All About Charcoal
We are not sure how to describe Charcoal in words. He has personality and big ideas. High hopes for his own future. He’s a real go-getter. When we talk about him around the kennel, it is like we are talking about a 3rd Grader who has decided for himself that he will attend Harvard one day.
As you can tell, we name all of our dogs after colors. We were excited to call Charcoal “Coal” when we got him. However, his name is definitely Char Char and if you ever get the chance to meet him, you’ll understand why! He is an absolutely gorgeous long haired German Shepherd Dog.
Charcoal, unfortunately, cannot breed. He is about 3 years old now and is absolutely adorable. Charcoal is (or should we say was?) a cryptorchid (meaning he had an undescended testicle), which is a genetic flaw.
We are committed to only breeding the best and won’t breed dogs with known flaws, so we had him neutered. While he is not in our breeding program, he is still very much a part of our family and will live the rest of his days at our kennel.
Everything is exhausting when you’re Char Char.
Char is a lower drive type of fellow and is EVERYBODY’S buddy. He has a fondness for laying on the hill and watching the world go by.
If you get to meet this guy, you quickly realize that it’s hard being Char Char. He is the only one of our German Shepherd Dogs that eats every meal lying down. He reaches out with one of his enormous paws and dumps out his food bowl and then dines like an Egyptian Pharaoh eating grapes. If only he could teach Cobalt how to fan him.
Char never became part of our breeding program, but we’re lucky to have him. While he has been spoiled by Theresa to the point that even the most menial of tasks are beneath him, he is a true lover and will jump in the bath tub if you ask him… though he protests much.
German Shepherd Puppies don’t raise themselves.
Raising a GSD puppy is a ton of fun, but it is also quite a bit of work. Before you decide to get a puppy, everyone in the family should be on board with the idea. You need the buy-in of everyone who is going to regularly interact with your new puppy to raise them successfully.
Two of the most important characteristics of homes that have well-trained dogs are discipline and consistency. You have to have the discipline to set out rules for your puppy and the consistency to enforce them every single time. This doesn’t mean being hard on the puppy, inconsistencies simply create confusion.