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Old 06-01-2014, 12:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My wife and I are looking for a quality german shepherd puppy (10-16 weeks), preferably female with medium to heavy red highlights. Our daughter is turning seven and she has shown us that she is ready for a pet, other than a fish.

We need her to have an excellent temperament, very social and excellent with children. Also, we need her to have excellent hips/elbows and an excellent documented bloodline. We will not be showing the dog, but she needs to be capable of being trained to be a good companion and friend, as well as good around other dogs. We have plenty of hiking trails around our house for exercise, a very high energy daughter, and a welcoming home.

Any advise on breeders in the area to seek out, or to not seek out, would be helpful.

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Old 06-02-2014, 12:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My nieces are 7. One will be eight in October, the other will be eight in January. They are not slouches. They do Tae Kwon Do, have been riding horses for a year now, have been doing gymnastics and dance for about 3 years, and swimming since they came to us at about a year old.

Last year I put the leashes of a couple of 4 month old puppies in their hands, and they actually pulled the one that is more athletic down.

At six, almost seven, the responsibility for a pet and the training and the management of a puppy is totally on the parents. My sister does not have a pet. She and her girls are very busy and they travel. So it is up to me to help them learn about owning a dog, training dogs, etc.

I have a bitch who is going to be 9 years old in August, and the girls have been walking her for about a year. She is very well-trained. And I am training the girls to work with her. Today, they were reading their books for school to her.

I am not sure what you mean by high energy, when it comes to your daughter. She has to have patience to work with a puppy at all. She has to be able to control herself. She has to be able to listen to your instructions and follow them. And for a puppy, she has to be able to take her hands away and let it sleep, and let it move at its own pace, and let it settle.

I am not saying that it is impossible. I have puppies out there with families with kids. But the puppy is the responsibility of the adults and not a pet only for the kids. At six, almost seven they are not ready for the responsibility of training and managing a GSD puppy.

Don't know any breeders in Southern California. If you find a good breeder, see if they have any trained bitches, that are retiring. You might be able to find a dog that your daughter can handle with supervision a little easier. A retired breeding dog is like a win-win situation, if she comes from a good breeder. The dog should be top quality, with training -- good for you, it can also be very good for the breeder and the dog.

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German Shepherd's are challenging enough for an educated adult to own, train, maintain, give a balanced existence and most importantly love. Seriously, I feel your 7 yr. old daughter might be better suited to have a Goldfish in a bowl, or a Hamster in a cage before trying to walk a high wire without a net..

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Thanks everyone for all of the thoughts. We have a new puppy (McKenna) at home as of last night from Jackie at Grunenfeld. Awesome puppy. My daughter had a leash on her this morning before school and they walked around the front yard for 10 minutes. Awesome puppy and her new best friend forever. This is her dog and we will be helping her to train the puppy. They are great together.
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Grunefeld is an excellent breeder. One of my first Shepherd's parents was a Grunefeld dog. Socialize the puppy with other dogs and people as much as possible as they are very protective of their people and yard.
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