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Old 12-11-2013, 12:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I have been interested in getting a German shepherd puppy for a while now, and I have recently been getting more serious about it.

I was wondering if anyone has had experience with totana piper hill in killing worth CT.

If you have any input on this breeder that would be great. And if anyone has info on other good breeders in the CT area it would be very helpful.

I would like a GSD with shorter hair, and one that will be smart and loving.

I have heard some differences between male and female, from what I understand males tend to be larger and more protective over territory, also they tend to want to wander more???

The females are more protective over family and they tend to be better of the leash???

Right now I think I am leaning towards a female but please if you have any input I am open to hear it.

I do not want an aggressive dog, and I would like it to be off leash without wandering away.

I have also heard about a relatively new breed. The tamaskan. It's a mix between a German shepherd a Siberian husky and an Alaskan malamute. I have heard some really good things about these dogs, all information would be appreciated.

I am very new to all this but I am willing to learn.


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Old 12-11-2013, 12:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you want a dog that won't wander then a husky/malamute type would not be high on that list.
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Old 12-11-2013, 01:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have also heard about a relatively new breed. The tamaskan. It's a mix between a German shepherd a Siberian husky and an Alaskan malamute. I have heard some really good things about these dogs, all information would be appreciated.

I am very new to all this but I am willing to learn.


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First thing to learn....THAT is not a "new" breed. That is a mutt. Pure Mutt. I would never want to mix a northern breed with a shepherd. You could have the best dog or you could have a disaster.

Northern breeds are known for running. That is what they are bred for.

Second, find local AKC clubs and Schutzhund clubs. Go watch and meet the dogs. That is the best way to find the dog you want.
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Male/female is a tossup really. In my limited experience males are more engaging and likely to be more goofy with trusted people. Females, bit more focused and aloof. But that is anecdotal at best.

Aggressive? Uh, that's another aspect that manifests later in the dog's life cycle. Some will argue nature vs. nurture on that aspect. I've run across VERY few truly aggressive dogs in my many years. It's a really bad trait for a pack animal, survival chances are wicked low for an aggressive animal. You could possibly mean drive, and that is channeled aggression, if you will. GSDs are known to be able to direct that energy into productive venues.

Offleash-I hope you mean walkies without a lead, not a dog with no boundaries. I can't do the no lead thing, it worries me too much. I have too much love/blood/tears equity in my dogs to even chance a dash into the road. On lead at all times when out of the fenced in area.
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Tamaskans breed true and are accepted in ARBA. There is no GSD in their blood.

Totana-Piper Hll is an American show kennel. No experience with them, though. And there are more places to look for a dog than schutzhund clubs. Hit up a few dog shows, do some more googling, email some breeders and talk to them.
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Tamaskans are a breed that have been around for a very long time. Jackie, there are GSD in their blood, it says so on the Tamaskan website here: Tamaskan History. They *now* try to breed them true to standard set down by the breed club. They are hard to get though, I have been looking at the websites of the club members for a while now to get an idea of what a adult would look like and find out more about them. They are a breed started in the 80's by Lynn Hardey. They are beautiful dogs, but not for everyone. OP, I would talk to Lynn, she has a website if you want more information about them.

As far as GSDs, stick around there is a lot of information to read here to what to look for in a breeder and a puppy. I would also look around at breeder's websites to get an idea of what they breed (both working and showline) and videos and see which lines are a better fit for you.
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I know of Totana piper hill, I'll pm you, check your inbox
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I haven't come across many breeders that stood out to me in Connecticut, but I like these in Mass:
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Jackie, there are GSD in their blood, it says so on the Tamaskan website here:
Must have missed it while I was reading. Blegh.
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I would check out Frank de Bem of Kysarah in NH. I have experience with their dogs. Excellent dogs coming out of that kennel. Spectacular temperaments.

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