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01-24-2014 06:45 PM
Wetdog Be careful Gatordog---I don't think Hans is full grown yet.
01-24-2014 12:22 AM
shepherdmom
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Originally Posted by Chip18 View Post
Oh since prey birds are already in here.

Winter time maybe 5 years ago, it was so cold that the Bald Eagles came down one was setting on my back fence.

Gunther my BullMastiff/Pit (Tri colour 85 lbs)mix goes running out to charge the Eagle, go whatever, head back in the house.
Struddell the White Boxer 65 lbs and Boxer Slim starts to charge also! I spin around and scoop her!

I figured the Eagle was going to take off with with Gunther going after him, with Gunther charging him but Struddel ? I thought he might be a near sighted Eagle and mistake Stru for a skinny Sheep!
Heard there are some Eagles nesting this year at Lahontan!
01-23-2014 11:57 PM
RubyTuesday
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True in a good number of cases..but you ask for the health docs and certs on the parents.
I want to see these but they don't provide nearly enough info to make an informed decision. Read the threads where people struggle to find a single food their poor dog can eat...Or inexplicably lose a dog only a few years old...Or fail with basic toilet training & can't get even a half decent recall on their GSD. Then there was the doozy with an ongoing parvo problem who hired an expensive expert to fix the problem but ignored the expert's recommendations (& continued to lose pups to parvo). Or the breeder who tested for DM but ignored the results & bred 'em anyways. Or those breeders who hide behind sketchy titles & breed thin nerved, unreliable dogs.


Health testing provides the mere tip of the iceberg. Is the extended family healthy, sound & long lived? Do people return for a 2nd & 3rd pup from the breeder? If you contact previous owners, do they have mature adults rather than simply a cute pup purchased a few months back? Does the breeder instill confidence?

Friends laugh b/c one of the things I liked about Djibouti's breeder is that when I visited she showed me a 12 yo bitch with DM who had about 3 mo remaining before she needed to be pts. There are breeders who would have had her pts & then conveniently 'forgotten' she'd had DM.

Nor should people passively accept recommendations extolling popular breeders & kennels. Scratch the surface of these widely touted breeders. Beneath a beguiling surface & a ton of hype some are indeed golden. Others are dross.

Ultimately, there is no substitute to doing the research, thinking for yourself & choosing the dog that will make you & your family happy.
01-23-2014 09:00 PM
SuperG [QUOTE=Chip18;4893202]Welcome to the club![/QUOTE



Okay....that's just a great doggy pic....love it...what expression !!!

SuperG
01-23-2014 08:51 PM
Chip18
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I haven't yet met a breeder who did not claim just that.
True in a good number of cases..but you ask for the health docs and certs on the parents.
01-23-2014 08:44 PM
Chip18
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It gets confusing actually there is a whole thread on it but whites and standards used to be the same but white is a fault and the SV in Germany refuses to register or even acknowledge that whites exist. They are allowed to be registered here with the AKC but then another group has gone a different direction and is breeding the Berger Blanc Suisse, or sometimes called the Swiss Shepherd and got it registered with the FCI.

Welcome to the club!
01-23-2014 08:10 PM
Chip18
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Originally Posted by shepherdmom View Post
No what my 90# GSD is going to do is to deter the owl from swooping down to get my smaller dogs. Just as he deters the coyotes from coming into my yard. Because he is big and scary and no one wants to mess with him. Unless you are a kid or a puppy then he is a big teddy bear.
Oh since prey birds are already in here.

Winter time maybe 5 years ago, it was so cold that the Bald Eagles came down one was setting on my back fence.

Gunther my BullMastiff/Pit (Tri colour 85 lbs)mix goes running out to charge the Eagle, go whatever, head back in the house.
Struddell the White Boxer 65 lbs and Boxer Slim starts to charge also! I spin around and scoop her!

I figured the Eagle was going to take off with with Gunther going after him, with Gunther charging him but Struddel ? I thought he might be a near sighted Eagle and mistake Stru for a skinny Sheep!
01-23-2014 07:23 PM
RubyTuesday I do enjoy my big guys but it's health, longevity & temperament that I obsess about. IF I couldn't have had what I wanted in a bigger package then I would have gone with a smaller GSD.
01-23-2014 05:44 PM
dawnandjr I love my bitches size. About 22-24 inches and 68-70 lbs. She does produce puppies that turn out larger than her though. Hoping to get a pup on the smaller size out of this litter (bred two days ago) to keep. The breed standard says its a medium size dog, not SUPER SIZED. I think Americans in general are obsessed with bigger things.
01-23-2014 05:21 PM
SuperG
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Originally Posted by RubyTuesday View Post
SuperG, I prefer bigger dogs. I just do & I always have, but no, I don't think they're better.

Do I prefer them? Yes.
Are they better for some tasks? Yes.
Are smaller GSDs a better choice for some jobs? Yes.
Do others have preferences different than my own? Yes.
Does that bother me? *raising eyebrows yet again*Ummm, no.
Is size the most important issue facing the breed? Hardly.
Is size a terribly important issue? IMO, no.
Ohhhhhhhh..... I think you missed my point.

I originally was making an observation which is all too prevalent with many larger breed dog owners. This mentality I see expressed too often, revolves around this idea that the larger a certain breed is ( such as GSDs ) the more "superior" or a better specimen of the breed it is. I have no problems with small dogs or big dogs however I desire a larger breed dog for my own tastes....that is simply my "taste buds". To each their own is my mantra with many things in life. But this attitude of which I speak is evident at either end of the spectrum, witnessed by so many who almost seem letdown by the fact that their GSD is too small. I am sure you have read countless posts in this forum of GSD owners who are worried sick that their GSD isn't big enough as a puppy....this fretfulness has captured my quizzical attention equally. Prime example....post just popped up... Miniature German Shepherd I recently adopted a German Shepherd who was abandoned at my work. She was only 44lbs at the time. She has a small frame and is well proportioned. She is definitely full grown, aged between 3-6. The vet says she's in very good health and that she is just a really small gsd... She weighs over 48 lbs now but is still tiny for a German Shepherd but is definitely pure bred.

Does anyone have an idea on why she is so small?


I was just curious in nature as to why this emphasis is placed so heavily by some folks. This "curiosity" has led me to then wonder why the GSD has so many permutations as compared to most other breeds. One poster suggested this is what happens when a breed is super popular and a plethora of breeders is the result. I agree with the poster's assertion.

I am not suggesting that the desire to own a larger dog is somehow incorrect at any level. I do however believe that the allure of "BIG" by too many GSD owners is an interesting quandry when most every GSD owner is so concerned that their GSD is purebred.....purebred to what standards however?

SuperG
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