|09-15-2013 11:56 PM|
|09-15-2013 11:04 PM|
|Mary Beth||Yes, I felt that way and I was really nervous because my Sting was my first GSD and my first pup - my other dogs were adopted as adults. I had myself nearly convinced I would have the most poorly trained pup on the planet and he would be a disgrace to the breed all thru my fault. But the alternative was not to have a gsd which I always wanted - so I picked out the breeder and went ahead. I am happy I did - and all turned out well. It will for you also, but I do suggest you first draw up a list of what you want your pup for: companion or do you plan to do IPO or Schutzhund, agilility, or flyball or obedience, or SAR or show in conformation. Also list do you prefer the working or showline and which kind (example in working Czech, in showline American or German) and do you prefer any certain color, or coat. That should help you narrow down the breeders. Then I suggest you narrow further by health - do both of the pup's parents have good hips/elbows, parentage cleared for DM, and any other health clearances such as eyes. Then narrow down by location if you do want to pick up your pup. That should give you a very manageable list If you are still undecided, start a thread asking which breeder from your list would be the best . And when you have decided, do what I did and be honest with the breeder on what you are looking for, your home situation, your energy level (are you a walker or a runner) , any other pets - then let the breeder pick the best pup for you.|
|09-15-2013 10:59 PM|
|Makobytes||It is easy to be overwhelmed as breeders run the gamut in competency. The more breeders you are able to visit the more information you will have to make a decision. You can get an idea from seeing the dogs used for breeding what a future puppy will turn out like. The more breeders you meet the better idea you should have of their abilities. You just might be able to pick up if someone has the knowledge necessary through intimate knowledge of the bloodlines combined with a thorough knowledge of canine behaviour over someone just breeding their pet. You do have cause for concern as their are competent breeders in your area and there are some real loo-loos. If someone breeds the wrong two dogs together it can be disastrous, and you will be enslaved to that mistake if you get one of the puppies. But get a pup from the right breeder and put the investment of your time paying special attention to first months, you will have the best companion that will enrich your life.|
|09-15-2013 09:01 PM|
|David Taggart||Get 6 months old trained puppy, it's easier, though costly.|
|09-15-2013 08:39 PM|
I think most feel that way at one time or another.
I know whenever I am about to get a new puppy, I question my decision, in the end it all works out ok
I do think with the net and all, one looking for a dog can become over frazzled by ALL the websites, this, that, who to pick? what if I'm wrong? Sometimes we can overload information when it can be fairly easy.
Do you know anyone with a german shepherd that you really like? Ask where the dog came from..
Find breeders you can visit! And VISIT, see their dogs, meet them..
Any shows around? Check them out..
Key is knowing what you want and don't want in a dog, and then finding a breeder who can match you to that perfect puppy...
|09-15-2013 08:30 PM|
Frustration: looking for a breeder
I don't know if anyone has felt this way.. but.. I starting to feel really frustrated/ overwhealmed with looking at breeders and while doing my research. All the reading up I have been doing, the more I read the more I get nervous I'm going to choose wrongly or cause bad habits. Has anyone else felt this way?