Amanda Barron is the owner of Blueprint K9 and a longtime breeder of over 20 years. She is a supporter of the National Breed Club, and is a volunteer with her Certified Therapy Dogs of Blueprint K9 visiting primarily nursing homes in and around the community. She is a part of the American Kennel Club Bred with Heart program, is a Certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and is involved in the sport of showing dogs.
Blueprint K9 is dedicated to breeding sound temperament, genetic health tested, and performing dogs. Specializing in Therapy, Service, Performance dogs; our breeding program is focused around producing dogs that not only excel as excellent family pets, but we specialize in producing dogs for working homes, performance, and show.
Blueprint K9 dogs are all fully health tested with Embark for over 150+ genetic diseases, color, traits, and OFA Hips/Elbows/Cardiac/Eyes/Patellas and more. You will not find a more dedicated and educated breeder when it comes to producing quality health tested dogs.
We plan our breedings to produce animals that are able to move correctly and adhere to the breed standard, without excesses in any one feature. We do not produce any coat colors that are not approved by the National Breed Club as these type dogs are disqualified from AKC conformation events and can be prone to have genetic health deficiencies.
Puppies which are offered as companions and family members are offered with AKC limited registration (not for breeding or show). Breeding or show prospects are offered to responsible homes by private arrangement, and are only of our highest quality dogs that for some reason we do not keep.
Stoney Creek Farm was established in 2001. The name "Blueprint" came about in 2018, when a breeding vision changed.
It all began when I was young, my passion for horses, and all animals in general. I started out my competitive days showing Thoroughbreds in Hunter/Jumpers, Cross-Country, and also became involved in showing AQHA's English/Western Pleasure, and Equitation. During my late teens and 20's, I got involved with TB racehorses, and galloped for well known trainers in the Chicagoland area, where I grew up. As time went on, my direction took a turn into dogs. I bred my first litter in 2001 of Jack Russell Terriers, and it was in 2003 when we moved from the fast paced city life of Chicago, IL, where I had grown up and lived my whole life, out into the country. Now that we had the room and time, we decided on a dog that would be protective, good with children, and social for everyday activities- the German Shepherd Dog was our chosen breed. It was soon thereafter in 2004, when we acquired our first smooth Dachshund, after deciding a GSD just didn't make a very good "lapdog". :) In 2005, we decided the small farm we rented in the rural Chicagoland area, just wasn't big enough. It was then, that we relocated out of state to the beautiful Missouri Ozarks. It's been a big adjustment for us all, but the air is pure, the ground is beautiful, and we and the animals are so much happier and thankful for all that has come into our lives. While we don't plan to stay in the Ozarks forever, we are learning ways of Organic living, Natural Rearing, and Self Sustained living and health for our dog, and for ourselves.
2018 brought us to importing Bullmastiffs specifically for the purpose of our Therapy Dog Program. For a period of time (about 8 months), we believed we would change breeds from the German Shepherd to the Bullmastiff, while starting again in Smooth Dachshunds after a 9 year break in breeding them. Our Bullmastiffs are perfect for our Therapy Dog Program, but not perfectly fitting for the active outdoor part of our lifestyle, so we have not left the German Shepherd breed. We once again have a new foundation for our Dachshund program, and while we focus on correct breed type, this time it will include the Performance Dachshund, as we prove our dogs outside of the Conformation ring.
We believe in raising our dogs as naturally as possible, feeding the best possible food. Giving "core" vaccines, and limiting our use on pesticides and toxic chemicals found in and around the home. The reason we do this is simply for the health and longevity of our dogs.
Health is imperative to us. As we don't require a specific brand of dog food you must feed if you decided to purchase a puppy from us, we do require to educate yourself on species appropriate nutrition, along with following Dr. Jean Dodds Vaccine Protocol, and giving an Immune Booster Vitamin and Joint Supplement from NuVet Labs. When feeding commercially prepared dog foods, these foods are cooked, and the "vitamins" are cooked right out of the dog foods. NuVet Plus are all human-grade, cold pressed vitamins, and offer health benefits above and beyond the nutrition offered from dog food, and most other vitamins available in pet stores. NuVet vitamins can only be ordered from a breeder referral. Here is the link to the vitamins we feed our dogs, and recommend everyone does as well, not only if you have gotten a dog from us. These vitamins are also excellent when you are feeding a RAW Diet, as it needs to be complete.
Each and every puppy raised here at Blueprint K9, is raised in our home, in a beautiful stress free environment, where puppies are allowed to play indoors and hike the farm with us when old enough. They are all raised within an active home, and are accustomed to every day home life of vacuuming, in and out human traffic, loud sounds, and whatever the daily household might contain. At approximately 5-6 weeks, the puppies begin outdoor "potty training" and follow a schedule that allows each puppy the understanding of "housebreaking". In 2016, we started following a more structured puppy rearing program, called PUPPY CULTURE. At 7-8 weeks of age we begin individual crate training, and therefore, by time the puppy reaches his/her new home at 8 weeks, your puppy already understands the concept of pottying outdoors, knows "sit", "off", "here", and "no". That's right, we think its extremely important to teach our puppies basic home manners, as many have small children, elderly parents, or family members who may be disabled. We think that's pretty good for an 8 week old puppy!
Working dogs are temperament tested and vet checked at 7 weeks old and placed according to suitability. Potential show puppies are grown out until at least 12-16 weeks of age, before decisions are made in regard to placement. Not all puppies are suitable for work/show, and not all puppies are suitable as pets!
Our specialty is puppy imprinting, and matching dogs up with new prospective owners, based upon suitability.
As well as offering puppies and stud services, we offer started puppies, and trained dogs for different venues.