Bill obtained his own German Shepherd Dog (GSD) at age eleven in 1951, when the Breed was only fiftey-two years old. He joined his dad's training club, The German Shepherd Dog Training Club of Illinois, which was one of the nation's first AKC German Shepherd only obedience training clubs. The dogs Bill grew up with were close to the "root" stock. Through the years, there was a noticeable difference in the character, temperament, trainability and structure of the German Shepherd Dog. For more information click Work/Show lines.
Through his mid-twenty's, Bill continued to train and title GSD's through AKC obedience programs. In the 1970's Bill became interested in the protection dog sports. To begin, he attended a course in Schutzhund training offered by Mr. Tom Rose in the St. Louis area.
Eventually, Seltzerhaus Kennels obtained dogs with the characteristics sought. We considered ourselves very lucky to share our lives with these wonderful companions. We began competing in the sport of Schutzhund and found we had GSD's that were clear headed of excellent quality
and character. They were also great with children, which should be an attribute for all German Shepherds. In 1994 we began our breeding program and produce one or two litters per year.