MINTERN'S GERMAN SHEPHERDS
There is NO ONE out there....in the country who is breeding strictly the Snowcloud Bloodline. No one... The breeders who are advertising SNOWCLOUD, are not 100 percent Snowcloud...they are only trying to add to the bloodlines!!! Just like myself, they are working towards what they feel is important to them. We are all lucky who have sought out and been able to find a Snowcloud Shepherd to add to our lines...Let's hope that we ALL continue to work together....adding and subtracting lines that work or don't work.....that is what it's all about....even after 40+ years of breeding, Alice still felt there was more to find and add and she sought it out :) we would laugh about it and say....."I wonder where we will find it next?"
I AM HONORED and
always will be....to have had, have and continue to have her bloodlines running
through the blood of my Shepherds. I will NEVER give up my wonderful
memories of what we shared. I stayed with Alice many times, our whole
family would travel there over a weekend, just to share.....something about the
DOGS, exchange pups or sometimes exchange adults :) We became friends over time but she was and still is more to me to
this day. She mentored me and for that, I will be eternally grateful!! I
will never let go of that love and I will always try to uphold her
integrity......she was a breeder just like alot of us....a normal person, with
life and family....kids and grandkids....and yet she was so devoted to her dogs!
I do hope that those of us breeding the Snowcloud shepherds, find it in our
hearts to tell folks
that Snowcloud is more
than just a NAME or Prestige, pedigree or picture...it's
about lots of little lives who meant something to Alice....and lots of hard work
and dedication!! And I think if we are all honest with each other, that is what
it's about for us as well...
Alice started with and LOVED her WHITE
About Our White German Shepherds from
The story of The Snowcloud Kennel is like any other
story in life...You dream about something, decide it's worth going after, making
the choices you hope will be good for everyone involved and then actually
following through with your dream! Alice and her family did just that...I do not know all the details as
I am not part of Alice's immediate family. I do not know of all the
sacrifices that were made on everyone's part and I do not know all the EXACTS
that happened to make this dream of Alice's come true.....What I do know is that
in the short 15 years that I have known Alice, I have learnt what an incredible
lady she was and her stability in which she lived her life...I placed honor on
her and her dogs long before now and those of you who have been with me all
these years, know what Alice has always meant to me.
As you read below, please keep in mind that some of the wording I have used from Alice's last website. This is not to infringe on her rights, only to share with you what she has shared for over 40 years with others. Alice was very proud of her family, her shepherds and her accomplishments. That brings me to where I am in my life now as well. We had a Dream, we thought it out, we started with a foundation female, CODY and a wing and a prayer :) We too are very proud of our shepherds. I am very honored and proud to be a part of my shepherds lives DAILY! We have learnt that some things do not come to you when you WANT them, but in time they come to you when you NEED them....
Alice's last few shepherds that we brought home are
just that to me....something very dear to my heart and something that I have
wanted to keep in my breeding program from the moment that Alice and I first
Thank you and Please continue to read on........
The Snowcloud line that I have acquired was developed by Alice Horton by combining two major lines. One is the White Shadow Line - Dorothy Crider, from California, which is often seen in the movies and TV. Alice was able to obtain a daughter and two sons of Dorothy's Star "Chinookie" directly from Dorothy Crider. One of them, Alice's Chinook Von Snowcloud U.D., obtained the highest degree given by AKC. He was the first dog Alice trained. Alice's Khemo Von Snowcloud U.D., was the second dog that Alice trained.
The other Line was brought to Fairfield by
the Davis family that Alice incorporated. Mr. Davis told Alice he got them from the
Lookout Kennels in
Texas. In fact, he brought back all that they had as they were retiring. These
dogs were heavily line bred on Rin Tin Tin IV, whose sire was
Rin Tin Tin II.
Major was white but he carried 50%
Rin Tin Tin IV breeding. Alice was fortunate
to have 5 of these special dogs. All of them were white. Within 4 generations
Alice also found that several of the other dogs had been written about in the
books telling how the German Shepherds had been developed. Example -
Vom Kleistweg and Ch Vol of Long Worth. This line produced the largest shepherds
ever seen, often exceeding 150 lbs. Crossing them with the dogs Alice had gotten
from Dorothy Crider, produced larger dogs, both male and female, than the
original ones from Dorothy. Alice continued to bring in new dogs as needed,
always keeping in mind the size, looks and temperament.
Tango of White Shadow Crider
Chinook were sired by White Shadow's Chinookie.
Alice's Chinook and Alice's Khemo both received the highest Obedience title given by AKC. They won many trophies and placings as well as High Shepherd in trial. They performed at Tri-State Events, Nursing Homes, and schools. They were the first dogs that Alice had trained. On the Rin Tin Tin Major side which included both Rin Tin Tin II and Rin Tin Tin IV, the following Champions are in their back ground. Some of these have been written about in the books on the Foundation Shepherds.
Ch. Tasso of Vdla Marina
The White German Shepherds of Snowcloud Kennel are snow-white with black nose, dark eyes, lips, and some have black nails. They grow to be exceptionally large. I have had the honor of owning several. The males usually mature from 29" up in height and the females 25" up, depending on the care they receive after leaving our home. Their bone structure is huge. They have tall straight ears and beautiful shaped heads. They are an over all balanced dog. They are very gentle and loving to their owners and make excellent family dogs. They have proven to be very good with children and are especially protective of women and children. They make very loyal watch dogs and traveling companions as well as home companions. They are excellent in Obedience work and are so intelligent that training and showing them is very rewarding even for a novice.
*So....in reading about
where my white shepherds have originated from, please keep in mind that dreams
are what keeps us going :) My dream years ago was to keep the SNOWCLOUD LINE
alive...and I am doing just that....it will take some hard work and dedication
on my part as it was a huge undertaking in taking in more dogs to my kennel.
We will diligently continue to provide folks with good, healthy and stable
How we acquired the Snowcloud Bloodlines .....
Richard Horton wrote the following letter .........
Richard is Alice Horton's son. He wrote this letter to help me find a way to let folks know where Alice Horton's last few remaining Snowcloud Shepherds will be making their home. I also wanted to take this opportunity to THANK Richard for all his help....tons of phone calls back and forth and even the trip he made to Ohio, bringing some of the dogs here for us...We were able to travel to Illinois to get some but Richard was kind enough to bring the others home for us...taking time out of his own schedule, and helping us make this work for both the dogs and for us.
Richard's own words.....
SNOWCLOUD KENNEL is no more.....
I have liquidated the kennel and sold the breeding stock to Kellie Mintern of Mintern's German Shepherds.
Kellie was my first
choice because of her dedication to maintaining quality and integrity in her own
Even though there is no more SNOWCLOUD KENNEL,
To all the people that
have purchased and loved one or more of my mother's dogs,
Kellie a call at
330-442-7288 or email at
BEWARE of people claiming
to have Snowcloud dogs...
Richard and I had several conversations on HOW to best get the word out that the Snowcloud Shepherds are now living in Ohio with us. We also agreed that the family's privacy was also important. I had previously had a dedication page to Alice on my website but because of different situations that arose, we best thought just to announce where the last few shepherds of Snowcloud have made their home.
With Richard writing this reference for us, we will now hope to find wonderful homes for our upcoming litter of White Puppies. Alice Horton was a wonderful friend to us and we appreciate Richard writing the above to help us move forward. I also want to let the world know that Alice was FIRST my Friend and provided me with great wisdom along the years....being very 'frank' in her advice, she would let me FALL if need be but was always there when I got back up on my feet :) I want the world to know that she had such a wonderful and imbedded impact on my life, and life without her has certainly been difficult.....but I will honor her and her family by keeping the Snowcloud bloodline within the standards that I have always kept my own shepherds.....
THANK YOU again
Kellie, Paren and the Mintern Shepherds.....
The Pictures below do not BELONG to Me, they are the property of Alice Horton, but Alice allowed me to place her pictures on my website before, and now I am placing them on here so that you can see what she enjoyed producing. The pictures are meant to show you how beautiful, strong and intelligent her bloodlines are. I am HONORED to be able to continue to breed some of the most incredible bloodlines left from Snowcloud Kennel. Please do not copy nor reproduce.
These pictures are the property Of Snowcloud Kennel
Kimba is the perfect example of the beautiful white coats, dark eyes and
THANK YOU again for taking the time to read through this....