German Shepherd Puppies

Carlson's Country Shepherds

Onaway, MI (map)

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About Carlson's Country Shepherds

We are AKC-registered German Shepherd breeders of both old style pet quality and champion line German Shepherds. Father is huge oversized red and black, 105 lbs with a very sweet loving disposition. Mia, the mom is a very elegant looking dog, bicolor black and tan with heathering on her chest and belly. She is very sweet, great mom and is trained in protection work. She has V and VA rated dogs in her pedigree. Mufasa's grandfather is V rated, coming from Winningways kennel in Canada. Puppies are microchipped, vet checked, given first shots and desensitized, so that they are used to people, other dogs and noises. We have seven females, two males available. Our puppies are super smart, nice looking and will be large dogs. Please call for more information.


2010 South M211 Road
Onaway, MI 49765

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  • 1/5 stars September 27, 2014

    Don't buy from these people. I put a downpayment on a puppy and as soon as that happened I stopped getting updates from them. I didn't matter if I emailed or called. I'd almost never get a response back, even if I did it was like pulling teeth to get any real information from them about how the dogs and puppies were doing. At the beginning of August I was finally able to talk on the phone with Diana and was told I could get a refund if I decided to move on from them. (I put a downpayment in March or April and they still didn't have a male GSD puppy for me by August, or anytime around soon.) I also haven't received a response from them since that phone call. I certainly don't have my money back either. We ended up going to a different breeder who was more then happy to keep in contact with us and give us the info that we needed.

  • 5/5 stars March 13, 2014

    I bought a puppy from Carlsons' almost a year ago (we just celebrated his 1 year birthday yesterday). I recommend them to everyone looking for a high quality gsd. I made sure to do my homework on the breed and wheni made the decision this is the breed for me, I searched high and low for a reputable breeder who puts the money and time into perfecting the breed. They are very knowledgeable and helpful. They were very upfront with me about asking for their name to remain on his registered name. To me, that shows they are proud of the puppies they breed. When Auggie was taken in to be fixed, the vet did find a small hernia, explained to me that is very common in puppies, especially in larger breed puppies, and usually fixes itself, however, since he was already going under anestesia, they would fix it while doing his neuter. I use a very high technology Vet, and the total cost for both, hernia fix and neuter was less than $300.
    I am head over heels in love with my boy. He has proven to be extremely intelligent and protective. He aced his puppy obedience at 4 months and moved on to advanced obedience right away. I have no doubt that if I ever have a question, I could turn to the Carlsons for guidance and advice. I will not think twice about where to turn when its time to find another gsd. Thank you for careful breeding to get me to my bff! :-)

  • 1/5 stars January 20, 2014

    I bought a puppy from Carlson’s and I would NOT recommend them.

    This company requires you to sign an extensive contract to buy one of their puppies; this contract and its contents were not revealed to me until after I had paid (non-refundable) in full and went to collect my puppy. Had the full terms of the purchase been available to me before I had paid over a thousand dollars, I would not have entered into an agreement with Carlson’s.

    The contract is extensive and indicates Carlson’s wants to remain in control of your dog throughout its life; it even dictates that if for some unforeseen reason you are forced to give up your dog, Carlson’s has to approve who you give it to and they get first option to take your dog at no cost to them.

    This contract is an obvious result of an individual with little legal background attempting to dictate and control more than they are entitled through nondisclosure, undue influence, unconscionability, and duress; therefore, the contract is largely not enforceable.

    They try to exert more control by naming your puppy for you; they do not hand over the AKC application to you at time of purchase. According to the AKC they are supposed to hand over the application to the new owner at time of purchase, instead they ‘mail it in for you’ and while they are at it they make your puppy’s last name ‘von Carlson’. They claim this is standard breeder practice, which may be the case; however, it is not the case when the breeder does not have an AKC registered kennel name and when you are purchasing a puppy under limited registration. When I bought my puppy, this tidbit was not disclosed anywhere in advanced; I see it is not mentioned on their website as it should have been from the get go.

    Carlson’s says they guarantee hips on their puppies, well this is only the case if you buy expensive supplements that studies have shown are not helpful; Carlson’s conveniently is a seller of these supplements.

    Aside from that, the puppies were not very well socialized, they state that the get them used to noises and what not. Well turns out they keep them in outdoor kennels rather isolated. When I got my dog he was afraid of the vacuum, other dogs, cats, children, squirrels and loud noises.

    Diana Carlson is a control freak, please save yourself the trouble and get your puppy elsewhere, unless you like being screwed and controlled.

  • 1/5 stars July 14, 2013

    Terrible people and bad breeders. Obviously we love our dog and wouldn't trade her for anything. With that said these breeders sold us a Shepard (950$)with a hernia with out telling us she had one when we expressed our concern about her medical condition they basically told us ya we know. That's to bad no refund- and no coved medical expenses. Well when the time comes we spay her and need it fixed it will cost us nearly $700 with out insurance.

    MarkDiana C. from Carlson's Country Shepherds replied to this review on July 14, 2013:

    Exaggerated at best. Apparently knows little to nothing about dogs. Sometimes dogs are born with minor hernias around the umbilical cord from the mother pulling too hard when she bites the cord. It is a very minor procedure that can wait until the dog is "Fixed" and is taken care of usually at no extra charge. I fail to see where the $700 charge comes from when an entire C-section when necessary runs under $500. The most I've ever seen one cost was in the neighborhood of $100, and that was because it was a stand alone procedure because the pup wasn't being fixed. We received no complaints from this purchaser and they were told of the hernia prior to pick up and we offered to have it done at our expense, which would have delayed pick up, or that they could just get it done when the dog was fixed. We consistently bend over backwards to help new dog owners but cannot if we're not notified. This blind sided attack is unwarranted and childish. A refund?? Give me a break!

Question and answer

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Ask lots of questions. If you are looking to purchase a puppy make sure that you are ready for a lifelong commitment. A dog is not disposable, like a car, and he/she will depend on you for the rest of his life. In return you will be getting unconditional love and companionship.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. Understand that there are several different kinds of German Shepherds, different drives within each kind. Make sure you are getting the type of German Shepherd that will fit into your lifestyle.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. Ask for AKC registration, health and hip guarantees. Ask if there is a FULL replacement if the puppy does end up with hip dysplagia. If not, then what is the guarantee.