ill start out with a little about me. i am looking to get a GSD puppy for my family of 3 and a birthday gift for my son. i grey up with cats and had 2 dogs as i was young. but i didnt have the privileged of having my GSD dogs for long do to my parents moving alot. but for the short year i had my dogs as a child was one of my greatest memories. and i would love the same for my boy. except him to have a best friend for as long as the life of the dog. and later to find another.
in short we are looking for a addition to our active family.
that being said i am looking for a GSD pup that would be great as a companion for my boy and family and just as important to be protective of us and our place. he/she would live mostly in doors until a he/she would get a little older and start to shed more then move to the back yard in to a great dog house.
so im looking for a pup that would be easy to train and over all great friend and companion.
now for my potential dilemma
the breeder im working with
i found a breeder that is breeding dogs as a hobby. seems to be of good blood lines. all papers for all her dogs. and even a few of her dogs got excellent hip score. that is rare i hear. all her dogs she lives with. they have a great yard. i got to meet them all in the house. seemed like a zoo almost. i mean she had at least 9 adult dogs. starting from kennels out side and 6 inside that i have meet. she has be doing this since the 70s. she has 2 that are imported from Germany and the rest from south america. Brazil if im not mistaken. doesn't make a big difference for me though the history as long as its good health history and akc pure breed. and match my needs. i know she is doing it as a hobby now because she is a elderly women and does not charge as much as others i have found in my area. actually less then half of what stand up breeders are charging. i asked if i need a deposit and she said that would be good to hold any of the puppies and when i asked how much she said you tell me how much you want to give me. came to me as a shock a little.
she is almost retired and doesnt care for the money as much but more in to the joy of customers. she used to have it as a business i guess and charged as much as others. but not much any more. when talking to her i can tell she is passionate about GSD and everything about them.
what i saw. when i got there she has a few cats and a bunch of GSDs even a little pocket dog. even a few birds in cages. (so you have a mental picture of the surroundings)
i met 3 of her female puppies. all from 3 different litters.
one was about 3 weeks old (cute little fur ball)
2nd was 12 weeks
and the third was 13 going on 14 weeks old.
the 13 week old pup was active with other animals and seemed more relaxed but still not coming close to me. and if i would go to get her she would run away. so she was shy.
the one we liked in color and her parents was the 12week old female.
she was very very shy. she was not playing much with the others but didnt mind them being around. she would run from me and would not be next to me. would walk around. when i actually got to hold her she was fine. not making noise or running away but as soon as i would set her down she was gone. so after that i felt she was not interested.
this is our problem. we really fell in love with her looks, but the most important thing is to find the right dog for our family and our intentions for her/him i dont want to get a dog and force her to be protective or active if all she wants to do is run from me or others that may come to my house.
i dont think its the breeder at fault on this one. because some of the boy pups she had were fine, all her adult dogs would lick all the meat off of me if they could. she shows them all the time and training they need.
so i guess my question is what should i do?
is the 12mo pup in a stage? is she trainable? any reason this may be?
i was not considering a male pup until this morning. so i guess i can go back there and meet the boys she has. there is at least 3 or more from a little that will be ready to go in about a week and a half. but those were coming to me and thought i wanted to play. i didnt see them long (the males) because i told her i was interested in the females so that is who she brought out for me to meet.
so should i wait to see the 3-4 week pup develop? look at the boys now that im more open to the idea of a bigger dog. or wait on the next litter and get the first pick? or im just going crazy and the one we liked is trainable and not a problem? i would rather be safe then sorry. function over forum is what im looking for most.
dont tell me i talk to much, i know that
and im sorry for such a long read