Originally Posted by FirefighterGSD
How did they fit for you in the long run? , was the breeder dead on with her recommendations? I know some breeders are really good at knowing what you'll get from certain pairings like you said
So far I got exactly what I asked for with Nikon and Pan. Legend is only 16 weeks so time will tell, but I've enjoyed him more than any other puppy I've owned, fostered, or started for someone else (but I was also sent two puppies, both that fit my criteria but expressed some traits more than others, so I was able to make my final choice). The few puppies I've started raising for other people were not what *I* would have picked but they weren't mine to keep.
When I got Nikon it was narrowed down to 3 choices based on me wanting a male with a normal coat. I had one in mind and the breeder had one in mind. After spending several hours with the males, I chose the one we both already had in mind for me. I wanted a dog that I could cross train, mostly in agility, and have good conformation for UKC and SV events. My dog has done well at SV shows, is a UKC Champion working on his Grand (very finishable, but conformation is lower priority to me so often I skip shows in favor of other events). He LOVES agility, probably more than anything else. He has high food drive, very easy to freeshape (clear-headed and free-thinking dog), good prey drive, we were able to get a SchH1 with some "High in trial" awards and respectable scores, and he has titles in many sports. So just what I wanted...a nice, healthy, good looking dog that is fairly easy to train and fun to compete with in many sports.
Pan I didn't meet before I picked him up, but gave long descriptions to the breeder of what I wanted and didn't want. She had narrowed it down to two, one larger bi-color male and one medium sable male. When I said I didn't mind a smaller/medium size, I was assigned the sable male. I asked for a social, friendly dog with lots of prey drive and good for sports and IPO. That is exactly what I got. Pan is outgoing, great with strangers and kids, loves to train, he became the fastest flyball GSD in just 6 months of training and now has his IPO3 and will be competing at regionals and a nationals with his new handler.