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alexxromeo 02-10-2014 04:07 PM

Reputable Breeder driving distance of Iowa
 
Hi everyone! This is my first post as I am beginning my search for a new companion. I am in college and am looking for a non-working line GSD to start my Junior year with. My brother and I are going to split costs- looking for something around $1200 to $1500.

Any help or advice would be much appreciated as I am new to the GSD realm.

-Alexander

Kayos and Havoc 02-10-2014 05:03 PM

Welcome to you. Much depends on how far driving distance is for you. One day up and one day back? More - less?

As college students do you have a place that you can keep a pup? Will you be able to keep the pup through all your years of college and beyond?

What will happen if you and your brother disagree or decide not to split expenses anymore? Who gets the pup/dog and can one person manage financially and emotionally?

Life changes a lot during and just after college. A puppy and or dog is a huge responsibility.

I can tell you to look at this breeder:
http://gsdnet.org/

She is in Oklahoma. My young girl, Mayhem, came from this kennel. I can tell you she ask lots of questions as will any good breeder.

Wishing you sucess in your search and welcome to the world of GSD's.

alexxromeo 02-10-2014 05:12 PM

Thank you! Yeah I was thinking more of like kansas city area, Des Moines, Minneapolis, Chicago, or Omaha... or anywhere in between! We have worked that stuff out, I have a house with three roommates and he will actually not even live with me this year, I am going to be the primary caretaker of the Dog and take it after college-- paying for shots, vet and food, and all other expenses. We also have the assistance of our parents, and have been around dogs all our life, just not German Shepherds; we have had four Airedale Terriers and one Beagle-Pom mix and a Black Lab.

Kayos and Havoc 02-10-2014 05:17 PM

I tried to edit to tell you Cynthia is a personal friend. I have known her and her dogs for a long time. Her integrity and honesty is above reproach.

These dogs are West German Showlines. My girl Mayhem, is my avatar pic. She is terrific.


I know there are breeders closer to you so hopefully others will offer some recommendations too.

alexxromeo 02-10-2014 05:37 PM

Again, thank you much! Mayhem is beautiful! I will give Cynthia a look! From what I've seen Huerta Hof seems to do an incredible job, but I'm not sure on their prices. I'm open to all ideas.

Also trying to stay away from RoyalAir. Their dogs seem to be far too big for my liking.

Kayos and Havoc 02-11-2014 08:24 AM

Huerta Hof is excellent as well. I do not know much about Royalair but will look them up.

B&Cgetapup 02-11-2014 12:56 PM

My boyfriend and I are from the Des Moines area and living in Ames, so hello from Iowa! We ended up driving to Midford Nebraska (1 hour west of Omaha) to get our pup from Vom Engel Shepherds. I would be happy to answer any questions about our breeder and puppy if you want to PM me. If you are close enough you could even meet little Rommel if you like! We are very pleased with our choice.

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alexxromeo 02-11-2014 02:49 PM

Century Farms
 
I had looked at your breeder earlier in my searching but I they don't have a litter planned for when I would like to get one! I think I found one that I really like and I am doing the questionnaire and the run down right now!

Century Farms

*Century Farms, LLC - Century Shepherds

Anyone heard of it/ have a pup?

LaRen616 02-11-2014 03:06 PM

I don't really care for Century Farms, I've never dealt with them personally but they don't title their dogs, they breed long coated GSDs and they charge different prices for different colors.

Kayos and Havoc 02-11-2014 05:11 PM

I like that Century Farms is health testing, they are also selling on limited registration which I think is good.

They have one female that has an SG rating. Understand the web site kept locking up so I did not look at every dog.

I have no problem with long coats, some love them and they can now be shown in the SV. I had a long coat rescue and he was fabulous. Great agility dog!

These dogs are a mix of show lines and working lines. Some like this some do not. Many breeders believe that when you mix lines it is like a box of chocolates- you don't know what you are going to get. Some swear by it because it brings in vigor.

Alexander if you just want a companion to hike or jog with and share your life with, these pups may be fine for you. If you want a pup to do protection work with I would keep looking. If you want to do AKC performance sports these pups may be suitable in terms of structure and drive.

I used to think titles were very important. They are very important to assess working and training ability. But I think if there are titled dogs in close previous generations (2 and 3) and this is a companion dog, having the immediate parents titled is not so important.

I think what is most important for a companion dog is stable temperament, biddability, and solid nerve. That said, training, socialization and titling does help a breeder know if the dogs are mentally sound. So there is definite value in that. If there are no titles in any close generations back I would be concerned that the breeders were simply haphazard breeding and I would wonder about the dogs mental soundness. I would want to try to determine that before I bought.


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