Been lurking around the forums for a few months - learning as much as I can about everything. I'm still a few years off from getting my first GSD between school and personal stuff going on. I've been looking at breeders and narrowing down who appeal to me and whatnot.
I've also fallen a bit in love with Schutzhund and have spent a bit too much time procrastinating on papers by watching videos (Ozzy Barnero...)
I've never owned a GSD myself. Been around them. Love them. But basically grew up with various hunting breeds (springers, english pointers, random mutts and our current dropped-off-at-the-farm-dog is a black and tan coonhound).
Boyfriends dog is a german shepherd who I kind of facepalmed when he told me he got her (backyard breeder produce) and after some intense socialization is turning into a really great dog (I had some reservations on her temperament and she has a couple of personality quirks I would attest to bad breeding some of which are improving with age others will probably always remain an aspect of her personality).
Future GSD would be my first dog as in my dog not my parents dog. Mine.
And I know I want to do schutzhund (along with obedience, dabbling in agility, flyball and rally etc). Basically I want do a bit of everything.
And I know I want a working line dog.
But as a first-time GSD person do you think I am aiming too high or would be in over my head?
I intend to be completely upfront and honest with whatever breeder I end up going in the future and hope for the best match. And future puppy will be getting obedience training along with everything else needed.
I know as a first-time GSD person I will be making mistakes with my future dog. I expect to make mistakes. But I will do my best to do right by my future dog.
So in essence: As a first time GSD person I shouldn't be deterred by the fact I want a working line dog and want to do schutzhund and other dog sports. I will be ok. Dog will be ok. I will be able to handle said dog (and by being honest with my future breeder will ensure my best match).
Yes I know I'm probably over thinking this (blame grad school).
But I'm trying to cover all my bases to the best of my ability. (My family breeders and trains and shows and sells horses thus me making sure every box is checked).
Here's an apple if you made it through this entire post.