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Our Kennels

Von der haus Gill Kennel is located in Northwest Ohio, in the rolling hills of eastern Auglaize county, approximately 6 miles from Wapakoneta. Located on 50+ acres of land, with another addition 100 acres within 5 miles, it provides an somewhat isolated location to concentrate on our breeding and training programs. We are a breeding and TRAINING facility, unlike some people who only wish to sell a puppy. Our staff includes 9 people with a combined years of experience, training, working, and showing dogs of over 100yrs. We are a working kennel NOT a show kennel! Our staff trains 5 1/2 days a week in various locations, from basic obedience to police dogs, narcotics, explosives, and military dogs as. We take training very seriously and work hard at it. We also work closely with 4 local Veterinarians to assist with health, genetics, and general kennel health. At Von der haus Gill, we take these things very seriously.


Our kennel consists of kennels for over 65 dogs, in 9 buildings. We also have heated kennels for our breeding stock and dogs for sale. We have 1500 sq. feet of climate control nurseries and whelping rooms as well as over 5500 sq ft.of indoor training facilities, room for 2 full Schutzhund fields, wooded areas, live fire shooting range, cars & trucks for search work as well as traffic stop training, rubble pile, 2 bathing areas, classroom, and dedicated training areas for teaching detector work and search work.


These commitments in time, money, staff, and facilities, is why we are one of the top importers in the USA as well as Ohio’s largest importer of police, military, and companion dogs!!!! This is also why we train and sell to some of the top police agencies in the USA, like Dallas P.D., Toledo Police Department, Rockford, IL Police Department, Minneapolis P.D., Indiana State Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Jefferson County Missouri Sheriff's Office, St. Louis County Police, Allen County Sheriff's Office OH, Regional Police London Ontario, Cape Breton NS, Halifax Police NS, US Military, US Forest Service, US Bureau of Lands and Managament, Trenton New Jersey P.D. and almost every department in the Detroit Metro area (70+ departments) as well as numerous hospitals for security dog teams. We have placed well over 3000 working dogs across the U.S.A, Guam, Puerto Rico, Canada, Germany, and Australia.

Al is a member of OLEKA (Ohio Law Enforcement Canine Association) and was the original Director of Explosives Training and Education of OLEKA. Al is also a Master Trainer of Patrol, Narcotics, Explosives & Cadaver with the National Association of Professional Canine Handlers. He serves as Chairman of the Accreditation Committed on the Executive Board with NAPCH. Al also in 2007 receivied his Master Trainer of Patrol, Narcotics, Explosives, Cadaver, & School Resource Officer with American Police Canine Handlers Association and served as their director of Training and Education. Al Serves as National Chairman of Accreditation of all Trainers and Master Trainers for National association of Professional Canine Handlers. He also serves on the National Accreditation Board for American Police Canine Association as the head of explosives accreditation for Trainers and Master Trainers.

In 2013 Al was presented with the National Life Time Achievement Award from the NAPCH National Board and membership for 29 years of canine service. Al also received a Master Trainers award from American Police Canine Association.

At Von der haus Gill kennel, we have an exclusive source in Germany for dogs. They only sell to us, the German police, and the German Military. This allows us access to many dogs that would otherwise never come to America.


Our kennel is open to visitors, to come look and watch ( By Appointment only).Our normal hours of operation for visitors and clients is Monday thru Friday 730AM to 330PM, Saturday 830AM to 1100AM only, NO Sunday or Holiday appointments. We are striving to continue the East German working lines with our heavy East German breeding program. Let us help you in the future with your next partner, or companion/ protector German Shepherd. We stand behind what we sell!! Call for a long list of references ranging from individuals to police agencies.


Our kennel has been "surprise inspected" by the AKC several times. We passed everytime with a clean and clear status, no problem. Stop by (appointments required) and see our top facility, that is continuing to grow and develop every day.





Von der Haus Gill German Shepherds

16863 Boundry Rd   |   Wapakoneta, OH 45895
phone: 419-568-9400   |   fax: 419-568-9405

Kennel Office:  419-568-9454