About Us

the owner

Meet Steve Billimack

As a hobby to his career as an Investment Advisors, Steve’s family dogs have competed at the top levels of IGP, formerly known as Schutzhund and IPO, since the late 1990’s.  His first German Shepherd Dog “Elke” (Dina vom Leerburg) was high-in-trial at the 1998 American Working Dog Champions, one of the U.S.’ highest all-breed schutzhund competitions.

More recently, G-Man (Girome von Schloss Berge) was a 2017 USA Team member to the WUSV in Tilberg Netherlands, placed 3rd at the 2016 USCA German Shepherd IPO National Championships (96-96 in the stadium), and 8th at the 2017 Nationals. Gman is the embodiment of the all-around working dog we strive to train and promote.

In addition to thousands of hours spent training his dogs, Steve is a graduate of the well-regarded NePoPo® Silver and Gold Schools.  Steve has also worked his dogs and attended in-depth seminars with world renown trainers from Germany, Canada, Finland, Czech Republic, Denmark and the USA in tracking, obedience, protection, pointing dogs and nose work.  All with the goal to better train his own dogs and furthering his training education.

CCU is Steve’s way to share his love of training working dogs and what he has learned over the last 35 years with other dog owners, whether their focus is competition, real world scenarios or just a joy filled family pet.

ABOUT US

About Vom Schloss Billimack Working Dogs

Vom Schloss Billimack Working Dogs focuses on protecting and preserving the working heritage of German Shepherd Dogs and Belgian Malinois through world class training, proofing via IGP competitions (formerly known as Schutzhund/IPO), and the occasional selective litter.  We focus on working dogs with the drive and temperament which allows them to excel not only as sport, police K9, and search and rescue dogs but also as trustworthy family members.

Over a hundred years ago, Max von Stephanitz urged that “the breeding of shepherd dogs is the breeding of working dogs; and this must always be the aim, or we shall cease to produce shepherd dogs.”  While many show dog enthusiasts focus primarily on structure, we agree with Max von Stephanitz, the founder of the German Shepherd, that “utility is the true criterion of beauty.”  Our dogs must have proper structure to work, but excellent working dogs must also have the intelligence and drives to succeed.  This is true of all working dogs, whether they are herding dogs, terriers, pointers,  hounds or retrieversAs modernist architect Louis Sullivan noted, “form follows function,” and we believe the same is true of working dogs.

In 2022, Steve started training his first versatile hunting dog, an Epagneul Breton (French Brittany), for upland hunting and UKC testing for the challenge of working another variety of working dog.