3423 W Mount Morris Rd, Mount Morris, MI | Directions 4845843.114827 -83.750428
Stonehill is absolutely top notch. Where to begin. A friend of mine had a shepherd that she bought from a place in Ohio, the poor dog had such bad hips by a year old that it had to be put down. When she was finally ready to get a new puppy, I wanted to help. We slowly began searching for a place with a great reputation so there would be no health problems. She couldn't go through that heartbreak again. After asking every vet, trainer, and GSD owner we came across about where to get a good dog and having 75% of them answer Stonehill, we looked into them ourselves. What we found was an A+ better business bureau rating, tons of positive reviews and a group of people that call themselves "the Stonehill family." (I've never seen customers be such a close knit, supportive group. They truly are amazing and a family in every sense of the word.) She finally took the leap and called. She had an appointment a week later. I went with her and my was I impressed. First of all, they have three studs that get along perfectly and can be together without any problems. I've never seen this, and most breeders would never be this successful. A good sign right from the start. The owner was extremely helpful and very nice. She brought out the pups and went into detail about which ones fitted my friend's needs and she eventually settled on her dream pup, Kaiser. One thing that impressed me was that the dogs were guaranteed. Not only that, but my friend had to sign a contract stating she would bring the dog back in the event she couldn't keep her. This breeder is A1! As embarrassing as it is, I called as soon as we got back home and asked to have the littermate sister. They are both 4 now and the light of our lives. My Princess is absolutely stunning and great with my rabbits and my newborn. Kaiser is great too. Of all the last second decisions I've made, this has proved to be the best. I hope one day when I have the money I can return and get another dog from stone hill. The hype is exactly right, they are great dogs!
Absolutely recommend!!! I have 2 Stonehills. One is 5 and the other we just got a few weeks ago. They are the best, smartest dogs ever. Puppy was potty trained in 2 days and already knows sit, down and come! Our five year old is extremely well behaved and great with everyone. He can go off leash with me and sticks right by my side. Get a dog here and you will not be disappointed!
Having purchased two dogs from Stonehill I would be remiss if I did not comment. My first Shepard had stomach problems at the age of 7 and had to have surgery only to pass away 5 days later. There were no guarantees with the surgery. I choose my second Shepard from a litter too young to leave just yet and she was marked for us. Yet when my husband went and picked her up, he was told they choose a different dog better suited for us! What! I wish I had come with him as this was NOT acceptable and the kids were so excited that we kept the puppy. How could I say take her back at this point. She developed intestinal problems and had to be put down. U of M told us that this type of problem (her colon had not fully developed) was generally due to inbreeding. I will not be back. 1/9/2014
Best dog ever! After a long wait on their waiting list, I finally got a puppy from Stonehill Kennels. They asked me what I was looking for in great detail and told me they would call me when they had the perfect match. Boy were they not kidding! It took a few months, but was well worth the wait! The litter I chose from was everything I wanted color, size and temperament wise. I couldn't decide which one I wanted, but Shelly was so helpful and told me about each puppy in detail. She really knows her dogs and after hours of debating with myself(while Shelly waited with the patience of a saint), I finally picked my dream puppy! He's a year old now, and everything I could have ever wanted in a dog.. and so much more!
My friend was on their waiting list at the same time as me, but wasn't patient enough to wait for the perfect match. I went with him to the kennel he got his dog, and boy, Stonehill easily outshines them! These other dogs were small, hyped up, ugly and fearful, the breeder wasn't helpful at all. Stonehill dogs are the complete opposite, and so was Shelly! My friend's dog is older than mine, and is only half the size, and is a total nutjob. He learned his lesson the hard way and will be going to Stonehill next time, as will I!
Stonehill is the best! The dogs are amazing, and so are the people. I first found them when they visited a family member with their amazing therapy dogs. These people take out the time to do little things like that, and that's what matters most! Anyway, I got a Stonehill boy (after lots of interviewing by this amazing breeder) and he is the best dog I've ever had. Got his hips checked, they're perfect. He's healthy as a horse. He's super smart and has an amazing personality too! Everyone that meets him loves him and we get complimented on him everywhere we go. We're training him to be a therapy dog. Shelly has helped us with that, and has gone above and beyond what was necessary to help us and answer our questions. If you have any complaints about your dog, we must not have gone to the same place! There is nothing to complain about when it comes to this kennel. Stonehill is German shepherd heaven, and I will never get a dog from anyone besides Shelly and the Stonehill gang!
Frank d 1949. Your post is rude and way out of line. Stonehill kennels has the finest gsd lines in MI. I have three friends that have her dogs, including my pup Gunner. They are all the best GSD's I've seen. Bar none. My male is 16 weeks old and has proven himself over and over again. Extremely smart, loving and Very affectionate. Not to mention his build and looks are amazing. Long story short these GSD's are top notch!! Thanks Shelly!!!!
I love Stonehill Kennels! – My parents live in Detroit, and had their home broken into about 15 years ago. That is when I decided to get them a German shepherd. I couldn't sleep at night without knowing they were safe. After looking around and trying to find a puppy and having no luck, we heard about Stonehill when we were taking our cat to the vets office for her shots. We were so impressed with everything the vet was saying that we called as soon as we got home. A few days later we were meeting Shelly and picking out the dog for my parents. Shelly was so helpful and nice to work with! We kept the puppy for the first night and took it over to my parents the next day. After a week we realized we couldn't live without this puppy, but it was too late. My parents were already in love with him. About 5 months after we bought the puppy we couldn't take it anymore. We kept seeing this beautiful, awesome dog and knew we had to get our own. So we did. Our dog was absolutely amazing and well over 100 pounds. Since the first dogs, my sister, brother, and my son have both gotten dogs from Stonehill. My son's female loves his children and it is just awesome to watch them play together. There can be no better family dog than a Stonehill dog. We also have gotten 2 more dogs since our first,and they are great as well. (The old boy lived to be 13) And by the way, we never had a problem with break ins after we got our Stonehill dogs.Our entire family is officially a Stonehill family, and that's how we will stay. If you go to Stonehill, you'll be hooked for life!
Great! – I bought a female from Stonehill about 4 years ago, and let me just say, she is wonderful! She knows over 20 commands and is just amazing! I actually have an appointment set for next week to get a little boy to keep her company. My Stonehill dog is by far the best dog I have ever had, and I have had several friends go to Stonehill upon meeting her. Their dogs all turned out wonderfully as well. I am just so excited to see Shelly and the shepherds again, and to bring home the newest member of our family! I am sure that this one will be just as awesome as the first. I will go nowhere else but Stonehill to get my dogs.
Wonderful – My 14-month-old male German shepherd from Stonehill Kennels is a beautiful and protective companion in my life. He has a wonderful temperament, something all the Stonehill shepherds are known for. People stop their cars on a regular basis to compliment me on his beauty and manners.
That being said, it is not a small decision to take on such a strong and powerful breed, so Shelly makes sure to interview prospective owners at length about their lifestyle, their experience with handling dogs, and their intentions for their dog. This is the mark of a responsible and caring breeder. I don't think she would have had any problem turning me away if she did not think I was ready for this dog.
What's amazing about Shelly is to see how the shepherds are her life. To see her own personal dogs interact with her and love her is a great experience.
I wish I lived closer to Stonehill Kennels so we could come back and visit, or certainly take advantage of her boarding and grooming services. If I ever had to leave my dog somewhere long term, I would definitely consider Stonehill despite the drive because I know my dog would receive proper care from knowledgeable German shepherd owners.
I have known two other dogs from Stonehill, one of whom is now almost 8 years old, so I can truly attest that her dogs have wonderful temperaments.
Stonehill is the best!! – I have had several German Shepherds in my life, some rescues, others purchased and I have loved them all dearly. But I have got to say, that the best 2 I have had are from Stonehill. Shelly doesn't let you just look at the pups and say "oh, that one is pretty, I want it!" She talks to you a long time about you, your family, life, time limits and abilities and then gets a puppy, maybe 2 for you to meet. She knows her pups, you don't-they are all cute and wonderful to meet, but she shows you the one that will fit your personality and life the best, giving you the best dog you could hope for. I have 2 dogs from her now, and 2 that came from somewhere else, my Stonehill dogs are the better of the 4. My old girl is 13 1/2 and my youngest is a 2 1/2 boy at 115 lbs. I have never had a dog recognize their breeder after a few months, except Vladi, he went right into classes that Shelly recommended and we see her there all of the time-most of the Shepherds there are from her kennel. Vladi is filled with so much joy when he sees her, it's incredible; it just proves to me what a wonderful start these pups have and that is a big part of why they are such wonderful family dogs. I didn't start out as a very good trainer, but with the classes I became better and even then Shelly took time to help Vladi and me become a better team. She truly cares and doesn't sell you a dog and walk away, she is always available to talk to. As a matter of fact, before she went to emergency with that broken leg, she took the time to talk to a family that had driven 2 hours to see a dog (not even one of hers, she was helping someone who couldn't keep him) that needed a good home, out of the goodness of her heart. Can you imagine, several breaks in your leg and worried about getting that dog a good home before helping herself? I hope she doesn't retire, because if I have to pick out my own dog, I always pick the crazy one, she has given me such wonderful, calm, gentle, loving family dogs,. I am grateful for the love and joy we get from them.
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