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AOE Select Excellent Ch Riverrock's Starlett O'Hara TC PT at 4 months

RiverRock 2018 Puppies (February)

If you are interested in acquiring a RiverRock puppy, please note that there is an application process. You will find the application below. Please review the pricing, deposit, and placement information at the bottom of this page before completing your application. Please do not call or email me prior to emailing your application. I will only discuss puppies with pre-qualified buyers. You will be promptly notified by email as to the status of your application. If approved, you will be welcome to call and/or schedule a visit. This will be the most efficient use of time for both of us. 

I will make three breedings in February of 2018 and, possibly, a fourth one in April. I am taking reservations for companion and show-potential puppies from the first three prospective litters now. Puppies from all three litters will be born in April and ready to home in June. All puppies will be reserved, with deposits, in advance. See pictures and links to litter pedigrees below. 

The AKC German Shepherd Breed Standard, along with my high standards regarding Soundness, Performance, Beauty, and Style, guide and determine my breeding decisions. I take both the screening of breeding stock and the selection of buyers equally seriously and do my best to match the right puppy with the right owner. All sires and dams are of the highest quality, of sound temperament, and are pre-screened free of both hip and elbow dysplasia if older than two years (minimum age for screening). Whether you are seeking a puppy for show or companionship, you can be assured that every effort has been made to provide you with a puppy that will fulfill your highest expectations. 

Once you have placed a deposit on a puppy from a future litter, you will be added to the closed RiverRock German Shepherds Facebook group. Puppy buyers have enjoyed this opportunity to share photos of littermates as they grow and to interact with other owners of RiverRock puppies. The page is updated daily, and educational files are added on a variety of topics of interest to the owners of both show and companion puppies. It is also a great place to ask questions about topics related to health, nutrition, training, and other subjects of interest to all members.


Puppy Application and Placement Process
at RiverRock German Shepherds

Questions for Prospective Puppy Buyers (Application). Please copy and paste these questions into an email along with your responses.
Send your completed application to me at zrockenstein@yahoo.com

  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. What is your occupation?  Does it require frequent travel?  If so, who will manage the dog when you are gone?
  8. Do you have a fenced yard or kennel area? What type of fencing do you have or plan to construct? 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
  13. Have you reviewed the payment, deposit, and placement information at the bottom of this page?

Information About Future RiverRock Litters

Litter #1: Puppies expected in April 2018
Champion Woodside’s Mind Craft (Stevie)

RiverRock's California Dreamin' (Cassie) OFA Hips and Elbows
(Stevie X Cassie) 
Click here for pedigree
  RiverRock's California Dreamin'

Stevie is a magnificent stallion of a male.  Sire of the Reserve Winners Dog (Covy Tucker Hill’s Compass) at the 2017 German Shepherd Dog Club of America National Specialty Show, and son of Grand Victor Champion Woodside’s Megabucks, he demonstrates great promise as a producer.  The RiverRock line draws on some of the prominent  Woodside dogs of the past.  The inclusion of Stevie into our breeding program will update this influence.  While imposing in appearance, he has a sweet and gentle disposition.  He is protective without being aggressive and is good with people and other dogs


Cassie personifies everything that RiverRock German Shepherds stands for:  Soundness, Performance, Beauty, and Style.  She is a daughter of our Foundation bitch, Grand Champion RiverRock’s Hotel California BN RN HSAs TC ROM (Callie), and carries the genes for Callie’s classic type, working versatility, and protective instinct.

LITTER #2:  
Select Excellent Grand Champion Bloomsberry’s Amadeus 
Select Excellent Champion Karizma's Raven of RiverRock TC OFA Hips and Elbows
(Amos X Raven) 
Click here for litter pedigree
VA2 US Mailo vom Kuckucksland SchH2, IPO 3 Kkl1 OFA Hips and Elbows   Select Excellent Champion Karizma's Raven of RiverRock OFA Hips and Elbows

When I witnessed Amos make his debut in the show ring at 6 months of age, I knew I wanted to use him in my breeding program.  Seeing him go Select Excellent at the GSDCA National last year confirmed my earlier assessment.  It is difficult to find a male that compliments Raven in quality.  I believe Amos is one of the few dogs in the country who can be a worthy match.


Raven possesses unsurpassed beauty with temperament and working ability to match.  She is breathtaking in the show ring, indispensable on the farm, and loved by all who meet her.  Owners of both show and companion puppies from her first litter describe them as exceptionally calm, intelligent, and biddable.

LITTER #3:  
Lindenhill’s Hank v Gracelyne (champion pointed) 
Westbound’s Belle Starr Nickel TD (Nickel)
(Hank X Nickel)
Click here for litter pedigree
VA2 US Mailo vom Kuckucksland SchH2, IPO 3 Kkl1 OFA Hips and Elbows

Hank is an exciting young male with unlimited potential.  He is well on his way to his championship and holds the Canine Good Citizen and several Trick Dog titles.

This is Westbound’s Belle Starr Nickel. She is champion sired out of a dam from Covy-Tucker Hill. While evaluated as show quality by Cappy Pottle and Gloria Birch (Covy-Tucker Hill breeder/judges) at the 2017 National, Nickel has not been shown in conformation to date. Her owner, Rick Tvrdik, has focused on training Nickel in tracking. She is pictured here with Rick the day she completed her Tracking Dog (TD) title in record time. Nickel has an outstanding temperament and possesses the working drive that many competitors dream of! The breeding of Nickel to Hank should result in an exemplary combination of beauty and brains. Those wishing to compete in both comformation and performance sports would do well to reserve a puppy from this litter!

German Shepherd Puppies

River & Honah with Tucker X Karla Puppies

Puppy Prices and Deposits.  Only dogs of top show quality, with sound temperaments and OFA certified hips and elbows, are bred at RiverRock.  Companion puppies are priced at $3500.00 and show-quality puppies at $5000.00.  A $1,000.00 deposit is required to reserve a puppy.  Personal checks are accepted for the deposit.  If your application has been approved, you may choose to mail your deposit right away in order to secure a place on the reservation list.  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 in cash when the puppy is picked up between 7-10 weeks of age.  Prices, deposits, and terms of payment are not negotiable. 

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 strictly placed as pets and not as show or 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. Limited registration also restricts the dog from being shown in conformation.

You will be given a range of dates to pick up your puppy. Puppies must be picked up during this time period. I do not board puppies for vacations, family events, etc.  I do not keep males here and do not offer stud services

Aunt Sunny with the Star Litter


Visiting RiverRock German Shepherds.  If your application is approved, and you are ready to place a deposit on a puppy, you are welcome to visit our kennel and spend time with the RiverRock dogs. 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 and my pedigree analysis process. 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 and to stay seated when interacting with the adult dogs.

Please keep in mind that it takes me several hours to plan for your kennel visit.  While you are not required to place a deposit on a puppy during, or before, your visit, I do ask that you be considerate of my time.  I would prefer not to schedule a visit at the beginning of your search.  These meetings are not intended for curiosity seekers.

If you live out of state, and a preliminary meeting is not possible, you can mail your deposit and 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. Once your application has been approved, you can mail a deposit at any time.  Sometimes it takes a while to schedule a visit if you have a busy schedule.  Litters are reserved very quickly!

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 want my puppies to have life-long homes with people that I have screened and selected as the right match for each individual puppy.  I do not want my puppies to wind up in shelters, or rehomed with people I have not selected, because the original owners either had inadequate fencing or provided inadequate training.  I will be in contact with you periodically and will be available to answer questions and make suggestions throughout the lifetime of your dog. 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 receiving your application and to working with you and your family on a successful puppy placement.

Dr. Zoa Rockenstein - zrockenstein@yahoo.com - 320-492-4158 (CST) - Remember to submit a puppy application by email before contacting me about puppy availability.

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.