|Yesterday 08:48 PM|
There are pets and then there are pets. It's hard to get good advice on a forum because unless you provide a lot of information about what you're looking for, your lifestyle, and your goals for the dog, it is difficult for any of us to make more than the broadest of recommendations. And even then, all of our opinions as to what constitutes a good "pet" may be different from each other's and from yours.
For example (and not to pick on Jrnabors here, it's just an easy example), the post above yours describes a "still or calm" dog as being good for obedience. It would not even occur to me to imagine those as good traits for an obedience dog, because I'm looking for a top-level competition obedience dog, and that means I want a fast, flashy, biddable, high-drive performance dog who can do a 12-hour trial on Saturday and go right back to another one on Sunday. Placid and calm are no good for my goals. So if you asked me what makes a good "obedience" dog I'd answer very differently, because my whole conception of what that word means is different.
Because different people's definitions can vary so widely, your best bet is to go to clubs in your area and see the dogs in person and figure out which ones you want to live with. Go to breed clubs and training clubs and (if you can find any) big cluster events -- try to find a conformation show that also has an obedience, Rally, or agility event being hosted somewhere in the same vicinity.
Around here, you'll see mostly American showlines in the conformation ring and mostly German showlines and working line GSDs in the performance rings, so if you hit a big show, it can be a good opportunity to see all three types at the same time. Breed club events tend to bring out a good sampling of the different types as well.
If there isn't a breed club nearby or they aren't hosting any events in the near future, my next suggestion would be to go to a good training club in your area and talk to the instructors of the pet obedience classes (look for the ones like "puppy manners" or Canine Good Citizen prep). Ask if they have any breeder recommendations. Frequently the instructors who teach the pet classes have seen a decent number of pups being produced by local breeders, and they can often point you toward or away from particular lines in their area. You might even be able to see some of those dogs in person if they have any currently enrolled.
|Yesterday 05:50 PM|
|AngelaHazle||Doc, do you have any suggestions for family pet breeders?|
|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.
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