I am Sanna Korhonen, a fan of Dutch Shepherds since 2000, an owner since 2002, and a breeder since 2011. I choose to do my breeding work with honesty and openness, even if I don’t always agree with all the rules of today’s kennel world.
The Dutch Shepherd is ideally a healthy, always-ready-to-go dog. To fight for this I take hereditary diseases very seriously. I recognize problems are most effectively avoided by improving genetic health through heterozygosity. This shows clearly in my selection; I’m always looking for new ways to broaden the gene pool. By temperament the breed can be delightfully adaptable and easy-going, but at the same time equipped with a natural will to work and well developed drives.
Due to the fact that originally this breed developed from the need of a durable working shepherd dog, I have chosen to give “beauty” no emphasis in my selection. The outward appearance of a Dutch Shepherd should always be functional, a real “duride” type, without any structural or cosmetic extremes. I do not sell puppies based on looks, or color!
We don’t own a big kennel, but our dogs live with us and are our family members and pets. I think options are the strongest friend to selection: this is why I try to have options open by utilizing breeding terms contracts for quality females as much as possible. We live in eastern Finland close to the town of Joensuu.