|03-18-2014 01:54 PM|
|Chris5110||RPMommy, what are you looking for in a GSD. Companion, protection or sport competition, conformation ?|
|03-18-2014 12:44 PM|
|kiya||I drove from Eastern LI to Gettysberg PA for Apache and Kiya was flown in from Ohio. Dont limit yourself to the island.|
|03-18-2014 12:13 AM|
I am a member of a schutzhund club on Long Island. We train in St James. Our club president breeds German Shepherds. He is/was a breed warden. About a third of the club members have his dogs. I dont. We also have a very friendly club to train with. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. his name is Bob Frampton. Feel free to google him.
I may know some others who have GSD litters. They are working litters so will be higher drive dogs. Any questions drop me a PM.
|03-12-2014 02:38 PM|
Are you looking only for a puppy?
Or a grown young dog?
|03-07-2014 06:23 PM|
Agree with Lark and it sounds like you are on the right path!
I like to jump in just with a couple of general thoughts I learned along the way here.
Any line of GSD can have genetic issues show line AND working lines. If a breeder tells you 'my straight back working line dogs can never get hip dysplasia' don't walk, run away.
Two, lots of folks have working lines and are very happy with them, but showlines aren't all extreme and sometimes can be a better fit temperament-wise for some families. So it doesn't hurt to give them a look over at least.
No matter what line you decide I agree, finding a good breeder will be your best bet at getting a great new family member.
Good luck in your puppy search!
|03-07-2014 05:55 PM|
|Lark||Being firm is something I really had to work on with my trainer. She told me I have to quit being mom and be leader instead. I think if you are aware you have that issue then it is something you can work to overcome.|
|03-07-2014 04:41 PM|
|03-07-2014 04:40 PM|
|gsdsteve||I would check with Carol at Watcher Engel in Connecticut or Pam at Von Hena C in New Hampshire.|
|03-07-2014 02:59 PM|
Personally, no I wouldn't get a dog from the Robert's breeders. It looks like they do the bare minimum health testing which is a huge flag for me.
Working lines can be companion dogs for active families just the same as show lines, it's about finding the right breeders who can match you with the right dog Pedigree is important as well, look for a breeder who does through health testing and also multiple certifications proving their stock is breed worthy. Most good breeders do all the training and titling themselves so they know their dogs inside and out and can tell you about their strengths and weaknesses.
As for breeder communication, the breeder I chose was very helpful and through in her responses and I felt comfortable right off the bat. I spent several hours over at their house after the pups were born playing with the puppies and talking with them, you're not just purchasing a dog but a person who should have years of experience and knowledge to back you up with any questions or problems. If you don't feel comfortable right away then chances are they're not the right one for you, it's doesn't mean they are bad, just not a good match.
|03-07-2014 02:55 PM|
|RPMommy||Thank you, I am sifting through search results at the moment... It looks like a few of the highly recommended breeders are no longer breeding pups... but I'll keep looking.|
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