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Old 12-09-2012, 12:40 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I think the biggest mistake someone can make in choosing a dog is being so focused on what they want they become blind to what they're getting

For example, person A decides they want a stock coat B&T stockcoat. There is only one in the litter and they're so focused on how it looks they decide to overlook the fact the puppy is fearful and high energy. Rather then choose another more appropriately tempered and medium energy but B&T long stock coat they take the stock coat home. Now with the proper training the dog might turn out fine, but maybe the hyper puppy bites the neighborhood child who has pinned it in a corner. Suddenly that dog is a danger and winds up back at the breeder, a shelter, or even worse the vet to be euthanized. If person A wasn't so blinded by their vision of the perfect dog they would have noticed the flaws and probably stepped back. Getting focused on one thing over all others can be a recipe for disaster

If you honestly want anything specific regarding breed, sex, or colour that's fine but understand you might not get it right away and be willing to wait for the right match. That way you stack the odds in your favour!
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:06 AM   #22 (permalink)
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In some cases, I feel like it can be a bit rash to pick a puppy SOLELY based on color, but reading the OPs post...you are not in the wrong at all!
You are paying good money for this animal, it's only natural that you spend it on something you really want.
What it all comes down to is patience, which you have proven.
Somewhere, there is a good temperament, companion, sable shepherd, waiting just for you (:

It will happen!
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:05 AM   #23 (permalink)
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I don't think it's a bad thing to wish for a certain color, if your going with a breeder you trust, you need to make that clear from the start. However, color shouldn't be the top priority and one needs to be comfortable with the fact you may not get the color you want, but the perfect dog for you.

I have never gotten a dog based on color, temperament, health, gender, are my first priorities, whatever color it's been , has been ok with me. I have been blessed to have / had some really nice dogs that happen to be the color I prefer.

I DO want it all tho, and my next one I want another male, bicolor or black, but the whole package has to come into play and I'm willing to wait for that perfect one

So to the OP, if they only have blacks or bi males, you can send him to me)
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:35 AM   #24 (permalink)
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With Cooper I really liked the breeder and it just so happened that this litter was solid blacks. I've never been particularly fond of solid colours but now I think I would probably prefer only blacks in the future! (of course if everything else matched what I wanted)
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:59 AM   #25 (permalink)
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My husband wanted a black puppy and nothing else. However, the times we went to the breeders to watch the puppies play and interact there was this one sable male that really stood out to him and he just couldn't get him out of his mind. Guess which one he ended up choosing? He still still talks about getting an all black one day but he doesnt regret his decision.

I don't think it is wrong to want a particular color if the breeder you are looking at is already producing quality puppies. However, I dont think you should pass up the perfect pup for you because it isn't the color you were wanting. I think you should just wait until the litter gets here and just see how you feel when you see the puppies. You may end up surprising yourself with what you choose.
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:14 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I'm looking for a breeder that breeds dogs in the color I prefer.
I like Ruger's looks so it'd be one colored like him, with a dark face/blanket or saddle, but definitely dark face.

When I find that, then comes one that breeds for health and temperament. And I have to have a male. I don't want another female on the off chance she grows up to be like Libby who can barely tolerate other females.

I think I've found her, btw
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:34 AM   #27 (permalink)
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I don't think it's a bad thing to wish for a certain color, if your going with a breeder you trust, you need to make that clear from the start. However, color shouldn't be the top priority and one needs to be comfortable with the fact you may not get the color you want, but the perfect dog for you.

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I DO want it all tho, and my next one I want another male, bicolor or black, but the whole package has to come into play and I'm willing to wait for that perfect one
That is how I feel.

There are many excellent breeders out there that would produce puppies that would be perfect family companions.

I'm willing to wait for my long coat, dark sable bitch with enough drive to make training easy and fun and with a solid temperament.

That's my 90% perfect dog. If she came from at least second generation raw fed parents with rabies-only vaccination history - THAT would be 100% perfect!!
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:45 AM   #28 (permalink)
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I used to want a black sable, or just a sable. When I went to get my last shepherd, I had my mind set to get the sable male of the litter (the solid black male was gone, the others were a few white females and a b/t female).
Well, when I got there, I fell in love with the b/t female. She wasn't the gender or color I wanted. But I knew she was for me, so she's the one I got! (:

Now, I have my heart set on a red/black German showline male (I would love an extended saddle). Because of the breeders on my list, it is very likely I will get the temperament, health, etc I need. AND the color I want! (:
Like everyone else is saying, if you trust your breeder and they are breeding correctly so that temperament, health, etc aren't questionable then I think it's fine to go for a specific coloring.
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Old 12-09-2012, 03:42 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I don't think there is anything wrong with wanting a certain color, as long as that is not the sole reason you get a puppy. My first GSD wound up being a sable. I got him at 15 1/2, knew nothing about GSD's and got him from a BYB. As he got older I was a bit disappointed that he did not look like the "typical GSD" that I had dreamt about. However, I grew to prefer sables to a typical saddle pattern. When he died and I got in contact with Glock's breeder I told her I preferred a sable male. I was 4th in line for a male, there wound up being 8 males. First I said lighter sable, but then said I would prefer a darker sable. All of this of course was dependent upon personality and temperament of the puppy. I wound up with the only long coat of the litter who is dark/black sable. I was a bit unsure of a long coat at first, but shortly I LOVED the look of long coats. I wouldn't trade Glock's looks or personality for the world.
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