I will be looking for a pup come spring. I'd originally planned to get one this fall but with the flooding here I've had to revamp a my life a fair bit.
In any event: Prior to the flooding I was speaking to Jan at Janzhaus a great deal. She seems an incredibly nice and knowledgeable breeder and owner. With a whole bunch of different options as far as pairings (my head sort of wants to spin off when I start doing pedigree research on her stock)
I know I want a working line dog. I love the way they look as opposed to extreme slope of the show line dogs. I also love the steadiness of the working lines.
In my fantasy world I'd get into SAR and would like to try schutzhund but how 'hard core' I'll go in either of those fields is an unknown at this point.
My concerns are these:
Well bred dogs without proven, titled parents concern me a little. We put little stock in the breeding of horses if all the good stuff is generations back. I'm not sure how this translates to dogs.
But then that concern is based on wanting a dog that is capable of doing high level sport/work and I don't even know if I want to do that for sure yet.
I'm worried that I'll go overboard with the intent and end up with a neurotic dog with far too much drive for what I actually, realistically, end up doing with it.
Or I'll fall in love with schutzhund and end up with a couch potato.
Ive never picked a puppy. I haven't a clue how to work that out at such a young age. It feels like a bit of a crapshoot and I'm an academic...I don't gamble.
There's a very good possibility Im way overthinking this. I tend to do that
Ive already contacted the local Schutzhund club and intend to start attending some of their training sessions and meeting people over the next little while.
Thanks in advance for any and all responses!