Within the past two years we had to put two of our German Shepherds down because of DM (Degenerative Myelopathy). To watch your dogs, who you love with all your heart, who only went to the vet for shots for the 7 and 8 years of their lives; go thru that horrific disease is heart wrenching. I don’t think I cried so hard and long in my life and swore I would not get another German Shepherd.It was November 2014 and my husband and I were talking about how we missed having a German Shepherd as part of our family and the feeling of safety we felt with having one. So, I started searching the web for GSD breeders, even though I swore I wouldn’t. I came across this most magnificent looking German Shepherd puppy I have ever seen. I immediately emailed the contact inquiring about purchasing him even though he was in Colorado and we live in Pennsylvania. No lie, I got a response back in less than 5 min, it was Kim Rief. She responded with she just sold the puppy the day before. I was so disappointed. I was a day too late. I wrote back that we wanted to surprise our kids with a puppy this Christmas. She wrote back about a litter she was expecting in January 2015.
I went onto her website to investigate more about Von Rief German Shepherds. Low and behold I couldn’t believe my eyes…she guarantees all of her puppies will be DM (Degenerative Myelopathy) FREE!! Well that was the first of 300 emails we exchanged that she so quickly answered of mine! She is an amazing person, so kind, patient, professional and down to earth. She never made me feel like I was being a pain in the butt even though I knew I was. She was more than happy to answer any question we had.
In the next week Kim sent us pictures from Kora’s ultra sound! The morning of January 18th I get an email with a picture of the first puppy that was just born. It was a boy! In the next couple of weeks Kim sent us pictures of the puppies, so fluffy and too cute! When the puppies were 5 weeks old, my husband Ed and I flew out to Colorado to pick which one would be part of our family. Kim opened her home to us, made us feel so comfortable, like family. It was so nice to finally meet her.
Three weeks later Bane flew home to his new family! He is the most amazing German Shepherd! He is so stinking smart it’s scary. Talk about a handsome boy. Anyone who sees him stops us to tell us what a good looking dog he is. What Kim advertises about her dogs is the truth. Banes temperament is sound and praise God he is very health. Our vet here was very impressed with not only Bane but with Kim.
We so highly recommend Kim Rief and her German Shepherd Dogs. You can just see the love in Kim’s eyes she has for her German Shepherds and her breeding is impeccable. Thank you Kim for everything!
-Ed & Tina W.
My family has bred, raised, shown and trained quality German Shepherd Dogs since 1968. We had to retire from that endeavor some 20 years ago due to retirement and physical relocation. We have, however, managed to keep at least three to four German Shepherds with us at all times.About a year ago my daughter had to replace her dog who had passed on in a tragic manner. We searched long and hard to find a reputable breeder who also had high quality puppies and was in agreement with what we considered important in the breed. Intelligence, temperament, energy, and physically as close as one could come to the German Shepherd Standard established in Germany and reflected in the American Standard acknowledged by the American Kennel Club. This was no easy task as we bore conflict with the vast majority of “big name breeders” we had shown against during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. We had always respected and followed the standard when other breeders were bending to fads, i.e.., running on their hocks, elongated stifles, questionable temperament, insufficient fronts, etc..One day we found von Rief kennels and were impressed. We saw a mating that looked quite promising and proceeded to order one up. But, this is not the end of it. Of course we met and spoke with Kim Rief, obviously the owner of the kennel. A most pleasant surprise to be sure. Kim is a very gracious person who truly loves the breed and does everything in her power to produce quality while showing love and devotion to each of her charges. By being so inclined, she is attempting to better the breed. (A task not to be taken lightly) Since my life was saved several times in Vietnam by my Sentry Dog, Ajax, I had tried to devote my life to trying to repay the breed by enhancing it. After all, if it weren’t for a German Shepherd, I would not have been alive the past 48 years. Kim is carrying on this tradition for which I am so very grateful to her.Several months ago I had to go to a hospital in Denver for some studies. Kim found time in her busy schedule to take the long drive to Denver just to chat with me at the hospital for an hour and a half over lunch. A wonderful visit.
In all my years of loving the breed, I found only one other breeder who sincerely was in it for the love of the breed and NOT for the feather in his cap. That was Ernest Loeb, owner of the famous Lahngold Kennels in Smithtown, Long Island, N.Y.. I am so proud to say My. Loeb was our teacher, mentor and close friend. A true gentleman of the old school and 100% ethical. I can now add a second name to that list. Kim Rief. A most wonderful and gracious human being. Kim, I am so glad we met.
-H.G. Van Wagner
From day one of talking to Kim we knew that she was a great dog breeder. She helped us a lot on our process of purchasing our now gorgeous puppy which we absolutely adore! She was very quick to respond to our questions and always answered them with information to help us. Her German Shepherds are so beautiful and always are very well socialized. The puppy whom we got from her is very well handled and very playful as well.Von Rief were great to work with and we highly recommend them to anyone looking for high quality, happy German Shepherds! We love our dog, he is a joy to have in our home. Thank you, Von Rief, and keep up the great work! We love our dog!
-Mr and Mrs Del
My wife and I have been long-time lovers of the German Shepherd dog and have owned a number of them. We have entered our dogs in the show ring as well as in obedience competition receiving titles from each. We were fortunate to have our shepherds for many years but our last shepherd died approximately 2 years ago leaving an emptiness in our lives. After seeing a German Shepherd playing in a yard one day which brought back wonderful memories of our own dogs, we began searching for a breeder who valued the same qualities in a shepherd as my wife and I did. Those qualities included a dog of sound mind, temperament, confirmation, and sound physical attributes so as to decrease risk of physical problems such as hip dysplasia.In checking the different kennels, we can across Von Rief Kennels and discovered two litters which were going to be available for purchase. Both litters appeared excellent, having the qualities we were looking for. My first response from Kim Ade about the litters was an immediate response by email with all my questions answered. She began trying to identify a puppy with the qualities we was looking for and she continued to evaluate the puppies over the next few weeks. We received Everybody Loves Brinkley ( Brinkley) at around 9 weeks of age and he was outstanding. We couldn’t be happier. I plan to work with Brinkley in obedience since I enjoy this so much.We have found Kim to be a breeder who puts emphasis on temperament, confirmation, and physical attributes which we were looking for. She always responded to our questions, provided pictures of perspective puppies, and was so instrumental in arranging the shipment despite many barriers that arose and always kept our dog’s safety in mind. We couldn’t be happier with Brinkley and we will plan to purchase any additional German Shepherds in the future from Kim and Von Rief Kennels.
-Randy and Amy Hightower