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Old 01-04-2013, 08:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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After exhaustive research, I have come full circle back to not knowing which breeder to pick for my GSD pup. I am not deciding based on working line or show line b/c I think all of these breeders have the ability to help me find the correct temperament for my family. It will be a family dog first(small children and lots of friends), but I have desire to train and "work" with him/her as well. The work will be hobby, not professional. I thought that I had decided but while getting one last opinion from my vet she culled the breeder b/c she did not like them using raw diet (however, that breeder is still on this list). Like each of you, we really want a healthy dog first and need a great breeder to help us with that. I am new to this so would really, really like your input. Thank you very, very much!

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Old 01-04-2013, 08:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry, these are the ones I have narrowed it down to. Can you help by endorsing one or two of them if you have actual knowledge of them to be great breeders. Thanks again!
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I highly recommend Theishof. Heidi Theis knows her dogs. She trains and trials the dogs she breeds. I have seen several generations of Theishof dogs and have been impressed with every one of them. I have had the good fortune to train at least a little with her and would not hesitate to go to her if I were to ever get another GSD.
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decide working line or show line. pick a pup.
enroll in a puppy class. train and socialize daily,
several times a day. involve everybody in the family
that can train and socialize, neighbors, friends, people
you meet when you're out, strangers, etc.

be consistent in your training and socializing.
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I like Theishof, had a great dog from Heidi years ago. Great temperament and gorgeous to look at. He was my trail dog for years.
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DoggieDad, are you saying that you think any of these breeders would be fine? Our dogs do everything with us... go to work, play, travel, etc so socialization will not be a problem and I have trained Labs to hunt growing up. Hopefully, the higher intelligence of the GSD will make the transition easier. Sheilah, thank you for the recommendation. I have talked to Heidi and she is one of the tops on the list. Very reassuring to have my gut confirmed by knowledgeable GSD folks such as yourself.
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I would be VERY happy to find a breeder who feeds raw. Vets are not educated in nutrition. Do some more research on the raw diet before taking that breeder of the list.


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Thank you Capone22. I will take your advice. I have noticed that many, if not most, breeders are feeding at least some raw.
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Thank you for the response, LARHAGE.
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Just to be clear now that I look back on one of the responses... I am looking for either German show lines or working lines and hope to get recommendations for any/all of these breeders to help me decide who is "safe" to use. Thank you.

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