|01-06-2014 03:32 PM|
|01-06-2014 03:25 PM|
totally skewed way to look at getting a dog in the US from a good breeder who knows what they are producing....
Winning does not always have as much to do with performance as with politics, training, politics.....all you have to do is go to one WUSV or National and see it in action.....
|01-06-2014 03:21 PM|
Late to the game, but I have two Blackthorn dogs... same dam, different sire. My P-pup is going on three now and has been an awesome home and sport dog. She trains/competes in AKC Rally, Obedience, and Agility. Titled Rally Excellent shortly after turning two. She also holds a Junior Herding Dog title through the American Herding Breeds Association. I've taken a lot of time getting her agility work right before we started trailing. In her first competition she had qualifying runs in all three course types. Hope to finish off those titles in two weekends. We also started with PSA training a month and a half ago. At almost three years of age and having never seen a sleeve in her life, she picked up on the game almost immediately. And her obedience is just as good as the dogs who have been there a while too. Our S-litter dog is started in the same sports, but we got him at about a year old, and he's a bit slower to mature than the female.
Anyway, long story short. Blackthorn has been a great breeder for us and certainly produces sporty dogs. Granted, within any given litter there will be a range of personalities. The breeder will help match the puppy's drive levels to the right home. And I can say that Christine does a PHENOMENAL job of matching pups to people!
|12-30-2013 05:22 PM|
|lhczth||BSP (Bundessieger Prüfung) is the German national SchH/IPO3 championships.|
|12-30-2013 03:09 PM|
What is BSP-?
I feel stupid asking about, but I have no clue what it means. I haven't even heard of it before.
|12-30-2013 12:17 PM|
|gaia_bear||I train with Robin, I'd suggest contacting her directly she's very helpful.|
|12-30-2013 11:28 AM|
Blackthorn is a good, solid breeder whose dogs are successful in many different venues, as Xeph said. I like her dogs and I would recommend them. The ones I've seen have been really nice dogs who are successful in performance venues and also make good living companions, although they are a little bigger than I personally would want (but then I'm not entirely sure I'm going to end up with a GSD at all because my ideal size/shape runs closer to Mals and Tervs, so take that with a grain of salt).
I don't know Narnia except by reputation, but from everything I've heard, that reputation is good.
I think it's great that you're starting to look so far ahead, because that gives you plenty of time to touch base with the breeders, find out if they've placed any dogs in your area, and try to go see them at work. Getting out to see the dogs with your own eyes is what really matters.
|12-30-2013 07:35 AM|
|12-30-2013 07:28 AM|
|robk||You have plenty of time. There are lots of great breeders out there. Having said that, I one of my three came from a breeder who imported both parents from Robin Winters at Narnia. Robin uses a lot of Czech lines in her program and is very active in IPO. My Narnia daughter tracks like a fiend, and has a monster grip at only 7 months old. Her obedience however is almost non existent yet. There is also another forum member here who imported her dog from Narnia. Her username is Sunflowers. You could send her a pm about her experience. Christine at Blackthorn is a member here on the forum and there are several members with dogs that came from her. She has a very active facebook page. You could follow it for a while and see if you like her program.|
|12-30-2013 01:42 AM|
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