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Old 05-05-2014, 10:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question I don't want to make the same mistake

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About 3 years ago I purchased a GSD from a breeder in NH. I am a bit ashamed that I did not do my research as well as I should have. I will admit that I was looking for a long coat female and that is what I focused on in my search. I found a breeder with the long coat, did a little checking around and thought they were legit. I have a wonderful dog whom I wouldn't trade for the world, but she is probably going to have some health problems due to her breeding. I wish I had spent more time looking and asking questions. I was a first time owner, a very naive one at that. I am now hoping to add another member to the family and am reaching out to anyone who may be familiar with breeders in the New England area. I am again looking for a long coated shepherd. Any insight or advise would be greatly and sincerely appreciated. Thanks for your time
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Old 05-06-2014, 10:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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imho, it is wiser to focus on the type of gsd you want and then see if the type comes in a long coat.
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Yes, I would agree with HG that perhaps your initial mistake was focusing on coat length. As I understand it, a long hair can crop up in a litter with many regular coated siblings. But breeding for long coats (I've had two - they were great dogs) - as I understand it, that isn't recommended any more than breeding for blues or livers.
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Old 05-06-2014, 01:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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As stated above, breeding for a long coat specifically might compromise other traits and health. The long coat gene is recessive and will show up in well bred litters if both parents carry the gene. I know someone with a very plush coated male, of great breeding. She is probably going to have to lease a female to get a pup out of him. All her females are related to him, so its going to take some work. I know my West german working line female carries the recessive for long stock coat (she has produced some). There is a breeder out there for you and you may have to wait for the coated one to show up.
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