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03-17-2014 03:12 PM
Betty You can already see that everyone has an opinion of what a good breeder is. The hard thing is deciding what's important to you and if that breeder meets those qualifications.

Black and red are normally show lines, not always just normally.

Make up a list of questions and call or email the breeder. Personally, and your mileage may vary, I like asking why that male with that female? What are they looking for each parent to bring to the table? What are they looking to suppress or breed out.

How familiar are they with their bloodlines? Are they generational or do they just bring in new blood every couple of years to breed?

Ask for the name of a couple of buyers that had to evoke any warranty. Contact them and see how it went.

Look at the warranty carefully. Will you be able to live with the conditions? For example a lot of breeders require the return of a pup for any replacement. Would you be able to do that after owning the dog for a year or so?
03-17-2014 01:24 PM
crackem I saw some of her dogs quite a few years ago, some fairly decent dogs as far as showlines go. Her one "working" bitch was a headcase, did not like at all. I don't know what she's breeding these days.

Can't say anything about her dogs or breeding practices, but her and her family were very nice and easy to get a long with

I think she's in the group that has some dogs and breeds them. If she has what you want, it's your dog. But I would check everything out and other places too.
03-17-2014 12:44 PM
my boy diesel Exotic long coats from time to time.
Some of the most beautiful blacks you'll ever find. Reserve yours early, they go fast.

long coats are not exotic and blacks abound

you just have to know where to look
lol are kelby shepherds blacker than the usual black?

the above statements make me think they are quite new to breeding or just cashing in with some of the keywords

for your money i think you could do better
look into alta tolhaus they have awesome dogs
03-17-2014 12:03 PM
Galathiel I know a breeder in the state that is always highly recommended had a LOT of litters last year. As in probably 6 or 7 (maybe more?). However, I think part of the reasoning was because the male they wanted to use was only in the area for a limited time. But still, that's a lot of puppies.
03-17-2014 11:36 AM
Zlata I see this breeder is in WI. I have no experience with this particular breeder, but you may want to check out Alta-Tollhaus or Hokschhaus if you're looking for more options in the area.
03-17-2014 11:32 AM
LaRen616 Kelby German Shepherds


I do not like the way they word things on their page, they seem to have a "my dogs are the best ever" type of attitude.

They have 5 planned litters for this year, IMO that is a lot.

I don't see any titles for any of the dogs whether it's for showing, bitework or sports.

I also don't see any health testing, I see that they OFA some of their dogs but they don't post the results.

They also are mixing working lines with showlines and I would only trust a knowledgeable and reputable breeder to do that.

I personally would not get a dog from these people.
03-17-2014 11:06 AM
meldleistikow Kelby has a good health guarantee. It is on the website. I know she is due to have a couple litters soon.
03-17-2014 06:16 AM
Kbskopec I definitely do want to go the breeder route because I want the health guarantee. It killed me when I had to put my 2 year old down and that may have been preventable if I did a little more research on a breeder before buying him. Thanks for help and suggestions guys!!

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03-16-2014 11:21 PM
meldleistikow I have a dog from Kelby that will be 7 in April. She is a very sweet and obedient girl. She is great with all my kids and the other dogs. She has always been a pretty mellow dog and did very well in her obedience classes when she was young. We have trusted her to have the run of the house when we have been gone since she was about 8 months old.

Kelly really cares about her dogs and what she produces. She is a very nice and honest person.
03-16-2014 11:14 PM
Jusdy Actually their is place that sells guaranteed full and pure bred GSD's for only 1,200, It's called Tiltonhaus German Shepherds and that is actually where I got all of mine and the dogs live long because they are elbow and hip certified and are DNA tested for various things. If you live far away, they also do free shipping.
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