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Old 12-29-2008, 09:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I was wondering if anyone could recommend a breeder in the Hampton Roads area (Newport News, Gloucester, Wmsbg, or as far as Richmond). We are looking for a male puppy to add to our family. We currently have an 11 year old, very dominant female lab mix and a 7 year old submissive GSD male. I would rather not spend more than 800, but I also know to be leery of ads selling pups for 200. I do not plan to show the animal or breed and he will be neutered as soon as possible. I have filled out an app. with GSD rescues as well. I am new to this forum and the information gained has been valuable. Thanks for your help!
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why neuter as soon as possible???
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Old 12-30-2008, 01:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't plan to breed and frankly I've never had an unaltered dog. I just always assumed that spay/neuter at the right age is the way to go. Is there a reason not to alter?
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Originally Posted By: MJFI don't plan to breed and frankly I've never had an unaltered dog. I just always assumed that spay/neuter at the right age is the way to go. Is there a reason not to alter?
for health purposes, dogs benefit from later spay/nueter, at about two years of age
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If you want a lovely dog and are willing to consider an "older" dog (between 1 and 3 years of age), I would recommend applying to Virginia German Shepherd Rescue. I am a volunteer with them, and while most of our dogs are fostered in northern Virginia, there are quite a few down here looking for good homes as well.

Speaking of looking, there's an 8 month old male on Craig's List Norfolk, posted yesterday. Maybe you'd be interested in meeting him? Just a thought.

And yes, there are reasons to wait with spay/neuter until the dog is fully grown. If you look around the board, there are several threads on this.
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Old 12-30-2008, 05:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the responses. I just sent in a app for VGSR. We are really looking for a puppy, baby though. Our older dog is very dominant and can be aggressive with other adult dogs. She was never aggressive when we adopted Fred as a baby, and they get along fine now that she has "trained" him. She does not do well with other females or larger/adult dogs. I think that 8 months may be too old/large to fit in well. And if it's the same craigslist dog, they also had him listed in hampton. I emailed for more information and have not heard back from them. Thanks again to everyone for all the great help and info.
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I understand - it's easier to bring a puppy into a home with existing dogs, especially if existing dogs are a bit dominant or would otherwise do better with a pup.

If you're willing to wait for a suitable young dog, I know we sometimes get puppies into the rescue. We have a lot of older dogs, usually between one and three years of age, but there are pups every so often if you're approved to adopt and willing to wait.
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:01 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thank you, we are definitely keeping the rescue in mind. Both of our dogs are from shelter/rescue. We are taking our time to find the right pup for us, but would like to do something within the next month. Although we are willing to wait a bit longer if it means finding the right dog for the family. It's an exciting yet nerve wracking process.
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i've never had a neutered Shep. i've never had any health problems occur from not neutering. i'm not sold on neutering. alot of people i've spoken with about neutering tell me that a dog should be a year old or older before neutering.
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I live in Hampton Roads as well and am considering a GSD from a breeder. If anyone can recommend one in the area or within a reasonable distance, please let me know.
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