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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 05-27-2012, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Looking for large, oversize GSD (please read on...)

Before lambasting me about wanting oversize, and giving me the breed standard background explanation, etc., I'll say upfront that I'm not new to the breed and yeah, I know this info already...and I still want an oversize GSD. I've had GSDs my entire life, likely longer than a good many breeders here, so I assure you that my decision was fact based. That said, I have always had not only oversized GSDs, but good quality GSDs. What I'm finding now is that the oversized GSDs are obviously poor quality, and so I'm asking if anyone can direct me to a breeder of quality oversized GSDs. I don't want a show dog, I don't want a schutzhund dog, and I appreciate the limitations that come with over size. I certainly don't want a Shiloh or King Sherherd. What I do want is an old-fashioned, square framed, very big GSD with good hips and elbows, and the appropriate genetic testing for DM, etc. I've had plenty of these wonderful dogs before, so I know they are out there, somewhere, but I am discouraged by the horrific quality I'm seeing on websites belonging to many breeders of "old fashioned large GSDs". Would anyone be so kind as to point me toward a breeder of oversize GSDs who has healthy, nice looking pet quality dogs? I find the coated GSDS tend to have bigger frames (aside from the illusion of size from the extra hair) and so I don't mind if my next dog is a coat, or a standard short coat. Thank you very much.

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Like you said, the ones advertising for old-fashioned large GSDs are unlikely to have the dog you're looking for. A better bet is to find a few good breeders you like, and ask to see if they have dogs pushing the standard in terms of size. Even good breeders have dogs outside of the standards sometimes. I think that's the best bet in terms of health, temperament, and breeder support.


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Where did you get all your other oversized dogs? If you've had such good luck over so many years... I'd think you'd just go back to where you've been getting them.
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Why not try a local GSD rescue? That way you can pick an adult that has the size and temperament that you like. You could also try a reputable breeder who occasionally produces over sized dogs. The problem is that you won't know if your puppy is going to grow up to be that big. What height and weight are you looking for?
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He does not breed oversized dogs, but they are larger than breed standard. OUr female is 85 lbs, but her sister is smaller and leaner. Her brother probably weighs 95 lbs. I think it all depends on the particular litter. As far as looks, we get compliments all the time on our dog, as far as behavior, very protective and high drive.
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Is this kennel known to the people that made the recommendation.
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He's a member here... I'm sure he'll be here soon enough. It's been discussed plenty of times. I can pm you some old threads if you're interested... I'll probably just need to look around a bit. I don't want to do any breeder bashing.
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He's a member here... I'm sure he'll be here soon enough. It's been discussed plenty of times. I can pm you some old threads if you're interested... I'll probably just need to look around a bit. I don't want to do any breeder bashing.
I don't know about anyone else but I put his link in the thread because I believe he knows more about the breed than most people on this forum. Certainly the history, the bloodlines and a good understanding of what the dogs use to be like.
When people want a dog that doesn't always conform exactly to the standard (size) it makes more sense to send them to someone with an obvious history with the breed and the knowledge that comes from that history, rather than sit back and say nothing.
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