About James and Sheree
|Kaleef is proud to offer German Shepherds who
are beautiful, sound, correct representatives of the breed, who
excel at whatever endeavor you choose; whether as an all-breed
or specialty show dog, as a performance animal in herding, agility
and obedience, in search and rescue, or as a beloved family companion.
|Jim and Sheree both had German Shepherds as childhood
pets; it has remained a life-long love affair with the breed.
Jim finished his first champion at 13 years of age and has had
a truly spectacular career as a handler. Sheree got her first
GSD when she was five; participated in Schutzhund as a teenager
and then attended her first conformation show at 17, first as
an exhibitor (the trials of an owner-handler!), then as a groomer,
conditioner and general jack-of-all-trades. Jim and Sheree had
the honor and pleasure of judging the National Specialty in Mexico
City in 2001. They are both actively judging GSDs as well as
other breeds. The pair have always bred dogs on a limited basis.
In more recent years, as time allowed, they have expanded their
|For those interested in the conformation world,
Jim and Sheree understand the requirements of a successful show
dog. Jim has won over 1,000 Best in Shows in the US and Canada
and he is a member of the Dog Show Hall of Fame. He has won Grand
Victor or Grand Victrix numerous times in both the US and Canada.
He was BIS at Westminster in 1987 with Ch Covy Tucker Hill's
Manhattan, the #1 male show dog of all time (#4 overall), with
201 BIS. Jim and Sheree also exhibited Select Ch Altana's Mystique,
listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the top-winning
show dog of all time. Mystique earned 275 all-breed BIS, as well
as 30 specialty wins and Select ratings at the US National. They
also exhibited two more of the top 20 show dogs of all time,
both members of the coveted "100 Club," including their
home-bred Ch Kaleef's Genuine Risk OFA Excellent. Their specials
have won Quaker Oats 19 times, and they have had the #1 German
Shepherd for most of the last 20 years.
Kaleef's Valle ROM - Top-producing dam in the history
of the breed
||Jim and Sheree are the breeders/owners of the
top-producing dam in the history of the breed, living or dead,
Kaleef's Valle ROM. They exhibited and managed the career of
the top-producing sire in breed history - AOE Am/Can Sel Ch Kismet's
Sight for Sore Eyes ROM OFA - who went on to attain his herding
title after his retirement. They have bred and/or owned more
than 100 Champions and have bred and owned many Register of Merit
Sires and Dams. They have multiple dual-titled dogs and believe
that German Shepherds should be able to do the jobs they were
originally bred to do. One of their breedings, Ch Kaleef's Blondie
ROM HS X Ch Tindrock Kaleef About Thyme ROM HS, produced a Best
in Show winner, a Canadian Select/US Group winner who attained
11 agility titles including her MX. When bred, that girl's first
puppy debuted as Best Puppy at the Canadian National and is now
a Futurity Victor. A littermate attained her ROM in her first
litter. Another sister, novice-handled, was High in Trial both
days at the herding trial at our Nationals and is OFA Excellent.
|Several other animals achieved their championships
and were group winners. A brother to Thymer was a Maturity winner,
went second in a very competitive Open class at the National,
with a new handler and no double-handler, then finished at all-breed
shows. His sister was minored out by her owner, but showed her
true calling as a working Search and Rescue dog, certified by
both organizations. This group of animals could truly do it all,
in addition to being beloved members of their human families.
At Kaleef, we believe there is only one standard for the German
Shepherd Dog; the best do both. Most of Jim and Sheree's specials
during the last decade have not only been the top all-breed Herding
dogs, they have also been Select at the National. Geneva was
Canadian Grand Victrix and Two Times US Select, in addition to
twice winning the Group at the Eukanuba National Show (and Viewer's
Choice for Best in Show), as well as being in the top five all-breeds
in a very competitive year. She is also quite adept at stealing
the pizza from the Domino's box you put safely out of reach (!)
on top of the hotel dresser.
Many of these confirmation champions go on to very successful
performance careers and several are now working service dogs.
Health is another issue Jim and Sheree feel strongly about.
Kaleef offers a written guarantee of soundness, both physical
and mental. Many dams are OFA Excellent; all sires are OFA certified.
Kaleef uses the Ft. Dodge "PuppyShot" series, along
with an additional parvo (for newer strains of the disease) and
bordatella. They recommend a healthy diet and monthly heartworm
prevention. Breeding animals are screened for the genetic defects
that can occasionally trouble the breed, and they strive for
longevity in their dogs. They are committed to producing a sound,
healthy companion you will enjoy and love for years to come,
in whatever avenue you choose to pursue. Please browse the website
and "meet" some of the dogs. Feel free to contact Sheree
or Jim via email.
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