Hello everyone. My husband, myself, and our three kids ages 5,3,and 1 are over here in Waterloo, Belgium (Brussels area) for a 2 year expat assignment. Our dog we had in the states recently passed away before we moved here. We are ready for a new start and as we obviously are not in the states, we can't get a dog over there. I had German Shepherds as a child, and have a love for the breed and think they make excellent family dogs. Does anyone know of any reputable good breeders in Germany? We are very close to Dusseldorf, Frankfurt sort of area (the mid-western German area).
Specifically we are looking for a family companion dog, hip and elbow certifications are a big deal to us (we just went through a devastating pet loss - so we are very concerned about this), we would like a female, and like the look of the West German Shepherds. Temperment is also obviously a big deal to us, having small children - the dog needs to not be nervous or skittish, and needs to be patient and tolerant. I have been in contact with Gunbil German Shepherds in America, and like that they have the guarantees on health, and the hip/elbow certifications, also really liked the look of their dogs - and they have facilities over here in Germany, however; it seems very expensive at $3,800 for a puppy (not including shipping obviously).
Does anyone on here know of any other Germany located breeders that have good reputations or has had personal experience with any? I don't speak German, so English is a must for us. Thank you so much for your help in advance