|09-17-2013 06:40 PM|
exactly how would do it, I spoke to her breeder about this and they said I could lease her back to them and go from there, and I'd be more then happy to do that and learn that way, providing the dog is breed worthy when shes of age. mind you im not in my 20's im in my 30's lol
|09-09-2013 11:49 PM|
|mehpenn||Both. Out of my five dogs, three are from true herding lines, two from old Helgenhohe lines, which I love, love, love, and two actually came from dogs with Schutzhund backgrounds.|
|09-09-2013 10:46 PM|
|09-09-2013 10:44 PM|
Gabor started training in his early teens competively. Did not start breeding until maybe 10 years ago.
So, he had over 45 years of training dogs for sport, military and police prior to breeding. :-)
|09-09-2013 10:38 PM|
|marbury||If I'm not mistaken, cliff did you post once that you started at 17? I can't remember.|
|09-09-2013 10:07 PM|
|kjdreyer||Mary, thanks for the reply, I appreciate your taking the time. Nice story, too, and just what I was interested in knowing more about!|
|09-09-2013 12:39 PM|
I do have a bitch I'm planning on retiring from the farm and move her into something less strenuous, like maybe Rally, within the next year or so, so I'll be looking to replace her then. I haven't decided if I'll go with one of my own, or get a pup from an outside kennel that I've dealt with before, though. Either way would be a win-win for me and the farm. It'd be cheaper, for me, to keep one of my own, but I've got my eye on a line from this other kennel and have gotten dogs from them before and love their drive and tenacity.... so who knows. I've got time to decide.
And yes, I do have my own stud dog. All the dogs I breed are on my farm, I interact with them daily, and I know them very well.
I'm not comfortable breeding dogs I don't know, and would only stud my male to a bitch I know and have seen work and interact with her people and know well enough to know there's nothing "off" hidden in her somewhere. I've been called a snob, but eh, it is what it is. There's enough "pretty" dogs out there already.
|09-09-2013 12:10 PM|
|09-09-2013 12:08 PM|
Mary, you keep back pups for the future of your program?
And do you have your own stud dogs?
|09-09-2013 11:26 AM|
For us, it was by demand.
As many of you know, we live on a farm. We use our dogs on the farm, and any GSD we have is expected to work. That is first priority. If the dog won't or can't work, it's not for us. We've always taken great pride in our dog's ability to perform their herding duties, yet still be a fun, member of the family and that is something that has been noticed by other farmers and local GSD enthusiast.
We were asked a LOT if we were going to breed, but had no intention of doing so, until the farmer/breeder we had gotten dogs from through the years and worked with often contacted us about it. He was going to retire, sell off his herd and get out of the business all together, including raising dogs. He asked us if we'd consider breeding and if so, could he send clients our way, because even though he wasn't going to be breeding, there was still a high demand for working dogs and he knew and trusted the dogs we had and our ability to raise honest pups.
It was still another year, a lot of learning and researching and countless calls and emails from people wanting puppies, before we took the leap.
We decided on one litter, just to satisfy the demand. But the demand has remained steady. We've raised one litter a year, from two separate bitches, for the past five years. So, we've successfully bred, whelped, raised and placed five litters of puppies without once having to actually look for a home for a pup. When the time comes that we end up actually having to LOOK for homes for our puppies, that will be when we stop breeding.
We've kept our nose clean, and protected our reputation, and don't have a problem cutting ties with shady breeders and people who don't stand for what the GSD is or with people who's values change.
We've done things the "right" way, and it's paid off for us. We don't make a lot of money off our pups, but they've led people our way, that have helped in other areas of our farm.
We the demand for our dogs isn't there, we'll not breed. We've stayed successful, stayed small, most of our dogs are kept locally... and we're just fine with that.
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