March Q & A: Shy German Shepherd & UKC Information

Question: A Timid German Shepherd

“I have an 11-month-old German Shepherd. We got him from a private breeder at the age of 8 weeks. He was a very happy puppy, and to this day he has never been beaten (at least that I know of). But now, he’s such an introvert that it’s pitiful! He’s scared to death of everybody except for my family and myself. We live on a carnation ranch so he shouldn’t really be too bashful – there are always people around; but still, he’s scared. Can you tell me what to do, and why he does this?”



The reason is primarily due to a lack of proper socialization as a puppy. You live on a carnation ranch, and even though you say there are “always people around,” that in itself wasn’t enough. To ensure optimum emotional development, puppies should be played with, talked to, fondled, petted, etc., by a wide range of people – not just members of the family.

The puppy should have been taken with you on trips to town between the age of 8 and 16 weeks, and not confined to the general vicinity of the carnation ranch. At 11 months of age, the damage is probably permanent with too much hope for improvement. The possibility exists, however, that by taking your dog to formal obedience training classes in your area, you will be able to build the dog’s confidence in himself and in other people.

Question: What Is The UKC?

“Could you please tell me what the UKC is and whether or not it is affiliated with the AKC? If so, then does a dog registered with the UKC automatically qualify for registration with the AKC?”


The UKC has become the second-largest office for the registration of purebred dogs in the United States. It does business with breeders and owners in Canada, Mexico, Japan, South Africa and, in fact, all around the world. It is not affiliated with the AKC, and actually registers dogs not even recognized by the AKC; but it allows registration of some dogs not even recognized and registered.

A list of breeds recognized and registered by the UKC would be too lengthy to include here, but just to give you an idea of their broad scope, here are a few: Bluetick coonhound, American black and tan coonhound, Plott hound, English shepherd – as well as Collies, Boxers, German Shepherds and other more well-known breeds.

If a dog qualifies for registration with the AKC, it does not necessarily mean that it qualifies for registration with the UKC. Each entity has its own requirements for registration.