Southern California Breeders
A friend had two rescued GSDs out of West German Show Lines. They were middle aged, around 7-8. One suddenly became ill last week and died. She's in shock and her remaining dog is grieving. In her words, he's a placid dog and she would like another one just like him as a companion. I know a lot about local rescue organizations and offered to help her locate another dog. Her faith in the rescue organization she worked with before is gone. She never worried about health until she lost her dog and is considering getting a puppy. I offered to help her sort it out. She wants a dog from a breeding that will have less likelihood of health risks like the illness she just went through with her dog.
I gave her the names of two local rescue groups that screen dogs better than the one she used. She wants to look at breeders before making a decision. If she gets a puppy, two neighbors can take care of it for her while she's at work. She gets off work at 3 p.m. and her teens are home in the morning. One is in college, so the dog won't be alone for extended periods of time. Her current dog uses a doggy door to go in and out. I told her a puppy would need more hands on attention.
Are there any breeders who might have older dogs for sale that have been returned? That could be a way to adopt a dog without using a rescue group. I also suggested she contact service dog or guide dog organizations that might have available dogs released from their program if there are any that use German Shepherds.
I'm making a list of Southern California breeders she can talk to. She has owned German Shepherds before these two and does well with them, but the dog will be a family pet, will go on hikes and vacations and long, daily walks. It won't go through more than basic obedience. She has three children and a lot of traffic in and out of her house.
Are there any other So Cal breeders I can add to the list? I would add working line if I could find a kennel with placid dogs that would sell to a family as a non-working pet. If anyone has personal experience or knows directly about any of these breeders, please PM me with the information. I've seen threads here get contentious, so I hope we can keep this calm and helpful for her. She's not online, so I'm going to relay the information to her. Thank you in advance. I haven't given her a list yet and would like to be able to add or remove names based on personal experience of others before I do. It's a short list based on location.
West Coast German Shepherds
Last edited by LuvShepherds; 08-07-2014 at 04:51 PM.