Our Story

The love affair with dogs began many, many, years ago. Both Tracey and I grew up with dogs all of our lives. Over the last 19 years of marriage and raising kids we knew that we always wanted dogs to be part of our lives and our children's lives. From rescuing a litter of abandoned pups on the Chesapeake Bay, to taking dogs from friends that could no longer care for them, to raising our Shepherds, we've always had dogs in our lives.

StrongKennel has become a labor of love for us as we create a safe and loving place for your doggies when you are away, and we breed amazing dogs so that you too can experience the life changing joy a dog will bring to your family.

Even though we own a kennel for overnight boarding our dogs live with us in our home. As you can see from the pictures below they are part of our family in every way. The puppies live in our house with us and are handled every day by our family.


Meet Jackson Von Der Misty Ridge and Bella Rose Von Der Shiraz Farms

We sought out some of the most reputable breeders in the area when we chose the dogs we wanted to breed. Bloodline was very important as you can see from both Jackson and Bella, but we also wanted dogs that would be great family dogs.

Although we would love to participate in Schutzhund training with Jackson and Bella, the reality is that we just don't have time. So our dogs are athletic and beautiful, but most importantly they are GREAT family dogs.

There is rarely a time that I don't have one or both of the dogs with me wherever I go. While I work they can typically be found laying underneath my feet.


Jackson Von Der Misty Ridge - Sire

American Kennel Club Certified, OFA Hips and Elbows Certified

Father Imported from Brazil

Mother Imported from Germany


Bella Rose Von Der Shiraz Farms - Dam

American Kennel Club Certified, OFA Hips and Elbows Certified

Mother and Father Imported from Germany


The Puppies are here!!!

What an exciting time! After careful selection of our male and female shepherds, more than two years of waiting, going through the certification process with the OFA, the moment has finally arrived. Jackson Von Der Misty Ridge and Bella Rose Von Der Shiraz Farms are proud to share with you five beautiful puppies born on Saturday November 10th.

The puppies will be ready to go home Saturday January 8th. Deworming, first round of shots, and a warranty will be provided with each dog.

We are looking for excellent homes where the dogs will get lots of love and attention.  Starting price for the pups is $2,000.00. With an approved application, we will accept a 50% non-refundable deposit. At time of pickup the remaining balance will be due.

Visits are by appointment only after 6 weeks. We will upload photos of each of the pups in coming days. Right now they are spending all of their time snuggled up with their mommy.

If you have questions please email info@strongkennel.com. We would be happy to email you our application and agreement.

Matt and Tracey Strong