personally titled in competition. Our story can be read in the trails our dogs have left.   At Candle Hill Shepherds, we have not only worked on developing great bloodlines, but because we also love working with our dogs in so many different fields, we can be a great resource to our puppy families.  Be sure to click on the dog’s picture or name to find out more.


CardinalINTERNATIONAL CHAMPION CARDINAL VOM SPARTHOF AKC Obedience:  CD; Rally Obedience: RN, RA,  THDN (Therapy Dog Novice Title) , CGC, H.O.T.  Handler owned, trained, and titled, imported from the Ukraine, grandson to VA1 Zamp Vom Thermodos SCH III is magnificently handsome in structure as well as temperament. He is playful, yet calm, dignified, and incredibly loyal; able to do protection work, yet also, a comfort as he visits people as a  Therapy Dog.

2C0A9125INTERNATIONAL CHAMPION KEEPER VON HOFFNUNG RN, CD, BH son of Cardinal and Kindra is proving himself at a young age, soaring through his Rally Novice title in May, 2015.  We expect great things of this boy as he moves forward in training.  Already, he is showing the great temperament of his sire, Cardinal, able to protect yet also able to accept the hugs from a person unknown to him from an Assisted Living Program.

Untitled-1NATIONAL CHAMPION KANAS KENEI VAN DEN HEUVEL Schutzhund Titles: BH, Schutzhund I; AKC Obedience Titles: CD, CDX; Search and Rescue Dog: Scent Specific Tracking, H.O.T. “HERO”  Handler owned, trained, and titled, son of the legendary Norbo Ben Ju, exemplifies his sire’s structure and working drives. His lines through both his dam, Exa Z Esagilu, and Norbo are 100% working Czech, with strong DDR backing. Hero is a dog of incredible heart and devotion, good with children and with other animals. With endless drive for the ball or tug, no hesitation on variable surfaces, a gusto that is pure delight, he has what I consider the ideal working ability.

standard coat German ShepherdINTERNATIONAL CHAMPION JAKE VOM KANAS  Schutzhund BH; ASCA Agility JJ-N; AKC CD, RN, 2007 4H OBEDIENCE CHAMPION H.O.T.  Handler owned, trained, and titled, combines the DDR look of his sire, Dagger, grandson to Lord Gleisdreieck with the strong Czech pedigree of his dam, Quitta. With his far reaching trot, Jake glides as he moves. Ever at our little daughter’s side, Jake is being trained by her in obedience and agility. His temperament is gentle, loyal, and calm.

German Shepherd INTERNATIONAL CHAMPION MACHO VOM HAUS 2ND HILLSVIEW Schutzhund BH; AKC RN, H.O.T.   Handler owned, trained, and titled, imported to our program in 2010. We are delighted to have through Macho the genetics of Czech greats: Odin, Navar, Yska, Pluto, and others.

IMG_2197INTERNATIONAL CHAMPION SUNNY VON HOFFNUNG RN, RA, RE, CD, BH, H.O.T.  Handler owned, trained, and titled, is the pup we had planned from the breeding of Int’l CH Jake vom Kanas BH, CD, RN, JJ-N and Mica vom Haus Kohl, continuing our very popular line of dogs going back to Alk von Osterberg Quell and Lord vom Gleisdreieck. At one year old, he has already completed his Rally Novice Title and at age two, he has added three more working titles.

long haired German ShepherdINTERNATIONAL CHAMPION ARGUS MAXIMUS VON HOFFNUNG SEARCH AND RESCUE DOG: Scent Specific Area Search, HRD, and Scent Specific Tracking, H.O.T. “MAX” Handler owned, trained, and utilized on searches, our beautiful son of Tag and Dagger, followed in his mother, Tag’s, footsteps as our Search and Rescue Dog, on call with the Sheriff’s Departments of both Washington and Idaho. With a flash of red, Max would bound off to find the lost with a work ethic not soon to be forgotten.

Tagin-femalesRetired from the breeding program: TAG VON HOFFNUNG, Schutzhund BH; AKC CD, CDX; SEARCH AND RESCUE DOG: Scent Specific Area Search, Water Search, Scent Specific Tracking, and HRD, H.O. T. Handler owned, trained, and titled. OFA Good. Her name means, “Day of Hope”, hope of finding people who are lost or missing in Idaho and Washington. Tag has the sort of outgoing friendly personality with beautifully balanced nerve required for this important work. Able to think independently, yet willing to heed the requests of her handler, Tag is outgoing, affectionate, and smart enough to learn any task. Though retired the summer of 2006, Tag’s great characteristics are being carried on by her son, Max, our current Search and Rescue Dog……Back from retirement, Tag achieved her AKC CD Title May, 2007 and her CDX title in May. 2008. Tag is in the pedigree of our dogs, Max, Chinook, Piper, and Bristol.


TRACE VON HOFFNUNG CGC, Search and Rescue Dog: Scent Specific Area Search, H.O.T. Handler owned, trained, and titled is our daughter of Hero (Nat’l CH Kanas Kenei Van den Heuvel SCH I, BH, C,D, CDX, Search and Rescue Dog: Scent Specific Tracking), the puppy we kept back specifically for her working drives and pleasing temperament.  She is coming along beautifully in health and character, and will be ready to serve the community by saving lives.


Retired from the breeding program:  “Wessa”  USA VOM ERZENGEL RS-N, JS-N, GS-N ASCA AGILITY  H.O.T. Handler owned, trained, and titled.”Wessa” along with her daughter Chinook are our Agility dogs. Talk about a dog who has variable surface security, Wessa has no hesitation on obstacle equipment. Her pedigree is filled with tremendous DDR and Czech dogs including Lord vom Gleisdreieck, Chuligan z Pohranicni Straze, and Don Vom Haus Iris. Penn Hip certified.

Chinook3-250Retired from the breeding program:  “Chinook”  JANIKA CHINOOK VON HOFFNUNG JJ-N, JS-N, GS-N, ASCA AGILITY, AKC Rally Novice Title,   H.O.T. Handler bred, owned, trained, and titled, is the daughter of our own Max, the Search and Rescue Dog, and Wessa. She is being trained by our daughter in Agility. Chinook is granddaughter to our beloved Tag von Hoffnung BH, CDX, Search and Rescue and Dagger, the Medical Alert Dog.


Kindra vom Haus Kohl, Schutzhund BH, AKC CD, RN, and RA,  OFA, H.O. T. Handler bred, owned, trained, and titled, is the pup we kept from Jake and Dakota’s 2007 litter. Granddaughter to both our awesome black stud, Strongheart “V Imo vom Werraufer SCH III, FH” and Dagger, the medical alert dog, she has the genetics we treasure.  Kindra is being trained for AKC Obedience Competition. With her focus, drive, and devotion, she is one of the most fun dogs to work with.

2009Indysit250INDY VOM HAUS KOHL, Schutzhund BH  H.O. T. Handler bred, owned, trained, and titled. OFA Good, is the daughter of our own Strongheart (V Imo Vom Werraufer SCH III, FH) and Bree zum Alten Hof CD H.O.T. also trained and titled by Elizabeth.  Both sides of her pedigree are filled with the best of German working dogs proven in competition.  Indy is serving as a Personal Protection Dog in Washington.