How far in advance should you actually start talking to breeders? Should you wait until you're interested in adding a pup/dog within the year?
I plan to add a German Shepherd to our family in the next few years. I would prefer to add one .. tomorrow.. but that's not a practical, studied response but rather an emotional one! I miss having a GSD around as it has been a few years now. When I was slavering over puppy pictures this weekend, my husband walked by and said "Some day". I just want that 'day' to be a lot sooner than he does!. I understand his thinking (he's a very analytical and objective person): we work long hours and in fact he is often working out of town 4 days a week. I am usually gone from 7:30ish until 5:30 (and Mondays it's even later, 8:30 or 9:00 sometimes and Wednesdays it's 7:00). Assuming I can work out something for potty breaks for the puppy (we live in a rural area and the 'city' is smallish so professional assistance is out), is this too long for a baby to be alone? I know it's a long time.
I would like to add a qualifier that I would try my best to get an older puppy if possible, 12-16 weeks and that should help with the time the puppy can hold it.
I am also struggling with the 'type' of dog that would be best suited for our family. It must get along with rotten persians and have an off switch for evenings in the house. As to exercise, realistically, the pup will mainly have full out zoomie play (fetch, chase), followed by lessons (obedience first and then more than likely other things added later). We can't do walks in our area. No shoulder to our road and the speed limit is 55mph. In the evening, more play followed by lessons and probably an evening or two of classes, with more time to do things on the weekend.
I know that doesn't sound like much exercise, but it seemed to work well for my heart GSD that I lost to an accident. He was super smart and easy to train and very calm in the house. If anyone has other ideas about how I could incorporate exercise into our routine, I'm all for it.
I am leaning toward working lines; however, am concerned that there's not enough going on for him to be happy. I also love a dog with a lot of black on it, bi-color, black/tan with black face, dark sable, and they seem more prevalent in the working lines.
If anyone can recommend a breeder in Texas I would love to hear of your experiences. I have been doing some searching/reading on my own and if I were getting a dog right now I would be talking about this one: