My question is a pretty standard one, and I've read through the other threads of posters looking for SoCal breeders, but I have yet to find one that is recent and answers my question so I am starting a new thread.
A bit about us...
My boyfriend and I are looking to adopt a GSD puppy this summer, and we'd like to purchase from a reputable breeder. Our puppy/dog will be mostly a personal companion, as we have no intentions of showing the dog and we do not need a high-drive, working dog. We want a dog who will have high alertness, pay attention to any noises or strangers, investigate as necessary, but go back to relaxing as the activity dies off; so good mix of energy and docility. Of course, being extremely friendly and enjoyed being pet and scratched by us is necessary too. I understand that some of this is related to training, but I also know that genetics play a big role in temperament as well, so we want to be sure we get a puppy with a good "foundation".
We live in Southern California, in the Newport Beach area. We are renting, and we have hardwood floors and a large concrete patio. We are both enjoy walks around the neighborhood and live near the beach. We are confident we can match the physical needs of a GSD (and have the patience for a GSD puppy). I have read a few books on training and puppy-raising with more to come as they're shipped to us.
We visited one breeder this past weekend, West Coast German Shepherds
, and are very happy with Barbie's operation and her dogs. We can tell she's passionate about what she does and cares a lot for her dogs. However, we want to make sure they are indeed reputable since this is our first foray into purchasing a GSD pup from a breeder and we have nothing to compare it to at the moment. I see that Anne from Adler Stein is heavily recommended here, and my boyfriend is filling out the prepurchase questionnaire as we speak.
Has anyone heard about So Cal German Shepherds
? Their website looks appealing to me because they seem to breed dogs that would be good companions (lots of human family + dog pictures).
What about the Lundborg-Lands
? Or Reds Above the Rest
? I have read the Stickies here on what's considered a reputable breeder and will be calling these breeders myself in the next few days to ask questions, but I figured I'd ask around anyway.
This is my first time posting here, so please let me know if I need to include more info or anything!
Thank you all!