Couple things here Bethany.
First and foremost, if you want to be a breeder, you're going to have to grow a VERY tough skin. If you think you personally have been "criticized", "hounded", or "attacked", in this thread, I have to let you know... what's been said in this thread is NOTHING like what you will get as a breeder. Absolutely nothing. Just for being a dog breeder, some folks will automatically hate you. Others will have an issue with you doing things this way or that way. No matter what you do, someone somewhere will have a problem with it. If you change and do it their way, someone else will have a problem with that. You could be the best dog breeder in the world--it doesn't matter, people will still criticize, hound and attack you FOR REAL.
I am not telling you this in order to discourage you--I am telling you this so you can get ready for it. Breeders are like politicians. They will get criticized. How they react to criticism is viewed with as much importance as anything, so think about your strategy for dealing with it, and practice dealing with criticism graciously. You wil have to bite your tongue A LOT, but you have to deal with criticism one way or another, and dealing with it graciously is better for YOU in the long run.
Originally Posted by bethany.cole2013
I'm fully aware that this isn't the best and first most best choice for a breeder,
Then why would you buy a dog from them? If you could have any dog you wanted, anywhere in the world, and money is no object, what would you want?
Now, look around for something similar closer to home. As far as you're willing to go, as much as you're willing to pay. Does it exist? Maybe it will, maybe it won't. If it doesn't, think about what you would need to do to make it happen anyway. Then, see if you CAN make it happen.
This is an animal you have to live with for 10-15 years, your first GSD, the dog you will learn on, the dog that you'll spend a LOT of time with, a lot of training. Ideally, you would want a dog from the type of bloodlines you will eventually want to breed, because just by getting to know an example of those bloodlines, you'll be ahead in knowledge and experience of them.
You DON'T have to take the first thing that is convenient. It is okay to hold out for what you really want. As a breeder, you will HAVE to hold out for what you really want, or there's no point in it.