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new_cuevas 02-27-2014 11:30 PM

should I?
 
Hey everyone. I am new to this forum, I literally joined like 10 minutes ago. Well back to the topic. I am a 15 year old boy and one of my friends is selling his german shepherds litter. She had a few but he only has 2 left, I am definitley interested in buy one. They are both females, I have always wanted a German shepherd but I have always found them too costly now we are in a better economic state. This isnt our first dog we currently have a smaller dog(male) we are unsure its breed it definitely has a bit of chihuaha cause of the similarity in size and we also have a nearly new born kittwn which was left at our door step with its siblings and it was the only survivor. I know it has major energetic and social requirements that I can definitely fulfill I am just wondering if I should purchase her. She is 12 weeks old for 150 dollars.

new_cuevas 02-27-2014 11:32 PM

Also it is noteable to post that they are purebreeds :)

brembo 02-27-2014 11:41 PM

German puppies are a handful. They stay in a puppy-like state for a long time, taking upwards of 3 years to really become the mature wonder-dogs people yearn for. I have a one year old right now and she has been binary in terms of ownership. I love her to bits one minute and the next I wish she had never stepped foot in my house. I know what she will eventually be like so I'm going to stick it out, but I am sorely tested day in and day out.

new_cuevas 02-27-2014 11:47 PM

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Originally Posted by brembo (Post 5107826)
German puppies are a handful. They stay in a puppy-like state for a long time, taking upwards of 3 years to really become the mature wonder-dogs people yearn for. I have a one year old right now and she has been binary in terms of ownership. I love her to bits one minute and the next I wish she had never stepped foot in my house. I know what she will eventually be like so I'm going to stick it out, but I am sorely tested day in and day out.

Yes I would imagine. So what do you think is it a good buy?

boomer11 02-27-2014 11:53 PM

all i have to say is if you really want a german shepherd you should get one from a reputable breeder. german shepherds are already a real handful to raise but if you get one with nerve issues or health issues, your life will be exponentially tougher. not to mention that 150 bucks that you thought was a good deal will turn into thousands with trainer/vet bills. i've gotten a dog from a backyard breeder and the pup didnt enhance my life whatsoever. in fact his fear aggressiveness and separation anxiety caused me more stress than a stage 5 clingy girlfriend.

if you get a well bred stable shepherd then yeah its a good buy IF you have the time and energy to raise it.

new_cuevas 02-27-2014 11:58 PM

Man :\ stage 5? Thats bad aggh im definitely torn I dont know I really want to. They are purebred I dont know if that makes a difference but I hope she is not like what you have mentioned

new_cuevas 02-27-2014 11:59 PM

What did you do with your backyard bred gsd?

boomer11 02-28-2014 12:09 AM

anyone who is selling pups for 150 bucks are 99.9999% backyard breeders. reputable breeders would have their dogs health tested to make sure they are healthy. bad hips are a major problem with this breed. they would title their dogs to show that the dog has a good temperment and what a real gsd should be. an unstable dog would never be able to get titled. the best trainer in the world wouldnt have been able to title my dog.

just because a pup is from a byb doesnt mean its crap. you could get lucky and get a good dog but imo the odds are against you. but if you do get a dog with nerve issues it really can be life changing. you could look into adopting an older shepherd? that way you can gauge its temperment and not have to essentially play the lottery and hope you get lucky.

i too bought a pure bred shepherd for 300 dollar and ignorantly thought a dog is a dog, its how you train it. boy was i wrong! imo with most breeds its ok to get a dog from anywhere but with a breed that is born with natural aggression, getting a bad one is a real handful/a liability.

new_cuevas 02-28-2014 12:16 AM

Man I think I will the gamble I am much more comfortable raising the pup when it is still young I dont know why I just feel like the bond Is stronger and they are not as destructive when younger so they can be trained by the time they are bigger to not be as destructive. I really dont know much this is just my theory

brembo 02-28-2014 12:22 AM

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Originally Posted by new_cuevas (Post 5107858)
Yes I would imagine. So what do you think is it a good buy?

Well, yeah I guess. If yer hot to trot on having a puppy 150 bux isn't bad for PB German. The thing is, the initial outlay for a German is probably the most important. Spend the dough to get a dog that traceable lines, a dog that is picked FOR you by the breeder as he/she knows their dogs. A real-deal breeder isn't making much(if any) from a dog if they sell it at 2000 dollars. They don't just let two dogs bump uglies and wait for the puppies. They import/track down/breed animals with traits that are desired, often times at hideous costs. Then nature does it's thing and hopefully and a brood of puppies with potential are soon wallowing around. The expenses don't stop there either. Shots, tests, medical exams and various certifications are expected and required.

If it were me, I'd take that 150 and start looking up rescues. Chances are most rescues will show you the door because of your age, unless your parents are on board 100%. Find an older (3+years) German that you mesh with and make a 150 dollar donation to the rescue. You get to skip the highly annoying puppy stages and have a great dog with a bit more assurance it's not a nerve-bag. After dealing with an adult German in a few years time you might want to go the breeder route if the breed complements your lifestyle. They are life-changers, so much dog to screw up or have a companion of a lifetime.


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