Originally Posted by Kristindsullivan
There is quite frankly no one here that can help me! I have done a lot of research and have found nothing wrong with having sisters. I know other reputable breeders that would strongly disagree with you people. I took the twins early not because I was uninformed but because I was concerned my friend wasn't handling them all very well. Guess you would all prefer I left them and risked them dying due to lack of proper care right? I was immediately jumped on just because I said I wanted to breed them. There was absolutely no reason you all could not have just answered the question at hand. Instead you felt the need to question everything about my plans without having the slightest inkling as to what they were. If I had asked questions pertaining to learning from you people then your answers and questions would have been warranted.
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Absolutely we can ask questions, that is what happens when you are a breeder, people ask you questions, and lots of them. They want to know where their dogs are coming from and what you have done to ensure their pup is going to be the best pup for them.
If you are the informed breeder that you say you are, you should be able to answer the questions about titling, pedigree and health checks, no prob. It shouldn't make you defensive, it should make you proud to be asked.
You should be proud that people took the time to ask you and that you have the answers! I am so proud to say that I have spent the better part of three years titling my female, and having her hips, elbows, heart and thyroid certified. I am PROUD because I did everything I could to ensure the next generation is better.
So when people ask the questions, rather than get defensive that you are being judged, prove them wrong.
It is pretty unheard of for GS people to take on two female siblings (not impossible though), for a couple reasons. Most want to dedicate time to ONE dog, get the titles, show ribbons, do the health testing etc. But also, female Shepherds can be quite fierce when housed together.
You had mentioned that a Sibe breeder keeps her females together and I believe it. Sibes were "originally" bred as sled dogs, and some still are, so they need to have a temperament that lends to working in a "pack" environment. It would not work for a musher to have dog fights along the way. Especially when the dogs are "amped" up to go! Have you seen a sled dog race, those dogs get pretty wild!