Happy Bend Kennel Reviews
Thunder x Kree Litter German Indian Dog
I cannot even begin to tell you what a privilege it was working with you guys to purchase one of your puppies. I researched the German Indian Dog (on your site) for about 6 months before contacting you. Bauer is now almost 8 months old (75 lbs) and is a stunner. From the second Bauer was brought home (in the middle of a blizzard), he has brought nothing but joy and adventure to my life. I grew up with German Shepard’s, but was always plagued with severe pet allergies. I have always been a dog lover, but after our last Shepard, I was reluctant to even think about getting a dog for myself because I wouldn’t be able to bare it, well a cool dog anyway. I would break out in hives and my lungs would fill up with dander and I’d have to leave the house just to be able to get a breathe of air. That all changed when I stumbled across your website last summer. I was in the middle of buying my first house last summer, but promised myself when I was settled in, I was giving you guys a call.
Fast forward to January of this year, I gave Clint a call on a Friday afternoon. I saw this cute, black fluffball on the site and said to myself, “that’s the one!”. I was super nervous because this was the first time I had actually reached out to Clint, the previous year was just an extreme want/dream for a dog, but this was the first step into actually going through with it. This call turned into a 2.5 hour conversation with Clint. I had two major concerns going in. 1. Allergies and 2. Raw diet (I didn’t have experience with this). After that phone call, I was so confident because of Clint’s legacy and knowledge with this breed, that I put a deposit on Bauer that weekend. To this day, I have not had a single breakout due to allergies. Simply amazing. I’ll admit, I was skeptical. But, my god was I proven wrong. As for the raw diet, after talking with Clint and doing research on some of the material he provided and a bit of my own, I will never feed anything but Raw to my dogs. This diet gives them the nutrition that their genetics yearn for. His coat, his teeth, his bones, his muscles, and general energy is all a product of this diet. He is the healthiest dog I have ever seen or owned. That conversation changed my life. The rest is history. Clint braved the storm of the year that weekend to drive up to the Northeast with trailer full of pups to deliver me my best friend, Bauer.
For anyone that is looking for a large breed dog, look no further. The GID is the best breed of dog I have ever laid my eyes on; for a couple reasons. The mannerisms, recall, intelligence, emotional, and physical beauty of these dogs is astounding. I cannot take Bauer for a walk around the neighborhood, through the trails by my house, to the park, or anywhere really and not get stopped by every dog lover to ask about him. Everyone notices the Shepard look right off the bat, but the story of this breed is even cooler. I tell them about Happy Bend Kennel. Bauer has loved every person he’s met. He is part of my family forever. I cannot think Clint and Annette enough for the joy that they have brought into my life. I can own a cool dog and not be tortured by my allergies. The time and effort they have put into these dogs is unfathomable. Lastly, if you’re new to owning a dog, Clint is your guy. He will answer your phone calls and always give you the most sound advice for you and your dog. He made this process as painless as humanly possible. Simply because he loves his pups just as much as you. Buy a Happy Bend Kennel pup, because in 6 months’ time, you’ll feel as obligated as I to write a testimonial as I am right now. They will change your life.
Marc Paradise & Bauer
Olka x Thunder
Ivanka x Ramos Litter
My daughter is allergic to dogs! She is able to kiss, carry, and love on our 50/50 German Shepherd/native American Indian dog. That in itself is amazing, but it doesn't compare to how loving and kind and smart our newest family member is. Our sweet baby has filled a space in our hearts that we didn't know was empty. His desire to please and willingness to obey is unbelievable.
I jokingly say he's the smartest family member! The hard work Clint and his wife put into this amazing breed is beyond evident. We have greatly appreciated all of their efforts to educate us on what is best for our dog. He requires a lot from clients because these are special dogs that deserve special homes.
We are grateful to Happy Bend Kennel and so very much in love with our boy. The expense, devotion, and research are well worth it.
Kristan, Nick, and MG
Yesenia x Thunder Litter
My family and I have been looking for a family dog for SEVEN years. My youngest daughter has allergies, and we just did not like any of the other hypoallergenic breeds, and did not get a good vibe from many of the breeders we talked with. Many of the other breeders seemed more concerned with taking our deposit, than answering questions or providing information about their dogs. We almost accepted the fact that having a dog was not in our future, until we found Clint Little and Happy Bend Kennel.
After visiting his website, reading all of the helpful information, watching the videos, and seeing all of his beautiful pups, we were quite interested in finding out more about the German Indian Dog. After calling Clint, we knew we had found the place were we would purchase our pup. We could tell how passionate he was about this breed, and knew that this was not just another breeder who cared more about the money than the puppies. When we decided on our pup, Clint was available day and night to answer any questions we had. He posted numerous pictures and videos of our pup, and we could see that our pup was loved and happy. I was ecstatic to discover that he drives the pups to you himself, which shows he truly cares about the well being of these dogs.
Fast forward to the day we received our pup.....Clint provided us with all of the paperwork, and answered any questions we still had. I even had a question a week later, and Clint was still available to provide helpful information day or night. Our Happy Bend pup is from the Yesenia X Thunder litter, and we named him Kona. He is the most uniquely beautiful, happy, loving, healthiest, smartest pup I have ever met (which seems to be the breed standard with all of Clint's pups!). My daughter, I am happy to report, has not had any sort of allergy reaction to Kona, and she loves him to pieces.
We followed Clint's advice on potty training (which is listed on the website) and our pup was potty trained in 2 DAYS!!!....And I know that the raw diet may seem intimidating, but it is so incredibly easy when you follow Clint's guidelines. All of the information is on the website, and Clint is there to help should you have questions. Trust me when I say it is actually EASIER to feed the raw diet, because you can just buy the dog's food when you buy your own (no need to go to a separate pet shop to buy kibble). Our pup devours his raw meal and is one of the healthiest pups I have ever had. You will discover that when feeding the raw diet, poop is so easy to pick up because the diet makes it firm and almost odorless!! ....and the diet helps to decrease shedding!
We feel truly blessed to have found Clint and Happy Bend Kennel. I will never buy from anyone other than Clint Little at Happy Bend Kennel, nor will I buy any other breed than the German Indian Dog. When you buy from Happy Bend, you are not only getting a beautiful, unique, healthy pup......you are becoming part of a family that will be there to answer questions throughout the life of your pup. So, if you are looking to buy an incredible puppy, from an incredible breeder, your search is over with Happy Bend Kennel.
-Jilanna M. Humphrey-
Nuala x Ramos Litter
Amber x Quest Litter
First I would like to thank you Clint for developing the German Indian Dog. We are so very blessed to have Cooper in our lives. I have had numerous dogs; from puppies from the Humane Society to pedigreed Golden Retrievers and never would have thought he would be the most intelligent loving dog I have ever had.
Cooper is loved by the groomer he is one of the few the she will allow to roam the shop, everyone that comes in loves him. Our vet said he is one of the nicest breeds if not the nicest she has ever dealt with, she has at least two in her practice and loves taking care of them.
We have taken in a young couple she was pregnant and it was something to watch Cooper he would rest his head on her stomach and when the young woman was having problems he would not leave her side. The baby is now 6 months old I have never seen a dog be so patient and loving no matter what she does like pull his hair she gets kisses, if she cries he goes and sits by her.
I could fill this page Clint about how amazing he is and I know without a doubt if we ever get another puppy the only one I would ever consider would be a German Indian Dog.
Again I can’t thank you enough for him he has made our life complete!
Samba x Ramos Litter
When I say that these dogs are the best dogs ever, I mean it. The minute I met Alpine I knew right away that he was going to be the perfect addition to my family. He is the most playful and hilarious puppy I have ever met. There is literally not a day that goes by without someone stopping me on our daily walks, asking what kind of dog this is and complimenting how beautiful he is. His beauty isn't just on the outside, he is so friendly with not only people but with every single dog he has met. However at the same time, even at such a young age he is protective over me. Whenever someone approaches he sits right on my feet, always separating me from anything coming and will not move until he is comfortable... all of this at only 5 months! Clint has also been amazing since day 1. I have never met a breeder that is so devoted to the dogs he sells. He doesnt just sell the dog and wave goodbye. Hes there to help through the whole journey of raising the puppy. He truly cares about the health of the dog and family that cares for the dogs. He will take the time out of his life to answer any questions you have, no matter how small. The German Indian dog group is really like a family, you really can't find anything like this. Thank you so much Clint and to everyone who has one of these amazing dogs.
- Samantha, Ryan & Alpine (Ramos-Samba litter 8/30/16)
Olka x Thunder Litter
Dancer x Quest Litter
I am the proud mother to Timber, a two-year old German Indian Dog (GID). I wanted a dog that was good with people and other dogs, long lived, easy to care for and a great companion for our family. What I didn’t expect are some of the things that I find I love most about Timber. First off, he has magic hair. Yes, magic hair! Most of the year I see hardly any dog hair on the floor but in summer he does shed a little. I expect that with any dog. What I didn’t expect was the no dog smell. Timber has no dog smell at all. I get him bathed every other month and that’s it. I can’t tell you how nice it is to come home and NOT smell dog. Don’t get me wrong, I would have happily accepted any smell Timber came with but it simply isn’t there. I know it doesn’t sound like a big deal but I like a clean house and this was an unexpected and delightful benefit.
As for his abilities as a family companion I could go on forever. I take long walks in the morning and Timber is a wonderful partner. I meet people all the time asking about Timber. What kind of dog he is and what he is like? He is truly stunning, handsome and always smiling. I find that I get stopped once or twice so that people can meet him and give him a pet. Even when we meet little kids, babies or other dogs, Timber is always polite and relaxed. Just amazing! Once when a woman came up to us with a 10-month-old baby she asked if they could pet Timber. I said yes and the next thing I knew, Timber laid down and let the baby pet and prod all his facial features and ears. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to have confidence with my dog in a situation like that. I have always had nice dogs, but for some reason Timber is just different.
From what I can gather, they are all this way. Even when a less than nice dog approaches us, Timber is chill. Just yesterday I ran into an elderly couple with a rescued little white fluff ball of a dog and they ask to meet Timber because they were working on their dog’s anti-social anxiety/fear. We walked up, their dog began to jump and bark but all the while Timber just stood there waiting for it to get used to him. The lady told me she had met us before and knew Timber would be great for their rescue to meet.
Another wonderful but unexpected characteristic of Timber is that he is very quiet. He rarely barks at all. The only times he barks are when things are new or unexpected on or around our property, like a deer. I will say that the only time he has ever sounded intimidating was when a coyote passed by our fence, then it was game on! Having a young son, I was happy that he felt it necessary to defend our yard. I can’t speak for all German Indian Dogs but ours is not a barker.
While researching the breed, I came across an article that called them spirit dogs. It couldn’t have been a more accurate description. Timber loves all of us but he is especially close to our son. Even when we are at the dog park, Timber runs and plays and then checks to see where our son is at. He may run back to him or continue to play, but I love the fact that he is always looking out for our son. Well, all of us really.
Clint does a wonderful job with his puppies and it shows. He was always available when I have a question and happily helped problem solve while I was learning the ins and outs of a raw food diet. I also really love the Facebook page and reading about other owner’s experiences. These dogs really need their own fan club! Timber has quit the following in our neighborhood, everyone just loves him!
-Thank you, Clint, for everything!
Kree x Thunder Litter
My wife and I searched all over looking for the perfect family dog, and we always came back to Happy Bend Kennel. The love and care that Clint and his family gives to each and every dog was a huge reminder. Sure you can go anywhere and just buy a dog, but when you look at Happy Bend you are bringing home a family member. So much work is done to make sure all the dogs are healthy and bred safely. I remember the first phone call to Clint, and it was wow, this guy absolutely loves what he is doing, and how he is doing it. When he came to deliver our pup you could see how sad he was letting another one go after caring for it for 8 weeks. We picked out our little one which was so hard not being able to interact with them, but the hours they spend taking pictures really showed every detail as if we were there. Clint assured that each puppy is awesome and no matter which one comes home it will be perfect. We loved getting updated pictures and videos of our puppy, seeing him grow and play with the others. We have had our Boomer for a week now and it is really amazing how great this puppy really is. So sweet, gentle, smart, and their coats are even softer than they look in the pictures! Every day we get to see more and more of his personality come out as he gets used to his new home. We all get excited when nap time is over and we get to play! We are so happy and thankful we put our trust in Clint and his family at Happy Bend Kennel. We gained a wonderful new family member, a Facebook group of previous owners that love posting and commenting to each other, and our new friend Clint.
Thank you Happy Bend Kennel
--Ed, Jami, and Brayden
Dayana x Thunder Litter
Harvey our German Indian Dog (Dayana/Thunder, 50%/50%) just turned 10 months and we couldn’t have asked for a better dog. We were very impressed with him from the first night Clint handed him over to us. As an 8 week old puppy, he was already chasing after tennis balls and bringing them back to us, we knew this dog was smart! We followed Clint’s advice from his website on potty training, and within 2-3 weeks Harvey was fully potty trained. He only had a handful of accidents those first couple of weeks in the house and most of them were our fault for not noticing his clear signs that he had to potty. We have never had any issues with him chewing up things he wasn’t supposed to, as he learned very quickly what toys were for chewing and what items were not.
One of our favorite things about Harvey is how kind and friendly he is. He doesn’t have a mean or aggressive bone in his body and always wants to meet new people and dogs. He’s never growled at or bitten anyone and we feel 100% comfortable having kids of all ages come up and pet and play with Harvey. We also are able to bring Harvey with us to many public places without any worries. We have brought him with to restaurants, breweries, festivals, and other events and he is very calm and friendly in all of these situations. At home, he loves to be near us and follows us everywhere around the house.
To be honest, we were skeptical of some of the traits of the German Indian Dog we had heard about, such as being hypoallergenic, having no doggie smell, and minimal shedding since it is a long hair breed. But we can attest that all of these traits are seen in Harvey. Danny has always been moderately allergic to dogs, but has had no reaction to Harvey whatsoever. He can lay on the floor with Harvey and literally have his face in his fur without any itching, rash, or watering eyes. When we dog-sat a golden retriever at our house Danny’s allergies kicked in within hours of the golden being in the house, which was another reminder to us how hypoallergenic the German Indian Dog breed really is. We are lucky to have access to a pool that Harvey swims in a couple times a week during the summer and definitely notice the absence of the “wet dog” smell. Our house and cars have never smelled like dog after Harvey being wet after swimming, running through sprinklers, or being soaked from rain. We really only give him baths occasionally if he gets dirty from being in mud or in sand. He’s never needed one for being stinky. The shedding truly is minimal. Harvey seemed to shed more for a couple weeks when he was losing his puppy coat around 4 months while he was transition to his adult fur, but besides that period it has been minimal. It does become noticeable after a few weeks without vacuuming, but it is nothing compared to the shedding we experienced growing up with golden retrievers or being around other breeds of dogs. We can play with him and snuggle with him without getting dog hair all over our clothes. We have never needed to use a lint brush on our clothes aside from the transition from his puppy coat to his adult fur.
We can also verify how smart the German Indian Dog breed is. Harvey has excelled at puppy training, obedience training, tricks class and picks up on new skills and tricks very easily. He is very obedient and never wanders more than 15 feet away from us when he is off leash. He has also been amazing walking on a leash since day one. He rarely pulls when we walk with him and spends the entire walk right next to our sides.
We have gotten hundreds of compliments on Harvey—how pretty he is, how calm he is, how great he is with little kids, how loving he is, how well-behaved he is. We like to think that this is because of our efforts in training and socialization, but truthfully these traits are due to his breed. We couldn’t be more thankful to Clint and Happy Bend Kennels for breeding such amazing, loving, and smart companions.
Samba x Ramos Litter
Clint, Had to take a moment to tell you how grateful we are for the EXCELLENT care and love you give to every puppy you have! Neka, our German Indian dog is the most beautiful, friendly, smart, loving, dog we have ever had in our lives! When you hand delivered her to us, we got a puppy already trained to use the pine shavings so potty training has been pretty much already done! In 3 weeks 3 accidents that was more our fault than hers. She loves people, loves other dogs and the best part, she loves our grandchildren! She is so careful and loving to our 5 year old granddaughter and even our 9 month old grandson! On our first visit to the vet, the Dr. told us there are good, bad, horrible and excellent breeders and her exact words were " She is in great health, she came from an EXCELLENT breeder!! The vet was impressed with the quality care and organized record of everything about our sweet Neka. So relieved to not worry about allergies with the grand baby and it's so great to have an inside dog with no odor. Thank you for the photos and videos letting us see her grow as we waited to get her and for being a phone call away, ready to answer every question we had. Our puppy, Neka has brought so much joy to us and we Love her so much! Clint, your awesome and so is Happy Bend Kennel!!!!!!
Once again, thank you so much! David and Pat Noles (and Neka)
Clint's dogs are nothing short of a miracle. Having a dog was impossible for us or so I thought. My son William is highly allergic to dogs. If a dog had even previously been at a hotel or a rental house that we were staying in, I knew immediately. My 9 year old's eyes would swell and blotches would appear on his face. And the sneezing would begin. I had a German Shepherd when I was younger and desperately wanted my kids to experience the kind of love and devotion that a dog brings to a family. We tried on 2 occasions to visit a breeder and pick out a puppy but each time ended in sadness as my son would have a reaction to the dogs. As we drove home, he would cry that it was all his fault that we could not have a dog. I took him to a pediatric allergist who confirmed his dog allergy (duh) and we discussed allergy shots. The thought of taking him to a doctor every week for a shot seemed too much and even then there was no guarantee his allergy would no longer exist. We gave up.
One day a desperate search on the internet for hypoallergenic dogs led me to Clint. I was blown away by the beauty of his dogs. I thought we could only look at poodles or hairless dogs and even then he could still have a reaction. Even if it worked, that type of dog was just not for us. We just are not "poodle people". But Clint's pups seemed too good to be true. And that's exactly what I believed. I had spoken to doctors who told me there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. I believed them but my husband insisted we give it a try. Clint was so confident that he told us we could have a couple hours with the dog as a "test" before he left. For weeks, I told friends and family that we were getting a puppy but I fully anticipated having to hand her back to Clint once my son's allergic reaction inevitably began. I dreaded the heartbreak as we would have to give up once again on our dreams of having a dog.
I told Clint repeatedly that this was not going to work and he was probably wasting his time driving all the way to Georgia to bring us our puppy. Understandably he was frustrated with my inability to believe him and all the other people who had one of his puppies. I thought we were different and we would be the first ones to have an allergic reaction to one of his dogs.
That was 6 months ago. Our NAS Cairo is now a treasured member of our family. Every time I see her licking the face of my highly allergic 9 year old son and hearing his delighted laughter, I cannot help but have tears in my eyes. My three boys refer to Cairo as "magical" and to us that's exactly what she is. I could not have been more wrong. Clint was right all along. His dogs are truly miracles for those families who suffer with dog allergies. I never thought I would see the day my son could lay on the sofa next to his dog. William has had no reaction to her. He rolls around on the floor with her. He sleeps on the sofa with her. She jumps on him and showers him with affection every time he comes home from school. There is no reaction from William except pure joy.
But being hypoallergenic is not all that's remarkable about Cairo. As much as I love German Shepherds, my experience with the NAS is that they are even better breed especially for a family with young children. Cairo never met a guest in our home that she did not shower with kisses and much tail wagging. With my sons' friends coming over often, this was crucial. She rarely barks and if she does we know something is up! She adores us and during the day while the boys are at school, she does not leave my side. We go for walks together and take naps together. Even as a write this, she is across from me laying on the sofa (with her head on a pillow of course).
Thank you Clint for not giving up on me. Thank you for trusting us that we deserved one of your beautiful and precious pups. Cairo is a part of our family now. The boys love her and I do too!
William and Cairo
Kodiak x Yanina Litter
This little guy has proven to be just what you've described of a GID. Comes when called, loves being around people and checking in, easily trained - he was basically already potty trained when you dropped him off, sleeps t...hrough the night and started to two days after we had him, never barks, loves people, loves other dogs, loves other cats, very observant and easygoing. Atlas is the greatest studio/gallery dog. Thank you, Clint! Also, his paws are already bigger than our friend, 100lb maremma sheepdog, Jack. Atlas is a little beast! (German Indian Dog) 75% NAID
Yanina x Kodiak Litter
Danica x Kodiak Litter
Clint & Happy Bend Kennel are the greatest breeders of all time. Clint is a true joy to buy from, he is thorough, kind, gentle, extremely smart, and helpful. He makes the purchasing process painless and really makes you confident in your purchase. Our puppy Kramer, could not be more perfect; gentle, smart, great with other dogs and kids, and is hypoallergenic. My wife has bad allergies to animals and has never had a reaction do any of Clint's dogs. Kramer is a German Indian Dog 50% NAID and 50% German Shepherd. He is just wonderful in every way. We are going to buy from Clint and HBK again!
Just want to say that Clint at Happy Bend Kennel is not your typical breeder. He is very compassionate and cares very much for his puppies! He stays in touch and likes to know how they are doing. Our NAID is one of the family! She goes every where with us and loves our kids, and so smart! This is a amazing breed! The fact they are Hypoallergenic is the icing on the cake! My wife and youngest son have severe allergies using medicine and inhalers daily! But our NAID doesn't bother them at all. She sleeps in our bed lays on the couch, and my youngest lays on her watching TV! Nothing short that AMAZING! So if your looking for a amazing breeder and dog that is Hypoallergenic as well then look no further! Feel free to ask Clint if you want to get in touch with me as a owner of one of these beautiful dogs with any questions.
Echo - Native American Shep. Rosie X Catori