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01-09-2014 12:24 AM
doggiedad i don't like referring people to a breeder online because i
don't know anything about the person i'm referring to the

i found my breeder in Dog World.
01-08-2014 11:01 PM
Saphire This is the kind of information I could have used when I was looking for my first GSD. Individual experiences and what qualities they looked for and ended up with.

Would have been a great start to a search!

Thanks everyone for contributing.
01-08-2014 04:07 PM
Carriesue I found Ollie's breeder locally, an hours drive from my house... I met with the breeder a few times, met all her dogs and she sat and talked with us for hours. At the time I was a complete GSD newbie and didn't even know there were different lines so all I was after was good temperament and health. I also had no plans for and didn't know much about dog sports, I was purely after a pet dog. I found quite a few people who had or have owned dogs from her and only heard positive things and that many of these people had dogs living 14+ years so I put a deposit down.

So far he has been an amazing first time GSD, I've learned so much more about the breed, dove right into several sports and found that I was hooked! I also completely fell in love with the breed because of him and nothing puts a bigger smile on my face then watching the pure joy on his face when he's working.

I only found out later through this forum that he is a SL/WL cross but he has definitely helped me learn more about what I want in a dog, he has been a fabulous teacher. I am planning on hopefully bringing home a WL female next year and am starting all over on the search for a breeder and am completely and totally overwhelmed, LOL.
01-08-2014 03:39 PM
GatorDog I got Aiden while I was working at a vet in NY. He was 5 months old and sick and living there, and when he was healthy enough I decided to take him home to foster him...And he never left. Best decision I've ever made.

Carma came from a local breeder (again in NY) who belonged to my club at the time. I wanted a black and tan male but ended up with the coated sable female because she was awesome since the first day I saw her.

Tulah came from a breeder who I had known about before, then met and became very close friends with. He flew to Germany with his female to breed the litter and so far I have been very happy with my little girl.
01-08-2014 03:24 PM
misslesleedavis1 Only one of mine came from a breeder, Dexter is a BC and he turned out to be a really great dog. I did do research on his breeder, liked what i read and liked what other people had said. Dexter turned out great. The others are rescues. I dont know what Tyson came from maybe working lines who knows,
01-08-2014 03:02 PM
Vinnie I've had a few German Shepherds by now from both breeders and rescues. Since you're talking about finding a breeder, I'll leave the rescues out of my post.

My first (when I was a teenager) came from my father. My father and those dogs have long since passed away. All of his old paperwork was lost many years ago in a fire and to be honest I didn't pay that close of attention back then to even know enough to find any similar lines.

My husband found Dalton in a newspaper ad, I think. Just took me for a drive one day and stopped at this house with a litter of GSD puppies. Met the dam of the litter. She was very social. When I seen the puppies I couldn't walk away without the unique looking little black one with the silver hair between his toes (I was only familiar with black and tan at that time). Breeder told me it happened sometimes when they bred to this particular sire. But I knew that puppy was special.

As Dalton grew I learned a ton about these dogs and really wish I had paid attention to my father when I was young. As I was researching and learning I found many resources on the internet and became fascinated with a dog that had recently come to the states named Belschik von Eicken-Bruche. I started following who was using him and bringing him into their blood lines. This lead me to a breeder I already knew, Lisa Clark (Admin. on this board and at the time so was I). I watched and followed her breeding program for a few years before I said anything to her. Lisa is the breeder of our boy Sundance (Ezio zu Treuen Hšnden).

My husband started coming with me to training and one day on the way home he looked at me and said he wanted his own German Shepherd that he could train in some type of scent detection. I told him I would email Lisa. He said he wanted to check out a breeder that had recently moved (with his dogs) from Germany to MN named Stefan Schaub. I had met the breeder before at different training events and a training friend of ours who had a puppy from him recommended him highly. I emailed them and they had just had a litter of pups a day or so before so along came Butch (Dario von der Staatsmacht).

Both breeders have been very helpful and supportive to my husband and me. Lisa has really been a big help from a distance with my countless emails on all sorts of topics and is a very encouraging and knowledgeable person. Stefan has been a huge, huge help in training both our dogs and I love talking to him about all the German Shepherds he has seen in person and worked. Especially the working line dogs in Germany. He is a treasure trove of knowledge on this breed and has no problem sharing his knowledge. I would and many times do recommend these 2 breeders.

Training dogs, competing and just being around other GSD people has enabled me to meet a few dogs and breeders now and even if I donít personally own a dog from them there are a few other breeders Iíd also recommend. For example; I have known Chris Wild for a few years now. I have met dogs from her kennel, happy owners/handlers of her dogs. I have been to her home. I have been out to pizza with her and her husband, Tim. I would also recommend her and her kennel. There are a few others too. However, if I have no personal experience with a kennel, I will NOT recommend or comment.

Most the time I try to recommend something that seems like it would be a nice fit (i.e. if youíre asking for showlines I wouldn't recommend workinglines or if youíre asking for someone in MN I donít recommend someone in MI, etc.).
01-08-2014 02:23 PM
onyxena Although this is not a German shepherd breeder, I have opted to purchase a Shiloh this year from a family I have become well acquainted with. I met them at a regional show specializing in this breed and really was amazed at how gorgeous and well behaved the dogs were. I was admiring her stunning 6 month old female and we ended up exchanging info and staying in touch. She is breeding this female who will be 3 this year to a male I have met several times who has done very well in shows. He is gorgeous, calm very regal, aloof but kind, alert, basically everything I want in my next dog!
Both parent have had extensive health testing done. I have met several of this breed and much like the GSD, there are some that are more the type i like and others I don't care for that much. Overall though, I have been quite impressed with their looks, health and temperaments. While not the same as the GSD, For what I want in my next pup, they absolutely fit! I definitely plan to have more GSDs eventually, but will likely rescue.
01-08-2014 11:30 AM
wolfy dog I found my breeder in an hour-drive-distance. It was my last try before giving up on a good GSD. Can't believe after searching for so many years that I found the right breeder so close by.
01-08-2014 10:06 AM
Shade After many failures at finding either a good breeder or rescue for months I was very discouraged. I was at my vet for an appointment with Jazzy and was discussing a rescued GSD I was considering with the vet and asked her opinion on the breed and the breeders in the area bringing their dogs in. She recommended the breeder, and also recommended I speak to one of their techs who was involved heavily in the breed as well for her opinion. The tech called me a few days later and confirmed what the vet had said, so I contacted the breeder. I even searched the forum and found a recommendation from another breeder that I was considering which was very encouraging.

I got a response back quickly and was encouraged by the friendliness and openness of the email. We spoke several times and she agreed she could find me a good match, even offering to help me import a dog if I didn't find a match in her kennel. She answered all my questions and was honest that the litter she had planned was going to be available earlier then I had planned, I was in the process of moving in the summertime so was looking for a fall or winter litter. Since it was the only litter she had planned as they were moving later in the year as well I moved my entire schedule up so I could take him home.

The main things I liked were the following: Open communication, their dogís accomplishments and titles spoke for themselves, they truly stand behind their dogs and their pride is evident. The dogs they bred were extremely versatile and active LE, SAR, service dogs, and family pets. But the dogs I met personally settle in the house and are loving companions.

I spent many hours over at the breeder's house with the litter and was treated like family. She encourages updates and was a great help and support when I was dealing as a first time owner of a GSD puppy with drives Diva, Delgado's mother is an amazing dog and I love seeing some of her traits obvious in Delgado

In the end I found a breeder who I was comfortable and confident in and I got an amazing dog.
01-08-2014 09:59 AM
mycobraracr I didn't read all the responses.

I found Recons breeder through my old trainer. I met about a dozen of their dogs and liked them all. I had also been told of a time when one of that breeders dogs had a genetic issue and they did everything possible to help the owner through it. That is extremely important to me! I understand these are living breathing creatures and with the health statistics of the GSD today it's bound to happen. I'm sure every breeder at some point has ran across something.

I found Kimbers breeder, partly from here and partly from SDA. I have seen tons of their dogs, met many owners and really like them. They have been extremely easy to work with and are always available. They also stand behind their dogs.

I look for breeders that not only have dogs that are successful in bite sports but successful in every venue. I want feed back from competitors, pet homes and I really want to see some of their dogs in "real" work like, SAR, or LE. I found it was easy to find a dog that can go to a training field and work. Or one that was a great hiking/camping buddy. Or one that liked to snuggle on the couch. What I find more difficult is finding breeders that breed for dogs that are real and confident enough for serious work, stable enough to be an active member of the family and calm enough to just hang out on the couch when it's been a long day. If a dog can't meet all these requirements, then it doesn't belong in this house.
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