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03-10-2014 12:45 AM
OkieShepherd Well, I haven't posted because of work, but we brought our newest family member home this past week. "Zues" is 12 weeks old and is great. I hope WE live up to HIS expectations!!!! Ty for the replies and helpful information. Ty to "my boy diesel" also!

David
03-05-2014 07:51 AM
blackshep My suggestion, would be to keep your mind open and check out a number of breeders with dogs from varying lines. Don't get too hung up on one or the other.

Working lines are more energetic and have more intensity as a rule, but I think in general they also have better nerves. My WL dog is really energetic, but she has a fabulous off switch in the house and is not even 2 years old.

All puppies are cute, so I'd go and check out the breeder and parents before looking at any puppies. Take your time, don't be in a rush. It took me a really long time before I decided on a breeder. This is such a huge investment, it really doesn't pay to rush, just go look at some dogs and some breeders, watch them working and sleep on it for a while.

Maybe if people know your location, they can give you some names to start you off in your search.
03-05-2014 06:26 AM
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key is finding a good breeder who can match you with a puppy that will fit your lifestyle/wants/don't want.

With that, make a list of what you want in a dog and what you don't want, high energy/low energy/ middle of the road/

It's not so much about the lines, more about the individual dogs.

I have always had working lines, tho one was more american lines. My working line dogs, do require more exercise, but had/have good off switches when they mature.
My american line was more of a couch potatoe. Again, all dogs are different.

As for protection,, well some can be naturally protective, some are not.

I'm going to move this thread to appropriate forum
Nailed it. ^^^^

We had an American that was off the walls hyper. We currently have a working line that is the most chilled and confident pup I have ever owned.

In my opinion the breeder is the key. They know what they are breeding and have the experience to place the right pup with the right people.

We met with our breeder, told her what we were looking for. Explained that we are getting older and while we are active we aren't hiking, jogging, and sky diving every weekend. Nor did we have any desire to go into protection sports. We wanted a solid temperament first and foremost. We told her that we have always owned females and prefered solid black but temperament was important above all other traits. We ended up with a black and tan male and couldn't be happier.

They are all different, there are so many dogs that break the molds out there. Ours included. The breeder is the key in my opinion. We have a working line dog that is a monster in size and has a very calm temperament and our breeder nailed it by placing him with us. Look for breeders, not dogs. Obviously you will like a certain color, sex etc. but temperament is worth it's weight in gold.
03-04-2014 07:41 PM
sourdough44 I really doubt there is ANY reason to worry a 'show dog' won't be good enough in the 'protection' area. Take just about any Shepherd, they will keep watch & let you know something is amiss. You don't need a dog that's itching to take a bite out of the UPS delivery guy. How many people want to advance on a barking German Shepherd?

This is a non issue with us. Our last Lab did enough to alert us. Here is a recent picture of 'Mya'. She is more from an 'American line', but she is doing just great.
03-04-2014 08:27 AM
Nigel Have you had the chance to meet any others who have dogs from this breeder? I have both show/American and Czech WL, both make great pets in an active home. All 3 have good off switches.
03-04-2014 07:47 AM
JakodaCD OA key is finding a good breeder who can match you with a puppy that will fit your lifestyle/wants/don't want.

With that, make a list of what you want in a dog and what you don't want, high energy/low energy/ middle of the road/

It's not so much about the lines, more about the individual dogs.

I have always had working lines, tho one was more american lines. My working line dogs, do require more exercise, but had/have good off switches when they mature.
My american line was more of a couch potatoe. Again, all dogs are different.

As for protection,, well some can be naturally protective, some are not.

I'm going to move this thread to appropriate forum
03-04-2014 12:03 AM
my boy diesel just a note
bybs come in all shapes and sizes and all lines
not just american lines
as sables become more popular we are seeing more and more byb and poor quality breeders of that particular color

op, go with what you like
the rest will follow
gds are naturally protective and unless u r going to professionally train your dog in personal protection
merely having a large dog such as a gsd wandering about your yard is enough to deter most criminals
let alone that big gsd bark
03-03-2014 11:41 PM
OkieShepherd Ty for the replies. We are really considering a breeder of American shepherds and have visited his kennel. AWESOME dogs! The one thing that concerns me is that he shows his dogs and I get the feeling that's what he breeds for...great show dogs. I'm not saying that is bad but I'm thinking I'm paying $2k for a show dog and hoping he is a great family dog and protector. This gentleman is in no way a byb from what I can tell. Is it wrong to want a protector that is a member of the family? I hate to "give up" something in order to get something else(hope that makes sense)
03-03-2014 10:25 PM
Mala Hi and welcome! I've own/owned both american and czech lines and do agree they are both very different. My czech line is very active but she is always eager to learn, confident, loves to play, has a really high prey drive, and great with the kids. At 6months she's already surpasses my expectations in training. My american line was more reactive, harder to train,she's a barker but if you come close she will most likely back off and pretty much always pushes her limits with me. She is a great dog but her temperament did not allow me to do protection training with her. She does make an awesome family pet that is very sweet to my kids. I know most of her personality came from her mom and I didn't think twice when I got her because she was too cute (bad idea buying just on looks). As for protection, I wouldn't trust my life with her. Nerves and temperament do play a very big role in this breed. Of course depending how you raise and train your dog will effect the outcome as well. You can find a great family pet from both sides. I personally would go for czech/ddr line and never touch the american line. I would recommend after researching and finding the right breeder for you is to meet both parents and have the breeder help you choose the right puppy that will fit you and your family. They know their puppies best and a good breeder wouldn't place a high drive pup in a family that will not be able to handle it . Good luck with your search!


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03-03-2014 10:10 PM
HarleyTheGSD Working lines do tend to have higher energy and drive.
They sometimes have a smaller frame as well.

American show lines may have less energy and drive, most likely because they have not been bred for their work ability (other than maybe herding) in so long. Of course this doesn't go for all.
It's usually the American pet lines that often get 100+ lbs.
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