|04-25-2013, 11:07 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jan 2013
Hopeful New WGSD Owner
I have been extensively searching for a WGSD from a reputable breeder. Unfortunately, I have only come across breeders that have bad practices, bad reviews on here, planned litters that are too far off or their grammatical skills are so poor that there is no way they can be smart enough to breed dogs.
(Disclaimer: I know my grammar is weak as well, but these people are beyond belief bad...)
Anyway, my wife and I live in Louisiana and are hoping to get a puppy as soon as possible. The reason we want one now is because I may be making a big change, location wise, very soon and would like to have the dog well trained before said move, several months from now. I also am wanting one sooner because I have been looking for a while now and I'm getting anxious. As far as what we are looking for in the dog, I will create a bulleted list below:
-White (Obviously I would like a pretty dog but am more concerned with the health and temperament.)
-I am not looking to breed or compete with him. Just want a super intelligent, loving, protective, well tempered shepherd. I want to teach him as many tricks/commands as possible and may put him in the defense training classes (can't remember the name... sorry)
-I would like the breeder to provide a solid guarantee that will cover the dog's health. I have seen a lot of 1 year guarantees which do nothing to let me know the dog likely won't get HD.
-If there is anything major I left out please let me know.
Some of the breeders and kennels I have looked into are:
-Whites and Kennels
-White Stone Shepherds.
I won't say who were the good, bad, dumb or the delayed litter ones are but you guys know much more than I do.
I would greatly appreciate any help and direction you all have to offer.
Thank you for your time.
|04-25-2013, 11:57 AM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Ottawa, ON
Sorry I can't help but you could try to PM Whiteshepherds on the board, she might be able to point you in the right direction
As for the BBS Vs WGSD debate, there was a recent thread regarding it which may prove helpful
German Shepherd vs White German Shepherd vs White Swiss Shepherd
Jasmine - Female Miniature Poodle - born Aug 15, 2010
Loker Delgado Von Stalworth - Male GSD - born Jan 26, 2012
Koda & Zazu - 5 year old male cats
Alex - Male Cocker Spaniel (rescue) - RIP Cuddlebug 2007-2010
|04-25-2013, 11:59 AM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Great Mills, MD
BBS is another name for the WGSD because in Europe and especially Germany, they do not recognize the white coat for the GSD and the SV, the parent club of the German Shepherd Dog, does not allow WGSDs on their registry. Because of this, the BBS was created. Look at German Shepherd vs White German Shepherd vs White Swiss Shepherd
That will give you the reason why the WGSD was split off into the BBS. I sent you a PM, by the way.
RIP Sebastian GSD/Rott 5/12/2002
RIP Cheyenne The Western Lady Collie 9/6/2012
Finnian The Irish Lad WGSD: SAR
Abeni the Little Warrior: Pomeranian rescue.
"Res nos operor ut alius algo"
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|04-25-2013, 03:01 PM||#9 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Northeastern Connecticut
Just an FYI. If you want a dog that can be registered with the AKC be sure to ask the breeder about it before buying the pup. A BBS/AKC white GSD mix can't be registered with the AKC or any FCI country registry as a BBS or a GSD, it can only be registered with the UKC as a White Shepherd. (nothing wrong with that, just making sure you know because you mentioned Surefire)
I don't like recommending breeders it gets too complicated, but you might want to add Foxhunt White Shepherds in Florida to your search list. I noticed she isn't on it. Her website is over the top with bells, whistles and music but she's producing some really nice dogs and getting positive feedback about the dogs she's sent to Freedom Guide Dogs. A very involved, long time breeder of White Shepherds worth adding to your comparison list.
My 3 are from Braehead White Shepherds. No complaints here.
|04-25-2013, 03:53 PM||#10 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Beaverton, Oregon
Just letting you know that I did receive your PM and will respond as soon as I can (about to run out, will be back in a few hours). I have met a few Surefire dogs in person, and am acquainted with owners/breeders/partners of Eclipse, Kerstone, and White Stone Kennels. I will send you my opinions and what I have heard about them.
I highly recommend speaking to Whiteshepherds, who's post is above mine, and hearing her recommendations. She knows what she is talking about, and her dogs sound amazing!