Breeding Program - FAQs

What is the process for purchasing a New Skete German Shepherd puppy?

New Skete German Shepherd puppy playing.

 New Skete accepts applications for puppies twice a year.  
We accept  a limited number of applications.
The application must be completed and submitted online. 

After I apply, how long before I would be able to get a puppy?

New Skete German Shepherd puppy laying in play tunnel

 We are a small monastery and operate a small breeding program.  Mother Nature can be fickle and we never know how many puppies will be born.  

The wait time can be from 6 months to 2 years.

Are the puppies trained?

New Skete German Shepherd puppies laying in grass.

 New Skete puppies are socialized.  They are handled from an early age and introduced to different people and situations.  More about socializing can be found in our book “The Art of Raising Your Puppy.”  They are not house (potty) trained.   

What is the price of a puppy?

New Skete German Shepherd puppy carrying leaf in mouth.

 At present, the cost for a New Skete German shepherd puppy is between $4,200 and $4,700.  This is subject to change without notice. 

Our next application period we will be on  

 The wait time can be from 6 months to 2 years. 

For instructions and tips on applying please see below.

Can I purchase an adult dog?

New Skete German shepherd dog laying on cot in training center.

When an adult dog is retired from the breeding program, he/she is then placed in a loving home for the rest of his or her life.

The breeding program at New Skete is small and the availability of retired adult dogs does not occur often. 

What is the price of an adult dog?

New Skete German Shepherd laying by feet of people in monks' rec room.

At present, the cost for an adult New Skete Shepherd is between $8,500 to $10,000.  This is subject to change without notice.

Adult dogs have completed the New Skete Dog Training program.

At this time we are not accepting adult dog applications.

Tips for applying

  • Mark your calendar for Monday, June 01, 2020.  No reminders will be emailed.
  • The application will go live at 9:00 AM,  Eastern Time
  • All applications must be submitted online.
  • There are no "trick" questions or right or wrong answers on the application.  We ask for your contact information, ask you to tell us about your home, your experience with dogs, what you are looking for in a New Skete German Shepherd puppy, and just a few more questions about the care and training your puppy will receive.

Instructions on Applying

  1. Return to this webpage at the aforementioned date and time.
  2.  Complete the application request form.  Submit your name and email address, via the form.  This form will be found by clicking the red button below, at the aforementioned time.  If the button is inactive (or reroutes you back to this page,  after 9:00 AM on June 1st, please refresh your web browser.  If the maximum number of application requests have been received, you will see receive a message stating this, prior to completing the request form. 
  3. A copy of your request, along with the link to the application will be emailed to you.  (The link will be in the body of the email and also in a PDF attachment.)  This email will come from  Please check your spam folder if it does not appear in your inbox.
  4. The program we use creates an automatic database.  You will only be able to complete the request one time, as the form is set to identify email addresses to prohibit duplicate requests. 
  5.  Complete the application prior to 11:59 pm on June 01, 2020.

Questions or comments on the application process?  Email

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