They say that a well socialized, friendly GSD is most likely to protect his/her master. I believe it.
I, personally, prefer males. My two guys are very clingy with me; they don't get excited for anybody else, they don't want anybody else, only me. I can go hiking in the woods with them (off-leash), and they'll follow me everywhere. They want to be wherever I am, and will destroy the world to get to me. (Don't think I put that right...)
I vote positive training. It's fun for you and the puppy. Clicker training is great, and once they know what the clicker means, they can learn new stuff in minutes, maybe even seconds!
I agree, $1,200 sounds normal.
Varick vom Haus Jeffery
Dark Sable, intact male
DDR/West German Show Lines