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05-18-2014 08:28 PM
Liesje I'll just add my .02 to the ones I have answers for


2. What kinda papers should I been looking for?

AKC (or SV if parents are German, or other FCI-accepted foreign registry). Avoid puppy mill registries like APRI and CKC.

4. Should I even been looking on Craigslist?
Probably not if you're willing to spend the time doing research and spend the money supporting a good breeder. Selling dogs is not allowed on CL anyway.

5. What are estimated puppy prices?
$1000-$2000 for working line; $1800-$3000 for west German show line

6. What are the initial cost of keeping and maintaining a puppy?
7. What are the monthly costs like? Like food, vet bills, shots?

My last puppy needed two more shots, then rabies shot at 6 months (all these shots about $25 each), he had worms despite being wormed twice by the breeder but that was only $5 for treatment. Microchip was $20. Local county registration is $24/yr. Food, toys, supplies....really depends on what you have and what you think you want/need. I used an expen and three crates (one in basement, one in bedroom, one in van), but already had these. My puppy started sleeping out of the crate at 5 months old, but is still crated in the basement while I work.

9. Can I leave the puppy alone in my apt for about 4 hours at a time?
Yes, that will be fine. Most dog owners work full time.

10. Just how bad are the hip issues Alsatians get as they get old and when to expect them (Age)?
Stack the deck in your favor by looking at breeders who are testing their dogs (OFA, SV a-stamp, or PenHip) and breeding dogs from generations of parents with sound hips. You can get prelim x-rays at 6 months old if it's a concern. I'm having my puppy x-rayed on Wed. Generally a dog has hip dysplasia or not. Many dogs may get stiff or have some arthritic changes as they age but don't necessarily have hip dysplasia.
05-18-2014 10:52 AM
kr16
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Originally Posted by Tauntingbull View Post
First post and hoping you guys can help me out with picking my first dog....

A bit about me....

1. I have never owned a dog before. However, ever since I was a kid, I wanted to own an Alsatian (GSD).
2. I currently live in an apartment and wont move to a house until about 2 years.
3. I'm pretty active. Love to go on hikes, run etc.
4. I have a small park about 2 mins away from my apt, but kids play there as well.

What I am looking for:
1. A pure bread Alsatian (GSD).
2. MUST love people and especially kids as I often have my nieces and nephews over.
3. Must be receptive an easy to training (And yes, I will be training with him as well, as a first time dog owner).

Questions are:
1. Where do I get a pure bred Alsatian pup from (I'm in the PA/MD/DC/NOVA area)?
2. What kinda papers should I been looking for?
3. What kinda questions should be asking the breeder?
4. Should I even been looking on Craigslist?
5. What are estimated puppy prices?
6. What are the initial cost of keeping and maintaining a puppy?
7. What are the monthly costs like? Like food, vet bills, shots?
8. Should I be looking for Show or Work line? I didn't even know about this until a few hours ago. Just found out about it in this forum.
9. Can I leave the puppy alone in my apt for about 4 hours at a time?
10. Just how bad are the hip issues Alsatians get as they get old and when to expect them (Age)?.

Sorry for the looong list of questions, but I am pretty clueless about this as you can see

Thanks for the help guys...
Are you British? In this country that name has not been used much or not at all. Good questions you are asking. This should get a ton of responses.
05-17-2014 11:37 PM
sehrgutcsg Selzer, could you handle this one, I'm tired, I need a puppy nap...
05-17-2014 10:59 PM
Tauntingbull
Please help me find the right Alsatian puppy for me...

First post and hoping you guys can help me out with picking my first dog....

A bit about me....

1. I have never owned a dog before. However, ever since I was a kid, I wanted to own an Alsatian (GSD).
2. I currently live in an apartment and wont move to a house until about 2 years.
3. I'm pretty active. Love to go on hikes, run etc.
4. I have a small park about 2 mins away from my apt, but kids play there as well.

What I am looking for:
1. A pure bread Alsatian (GSD).
2. MUST love people and especially kids as I often have my nieces and nephews over.
3. Must be receptive an easy to training (And yes, I will be training with him as well, as a first time dog owner).

Questions are:
1. Where do I get a pure bred Alsatian pup from (I'm in the PA/MD/DC/NOVA area)?
2. What kinda papers should I been looking for?
3. What kinda questions should be asking the breeder?
4. Should I even been looking on Craigslist?
5. What are estimated puppy prices?
6. What are the initial cost of keeping and maintaining a puppy?
7. What are the monthly costs like? Like food, vet bills, shots?
8. Should I be looking for Show or Work line? I didn't even know about this until a few hours ago. Just found out about it in this forum.
9. Can I leave the puppy alone in my apt for about 4 hours at a time?
10. Just how bad are the hip issues Alsatians get as they get old and when to expect them (Age)?.

Sorry for the looong list of questions, but I am pretty clueless about this as you can see

Thanks for the help guys...

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