Breeders in the Pacific NW
I've been looking at breeders via google the past couple of weeks, and finally stumbled across this forum.
I'm going to be looking for a new baby somewhere between September - February, and thought that starting my search now would be a good idea.
I'm a 28 year old college student who has lived with dogs / animals my entire life, until moving to Portland, OR. Where I live right now does not accept pets, so I will be moving in order to become a parent again. I may be recommended for a therapy dog for anxiety issues, so I have my eyes to a puppy or rescue that can work well for that job, although puppies are recommended.
That being said, I dearly want another shepherd. My last baby was my soulmate in furry form, and has forever made me fall in love with the breed. I got very lucky in an adoption from a local shelter when I lived in Southern Limburg (Holland), and was chosen by a GSD. And yes, I firmly believe that she chose me as much as I chose her. So I do have experience with them, and a profound love for them. (Sadly, she passed away a few years ago. I miss her dearly, and always will.)
That said, I do have my eyes in the direction of a therapy dog. They will be my companion as much as my child, and will be well loved, socialized, and trained. Portland, OR itself is a very dog friendly area, with tons of parks, trails, and dog parks. They will accompany me wherever they can, and if I do get the therapy dog recommendation, likely everywhere.
I do have a budget, however, given I'm only a college student. I'll be able to spend $1000 max to a breeder. Preferably less, but I understand a lot of work and money goes into the health of the dogs and everything breeders have to go through. I'd pay more if I could, but I sadly can't. Temperament and health are my top priorities in looking for a dog, although I would prefer dogs that have less black in them than seems popular these days. I also don't mind driving a couple of hours to both visit the furry parents, and human parents of whomever fits me best.
I have no children, and presently no plans for other animals, but they will still need to work well with everyone given their future job. They likely won't have a large backyard if one at all, but I'll make sure to make up for that.