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In order to help puppy buyers find quality puppies from reputable breeders, rather than falling victim to the German Shepherd "working line" puppy mills that populate the internet, I will also be working with other reputable breeders who share my values and standards regarding the breeding of the highest quality animals for show, companionship, and the betterment of the breed as a whole.

Application of the American Breed Standard guides and determines our breeding decisions. In the interest of strengthening the breed through genetic diversity, we are also working with some of the best German/European show lines in our breeding program at this time.

We do not support or work with breeders who breed for fad colors or sizes. Such practices are not in the best interests of the breed. We do not support puppy mills or high-volume pet market breeders.

We take the screening and selection of buyers equally seriously and do our best to match the right puppy with the right owner. Puppies are sold only to pre-qualified buyers.

Please email your responses to the Questions for Prospective Puppy Buyers at the bottom of this page along with your first inquiry about puppies to Zoa Rockenstein at zrockenstein@yahoo.com. This will be the most efficient use of time for both of us. Please do this before calling or emailing me about available puppies or prices.

Puppy Application and Placement Process
at RiverRock German Shepherds

Questions for Prospective Puppy Buyers (Application)

  1. Why do you want a German Shepherd? Do you have a preference for a male or female? If so, why?
  2. Have you owned a German Shepherd previously? If so, where did you acquire your dog(s), and what was your experience with the dog(s)?
  3. Will you be willing to attend puppy socialization and/or obedience classes with your new puppy?
  4. How did you learn about my dogs?
  5. Do you have any interest in showing, breeding, or competing in performance events?
  6. Do you own your home?
  7. Do you have a fenced yard or kennel area?
  8. Do you own other dogs? If so, how many?
  9. Do you have children? If so, how old are they?
  10. What would a puppy’s typical day be like at your house?
  11. Where are you located (city, state)?
  12. Since I do not ship puppies, or sell to people I have not met face-to-face, will you be able to pick up your puppy in person at my kennel?

Visiting RiverRock German Shepherds

If your application is approved, meeting with you, and having you visit our home and spend time with the RiverRock dogs is the next step. Interacting with the dogs will give you an opportunity to experience the type of temperament and personality our dogs have.

We will discuss any additional questions or issues you would like to address. I will show you pictures of the sire and of dogs in the litter pedigree. I will go over my breeding program. We will discuss the puppy evaluation process and anticipated placement dates. These meetings normally run about 90 minutes. You are welcome and encouraged to bring your family. Children will be required to be quiet, calm, and well behaved around the puppies.

Puppy Prices and Deposits

Puppy prices vary according to the titles and accomplishments of the sire and dam. Only dogs of top show quality, with OFA certified hips and elbows, are bred at RiverRock. Generally, companion puppies will be priced at $2500.00 and show-quality puppies priced at $3500.00. If I breed Callie one more time, the prices for her puppies will be higher.

Show-quality puppies are reserved for those who commit to working with an approved professional handler and showing the dog to its championship. I am happy to mentor beginners. Companion puppies are not sold as breeding stock, therefore, they are sold on a limited registration. This means that, while your dog will be fully AKC registered, have an AKC number, and be allowed to participate in AKC performance events like obedience, rally, herding, and agility, no progeny of your dog can be registered with the AKC. This is done to discourage indiscriminate breeding.

Following our meeting, you will be asked if you want to be included on the contact list for a puppy. You will have the option of putting down a $1000.00 deposit at this time. You will receive a receipt by email. This receipt guarantees you a full refund if either you change your mind for any reason prior to the whelping date or if, following the puppy evaluation, we do not have a puppy that is a good match for you. If this is the case, I will be happy to refer you to other reputable breeders of quality dogs in the area. The balance of the purchase price will be due when the puppy is picked up between 8-10 weeks of age.

If you live out of state, and a preliminary meeting is not possible, we can conference by phone. However, I do not ship puppies, or sell puppies to people I have not met, so you must make arrangements to pick your puppy up at the kennel on the arranged date.

Successful Placement of a German Shepherd Puppy

The successful placement of companion puppies in appropriate situations, where they will be loved as family members, taken to a puppy socialization class, obedience trained, and well cared for throughout their lifetimes, is every bit as important to me as finding and placing the next champion. I will be in contact with you periodically and will be available to answer questions and make suggestions throughout the lifetime of your dog. You will receive periodic newsletters and slideshows of your puppy's littermates. I will expect you to provide the best possible home for your puppy. You can expect me to provide ongoing breeder support and excellent customer service. I look forward to hearing from you!

Dr. Zoa Rockenstein - zrockenstein@yahoo.com - 320-492-4158 (CST)


Planned Breedings for 2014

PLANNED LITTER ANNOUNCEMENT #1: AOE BIS PAM 2X Select Excellent Champion Anne Isle’s Promise Keeper TC TDX TDI NAP RA CGC (Tucker) X Ch. RiverRock's Straight From The Heart PT OFA H, E, C

In addition to possessing beautiful breed type, both Tucker and Sera are accomplished, titled working dogs. They both embody everything that is ideal to me in a German Shepherd: Soundness, Performance, Beauty, and Style. Both are OFA certified for hips and elbows and cardiac.

Click here to see a pedigree of the Tucker X Sera litter. Both show and companion puppies will be available. Deposits from approved buyers are being accepted now.

Companion puppies are priced at $2500.00 with a $1000.00 deposit. Show quality puppies are priced at $3500.00 with a $1000.00 deposit.

Sera   Tucker

Dam: Ch. RiverRock's Straight From The Heart PT OFA H, E, C


Sire: AOE PAM 2X Select Excellent Champion Ann Isle's Promise Keeper TC TDX TDI NAP RA CGC (Tucker)

Click here to see Video
showing Tucker in show, agility & tracking competitions


One or two additional litters, parents to be determined at a later date, are planned. Check back for updates this spring.

A portion of every puppy sale goes to support German Shepherd health research conducted by the AKC, German Shepherd Dog Club of America, or specific university veterinary schools.


Raising Puppies at RiverRock German Shepherds
St Cloud Minnesota

Click the links below to see how puppies are born, raised, socialized, and placed at RiverRock. As a professor of educational psychology, I work to promote high achievement in people, organizations, and dogs. All puppies receive early neurological stimulation, using the same methods employed by the U.S. Department of Defense. See the article entitled “Developing High Achievers” for more information.

The RiverRock Puppy Garden The Hearts Litter e
The Hearts Litter goes Home
The RiverRock Puppy Garden Hudson x Callie litter slideshow The Hearts Litter Goes Home