|01-16-2013, 02:20 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2012
GSD pup on East Coast
VA, NC, SC, GA, FL, WV, MD, DE, PA.
Iíve been poking around the breeder section for quite some time now and Iíve made some progress, but Iíve come to the conclusion that I need a little more guidance at this point in the journey. I donít mind doing some traveling to find/pick up a new pup, though Iíd like to keep it within a weekend driving trip. Iím located in southeastern VA, in Portsmouth, fifteen minutes from VA Beach.
The GSD puppy will be the 3rd addition to my family, as the wife and I already have a chocolate lab female (4yrs) and small yorkie male (6yrs). We currently live in a decent sized starter home with a likewise yard surrounded by a privacy fence. Weíre in the process of preparing our home for sale and will be moving to a location where we can find a much bigger home on 2-3 acres.
Weíre looking for a GSD primarily as a pet. However we both like the idea of having a GSD with the natural protection imbedded. But a dog thatís athletic, likes the water, playing fetch, and eventually runs (with age). We love taking the dogs to the beach and staying fairly active. My parents, my brother, and 2 good friends get the dogs together about once a week, so heíll get plenty of socialization from a ďpackĒ of labís, weimaranerís, boxerís, and bulldogís.
We really want a traditional looking GSD! Nothing against a WL, weíre just not sure if that would be the right dog for us. From what Iíve read a WGSL will kind of meet the ďbest of both worlds,Ē being a pet, but also having a fair amount of drive. There will be no breeding, showing, or major competitions done with this dog. I will eventually get the dog involved in Schutzhund training, but it will take some time. Hopefully in the next few weeks weíll be able to catch up with the local club and go watch some events/training to give my wife a better idea of what itís really about. I believe the dog has to be trained to perform whatever the desired act is and one cannot just expect the dog to perform without real training. The typical puppy/adult obedience classes will precede this.
One of our primary concerns is getting a healthy dog. After seeing a friendís dog (BYB) go through multiple surgeries, I can respect paying the money up front in getting a quality dog. Plus we want the dog to have a full, happy and long life.
If you feel Iím wrong in anything I listed, if another line is better suited, or more info is needed then just let me know. Iíve been having a feeling like weíre asking for too much, hence this thread.
Some breeders that weíre considering, through the help of this forum:
http://gspuppies.com/index.html 15 minutes from me but I havenít found much info on them. Iíd hate to ignore a good breeder in my own area.
Definitely open to more suggestions.
Line: WGSL, preferred but open to suggestions
Price: $2000 max
Temperament: family dog, but has decent drive and protection
Timeframe: Spring to Summer
Sorry for being so long winded. Anything else just let me know!
|01-22-2013, 06:56 PM||#5 (permalink)|
I am FAR from being anywhere as knowledgeable as most of the regular posters here, but have certainly learned a lot regarding respectable breeding practices which produce quality dogs. Looking through your list of links it certainly seems like you have picked breeders which are not "byb" and actually test and title their dogs. Excellent starting point. Hopefully someone here will have some personal experience, but as you have your expectations and wants clearly defined I suspect you will find a suitable breeder with no problem!
Rocky - 10 yo GSD
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Layla Vom True Haus - 12/09/2012
|02-27-2013, 11:28 PM||#9 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Sun City, CA
Definitely Nadia at Oher Tannen, she is a wonderful human being and loves her dogs more than life! She is a top competitor and has her dogs best interests at heart. You can't go wrong with an Oher Tannen dog.
West Coast German Shepherds
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