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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 02-12-2013, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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If you could choose between these litters, which one would you take

We are ready to put a deposit on a puppy. I am pretty sure we will be going with True Haus.I have spoken with Cindy a few times and have visited their facility and dogs. We liked what we saw. We are looking for a family pet first and foremost. We are a fairly active family with three young boys. While this dog will be trained (obedience and tracking) it will most likely not compete.

True Haus has just announced two new breedings. One is Esko and Terra, the other being Trigger and Cat. German Shepherd Dog, True Haus Kennels

If you had a choice between these two breedings and you were looking for a family pet, would you lean one way or the other? Or just let the breeder pick the best dog out of both litters that meets drive and temperament demands?
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Breeder! (assuming that you trust them, of course)

But you need to have your own minds made up as to what type/personality pup that you want!
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All I have to say is, we didn't know what we were doing, and thank goodness the breeder picked for us.
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We are ready to put a deposit on a puppy. I am pretty sure we will be going with True Haus.I have spoken with Cindy a few times and have visited their facility and dogs. We liked what we saw. We are looking for a family pet first and foremost. We are a fairly active family with three young boys. While this dog will be trained (obedience and tracking) it will most likely not compete.

True Haus has just announced two new breedings. One is Esko and Terra, the other being Trigger and Cat. German Shepherd Dog, True Haus Kennels

If you had a choice between these two breedings and you were looking for a family pet, would you lean one way or the other? Or just let the breeder pick the best dog out of both litters that meets drive and temperament demands?
I think that you should pick, cannot trust someone more than myself.
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I think that you should pick, cannot trust someone more than myself.
I would allow the breeder to select the puppy (or puppies if there are several that would be a good match).

The BREEDER is the one that has been spending the last 8 weeks/56 days/1300+ hours with the puppies. THEY should know each puppy - what they like and don't like, how they fit in the puppy pack, how they handle new sights and sounds, corrections (from Mom and the other pups), how they handle fear and obstacles.

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To make it a little easier for those viewing, following are links to the mating check for each breeding:

Esko & Terra: Line-breeding for the progency of SG Esko vom Klammeck and Terra vom True Haus

Trigger & Cat: Line-breeding for the progency of Thatchers Trigger of True Haus and Mi-Jos Cayenne

Trigger and Terra are littermates, so the difference between the resulting pedigrees comes down to Esko and Cat.

The Esko/Terra litter is linebred fairly tight on Ernst von Weinbergblick (3-3). Here is a recent thread in which linebreeding on Ernst is briefly discussed: Pedigree eval?. If you run a search, you will find more discussion of Ernst.

If it were me, I would tell the breeder exactly what I was looking for and rely heavily upon the breeder's guidance. They know these dogs and their production. Without breeder input, I lean towards the Trigger/Cat litter, but Cat has always caught my attention on the occasions when I have gone to the True Haus website.
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I will definitely let the breeder choose the puppy, I am just looking at the upcoming pairings. I have met with Cindy and plan on taking my family to meet her and the dogs (so she can get a feel for my rambunctious boys).

Is it a worry that Trigger is a DM Carrier?
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Also, Cat is now 7 years old. Is that too old to be breeding or is it OK?
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I'd let the breeder pick out any potential matches and if there was more than one, go from there.

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