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Old 07-16-2014, 12:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi! I'm new to the forum, and it seems to be a great place to get info.
I've been researching German Shepherds the past few months and believe one would be perfect for my family! The problem is: I've never bought from a breeder before and I'm not sure what to look for in one (my current dogs are rescues). I just want to be sure I'm getting a good, healthy dog that wont come with a million problems. I should also mention: I'm not looking to buy one until the end of this year/beginning of next year. I thought starting my search now would be better so I can have time to see what breeder i want to go with.
I've been looking around at breeders and the closest one I'm finding is in Chattanooga, TN called Appleridge Kennels/Appleridge Obedience Family German Shepherds. They seem to love their dogs a lot from what I've read around on the site and I like the idea of them training before coming home. But are they a good breeder? Or does anyone know of a closer breeder to me? I'm located in Western, KY. So Chattanooga is a drive for me (about 5 hours); although, i'm willing to drive up to 6 hours for a good breeder. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 07-16-2014, 05:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I am getting a male from Appleridge at the beginning of September. He is about 10 weeks old now and is currently being trained. I am stopping by to see him at the end of this month and would be happy to update you on how that visit is going and the progress that they are making with him.

My experiences so far with Appleridge and the owner have been good. They have been very responsive to questions and very helpful. Good luck with your search.

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Old 07-16-2014, 06:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I think there were a couple members here who had medical issues with their dogs from the Canada kennel, you'd have to do a "search" here on the kennel..That's all I know of the kennel/breeder itself.

There are a few breeders in KY, mine came from kleinenhain (wanda) who's a member here.
Hopefully others will chime in with KY breeders so you wouldn't have to travel to far.

Good luck with your search.

*actually I did a quick search here, PM member Saphire who had one of their dogs, and Wild Wolf who posted they had some experience with them as well
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Old 07-16-2014, 08:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I am getting a male from Appleridge at the beginning of September. He is about 10 weeks old now and is currently being trained. I am stopping by to see him at the end of this month and would be happy to update you on how that visit is going and the progress that they are making with him.

My experiences so far with Appleridge and the owner have been good. They have been very responsive to questions and very helpful. Good luck with your search.

That would be fantastic if you could keep me updated on how that goes!


And JakodaCD OA, I'll check kleinenhain out! And I'll message the members you listed about Appleridge, thank you!
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Another breeder in KY to keep in your files(I don't think he has pups at this time, but is worth contacting) K9 Motivation Dog Training
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Old 07-16-2014, 12:48 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Are you looking at showlines?

Jeff Lund is active in breeding, training, titling, showing his own breedings. He is on Franklin, KY area (below Bowling Green).

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Are you looking at showlines?

Jeff Lund is active in breeding, training, titling, showing his own breedings. He is on Franklin, KY area (below Bowling Green).

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I mean it'll be pet only (no showing off or competitions), so I'm not really looking for showlines and all - just a quality shepherd. I wanna be sure if I pay a lot of money I get a good dog that's healthy and will be healthy for years to come.
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This has been a good resource to read through, for me. It explains the different lines of German Shepherds. In my experience a reputable breeder will breed for specific line. Hope this helps some.

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I skimmed through it - Since I'm wanting more of a laid back and calmer deposition would a American Show Line be the type for me? I mean I do plan to maybe build a mini agility trial in my backyard to mix things up and have different ways for him to get exercise (if I can manage to teach him, not really going into competitions just for fun. And maybe frisbee and stuff ).

Should I go for a dog with a stronger working drive to do these things? Or is that not necessary since I'm not looking to really get into it I guess you could say professionally - just fun?
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The term showline is used to denote a type or style of GSD....the European Showlines basically are lower drive (than European working lines) and are 99.999% black and red/tan....the classic black saddle with red/tan legs and body....this type should be ideal for an active pet home...

If you are serious about agility even, a working line would be more suitable, a lower drive working line would still be fine...the showlines are bigger and not as agile....frisbee - IMO - is a big vet bill lottery ticket - jumping and leaping for any toy is also high risk for injuries

I would also recommend Jeff Lund - quite a few people who came here looking have been referred to him and have been pleased with their pups.

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