"Well not that I don't appreciate your guys' input, but I've already made up my mind and im determined to follow through with my decisions" --- so why ask?
" It's one of the reasons I graduated HS at 16." ....... Good for you . I hope you acquired a love for learning because that is just a begining . You have now enrolled into the "school of life" where the most meaningful lessons are learned .
Should the dog be bred . No .
Should a dog be bred by an utter novice without guidance , support , mentoring , standards, an appreciation of what is correct , without a foreward looking eye to what needs to be addressed, balanced "for versatilty of the bloodline" without any experience in working a dog, seeing the breed at work ---- NO , you are not prepared, and the only person who would breed to a male without the best of best , is one who is looking for life generating biological material to create money fetching pups.
To help the most versatile bloodlines you would need to invest your time and interest for decades to come and take these improvements somewhere .
If you do , okay , then the forum is a great arena for topics , issues, start off with a thread called "IceBerg breeders" , ask questions , stick around. Use this male dog as a learning experience and then branch out .
"And I actually just got the AKC papers to fill out because his mother and father were both purebred." Okay do you want to share what names you are putting down for sire and dam so we can look into the pedigree ? Actually this is an issue with me -- the BREEDER should enter the information for sire and dam - they have to warrant that the information is true and accurate according to their breeding records. Handing off papers for someone to fill in the sire and dam information is an invitation for "created" papers that are not worth toilet paper , maybe even listing a sire or dam that is not even reproductive (spayed / neutered ) . NOT saying YOU , but I do know of several litters where there were misrepresentations -- .
Have you looked at GOOD breeders sites, I'll provide some that I know of , others can offer their own , there are lots of breeders on the forum that could fill the description. I know this one best , my own , http://wwww.carmspack.com
, Lee of Wolfstraum von Wolfstraum: Background
Lisa of ZuTreunhanden ZuTreuenhanden
Anne of Adlerstein Adler Stein Kennels-Photo Gallery Five
not meaning to exclude anyone - chose the ones I know , on this forum , who can supply input , if they so desire , plus , the fact that these people do have a program which builds on past litters, many generations deep into guiding the breed forward .
why so secure in your decision when your first post is riddled with doubt , asking if "we" thought he was purebred "So I just got a German Shepherd that is supposedly purebred. I'm waiting on papers from his previous owner. ....And does he look pure to you guys? "