DDR/Grafental pup in New England
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!