KIRCHENWALD SHEPHERDS was founded as an elite show/breeding kennel in 1997. We raised, trained and showed German Shepherd Dogs for more than 35 years before daring to become a Breeder.
KIRCHENWALD means “Church’s Woods” in German. It is a direct translation of our family name, “Kirkwood”. Before retiring, the breeder worked for nearly 40 years as a Cathedral organist, harpsichordist and music history expert.
The new Kirchenwald complex (Watch Tower, Main House, Kennel Building, Training Field) is located on 40 heavily wooded acres north of Pittsburgh, PA – on the corner of Shepherd Road! Designed to be a contemporary allusion to a Medieval cloister, central courtyards repeat throughout the property (main complex, puppy corral, summer “hill” kennels).