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Litters on the Ground

We are finalizing all the health tests for our 2024 breeding program. All dogs in the Top Tier K9 Litters on the ground program are tested through genetic panels showing whether the dog is a carrier or not of high risk/common diseases and health issues associated with the breed. All dogs in our breeding programs are required to be "clear" meaning not a carrier of any genetic markers associated with diseases known to affect the specific breed.

Our January breeding lineup includes Belgian Malinois and Dutch Shepherds.

Hips and elbows: All dogs in the Top Tier K9 Litters on the Ground program must pass tests associated with hips and elbows prior to breeding. We use Pennhip testing for the male and female hips in our breeding programs and we use OFA for elbows. Pennhip is a superior test for hips over OFA, The technique assesses the quality of the canine hip and quantitatively measures canine hip joint laxity. "The PennHIP method of evaluation is more accurate than the current standard in its ability to predict the onset of osteoarthritis (OA). Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD), is the hallmark of canine hip dysplasia (CHD). It causes pain and disability in dogs who have it".

Matching the male and female for breeding: Our research and breeding history has reinforced the fact that 70% of the qualities of the offspring come from the mother and 30% from the father. We are careful in matching the breeders for the best litters possible. Our breeders are onsite at Top Tier K9 facilities or at our Franchise/Affiliate locations depending on the needs of our students/customers. We do not use artificial insemination in our program. Having the parents available to test and monitor long-term is a necessity for the quality controls and constant improvement of our breeding program. We choose the absolute best from our program for breeding. All of our breeding stock are certified Foundation Dogs and have passed testing on all functions of the Foundation Dog training program: Tracking, Scent Detection, Protection and Advanced Obedience. They don't just look good, they are good.

After whelping: During the time after whelping, raising the puppies and separating the puppies from the mom and the remaining litter include a battery of testing and conditioning that ensures the puppies are fully prepared to enter the Foundation Dog training program. We ensure a proper process of vaccinations occur to give the puppies the absolute best chance of being protected from viruses as the mothers antibodies dissipate from the individual puppies. As soon as the puppies are removed from the litter, they begin the Foundation Dog training program conducted by our staff, our level 2 franchises, and the students who are in our Foundation Dog Trainer program. 100% of our puppies in this program are put through Foundation Dog training.

How can you qualify for one of our amazing puppies? The only people with access to this program are current students in the Foundation Dog Trainer program, Interns at Top Tier K9 Corporate, and owners of our Franchises across the country. We do not sell puppies to the general public.

Our next Introduction to Foundation Dog training begins February 21st 2024. You can sign up for that class at and be eligible to obtain one of these puppies when they are 8 weeks old!


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