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Old 07-04-2014, 03:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone.. so i'm searching for a breeder in/around ct for my first puppy. I've been in contact with a few in the area and was wondering if anyone had any experience with them, or know someone who has. The first is Totana Piper Hill. They seem really nice, and have a litter coming late summer/early fall. The second is Watcher Engel K9. I am looking for a family dog, but I want more of a straight back working line.
Any suggestions on other breeders would be great! I don't mind driving further for the right dog.
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Old 07-04-2014, 03:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I ruled out all CT breeders during my search a couple of years ago for one reason or another. Not saying their bad, but not what I was looking for. So, can't really recommend any in CT. If you go up to MA, NH, there are a few. Based on my research Ryanhaus is good. I spoke with the owner and she was really nice and knowledgeable. I ultimately went a different path and am very happy with my pup. But, I would not hesitate to get a dog from Ryanhaus.

I have seen and played with a puppy from von granfenstein in CT. The owner is very happy with the puppy. She is supper confident, happy, pretty and has huge amounts of energy and drive. Depends on what you are looking for, she would be a great dog for sport training.

Good luck in your search.
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Hey everyone.. so i'm searching for a breeder in/around ct for my first puppy. I've been in contact with a few in the area and was wondering if anyone had any experience with them, or know someone who has. The first is Totana Piper Hill. They seem really nice, and have a litter coming late summer/early fall. The second is Watcher Engel K9. I am looking for a family dog, but I want more of a straight back working line.
Any suggestions on other breeders would be great! I don't mind driving further for the right dog.
Those two breeders are breeding two completely different types of dogs with different goals in mind. You might as well be looking at two different breeds.
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I really like my CT breeder. But I haven't gotten my baby yet. I was looking for a working line GSD.

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I can recommend Noble Craft, and I've heard good things about Watcher Engel but don't know of them personally.

Noble Craft trains as well.

Another person I can recommend is Tina Binheimer at Von Monte Haus she is in Tolland, I know she has a pregnant female. She is ACO in Tolland, has very nice dogs, that work, and companions, she titles her dogs in agility/obedience/rally/tracking etc (as does Noble Craft in schutzhund I believe) , she rescues as well, has placed dogs with police depts..

Totana Piper hill breeds mostly american lined dogs which is totally different from what the others above I listed. Depends on what you want ..If you want straight back working line, they would not be on my list.
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I am really looking for a family companion first, one that has drive but not to much.. if that makes sense. So Totana breeds American shepherds which isn't what I was looking for, so I'm scratching them off the list. Would Watcher Engel breeding be a better fit?
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Thanks for the reference jack, I just sent Tina an email. Her dogs look real nice, and that is just the color I'm looking for!
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Would Watcher Engel breeding be a better fit?
I don't think anyone here can really tell you that. Give them a call or send an email and see if you can meet their dogs. Explain to them what you're looking for and see what they have to say.

Working lines are not for everyone, but neither are show lines. It really depends on your situation and what you're looking for and expect from the dog.
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I live in Tolland.. Tina Binheimer is also an animal control officer... Im not sure what her breeding program is like but she got into some hot water years ago for putting a kill order on some dogs because they had killed chickens..

Rockville Superior Court: Tolland Dog's Future To Be Decided At Hearing Thursday - Hartford Courant

Again, don't know about her breeding program but just be sure your own rep won't be tainted as a result of buying from her.. just want you to be as informed as possible.
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I can recommend noblecraft as well; I have one of their dogs. question: is this going to be your first dog?
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