Who we are

Daniel and his mom Ramona 2017

Sapphire Shepherds is owned and operated by Ramona Mogan, breeding and registering German Shepherd's under the AKC registered kennel name Sapphire Mountain. Born and raised in Montana, Ramona grew up in a family that shared a love of all animals, horseback riding and the great outdoors. Ramona and her son Daniel love their dogs, taking care of their property and traveling to new places.

Raising healthy working German Shepherds since 1997, Ramona is proud to have personally selected or imported into the USA some of the finest working foundation blood available in the world. From these precious genetics, Ramona has built Sapphire Shepherds into a well established and respected kennel. Ramona enjoys being able to produce and hand select healthy pups for her client’s various needs and see them go on to work successfully. Ramona also enjoys working with and training her own dogs in various areas of interest, titling or certifying them as her limited time and location allows.

Ramona understands that part of a kennel’s success is due in measure to the effort of it’s clients. The continuing quality of health care and ongoing training by the owner are very important. Ramona has been fortunate that a large number of her clients have appreciated the hard work she has put into her breeding program and have continued on with their pup to be successful with their own goals.

Some of the specialized K-9 training courses, certifications and titles Ramona has completed with her dogs over the years;

2017. AKC TD Tracking Dog Title. Breeder/Trainer/Handler: Ramona. Dog: Touché of Sapphire Mountain TD

2016.  Passed required TD Certification track under an AKC Judge with Touché of Sapphire Mountain

2016. AKC TDU Tracking Dog Urban titleBreeder/Trainer/Handler: Ramona. Dog: Xurk of Sapphire Mountain TD, TDX

2016.  AKC TD Tracking Dog title. Trainer/Handler: Ramona. Dog: Na-Pali of Mission Mountain TD

2015.  AKC TD Tracking Dog title. Breeder/Trainer/Handler: Ramona. Dog: Ursa of Sapphire Mountain TD

2015.   Passed required TD Certification track under an AKC Judge with Na Pali of Mission Mountain

2015.  Passed required TD Certification track under an AKC Judge with Ruta Venusina sopka

2015. 
AKC TD Tracking Dog title. Breeder/Trainer/Handler: Ramona. Dog: Xurk of Sapphire Mountain TD

2015.  Passed required TD Certification track under an AKC Judge with Ursa of Sapphire Mountain

2015.  Passed required TD Certification track under an AKC Judge with Xurk of Sapphire Mountain

2013.  Designated a Breeder of Merit by the America Kennel Club

2013.
  Became a member of
Big Sky Tracking Club of Montana 

2011.
AKC TD Tracking Dog title. Breeder/Trainer/Handler: Ramona. Dog: Brook of Sapphire Mountain TD

2011.  Passed required TD Certification track under an AKC Judge with Brook of Sapphire Mountain

2009. AKC TD Tracking Dog title. Breeder/Trainer/Handler: Ramona. Dog: Natasha of Sapphire Mountain TD

2009. Passed required TD Certification track under an AKC Judge with Natasha of Sapphire Mountain

2007. Cadaver Level 1 Certification, Tri-State requirements. Breeder/Trainer/Handler: Ramona. Dog: Rhea of Sapphire Mountain

2007. Cadaver Level 1 Certification, Tri-State requirements. Breeder/Trainer/Handler: Ramona. Dog: Santo of Sapphire Mountain

2007. Advanced Life-Support & Emergency Rescue Team class, Lake County SAR. Helicopter Safety Certified. Location: Ronan, Montana, Handler: Ramona. Dog: Oresta

2006. Completed a 4 day Multi-Discipline Course on Water, Trailing & Cadaver. Location: Cody Wyoming. Handler: Ramona. Dog: Oresta

2006. Completed a 3 day Air Scent and Cadaver Course. Location: Montana. Handler: Ramona. Dog: Oresta

2006. Completed a 11-Hour Crime Scene Awareness and Preservation Course. Presented by the King County Sheriffs Dept Major Crimes Unit. One of the requirements of all K-9 Handlers toward Tri-State certification. Location: Kalispell Montana. Handler: Ramona

2005. Completed a 4 Day Comprehensive Trailing Course with 3 young dogs. Location: Montana. Breeder/Handler: Ramona. Dog’s: Nero, Megan, & Mira

2004. Completed a 36-Hour Comprehensive Trailing Course with 2 dogs. Location: Helena Montana. Handler: Ramona. Dog’s: Rocky & Oresta

2003. Agility Training Course. Location: Missoula Montana. Handler: Ramona. Dog: Rocky

Ramona has over 20 years of experience and courses completed in Native American Herbs, Homeopathic and conventional vet tech level applications.  Ramona is also the mother of an Autistic child, thus has much personal experience and understanding of persons and families who contact her looking for a dog to fit individual needs in this specific area.