Thinking about a German Shepherd
Hello GSD Peeps, My family and I lost our Pomeranian last December. We have been thinking about getting a German Shepherd, and I have a few questions.
First, a little info about myself and family. Our only child left in the house is almost 15. He is active in sports, and the family tries to support that as much as possible. My wife is a restaurant manager that works 50 hours a week. I work at a church early in the morning. After my morning shift I usually go Frisbee golfing. In the afternoons Monday through Thursday I drive for the county I live in. During the weekends I play in Disc Golf tournaments, go mushroom picking, Kayaking and more.
Our previous dog was absolutely perfect. He was the most well behaved dog at the Disc Golf course. I trained him to stay close to me, he would heal to the snap of my fingers. However, I always worried about other dogs getting ahold of him.
I would like my next dog to go Frisbee Golfing, Truffle hunting, boating, I'm even interested in SAR.
now some Q's
The dog will be with me the most. Does a German Shepherd sound like a good fit for my lifestyle and interests?
Are there working line breeders that breed smaller GSD's? like 40 - 70 lbs?
We have considered getting a small dog at some point. Should we get the GSD first or small dog?
I know a GSD is going to need a lot more socialization than my pom needed. I plan on lots of it. I have a good friend that has a farm with all kinds of animals and a Home Depot near by. I'm familiar with local trainers and plan on plenty of Obedience classes etc.
Thanks. All responses appreciated.