|03-03-2014 10:29 PM|
|Jrnabors||Doc's post was pretty blunt but totally on point. There's a lot of good points from others. We got a good Shepherd for our family but I'll be honest and say we probably didn't get the best Shepherd for our family. We got a working dog, which means she is healthy, but her energy is out the whazoo--she might be good at some things but she'd never be still or calm enough for obedience. It's hard to find a breeder that specializes in less hulky, land sharky dogs, but they are out there.|
|02-17-2014 11:19 PM|
Much to the dismay of the sport and show breeders, there are breeders that breed family companions that can do obedience, agility, UDX, etc.
The problem is that there are more show and sport pups than there is demand. Therefore these breeders claim that their dogs make great family pets and throw the companion dog breeders under the bus because their dogs aren't titles or in the show ring.
I do not think the OP will get unbiased advice on this forum when it comes to asking about a breeder that produces stable and solid family companions.
|02-17-2014 09:32 PM|
|02-16-2014 08:23 PM|
I have had my bitch for over 7 yrs now. Purchased her site unseen and didnt know the breeder. I did spend about 6 months looking and researching. I finally met my breeder over Thanksgiving 2013. Couldnt be happier with the choice I made over 7 yrs ago. Not only do I have a fantastic competition dog (AKC obedience), but family pet, great mother to her pups, natural protector of myself and home. Very balanced dog. Can go anywhere dog. Meet any dog, dog.
Austerlitz German Shepherd Dogs
|02-14-2014 10:19 AM|
|02-14-2014 10:03 AM|
I have to second what most of the others have said.
We were looking for a solid temperament first and foremost. I discounted a couple breeders due to their own temperament.... I finally found our breeder, the pups were expensive, certainly more than I have ever paid for a dog. I could not find anything negative about her from people I spoke to or on line. But there wasn't a lot of info about her either.
The parents were titled and were quite impressive. I had been around k9's as a child and I was expecting neurotic, full of crazy drive parents even though she said they could turn it off. We decided to give her a try and meet her in person as well as the parents. We fell in love with all of them and put a deposit down right then and there.
Looking back, we couldn't have done any better. She read us to a tee. I tested her when the pups were about 4 weeks and she nailed it. She chose our pup for us and nailed that too. We still chat with her over email about every couple of weeks. She has a true interest in the pups well being without being overbearing.
I want another from her but I'm afraid my wife would divorce me joking...
|02-14-2014 09:35 AM|
Thanks. I did go through that page and it has given me a new outlook on how to choose our puppy and new questions to ask possible breeders.
Does anyone have any reviews on Fernheimgsds and Renaissance Kennels?
|02-13-2014 04:14 PM|
AngelHazle, before you call or talk to any breeder make sure you take HOURS to go thru ---> http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...ind-puppy.html
That way you'll really know about the breed before talking to a good breeder. The 'bad' breeder could care less what you know, they'll just take your $$$$ and care less when your Hip Dysplastic fearful dog bites all your kids/neighbors/friends The good breeder wants the BEST owners for their dogs. They spend all the time/effort/money to breed the best dogs they can so they want the best owners matched up.
|02-13-2014 03:42 PM|
Thank you everyone for the help. I believe from what I've read here and from a few websites that a working line would be best for my family and I.
Does anyone have any recommendations, good or bad reviews, on breeders in Texas. I live in south Texas and don't mind driving a bit, but the closer the better/easier.
|02-11-2014 06:59 PM|
Be afraid of getting a cheaper GSD, I was looking for a good working line puppy a long time, being scared to get one with Cost of Dog Hip Dysplasia Surgery? - Ask Jeeves
Intellect, temperament and health are inherited in dogs. Shows are not for fun and titles, the only reason to hold shows is for breeding healthy dogs. Schutzhund competitions prove that the breed still has not only good physical capabilities, but posesses high intellect as well. The most expensive puppies are from parents, champions in both. But in the end it happens that the "plasticine dog" ( GSD commonly called) is shaped by his owner.
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