I am looking for names of good breeders that have long coat puppies often. We live in Hudson Valley, NY. We could travel up towards Albany, down towards the city, northern NJ, PA. Or east to CT. Or somewhere in similar distance - like up to a few hours away. Our price range is around $1k. I have already been all over the breeder Highlander GSDs website - love it - but I heard through the grape vine that the price of their pups is about $5k. If we had $5k we *might
* have been able to prolong Ruger's life another year or two - but cancer is cancer.. and at 12 years old.
It has been 7 months and one torturous holiday season since my Baron Ruger passed away. I am at the point where I am ready to start a new chapter, maybe once the weather is getting warmer, spring-early summer.
My Ruger was black and tan standard coat with splashes of red, and had quite a few health issues.
My fiance' said he would like to get a GSD that is very different looking than Ruger, since we are never ever replacing him. Of course, I am very interested in finding a good breeder with a history of good health and temperament. (Ruger was perfect, just sickly) A big mush would be perfect, but if we get a more active dog, we are able to handle that too. Being gentle or neutral with other pets is a must. We might have a kid in a few years, so being good with little ones would be even better. Of course, we would socialize like crazy. "He" could even come to work with me almost every day.
So I decided a long coat GSD would be a nice kind of different. Still a GSD, but with something fresh about it. I would like a pup that will be a BIG boy. I spoke to an acquaintance who has (like 12) border collies in dog sports and she said she would keep an eye out, that the sports (flyball, agility, etc) GSD breeders don't usually like long coats for themselves. I would not mind getting into a type of dog sport, even.
I am fully aware and capable of maintaining a long coat, too! I'm a dog groomer and groom many GSDs and mixes of every type of hair you could imagine. I would take great joy in keeping my pup beautiful! (Much like my show-coat Bichon)
I figured you guys would have the best insight, and experience. It has been 12 going on 13 years since I was given Ruger. I actually have never sought out and bought a puppy from a breeder. My parents rescued most of the GSDs I grew up with, and my mother did get her one girl from a breeder - but they are no longer around.