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aam1 01-25-2014 08:09 AM

In Michigan, looking for breeder
We are looking at getting a German Shepherd puppy. I have had other breeds of dogs, but this will be our first GSD. We are mostly looking for a family companion, to grow up with and also be protective of our children. Temperament will be important as well as health. From my research it seems we would do better with a showline rather than working line. I have heard good things about Alta-Tollhous dogs. Another breeder near us is Vom Dinaburg. Does anyone have any input/ experience on this breeder? Any other suggestions that I should look at? Would prefer Michigan but could be a nearby state. I prefer to drive to visit the breeder/ puppies and then to pick up. I hate the thought of shipping a puppy. Thank you for any info

onyx'girl 01-25-2014 08:57 AM

Alta-Tollhaus has great showlines. I see many of them at training and they are all of good temperament/make excellent companions. Not familiar with vom Dinaburg kennel. You are looking at showlines not working lines I assume? What part of the state are you located?

aam1 01-25-2014 09:16 AM

We are just a little north of Detroit. I am from the Grand Rapids area and still have family there, so either side of Michigan is pretty easy for me to visit a breeder. Vom Dinaburg is a breeder over here, just haven't seen any reviews on them. She seems to use German lines and do the appropriate health testing. Their website says they are a top small breeder, she says she has about 5-6 litters per year

wolfstraum 01-25-2014 09:31 AM

five to six litters a year??? a small breeder???????????????????????


That is NOT a 'small' breeder - that is someone pretty much raising pups instead of having a job!

I haven't looked at the website - don't know a thing about it....but just from the economics of raising and selling pups - that is a business set up to make a profit, not a hobby small breeder.

Little things like this, deceptive marketing, turn me off.


onyx'girl 01-25-2014 09:36 AM

I agree, 5-6 litters a year is not small. I'd keep looking and take your time....but no harm in visiting the breeder. Choosing a breeder is time consuming and knowing what to look for is important. This article(and others on the website) may be of help in your search: (German Shepherd Breeders, by Wildhaus Kennels)

stmcfred 01-25-2014 10:20 AM

I have an Alta Tollhaus puppy. She's 5 months old now. She's everything I could have asked for and Julie did a wonderful job picking her out for me.

I would suggest going and visiting the breeders and go from there.

Lucy Dog 01-25-2014 10:38 AM


Originally Posted by aam1 (Post 4901953)
I hate the thought of shipping a puppy.

A well bred puppy with a solid temperament should have absolutely no problem on an airplane for a few hours. It's really no big deal.

thall 01-25-2014 10:17 PM

We got Max four years ago from vom Dinaburg. He's a great dog; fit and trim at 100 lbs. Smart (capable of doing more than we're doing with him - that's our fault not his), certainly lets us know if someone pulls in the driveway, gets along well with other dogs, and (in our very biased opinion) he is a beautiful animal. A friend of ours got a female from Browning Haus in Gaylord; she's very happy with her dog, but I don't have much personal experience with her. She seems like a pretty good dog. Good luck and be careful picking the right pup. They (again in our very biased opinion) are the best dogs you can get. I would have no problem recommending vom Dinaburg.

GSDAlphaMom 01-26-2014 09:43 AM

I'll third Alta Tollhaus. I have a friend with one of her dogs. SHe is on this board, check with Josie and ask her about Koda. She has had a great experience with Julie.

Kejasa 02-04-2014 09:32 PM

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