|02-18-2014 06:38 PM|
Some of these tests are mad, say, they suggest to turn the puppy upside down, pour water on him, and all like that. Study bloodlines of sire and dam yourself. It is easier in Germany because all breeding dogs are checked for intellect first of all, and stable temperament by participating in Schutzhund, they have to have Schutzhund marks, and dog shows garantee their physical health. The breeder must be a participant of a breeding programme carried out not by him, but his club, whether Show or Working line. In order to find a good puppy, you should contact the club, nationwide German clubs have their branches in US. I wouldn't trust American Show line, but American Working line are absolutely brilliant dogs, highly trainable. If you know something quite simple, it would be easy to recognise that or other puppy temperament by watching them for 15 minutes 3-4 times, provided you have a pen and paper.
For avoidance of being fooled by any tests I suggest you to read this:
Genetics and the Social Behavior of the Dog: John Paul Scott, John L. Fuller: 9780226743387: Amazon.com: Books
|02-18-2014 05:46 PM|
|Lauri & The Gang||
My Crested puppies were tested by a local GSD breeder and friend. I use the Volhard PAT testing method - on unfamiliar ground with a stranger giving the test. I feel this, along with what I've seen as the puppies have grown, gives a better picture of the puppies temperaments.
Taking a puppy away from what they are used to and having a stranger interact with them gives, IMHO, a more realistic evaluation of their true temperament.
|02-18-2014 05:08 PM|
A good breeder will rather hold back a pup and wait if they feel that they don't have a good match at the time, even if there are people on the puppy list hoping for a pup.
|02-18-2014 03:56 PM|
|Witz||Good breeders assess the puppies as they are growing from birth and some do more formal Temp Testing. The better Breeders use both sets of info to get a general idea of temperament. There are buyers who have owned GSD's and know what they are looking for, but many are first timers working with a breeder. It is the time that a breeder takes to assess the owner and their intentions with the pup that is equally important for a happy match.|
|02-13-2014 10:48 AM|
When I got Nikon it was narrowed down to 3 choices based on me wanting a male with a normal coat. I had one in mind and the breeder had one in mind. After spending several hours with the males, I chose the one we both already had in mind for me. I wanted a dog that I could cross train, mostly in agility, and have good conformation for UKC and SV events. My dog has done well at SV shows, is a UKC Champion working on his Grand (very finishable, but conformation is lower priority to me so often I skip shows in favor of other events). He LOVES agility, probably more than anything else. He has high food drive, very easy to freeshape (clear-headed and free-thinking dog), good prey drive, we were able to get a SchH1 with some "High in trial" awards and respectable scores, and he has titles in many sports. So just what I wanted...a nice, healthy, good looking dog that is fairly easy to train and fun to compete with in many sports.
Pan I didn't meet before I picked him up, but gave long descriptions to the breeder of what I wanted and didn't want. She had narrowed it down to two, one larger bi-color male and one medium sable male. When I said I didn't mind a smaller/medium size, I was assigned the sable male. I asked for a social, friendly dog with lots of prey drive and good for sports and IPO. That is exactly what I got. Pan is outgoing, great with strangers and kids, loves to train, he became the fastest flyball GSD in just 6 months of training and now has his IPO3 and will be competing at regionals and a nationals with his new handler.
|02-13-2014 10:33 AM|
|onyx'girl||In my male's litter the test was done around 7 weeks of age and the breeder wrote up the assessments and posted them on the yahoo group page along with the puppy/owner matches. 3 yrs later on their birthday some of the litter owners re-read that 7 week old assessment, and it was dead on at maturity with the personality description! And the matches were right on.|
|02-13-2014 10:24 AM|
|02-13-2014 10:21 AM|
|Liesje||The past puppies I've bought or received from a breeder didn't have a standard or textbook temperament test, the breeder just knew which ones fit which people based on knowing the lines, the dam (and sometimes the sire too), and having raised the puppies for 8 weeks.|
|02-13-2014 10:16 AM|
The OP was banned, but the question is still legitimate.
|02-12-2014 10:50 PM|
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