Sugarloaf Shepherds
Welcome to Sugarloaf Shepherds
Featuring the Vantasia Line of
White German Shepherd Dogs

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Mia had her litter on August 12, 2017, five males and five females. They all look black, but their true black and tan markings will become more apparent as they get a little bit older. The puppies will be ready to go to their forever homes on November 7, when they will be eight weeks old.

The litter's sire, Bunker, is shown below.

Click here to see Mia's puppies at 4 weeks old.

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His official name is Rising Sun Bunker

You can see Bunker;s pedigree here.

Go to the website for Orthopedic Foundation for Animals to see Bunker's records.

LEFT: Select Excellent GCH Rising Sun Bunker   

BELOW LEFT: 2013 GSDCA National Select 6 Dog

BELOW RIGHT: 2013 Mid-Atlantic Best in Maturity



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At only seven months old, Keeper won Best Puppy and Reserve Winners Bitch at the National Show for the White Shepherd Club of Canada in July 2016.

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Bodhi won Best of Breed at the Second Show in September 2014, part of the White German Shepherd Dog Club of America National. The show was held at the Sugarloaf Shepherds facility in Mercersburg, PA.


Winning Best of Breed/Grand Victor/Select #1 Dog at the National Show of the White German Shepherd Dog Club International in Oklahoma on June 27, 2010

Nicco was the top dog at the WGSDCII National Show. Nicco's calm and friendly temperament has garnered praise from judges and spectators alike in the many shows and competitions in which he's participated. But, everybody absolutely marveled at his regal demeanor when 18-month-old Kennedy Lessler walked him around the ring as perhaps the youngest Junior Handler in WGSDCII history. Kennedy is the granddaughter of Nicco's owner, Linda Lessler. (Photos of the show to follow.)

Nicco Earned His Novice Chances Title in NADAC on 8/7/11

Nicco Earns Another Agility Title in NADAC Novice Jumpers on July 10, 2011

Nicco Earned A New NADAC Agility Title
on June 19, 2011
-- Novice Regular

Nicco Earned Another New NADAC Agility Title
on April 17, 2011 -- Superior Novice Tunnelers

Nicco Earned His APDT Rally Level 3 Title on April 3, 2011

Nicco Earned Two New NADAC Agility Titles in February -- Outstanding Novice Tunnelers and Outstanding Novice Hoopers

Check out Nicco's Perfect Score Rally Championship Video

Also. Check out Nicco's Novice Weavers Title Video

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Nicco, at home, after winning his APDT Rally Level 1 Title in April 2009, at the age of 16 months. It was his first rally title. Nicco went on to earn his APDT Rally Level 2 Title in August 2009, and earned his AKC Rally Novice title on November 28, 2009. Watch video of our AKC Rally Novice title run on YouTube.

Then, just after his second birthday, Nicco won his APDT Rally Level 1 Championship on a weekend when he achieved a perfect score of 210. A video of this perfect score run is also on YouTube.

Nicco has the perfect temperament to become a therapy dog, and we hope to get him certified as such in the near future.

Nicco earned his White German Shepherd Dog Club International (WGSDCII) Championship in June 2009 at the WGSDCII National Speciality Weekend in Carrollton, TX.

On Friday, 6/26/2009 at the Oklahoma Chapter Show he won Winners Dog and Best of Winners. At the Texas Metro Chapter Show, he won Winners Dog.

On Saturday, 6/27/2009, at the Texas Metro Chapter Show, he won Winners Dog, Best of Winners, and Best of Breed. At the Heartland Chapter Show he won Winners Dog, Best of Winners, and Best of Opposite Sex.
Bridget earned her WGSDCII Championship at the National weekend in Carrollton, TX.

On Friday, 6/26/2009, Bridget won Reserve Winners Bitch at the Oklahoma Chapter Show. At the Texas Metro Chapter Show she won Winners Bitch.

On Saturday, 6/27/2009, she won Best of Opposite Sex at the Texas Metro Chapter Show. At the Heartland Chapter Show she won Best of Breed.

On Sunday at the National Show she won Select 3 Bitch.
lance_billymelwood_goats These are two of our Nigerian Dwarf goats, when they were babies. They were still being bottle-fed. Eventually, we might try having the dogs herd them, but really, the reason we got them was because they are just so darn cute. (Don't tell the IRS, or we won't be able to deduct them) Oh, and goats eat weeds -- something we have plenty of.

Info About Sugarloaf Shepherds

This site is currently under construction. We are soon going to set up a much better site, but this will have to do in the interim. Meanwhile, we do have some great show news and other information about Sugarloaf Shepherds...

Call us (Lance or Linda Lessler) to hear about puppies. Puppy pictures on our Sugarloaf Shepherds puppy pages. Our dogs are from the Vantasia line of Champion White German Shepherds, established by Barbara Hively. Sugarloaf Shepherds dogs are located at our home in Mercersburg, PA.

More information and pedigrees for our Sugarloaf Shepherd Dogs, including Merlin, and Bridget , can be found on the web site for the White German Shepherd Dog Club of America (WGSDCA), of which we are a member.

We also are a member of, and support, the White German Shepherd Dog Club International, Inc. (WGSDCII).

Contact us at: (717) 328-3339, or at (301) 379-0014 (Linda's cell).

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