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Old 01-04-2014, 12:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Dear Members,
We are hoping to add a German Shepherd Dog to our family in the next 12-18 months. We are interested in companionship and we are an active couple with two young kids (5 years and 5 months). We have a female Golden Retriever who is 3 years old. We had a Labrador for 14.5 years and he passed away last year. We had got out Golden as our vet was preparing us for what seemed like an imminent death of our Labrador (multiple tumors). To our joy, our Golden rejuvenated the old man and although he was annoyed at times, he lived for two more years, pleasantly surprising us and our vet. It is only now, after a good 8 months that we feel our Golden has stopped grieving and is back to her playful self. We had always wanted a GSD and we feel that we are ready. We hope to visit three or four very reputable breeders who have consistently produced puppies with good temperament and health. After we select the breeder, we would like to visit them over the next year to get a good sense of their dogs and to get their recommendation on the litter we should get our puppy from. We are willing to travel but would prefer it if the breeder were in the Midwest. We look forward to your suggestions, especially those who have had good experiences from a particular breeder, those who got a second dog from the same breeder and/or who have direct knowledge about a breeder.
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Jenn and Jose

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Old 01-04-2014, 12:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A friend is very happy with her Crooked Creek girl. They are in Missouri. Not sure how far from St. Louis.

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Welcome to the forum and good for you for doing your research so far ahead of time! My first dog was a Lab and then I got a GSD and the differences between the 2 were EXTREME with raising the GSD puppy involving a ton more time and effort (well worth it but definitely different!).

Make sure you really have time to read thru the Welcome to the GSD/FAQ's for the first time owner - German Shepherd Dog Forums in general because the more you know about the breed, the more the best breeders will take you seriously and consider you for one of their pups.

Specifically this ---> How to find a puppy! is very important. So many poor breeders out there just wanting the $$$ and not caring about the puppies temperament or health once they have cashed your check and that puppy is out of their house. So the burden is on us as a 'buyer beware' to do our work on the front end before even calling up or looking at a puppy (and getting emotionally involved).

This is a huge help too --> Link: How to tell a good breeder website from a bad one.

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The German Shepherd Dog Club of America will be holding their National show out at Purina Farms in October. That would give you a chance to see the dogs do herding, agility, obedience, rally, and conformation all in one place.

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Have never met Karen at Crooked Creek, but hear nothing but good things. Also check out Austerlitz in OK.
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Thank you for your recommendations. I really appreciate it.
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Old 01-24-2014, 09:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I got Varick from a breeder in the St. Louis area, her name is Maria. I'm in Warrenton. She truly cares about her puppies, and Varick is a joy!
He is very affectionate, loyal, obedient, and very intelligent. Though I must add, he has very high energy. If you would like her email address, you can PM me.
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Dear Brittany,
Thank you for your e-mail and for sharing Varick's pictures. He looks great! and I am sure he is a lot of fun. We will appreciate the contact information of Maria.
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Old 01-29-2014, 10:31 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm from the saint Louis area also! I've looked and looked but couldn't find anything quite like I wanted so we ended up going with Vom Gildaf! They are about 5 hours from stl. Not sure if this helps any, just make sure you do lots of research Missouri is known for puppy mills!

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I'm from the saint Louis area also! I've looked and looked but couldn't find anything quite like I wanted so we ended up going with Vom Gildaf! They are about 5 hours from stl. Not sure if this helps any, just make sure you do lots of research Missouri is known for puppy mills!

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