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Fen's Mountain Kennels
The West Virginia home of the American Tundra Shepherd

Fen's Mountain Kennels

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          The American Tundra Shepherd (ATS) is a rare breed developed in the United States.  It is powerful in structure, stable in temperament, and versatile in abilities. This breed was originated by Mr. Frank Catania of Edwardsville, Kansas. Mr.Catania, former chief instructor of the U.S. Army Canine Training program, developed the breed under a Defense Department contract. He has kept a strict breeding agenda based on show conformation and canine working skills, honed through competitive classes and training programs. The American Tundra Shepherd has been found to be virtually free from most genetic defects. It is highly resistant to temperature extremes and adapts equally well to home pet life or full scale professional use.

          The puppies are adorable additions to a family and gain size rapidly. The adult female matures at two to three years of age, weighing 85 to 110 pounds. The adult male runs a formidable 110 to 140 pounds. Their average lifespan is between 13 and 15 years and they may reach a length of 6 to 8 feet. These are large-breed dogs. Some restrictions are required to keep your dog safe such as: a fenced-in area, a leash, a kennel or, as we prefer, inside the home. We do not recommend tying or staking outside as a permanent life style. This is a training method only! Their temperaments range from very gentle to moderately aggressive. They are enthusiastic and active but will settle easily for an afternoon nap. They require early training to get the most out of them and may be on the quiet side, but will sound an alarm.

          Though it has heart stopping beauty reminiscent of our ancient partner, Canis lupus, we can assure you that the ATS is a full-blooded, pure-bred, registered dog with great consistency and pedigrees over six generations.  They come in a variety of colors including: pure white, cream with black markings (note Lobo or Sirius), steel grey (note Kachina), brindle (note Dancer and Bear), black and tan, and black.  Their coats range from short, medium, to long. They are well suited to outdoor life where they will shed profusely twice a year. Otherwise they will shed moderately all year with moderate brushing to keep them in good shape.

          Their size alone is a deterrent to most wrong-doers, and when leaving your home for a night on the road, your early warning detection system is on and alert, guarding against anything from fire and smoke to human or animal trespassers. With the proper training and socialization administered, your children will be guarded by their canine playmate. They are easily suited to military, law enforcement, or handicap services.

          Programs geared specifically to dogs such as these can be found at here at Fens Mountain Kennels (FMK), Gypsy Diamond Kennels, and Midwest K-9 Training Estates, and many other fine canine training facilities all over the U.S. We think the American Tundra Shepherd is the best universal working dog available in the U.S. Like any large northern breed, they need firm and consistent training, early socialization programs, and tender loving care.  FMK is an associate breeder and affiliate of Global Kennel Club Inc.


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For inquiries into adoption of a puppy or dog email us at: lorraine@fensmtnkennels.com

           The purpose of the Global Kennel Club Inc. (GKC) is to register and promote the quality of all dog breeds of the world, including rare breeds. It regulates and maintains licenses for professionals including Instructor, Show Judge, Breed Warden, Handler, Trainer, Groomer, and Animal Control Officer. Additional licensing is offered for canine-related Affiliates and Associate Breeders, such as Fen's Mountain Kennels and the American Mixed Breed Kennel Club. GKC supports dog clubs, dog shows and competitive training for conformation, obedience, protection, weight pull, tracking titles, and more. It also provides puppy litter applications, lost papers and single and dual-registrations for your dog.  All such registrations are offered through FMK as well as other affiliated organizations.


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Contact us by email for pricing and purchasing information at: lorraine@fensmtnkennels.com

Fen's Mountain Kennels Webpage last updated on  11/13/18. All rights reserved.