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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 03-14-2017, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for breeder in Germany

Hey guys, this is my very first post here. I grew up with dogs and have wanted a German Shepherd my entire life. I have recently moved to Grafenwoehr, Germany and am excited about being able to buy a German blood-lined GSD. I have one mixed breed female dog currently, who just hit 14 months and have just started looking into local GSD breeders. My spouse and I are looking for some breeder recommendations. I have asked around and the consensus so far is Haus Amberg German Shepherds.

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We are looking for a family pet, though I plan on attending training sessions with whatever breeder I purchase the puppy from. I prefer short haired but am not opposed to long haired. I really had my heart set on a sable coloring but after speaking with Haus, I realize their temperament may not be the best fit for our family. I did some research on show/working lines and discovered that majority of sable dogs are from working lines and that show lines (typically red and black here) are recommended for family pets. I am by no means an expert but I am trying to learn as much as I can. I prefer more straight backed and lean built GSDs but am aware these are characteristics of working lines. What is most important to me is to find a dog with the correct temperament so that we will all be happy

If you have any advice to offer or any breeders to recommend, please let me know. Thank you!
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post #2 of 40 (permalink) Old 03-14-2017, 10:45 AM
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I can't offer you any advice about breeders in Germany, but in the U.S. it seems like working line breeders are often willing to sell the right puppy as an active companion/pet. I currently have a red and black WGSL dog that is a great fit for our family, but in the past I've had a working line as a pet, and he was wonderful. If your heart is set on a working line, and you're willing to provide the puppy with structure, training, exercise, and consistency, perhaps you can speak to some breeders in your area and ask for their input. I'm sure others on this site will have more detailed help to give you. Best of luck in your puppy search.
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Welcome and good luck in your search!
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There are many many many IPO clubs in Germany.....sort of like VFW, Moose, Elk clubs here....they are social clubs as well as training clubs....I would suggest finding one or two of these, visiting, and finding a breeder active in one of them....the SV has a website, and it will have some sort of directory....I can't read German - too bad Sandra is not on the forum any longer, she would have easily been able to direct you to what was available near you....

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Who have you talked to? Only the Americans around you or the Germans as well? Traveling in Germany is pretty easy, you can drive or use the train. Dogs are allowed on trains if you decide on a breeder that you take a train to. Personally, I would talk to the Germans and travel to see and talk to several breeders there rather than settle with the closest one. Not saying you might not like that one the best even after looking, but I would widen the search. When I bought a dog when I lived in Germany I asked a German friend to inquire for me to find breeders. I was then able to narrow it down to several and traveled to meet them before deciding on which breeder had the type of dog I wanted. If you don't know any Germans, go to a dog show, they're all around there just as they are here. Look at the German Shepherds you see there and talk to several breeders whose dogs you like. Then you can set up to visit them and meet more of their dogs. You'll also enjoy the vendors at the dog show where you can buy things for your shepherd puppy as well as the one at home.


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Think it would be fun to visit clubs in Germany and different breeders-hope you enjoy your search
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I have mostly spoken to Americans in my area whose dogs I like. I have spoken to a few Germans that are married to Americans so my scope has been pretty limited so far. I have not made any German friends yet, unfortunately.
I am not concerned with staying close to Graf, as I will have my car sometime this week and will be able to travel freely around Germany. Haus Amberg just happens to be where everyone here as gotten their shepherds so far.

While I do favor the sable, I am a little nervous about my capabilities as a trainer, especially with a high drive working dog. I have been training my own dogs since I was literally a child and find that it comes naturally to me, but majority of them have been mixes and do not have the above average intelligence and drive GSDs are known for. Since I plan on attending training session through the breeder perhaps this is a possibility but I am nervous if I do not provide the right kind of training or mental stimulation, that I may cause problems. I live right next door to a dog park and very close to a few trails so I am not worried about exercise. My 14mo pup is still very hyper too and I know she will be thrilled to have a suitable play mate.

Lee, I would love to connect with her if possible. I will message you.

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My dogs littermate is with vom Haus Rohner and they are breeding him. He has a really nice temperament. They both speak good English.

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Thank you! I have contacted them.

My replies aren't posting for some reason. Lee, I cannot message you until I have 5 posts
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Don't assume that all working line pups will be high drive.
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