First of all I would like to introduce myself. My name is Pia Blackwell, my passion is the German
Shepherd Dog! With my husband Jim and our children Michelle , Denise and Eric we reside in
beautiful Plymouth Massachusetts.
I began loving dogs as a small child and always had my eye on that big beautiful German
Shepherd. I was born and raised in a small town in Rheinland -Pfalz Germany . Finally when I
was 11 years old, my father gave me my first German Shepherd from my uncles breeding. We
named this female "Donner" and I got hooked training her at the local club VDH Kirn /Nahe
(Verein Deutscher Hundewesen) I was at that time the youngest member . In Germany the
favorite Sport with dogs at that time is called "Schutzhund" .
Schutzhund is translated "Protection dog ." Its much more than protection or training dogs to
be aggressive and unsocial to people and it is not to be confused with attack training, dogs who
have faulty temperament are excused from competing in Schutzhund especially dogs who show
fear aggressive behavior . All dogs must pass a temperament test before each Schutzhund event
they enter. Schutzhund tests where established by the founder of the breed Max von
Stephanitz as a breeding test to select only dogs of sound mind and body for the nations
breeding pool and consists of a tracking test obedience test and a protection under control.
After getting married and moving to the USA, I was not doing much as dogs where concerned
but not for to long and I was shopping for my German Shepherd and was very disappointed on
visiting Kennels, the dogs I encountered showed very fearful temperament some to the point of
fear aggression and did not act like the German Shepherd I once knew....I said to my husband
after leaving the 10th breeder these are not Shepherds they only look like it I rather not own
one and wait until I go back to Germany again ...I was not aware at the time , that they do have
German bloodlines in the USA until one day 3 years after visiting the last kennel I found a
breeding and purchased a male puppy, his name was Pia's Falko vom Meisterhaus ...whom I
then titled to a SchH2 sadly he had to go into early retirement due to an accident. He was a
Killer Mühlbachgrund son. , I was hooked again and have been a member of Schutzhund USA
since 1987 .
I started my breeding program with a female named Eva vom Haus Bachfeld ,Eva was raised by
me from the age of 8 weeks old ,trained her to a Schutzhund1 and achieved a breedrating of V
(V=excellent) and a breedsurvey class 1.
I registered my Kennel name "vom Rheinland" and had my first litter in Feb 1994 .
I follow breeding regulation set forth by the Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde SV (German
Shepherd Club of Germany) and therefor my pups qualify to be registered thru Schutzhund
USA/SV. AKC does not give breeders rules in order to register their pups all its wanted is that
the parents are AKC registered, in my opinion not enough !!! one of the reasons of backyard
breedings and puppymills. Dogs only bred by their looks will loose their function and a nervous
fearful dog is more likely when no temperament tests are established for breeding by a
registration department. regardless of the purpose of a dog may it be police,schutzhund,search
and rescue or a companion animal for a family they all should be sound in the mind!
This is the reason I will only breed german bloodlines and only dogs with sound temperament .
I wanted my children and grandchildren to grow up with a German Shepherd Dog how it is
meant to be . A dog bred thru breeding regulations is more likely to grow up into a confident
adult with the qualities the GERMAN Shepherd is well known for .
I must thank Max von Stephanitz the founder of this breed because without his affords I
would have never had the privilege to share my life with such an awesome breed of dog!
My passion is to preserve the working ability and versatility of this breed .
His words " keep my German Shepherd Dog a Working Dog because I have worked all my life to
achieve that goal ......... the passion of this man's words has spilled over into mine.
My BIO ...
1973 received my first dog an un- registered female German Shepherd named Donner and the beginning of
a life long passion
1975 placed 5th as the tracking dog in the club competition held in Idar -Oberstein,Germany with Donner
(youngest handler in the competition)
1980 got married and moved to the USA ,due to military life did not do dogs sports
1987 dog world award winner AKC obedience with Lady Cinderella ( Pug)
1988 1st Schutzhund title with Pia’s Falko vom Meister Haus
1990 purchase my foundation female at age 8 weeks V- Eva vom Haus Bachfeld SchH1,KKL1
1993 registered my kennel name 'vom Rheinland " with Schutzhund USA
1994 first litter born in my kennel
1995 New England Regional Schutzhund 2 Champion with Astor Denar SchH3,IPO3,KKL1
1995 VA-4 placing at the USA Sieger Show with VA- King vom Felsenwehr SchH3,FH,KKL1
1996 became a breed warden for the USA breeding program
1998 breeder of the 1st USA bred Brevet Ringsport Champion V-rated Byron vom Rheinland SchH3,HIC,
Brevet ,KKL1 ( King son)
1999-2007 President of Inner City Schutzhund Club
2000 Team liasion for the Switzerland World team
2003-2005 New England Regional Breed warden and founder of the Universal Sieger program in the
2004 New England Regional Universal Siegerin with V- Manta vom Rheinland Sch3 IPO3,KKL1
2004 3rd place Regional Schutzhund 3 Championship with Manta score of 283
2004 USA National Universal Siegerin with Manta and a feature on the cover of Schutzhund USA magazine
2004 breeder of the 1st USA bred National Universal Sieger (Manta)
2005 to present New England Regional Director
2006 first FH title with V- Jago von der Bültenstiege SchH3 ,FH1KKL1
2006 full filled requirement to become a USA working judge
2007 competing nationally with Eon vom Löwenhof !!
2007 ( November ) placing 5th in the country with my Eon .
2008 participated in the invitational Masters Tournament along with 29 world best competitors
2008 FCI -World team member with Eon vom Löwenhof
To date I have placed over 30 Schutzhund titles on my dogs numerous conformation ratings and breed
survey ratings ( KKL) both in regional and national competition .
In closing I like to Thank those individuals within the New England Region that have been supporting
me and lending me a helping hand in those many years in the sport.
Yours, in the Sport and the German Shepherd Dog