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Yoshi 05-15-2014 08:36 AM

Should I try and and reach out?
I know it probably won't be suitable for me to take on another pup for approximately the next 4 to 6 months but do you think it would be alright to start contacting breeders? By all means I don't want a puppy now but I would like to try and suss out the many breeders and get a feel for them, not to mention that some breeders may have long waiting lists. It would be good to find a breeder that I like and have everything all sorted. :)

To be honest, my last search for a dog was rather stressful. I had only just gotten into shepherds and I knew nearly nothing to none on them. All I had was an old book on German Shepherds (it was old, and in that time there was no definitive split between show and working lines) and when I began contacting breeders I was generally shocked that they just weren't the same dogs that were featured in the book! To make it worse, with the contemporary confusion I now then didn't know what I was looking for because what I was looking for apparently didn't exist! The first people I contacted were show line breeders. I don't mean to offend lovers of the show line, but that just wasn't the dog I envisioned when I read the book. It probably didn't help that I grew up on a farm where our working dogs were never bred to have extremes. They were probably extreme in energy but that was just it.

My point is, now that I am older and that I have owned a shepherd dog (if not for too short a time :() and have done far more research I now have a pretty good idea of the kind of dog I wanted. So I was wondering if it would be alright to reach out to some breeders to inquire and discuss their dogs and see if they meet my requirements? I am a little nervous, I can just feel myself cringe in remembrance to what happened last time. I must have contacted the wrong breeders back then because all they wanted was for me to pay a deposit to secure my so called "dream dog" that had not even been born yet! Ahh, and I remember talking to some breeders and they would prattle on about things that I just didn't really understand. I understand much better now however.

So I would like to start reaching out and get to see which breeder/breeders would be compatible with me but I don't want a dog now so I don't want to pay a deposit to secure a dog that has not been born yet, and I don't want to be pressured into buying a pup before I am ready! I also don't want to make out as though I am a "tire kicker" because I am not willing to buy a puppy at the moment. Is it a good idea to start searching, or is it not? :help:

LaRen616 05-15-2014 08:38 AM

I would start looking for breeders now.

Meet them in person if you can, see their dogs and interact with them. Develope a relationship with a breeder so that you do not feel rushed when it is time for you to start looking for a puppy to bring home.

I contacted a Dalmatian breeder a year and a half before I went and got one, I really liked that breeder and planned on getting a puppy from them but things kept happening like a false pregnancy, a missed heat cycle, etc. I ended up going with a different breeder after talking to her for about an hour, it just seemed like an excellent match and it was! Love my dog, love the breed and I love the breeder. :)

Mary Beth 05-15-2014 09:19 PM

Yes, I agree with LaRen. By starting early and being upfront with the breeders you contact, you will be able to find the type of gsd you want. Not all breeders are high pressure types like your experience and many also have long waiting lists. Depending on the breeder, some will take names on a waiting list but do not require a deposit until the pups are born. Good luck in your puppy search!

blackshep 05-16-2014 11:13 AM

I think it's a great idea to start now. I know when I got my dog, I was waitlisted before the dog was even bred, then I had to wait through the pregnancy, then through puppy rearing until it was ready to go home. That alone is 4 months.

I think the best thing is to find maybe 3 breeders you really like, and then see what planned breedings they have planned for the timeframe you're looking at, and see if you like that breeding.

You can wait to put the deposit, but then you take your chances that you wont' get a pup. But that's ok too, there will always be more litters. :)

Arc 05-18-2014 02:15 AM

The sooner the better, I was looking at breeders around eight months ago and I won't be ready to put down any money until August, if that! Fence, clearing land, cabin, etc.

More time means better preparations and information.

nezzz 05-18-2014 02:28 AM

I contacted my breeder 1.5 years before I got my pup. Same thing as you I didn't know what was show line or working line then but looking back it was wiser to make the process of getting a pup a long duration procedure. Gave me more chances to ask the breeder questions, check up on the dogs he's bred, the studs and dams he had on stock. I also checked out the seminars he's conducted on training and check out his dogs, majority of which are police K9 and contacted their handlers regarding them. And although I am a seasoned GSD owner, I did check up these forums and google to be sure my breeder wasn't some shady character.

In any case, don't jump on the first available puppy. Do check up on breeders and their breeding program, look to breeders who look to improving the breed, not just selling puppies from their Schh3 progeny.

Sabis mom 05-18-2014 02:32 AM

I started looking 6-8 months before I wanted a pup. It's now been 2 years and I still don't have a pup, so yes start now.

bellske 05-18-2014 02:55 AM

yes look now, I've got a fair idea where I'm getting my next pup from and it could be months away, yet I've been watching/looking for months lol

The earlier you start the more you can watch/see pups from the breeders your liking and see if thats what you want and if theres any issues with any of their pups.
I keep an eye on the dogzonline GSD puppy pages, I know its mostly showlines but a working line breeder popped up the other day who I had never heard of, I've also seen some on facebook. Perhaps join/visit a sports dog club(there are schutz clubs here), seeing as you want working line, also go to obedience competions and talk to people there too.

Yoshi 05-19-2014 09:33 AM

Thank you for all the replies guys! I guess I better start looking then. :) I think it would be nice to find a few breeders I like and just wait instead of being pressured into buying a puppy now. Oh I hope I get my dream dog with little hassle and stress! :fingerscrossed:

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