About Us


Our Story

Rodina Straze was founded by Marie & Mike Donahue with the intention of preserving the Czech (Border Patrol) and DDR German Shepherd bloodlines.   Our program is built solely on these exceptional bloodlines which have produced many great working German Shepherds known for their dark pigment, correct structure, physical stamina, balanced temperaments and good health.  Our dogs are bred under the AKC registered Kennel name Rodina Straze.  Our name loosely translates from the Czech language to mean "Family Guards" and this is just one example of what our dogs are. 

Our program is kept small as our dogs are considered members of the family and live in our home.  We believe in providing our dogs with the individual time and attention they need and deserve in both care and training.  Animals have been our life long passion and we have built our lives for them and around them.  You can find us on a small farm in Frederick, Maryland where we live with our dogs, horses, cats and chickens.  

Most of all, we want to share all there is to know about these great dogs and the love we have for them with others.