Perhaps if you could provide a very general (i.e. state only) description of your geographic location and maybe more details about the type of dogs you were drawn to in your job, members could give you the names of some breeders in your area as a starting point in your research. The working and showline dogs are very different in temperament, frequently in size and usually in drive levels that require varying levels of exercise and mental stimulation. Matching the dog to your lifestyle and goals will go a long way in creating a long and happy relationship for both of you. A good breeder will ask for enough information about you and your preferences to steer you in the right direction, but a thoughtful self-evaluation about your wish list for a companion will make the process a bit easier and more grounded--those cute puppies can turn almost anyone into an impulse buyer! It is wonderful that you have parental support for your endeavor, even though you sound like a responsible young man. Take your time and do your homework--it is an exciting search and the background work you do will be rewarded.
Ok I live in south Florida. A GSD was the dog that my boss tested me with to see if I could hold my ground (this dog was abnormally large, had no manners/obedience, hated being on a lead and was notorious for fence fighting). I think that dog was suppose to break me because I could not handle that dog whatsoever, so I thought my chances of getting the job was over, but then my boss told me that he couldn't do any better with that dog either. I initially started out hating the GSD breed but over time I grew very attached to the GSDs at my job (especially the crazy one that no one could handle). Initially my vet told me to consider pit bull mixes, dobermans, or a belgian malinois. The doberman was too tall in my opinion, and my insurance company threatened to cancel my policy if I got anything with pit bull in it. Then it suddenly came to me that the GSD would be perfect since I tend to favor them at my job and I tend to pet/play with them more than other breeds.
I am actually having a very hard time finding a reliable breeder in my area since it seems like german shepherd puppies are everywhere.
Basically here is what I am looking for in a dog, a jogging partner that can be calm indoors, be a companion to myself and my mom, be able to frequent the beach/park/fishing areas with me, be a good watchdog (I only need a dog that has an imposing look/reputation or a deep bark since my house has been robbed 3 times in the last 8 months; and yes I have an alarm system).
My mom actually really wants a German Shepherd but the only thing stopping this the height. We used to have a female golden retriever so I am trying to looking for a GSD around that height.
Sorry for the rambling.