Sorry for starting another thread. I wasn't sure whether to post it here or to put it in the "choosing a puppy" forum.
I'm pretty definite on choosing one of these male pups:
I told her all of the stuff I've told you guys (it was a long email, haha), stressing that although I do intend to do at least basic personal protection with him, he will above all, be a family dog and companion. I said:
I don't want him to be ridiculously dominant or aggressive, or have a crazy prey drive, and not at all shy. I want him to be versatile, not extreme in any direction. I want a solid-nerved, balanced, medium drive, social pup that can do personal protective training, and also live with us and our dogs, and have him around other dogs, cats and children. I want him to think before he reacts. Our family can be quite active with the dog, but I don't want a dog with a very strong drive that absolutely requires a huge outlet in order to be balanced.
I know that much of that is socialization and training and that you can't make guarantees on such things, but based on what I've tried to impart about our hopes and goals and lifestyle, are any of the currently available puppies suitable for us, and if not, do you have any upcoming litters with offspring that may be a better match for us?
She said that any of the pups from that litter will be exactly suited to the temperament I'm looking for. Two are spoken for, but she's not 100% certain which two yet, but the most drivey two. She's thinking that the red collar one will be the one we end up with.
She also has this litter, with three available males:
But said that only the green collar pup is suited to us, the other two are very high drive, and only for people definitely going to do schutzhund.
She said the temperament of the green collar Yeltza pup is about the same as the Norbo litter pup. As such, we like the appearance of the Norbo pups better, since we love the very dark sable with the light circles around the eyes.
What do you guys think, based on the info and pedigrees and what I've told you and such? You are waaaay more knowledgeable about these things.
Is this a standard contract?
There were some puppies I'm interested in from Kreative, Vom Banach and Sapphire as well, but Kreative and Vom Banach haven't returned my emails, and Kreative hasn't returned my emails or call. Sapphire was super awesome, but her pups aren't due until July, which means I won't get one for another couple of months.
My husband isn't working much right now, and I'm not working for the next few months, so we figured it's a perfect time to bring home a puppy to get adjusted, since we're home 24/7 right now. I like both breeders and their dogs, so we're leaning towards the ones available now.
But what do you think?
PS, Thanks for all of the help!!