At vom Kirchenwald Shepherds we routinely keep special pups to “grow out”. This practice teaches us a great deal about our bloodlines. These older pups have been carefully imprinted and socialized. They are ideal for people who do not like to “start from scratch.” For the serious show enthusiast, these older pups afford a more realistic picture of their future potential than young puppies. And sometimes we make the call, for ultra-picky breeder reasons, that our young rising stars need families more than a breeding/show career.