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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-26-2015, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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DDR/Grafental pup in New England

Hello everyone,

Apologies in advance for the long post!

I have wanted a German Shepherd for most of my life, and began seriously looking for one around 2007. After spending lots of time reading this thread, going to dog shows, doing research, etc, I came to the conclusion then that I wanted a DDR type dog. I love the German Shepherd for its trainability, endurance, intelligence, and protective nature, however I also need a dog who has a sense of humor.

At the time, however, I realized that my living situation was not conducive to getting this type of animal, as I was working longer hours and commuting. I also live with my mother who at the time had two Irish Terriers, one who was dog-aggressive. He has since passed away and our other Irish, Fiona, is still with us and is sweet as can be, but is now 13 years old. We now live in a larger house and I work close to home, 4 days a week.

To make a long story short, two years ago, I knew it was the right time to get my dog. Instead of getting a German Shepherd, I adopted a rescue dog with whom I completely fell in love. I believe she had a bit of shepherd in her, as did my mother, who grew up with shepherds. Sadly, she recently passed away at the age of two, completely unexpectedly, and my heart is broken. As much as I would love to rescue again, this time I really want my German Shepherd.

I am looking for a breeder in the New England area with DDR line dogs. My passion is training dogs but at the most I would do something like obedience. This will be my first German Shepherd, though, so I don't want a dog who is too prey driven or intense. I have known dogs like that before and am not interested in having that type of relationship.

I have been impressed with Kavallerie and Konigsdorf, but welcome any other suggestions.

Thank you all in advance!
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Kavallerie German Shepherds Kavallerie don't know there dogs but at a quick look like their site..

Konigsdorf only found their facebook link.... https://www.facebook.com/konigsdorfshepherds/timeline

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My dog's sire was from Konigsdorf. I met him on several occasions in different surroundings and situations and liked him a lot (obviously). He wasn't a very sporty type dog, medium prey drive that I saw. I liked his aloofness while still having good nerves and accepting people that his owner accepted. Calm and settled in the house.


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I wouldn't hesitate to get a puppy from Jillian at Kavallerie. Beautiful dogs!
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-27-2015, 07:54 AM Thread Starter
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Spoke with both breeders yesterday.

Sarah at Konigsdorf has a litter right now: Schatzi Humphries and Maverick vom Konigsdorf
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I know a Visko daughter who is from Kavallerie (Anke od Roubenky) and I like her a lot. Haven't seen her in a while and don't know how she's doing but I watched her work in obedience and protection from a puppy and I absolutely loved her. She was incredibly intelligent and a super quick learner. Don't know the breeders though they seem legit.

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Spoke with Jillian at Kavallerie who sounds very knowledgable and nice. However, she doesn't have a litter available now. She's also a bit far of a driving distance, but that's not a deal breaker.

Any other suggestions for breeders in my area? It's important to me that the puppies be raised in a home setting.

Any help appreciated!
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One must be VERY VERY careful of the pedigrees of many DDR dogs - in recent years there have been some very notorious dog for poor temperament and hip production....

I am always very cautious and not a little skeptical when a breeder starts off just buying titled dogs abroad and producing litters for pet markets without spending years training those dogs and knowing their progeny....not only because the breeder does not have the experience to make good breeding decisions, but because the sellers in Germany are often selling dogs that appear nice because of issues and problems in the family.....Boban Grauen Monstat is a dog that was absolutely gorgeous that had a huge following - until he twice attacked a koermeister and produced an inordinate number of pups with temperament and hip issues.....the cross producing him was done 3 times and the SV stepped in and banned teh breeders from breeding that pair again due to the issues....


Using a stud dog with this pedigree??????? Most breeders who have been around are aware of the issues....

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I am also considering Ryanhaus in Massachusetts. I will be starting to visit prospective breeders and meeting their dogs, which is the next step in this process.
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I think you will find that Lee aka Wolfstraum is extremely knowledgeable with bloodlines, pedigrees, what a dog does or doesn't bring to a breeding, understanding the health and genetics, as well as drives and temperaments. I know she has a current litter that is being raised with terriers and cats (with the co-owner of the mother) and is located in New Jersey. Really sounds like a perfect fit for what you were describing in your original post. I have personally had one from her breeding (was bred in Belgium so didn't carry her kennel name due to their breeding regulations), and have met many of her pups who are with various owners.

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