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06-12-2014 11:21 AM
Yoshi
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I think that is a big misconception. Working ability is absolutely vital to this breed, not just for preservation of the breed but also as a "pet". Have you ever tried to train a low drive, stubborn dog who doesn't really care about pleasing you? I have - many times while I was working with shelter dogs over a 5 year period.

That working drive and biddability we hope (wish?) is bred into every GSD is what makes training pet obedience easy, and makes the dog want to learn and work with you. Varying degrees of drive and energy for varying homes... a high drive, high energy working dog is no good for an inexperienced pet home. Most working litters have a pup or two that would make a great active companion.

So, working drive is important even for pet homes. To love the GSD, should be to love how they are meant to be - a stable and driven utilitarian working dog.
POW! That there! I agree with! Why water down such a great breed because some people cannot handle it? There are other breeds who would make fine lap dogs. That is what they are bred for.

Working breed dogs make great pets as well. They are easily trained and they always want to please you.
06-12-2014 11:10 AM
martemchik I think as a potential puppy buyer, you have to remember that you’re never the “final product” and in some way are a test subject for the breeder who has an end goal. I have yet to meet a breeder where a current litter is the end goal, and like others have stated, there is no such thing as a perfect dog, so breeders are constantly working to improve what they currently have.

So as a buyer, you should weigh the problems that are potentially in the pedigree, and in the sire/dam and if you’re willing to trust the breeder that they are minimizing the risk of that problem showing up in a puppy. Each person is going to have a different level of risk they’re willing to take in regards to the gamut of problems that are potentially in a pedigree.

For me, some things I won’t take a risk with, even if the breeding itself is solid, the breeder knows what they’re doing, and everything looks good. But there are so many other options out there that I personally feel I don’t need to take a risk on some things (listed them earlier). It’s impossible to breed dogs that don’t have some sort of issue, or are related to a dog with something wrong. So you can’t expect a breeder to breed only “perfect” dogs with no genetic or temperamental faults.
06-12-2014 10:50 AM
lalachka
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We're not allowed to talk about breeding theory...we don't actually breed remember.

Lol she didn't mean you)))) she said she didn't.



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06-12-2014 10:48 AM
martemchik We're not allowed to talk about breeding theory...we don't actually breed remember.
06-12-2014 10:47 AM
lalachka
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I think things are just moving with the natural flow of conversation, would love to get back on topic though... was a very interesting discussion earlier.

Sorry, go ahead)))) I always get carried away.


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06-12-2014 10:46 AM
lalachka
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Here is my female...

Which one do you think came from a BYB and which one from a reputable breeder?


Lol I know which one, you told me before)))))

But i'd never guess. Maybe by the tone of your question))))))

I like them both. I'm not THAT picky.


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06-12-2014 10:45 AM
Wild Wolf
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I don't understand this thread. I thought it was about breeding, but now we're saying "I'm just a pet home so other stuff doesn't matter to me." What is the question here?
I think things are just moving with the natural flow of conversation, would love to get back on topic though... was a very interesting discussion earlier.
06-12-2014 10:44 AM
martemchik Here is my female...

Which one do you think came from a BYB and which one from a reputable breeder?

06-12-2014 10:42 AM
lalachka
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I don't understand this thread. I thought it was about breeding, but now we're saying "I'm just a pet home so other stuff doesn't matter to me." What is the question here?

I'm just learning things. Questions come up as things are written.


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06-12-2014 10:41 AM
lalachka Ohh that. He doesn't look athletic, that's why I brought that up.
Maybe him not being athletic gives that impression.

Just looks like he's heavy. So to me that's a big thing. I enjoy watching my dog run.


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