About Us


We live with our German Shepherds, on a 23 acre property at the base of the beautiful mountain range, 
called Mt. Dissapointment, in  Victoria.

Here our dogs get to run & play, swim in our dam and laze under the shady Gumtrees.
Our dogs are very much an important part of our life and they all get 'special time' with us.

[Our Dam & Property] 

My association with German Shepherds began when I purchased my first Shepherd in 1976, after the 25 year import ban was lifted through the hard work and dedication of the German Shepherd Dog Council of Australia. This began a lifelong love of this beautiful and intelligent breed, if I couldn't have a German Shepherd, then I wouldn't want a dog!

 I bred my first litter in 1978, under my original prefix "Schwandorf", which I later changed to my current prefix "VANHARLEY KENNELS", this is comprised from the names of my three children 'VANce, HARley and LacEY', who are an integral part of the caring and loving partnership shared with our dogs.


[My Beautiful Girl "Vanharley Yenta" & I, at the 2008 National, Highest placed
Victorian Bred Open Bitch]


During this time, I have sought to achieve a combination of solid breeding lines combining strength of character, correct construction and soundness of body and mind. Always using the best bloodlines available and following the Breed Improvement Schemes for Hips, Elbows, Haemophilia and Breed Survey through the G.S.D.C. of Australia, who have awarded me a 'GOLD, Silver & Bronze Medal' for the amount of progeny bred who have achieved the "A" stamp for hips. Also the 'GOLD, Silver and Bronze' medal for the amount of progeny who have successfully passed the Elbow Scheme for Clear Elbows.  I have  bred a record number of dogs who have not only passed the scheme for Elbows and achieved the "Z" stamp, but who have a score of '0' on both elbows. 


[My BRONZE AND SILVER  "Hip Dysplasia Scheme" Medals.]



[My BRONZE AND SILVER  'Elbow Dysplasia Scheme' Medals]




​"A" for HIPS

​"Z" for ELBOWS 


I have maintained my base lines that combine the best of Australian bloodlines such as:- CHAMPIONS/GOLD MEDAL WINNERS - Dorsten Monte Cito, Edlenburt Orkan, Dunmonaidh Junker, Quincito Awol, Prima Zorba and Iniff Vagrant, who have all been great achievers in their time. TO THESE, I have added top producing lines from Germany such as:- Sieger/VA Zamb V.D. Wienerau 'a', Sieger/VA Quando V. Arminius 'a', Dual World Sieger/VA Uran V. Wildsteigerland 'a', Vice Sieger/VA Karly V. Arminius 'a', World Sieger/VA Fanto V. Hirshel and World Seiger/VA Ulk V. Arlett 'a'.

Dogs such as these have formed a sound, solid foundation to give us the quality I have come to expect in my kennel. Introducing carefully selected bloodlines from the best German & Aust. dogs, to combine and enhance these base lines, will continue to produce, both the quality and soundness,  and strength of character to produce both  loving family companions and  DOGS  that can go out in public and make me proud of their achievements,
such as:-


Multi Excellent/Best In Show - `VANHARLEY TRAMPS HARMONY` "A" "Z" BSCLI

Australian Champion/Multi Excellent/Best In Show - `VANHARLEY TRAMPS HERO` "A" "Z" BSCLI

Multi Excellent, Highly Placed - `VANHARLEY MISDEMEANOR` "A" "Z" BSCLI

Multi BEST IN SHOW winners & Multi Excellent's - `VANHARLEY WILD SPIRIT` "A" "Z" BSCLI & *`VANHARLEY ZEUS` "A" "Z" BSCLI

Multi Excellent/Australian Champion - `VANHARLEY QUADRILLE` "A" "Z" BSCLII - Obedience Titled - C.D.X Endurance Titled - ED, Agility Title - Excellent, Jumping Title - Excellent (Youngest ever Tracking Champion)*, Herding Title, Search & Rescue Title.

Tracking Champion and Obedience Champ. - *VANHARLEY NIMMO* CD/CDX




Contact Details
Debra Colson
Whittlesea, VIC, Australia
Phone : 0397161462
Email : [email protected]

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