Breeder: Ravenhill AKC German Shepherds and AKC Russell Terriers

I am expecting a new German Shepherd Dog litter in July 2017. Please contact me below if you're interested.

Breeder Info: Ravenhill AKC German Shepherds and AKC Russell Terriers

Breed(s): German Shepherd Dog, Russell Terrier

Billie Sumrell-Fulton lives in North Carolina and breeds German Shepherd Dogs and AKC Russell Terriers. I have been breeding show and working line OFA'd German Shepherds since 1977. I had both import and American lines when I started, but focus on dogs from titled import show and working lines. This ensures that hips and elbows are checked before they are titled, and the imports all have their 1st title before they are ever bred. These dogs are sound, intelligent and are ideal companion dogs as well as personal protection and working dogs. 90% of my dogs go into family situations and make incredible pets, easily trained and not too intense to work with. I am very selective about the lines I have and the temperament associated with those lines. Dogs are either OFA'd through American testing or import testing, microchipped, at least 3 wormings and shots at appropriate ages. I became involved with the breed while in Vet Tech school in 1977. I became involved with the (Jack) Russell terriers in 1989. At the time, JRTCA was the only qualified registration for the USA and I pursued the working Russells and bred accordingly. My dogs hailed from England, the country of origin. Most of what I had at the time were the smooth working lines but later became involved in showing in UKC. I was contacted by the founder of the AKC parent club in 2009 and after corresponding, Elk Creek Beamer (rough Australian) was sent to the kennel and I completed his CM in FSS. We became fully recognized in AKC in July 2012 and all of my dogs qualified for full AKC recognition. I have another Elk Creek male here, Elk Creek Duke (smooth English) an older dog that is still FSS (since previous generations were documented by UKC) but since all of his pups are 3rd generation AKC, all pups sired by him have full AKC registration. I had two other males in the kennel, now retired that were related to the females I had that I now breed to DiDi (Elk Creek Duke) and Ravenhill's Ima Trooper (Elk Creek Beamer/Ravenhill's Abigail). I cross smooth, broken and rough. This helps ensure the coats don't get soft and fluffy or the smooths aren't too "tight". All coats should retain a "double coat". Ideally the ears tip, but occasionally they will be small enough and light enough that an ear will prick. This is fine for pets, not acceptable in the show ring however. Tails are NOT cut short like they were many years ago but left natural or "tipped" when the dew claws are removed to ensure that they are not too long and can be damaged if the dogs are used as "Earthdogs" and go underground. ALL of my puppies are microchipped with AKC ReUnite Universal chips before they go to their new homes. Genetic screenings are essential for all of my lines, health checks, socialization, shots and wormings are mandatory for any dog/pup sold. ALL the German Shepherds are bred to be family, personal companion and protection dogs. When placing a dog, I try to match temperament 1st, sex then color. Oddly enough, my two German showline males have more "drive" then the working line females I choose to breed, which makes the pups more manageable and easy to train, and not so hyper that they are harder to handle by older adults and children alike. Rita is my only American line GSD; OLD German based Tanawald Igor show lines that may NOT be good with small children and must be socialized properly for a good fit, but she and her pups are VERY loyal and do better in homes of adults wanting companion/protection dogs. Once brought into the family group, outsiders will be viewed with caution and suspicion until they are cued otherwise. Ironically, her dam and granddam and sire all showed in the American venue quite successfully, one grandmother showed at Westminster several years back. But at home...very protective!!!!!!!! All of my working line females are NOT " high intensity drive you crazy" temperaments, but are TRAINABLE. Easy to handle, easy to train, all of my dogs exhibit trusting loyal temperaments, adaptable to a caring, loving, home. All want to please, but are NOT unmanageable!!! like some working lines I have encountered. "I cannot say enough good things about Billie and Ravenhill Russells!! My wife wanted a German Shepherd for many many years. We began looking and came upon Ravenhill Russells. Billie was very quick to respond to my e-mail and was EXTREMELY helpful and informative. Without a shadow of a doubt we felt like this was the place to get our puppy. When we went to visit the potential mother, all dogs were well taken care of and very healthy. Billie was patient with our questions and guided us along the way. Our puppy is now almost 5 months old and we couldn't be happier. We have her in training and our instructor says she is one of the best puppies he has seen. He also can't get over how beautiful and well bred she is. We are always stopped on the street by people asking where we got her and without hesitation we recommend Ravenhill Russells. Thank you Billie for a beautiful, loving and family friendly dog.' Just got this from a family that purchased a dog this year. This is what it's all about. AKC proudly supports dedicated and responsible breeders. We encourage all prospective puppy owners to do their research and be prepared with questions to ask the breeder. Make sure you are not only choosing the right breed for you, but also that you’re getting it from the right individual.


Kennel Name: Ravenhill AKC German Shepherds and AKC Russell Terriers

Breeder Name: Billie Sumrell-Fulton

Breeding for: 40 years.


Breeder's Location: Bear Creek, NC 27207

Contact By Phone: 919-548-2900

Ravenhill AKC German Shepherds and AKC Russell Terriers's Profile


I provide AKC individual dog registration applications to the puppy buyer.


I am a member of an AKC Parent Club.

I am a member of American Russell Terrier Club

I am a member of German Shepherd Dog Club of America


I am a member of an AKC Specialty Club.


I am a member of an AKC licensed or AKC member all-breed club.


My dogs compete in AKC events: Conformation, Agility, Performance, Obedience, Tracking

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