Check out Malinois Puppy Glaedr!

on Monday, 09 September 2013. Posted in Belgian Malinois, German Shepherds

Another Great Testimonial from our client Kurt!


I just wanted to give you an update on how Glaedr is doing.  He is everything you described and more.  What an amazing pup he is!  He didn't take much time to settle and show us his true personality.  He has amazing drive and is constantly on the go.  I don't know if you did any initial training but the need to potty train him or teach him how to sit and stay is almost non existent, he is just that smart!

I am sending you a picture to show you how he is doing.

Thank you again Ted,



Glaeder is a Pure Malanois!  For more information on our Belgian Malinois please visit http://gatorlandk9international.com/available-dogs/belgian-malinois

Author: Jill Pavel

History of The German Shepherd

on Friday, 13 September 2013. Posted in German Shepherds

  • Since 1899, German Shepherd dogs have been highly prized for their loyalty, bravery and intelligence. From the very first registered German Shepherd, Horand von Grafrath---an exceptionally intelligent, agile dog with instinctive herding ability---came a breed standard that has been preserved for over a century through careful selective breeding. These characteristics, combined with an easygoing yet eager demeanor, have made German Shepherds popular world wide as service dogs and faithful companions.
  • Origin

    The originator of the German Shepherd was Cavalry Captain Max Emil Frederich von Stephanitz. While attending a dog show in Germany in the late 1800s, a herding dog named Hektor Linksrhein caught the captain's attention. Intelligent and strong with innate herding ability, endurance and agility, Hektor had many of the qualities Stephanitz had been searching for in a working dog. He purchased Hektor and renamed him Horand von Grafrath. Stephanitz then bred Horand to carefully selected female dogs of similar type. Horand von Grafrath became the foundation sire of the German Shepherd breed we know today.

horand von Grafrath

  • According to the Westminster Kennel Club the German Shepherd was known as the German Sheep Dog from 1908 to 1918 and as the Shepherd Dog from 1919 to 1931. Because of anti-German sentiment during World War I, it was feared that the name German Shepherd would not be looked upon favorably. In 1919, the English Kennel Club gave the breed a separate register and changed the name to the Alsatian, after Alsace, a region in France. In 1977, the British Kennel Club authorized the breed's name to be changed back to the German Shepherd.
  • Evolution

     Around 1925, a trend toward the breeding of squarish, over-sized dogs with less than stable temperaments alarmed Stephanitz and he realized that changes needed to be made. In 1925, Stephanitz selected Klodo von Boxberg, a shorter, longer bodied dog with a lengthy gait, as world champion. This dog would become the catalyst for changes, a sire whose qualities Stephanitz wanted to see passed along in subsequent generations. Klodo was imported to America that same year and became an influential sire of German Shepherds dogs in North America.

  • War Dogs

    During World War II, German Shepherds were widely employed as guard dogs, mine detectors and messengers by both the German and American forces. Dogs for Defense was organized in America and the German Shepherd was one of seven preferred breeds of dogs used by the military as guard dogs. German Shepherds were highly valued for their loyalty and ability to stay on task as well as their neutral coloring, which made them inconspicuous. Dogs with extensive white or light-colored areas were not accepted into the program.

  • Characteristics

    The original German Shepherds were working dogs with a natural herding sense; this trait and others, such as their courage and intelligence, their loyalty, agility and even tempered dispositions, have been carefully preserved throughout the breed's history. As a result, German Shepherds have become more than mere working farm dogs. Their abilities have been put to practical use in law enforcement, as guide dogs for the blind, as animal actors in television and film and as treasured family protectors.

Read about GatorlandK9's Adult Dogs 

Blog Article presented by:  Jill Pavel

Arkan (German Shepherd) Update

on Friday, 20 September 2013. Posted in German Shepherds

It is wonderful to hear back from our clients how well their dogs are doing.  Arkan was purchased in 2005 from gatorlandk9.  He is currently living in Southern California.



Just wanted to tell you how great Arkan Is doing, and how young he looks. He is so strong and powerfull. He gets raw meat ( turkey) with his Orijen dog food everyday.
A vitamin C and apples and carrots for a treat, and a moozle twice a week. We walk and run everyday. I love him so much. I.m his playmate and cuddler, while Ann is his person and makes sure the training is always there. I,m sorry Ted but how can you not spoil these dogs, thank god for Ann ( no nonsense from her). She is all business.
LOVE. MY BOY, Thanks Ted.  


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 Author: Jill Pavel

"HERO" - Dog of the Month

on Sunday, 06 October 2013. Posted in German Shepherds

HERO is our October Dog of the Month!  



HERO is a young 20 month old drop dead gorgeous, male German Shepherd import.  He is a perfect choice for your family protection dog.  He has advanced obedience training and protection training.  He is wonderful with children!  He is Mr. Personality and you will fall in love with him at first siight.

HERO has all the qualities you have come to expect from GatorlandK9 International Custom Selected German Shepherd Protection Dogs.

If you are interested in inquiring about HERO or any of our other Service/Family Protection Dogs please contact Ted Hoppe at (386) 337-0730

For more information on our German Shepherds (import) please visit our website at www.gatorlandk9international.com

 Author: Jill Pavel

A New Service Dog for Veteran James! Meet Kira!

on Tuesday, 15 October 2013. Posted in Veterans with PTSD, German Shepherds, Protection Dogs

German Shepherd Service Dog Placed With A Veteran With PTSD

We are so pleased to share that GatorlandK9 International has placed a German Shepherd/Malinois service dog puppy with Veteran James Morton.

james and kira

Meet Kira!

James and his family are from Fayetteville, North Carolina. James is an 18 year Veteran in the US Army.  He was medically discharged in January 2012.

James suffers from PTSD and other neurological disorders as well as Joint Disabilities from being airborne.   We look forward to Kira growing and training to be a working Service Dog so that James can live an easier life with his PTSD.  His family came to visit us last week, to pick up Kira.  Here is a letter that James Wife Jennifer Shared with us upon arriving home.  Remember to Support our Veterans!  


Thank you so much for helping my husband James and "Kira" find each other.  The day we spent with you is definitely a milestone for James recovery and management of PTSD.  The time you took for us meant so much.  The whole family enjoyed the demonstration we saw with Tebow too!

We arrived home safe and Kira is getting used to her forever home quickly.  The two of them are already bonding well.  We will continue to keep you updated on their progress.  Here are

Thanks Again! 

Jennifer Morton
james and family

Author: Jill Pavel

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