Thank you for the reply. I appreciate it.
I was under the impression that "working" in regards to German shepherds meant they are active in some kind of competitions? I could be wrong though! I read another thread on here about breeders specifying they wanted their pups to go to "working homes" and it talked about dogs competing and being out there to promote that particular bloodline. It could just be my terminology is wrong.
I expect a family shepherd to be as active as my young son during the day, but still be calm enough to cuddle and be petted sometimes too.
Yes, I am sure a German shepherd is what we want. I've been around German shepherds since I was 5. (I'm over 40 now.) But my family has always gotten them from rescues, or shelters, and they've always been just pets, so we don't know any of the breeders, and I am not very knowledgeable in all the bloodlines and terminology. I've adopted three "German shepherd puppies" from shelters so far who, when they grew up, really didn't look like they had much shepherd in them. This time, I want to know what I'm getting.
We have six acres in a wooded/rural area, we're usually outside 2+ hours a day (weather permitting), and I work from home and only part-time. My last "German shepherd puppy" turned out to be an Australian Kelpie, so I am used to active dogs.
I also am very aware of the socialization needs of shepherds compared to other dogs, and I have experience with obedience training as well. I did advanced obedience and agility lessons with my Kelpie for fun.
So....anyone know where I can get a shepherd from a reliable breeder in this area? My top two priorities are temperament, because there will be young children around, and sound hip genetics.