Hi Everyone! I'm new here and I have a couple questions regarding which line to be looking for.
My husband and I live on 8.5 acres outside of town with our 3 kids (ages 12, 6 and 4) and our 90 pound mixed breed we got at the dog pound when he was 6 weeks old.
I am a runner. I'm currently training for my second marathon. With my training schedule I run anywhere from 4-23 miles 5 days a week. When my gsd is old enough, I plan on bringing him/her along with me, especially when I run alone.
We, as a family often go on hikes, walks and bike rides and we bring our dog along. He is getting older though and has arthritis so he hasn't been coming as often. He's content with being a big couch potato and thinks he's a lap dog.
I'm also interested in doing agility and obedience. I've considered schutzhund, but I wouldn't want to get a high drive simply based on that, incase I don't.
I'm currently looking towards the show line, as I really love the looks. For all you more experience gsd owners, do you think it'll be a right fit? I'm thinking the working line would be too active. Any suggestions?
I've been looking up breeders in Ohio and surrounding states.. I would love if anyone had any suggestions or know of any great breeders. It'll probably be about a year before we get a pup, I'd like for my youngest to be in kindergarten. She's in preschool now. I heard it's not too early to be looking since it seems like a waiting list for the great breeders.
And to be superficial again... If I had to pick a dog, solely based on looks it would be this dog
Since it'll still be a little while before I get another dog, are there any reading suggestions or things to prepare for before? I've had a german shepherd in the past, when my youngest was a baby. He was a backyard breeder pup, and I don't want to do that again. I fully plan to purchase a well bred quality dog this time.