|10-04-2013 11:21 AM|
@CW: Even if we do not frequent visits to SchH/IPO clubs, it sounds like that's the best place to possibly make connections and see the dogs "in action." Thank you for that recommendation.
The show in Philly sounds like a perfectly-timed opportunity! Does it matter on which day we go? I will be away that weekend and am thinking of playing hooky and going instead on Friday during competition.
@Mako: What a ridiculously handsome dog. Wow.
@wolfstraum: Is this breeder in the Frederick area? I would definitely contact them to perhaps get over to see this litter and to meet the breeder.
Thank you so much, all.
|10-04-2013 01:48 AM|
Not every breeder has kennels and litters coming at regular intervals....some are hobbyists who only breed occasionally...a friend of mine has a very very nice, stable, social working line dog that is black and tan (blanket pattern) in Maryland....another friend has a female who is expecting a litter from him in the next week or so...I know both dogs, both owners....the male has sired a few very good family dogs who are also working dogs (SAR adn sport) - the females first litter...owner lives on Long Island....a litter like this one should give you a very nice looking, active companion dog with good temperament...
|10-04-2013 01:43 AM|
Answer to 1&2 probably the most athletic with real working temperament without aggression issues top West German conformation dog in the mid Atlantic if not in the US is VA3 Mailo vom Kuckucksland.
Answer to 3 is it is not too soon
|10-04-2013 01:28 AM|
|Makobytes||I would visit as many breeders as you can or can stomach and see how knowledgeable they are and whether their adult dogs are what you like. Visiting clubs can be nice but generally the only recommendations you will get is someone else's choice of a dog for them and not for you. Be wary of what information you get off the internet, it usually is too general if not outright wrong. You get a very small glimpse of what is available from forums, a lot of top trainers and top breeders do not waste their time commenting and you may never know they exist. I do agree a lot with the previous posts by Chris, the dog right for you depends more on the individual dog and the particular breeder more than lines. The breeder's knowledge of canine behavour and training should be high on your list of priorities. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, if the adult dogs at the breeder is not what you are looking for don't expect the pup to be any better.|
|10-03-2013 05:27 PM|
|Chris Wild||Also if you really want to see a LOT of GSDs, the GSDCA national specialty is in Philly in next weekend, and the WUSV world SchH championship is in Philly the following weekend. So for much of October the area will be overrun by GSDs of all 3 of the main types.|
|10-03-2013 05:25 PM|
The right dog of either type, German show or working, could be a perfect dog for you. And there are dogs within both types that would be poor fits as well. It will come down to the individual breeding/litter and individual puppy within that litter.
Yes, you can find black/tan working lines. Though they will often be darker, with more black and less tan. Often referred to as melanistic or "blanket pattern" black/tans.
You are not looking too early. Many good breeders have long waiting lists, so starting your search now for a puppy middle of next year is a good route to take. Especially since you're still in the narrowing it down phase.
My recommendation would be to contact training clubs and groups in your area. There are a lot of SchH/IPO clubs out that way, and most of these clubs will have both working and show line members. Reach out to them, ask to visit a session or two (most will be open to you doing this). If there are any trials, shows or other competitions in the area maybe attend those as well. Visiting the clubs will give you the chance to meet many different dogs of each of the types, and talk with their owners, so that you can get a better feel for which type would be the best fit for you personality wise. In doing so, you'll also be able to network with GSD people in the area and they will probably have recommendations for local breeders based on what type of GSD you decide you want (or at the very least they can tell you who to avoid).
|10-03-2013 05:12 PM|
Breeder in mid-Atlantic or NE?: Hard time determining what's important
My husband and I are excited to be preparing for our first GSD, but we're finding the process quite overwhelming. We fell in love the the breed after an encounter with a police officer and his companion. The dog was the most beautiful, dutiful, assured and seemingly sweet-spirited animal I've ever encountered. We both realized right there at dinner that the GSD was the breed for us (after both growing up with Labs!). But we're so new to the breed and know only what we've read on forums.
We're attracted to stock coat black and tans and black and reds with the more squarish nose (German show line?). But from what I've been reading on this forum, we may be more attracted to the temperament of the German working lines. And the working lines seem to be more prevalent in the MD/VA/NJ/PA area where we live and would be able to visit with the breeder and dogs in advance. Can there be a mix? A black and tan, eager to please athlete with a great disposition who will lay with us on the sofa? Too much to ask?
We want a dog who is going to be healthy, intelligent, medium drive and a good family pet. I'm an avid runner and hope to take our new family member out for runs (I've read about waiting until 18 mos and building stamina) -- hopefully without a leash at some point. Both of us are committed to participating in training but don't plan to make a sport of it.
1. What line do think fits us best? Is it possible to find a black and tan with the sportier build and temperament?
2. Do you have recommendations for a good, "localish" breeder?
3. We are hoping to have a puppy in hand next April - June. Are we looking too early?
Thanks so much, in advance! And apologies if I don't know what I'm talking about.