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03-18-2014 12:54 PM
Chris5110 RPMommy, what are you looking for in a GSD. Companion, protection or sport competition, conformation ?
03-18-2014 11:44 AM
kiya I drove from Eastern LI to Gettysberg PA for Apache and Kiya was flown in from Ohio. Dont limit yourself to the island.
03-17-2014 11:13 PM
Chris5110 I am a member of a schutzhund club on Long Island. We train in St James. Our club president breeds German Shepherds. He is/was a breed warden. About a third of the club members have his dogs. I dont. We also have a very friendly club to train with. You can contact him at his name is Bob Frampton. Feel free to google him.
I may know some others who have GSD litters. They are working litters so will be higher drive dogs. Any questions drop me a PM.
03-12-2014 01:38 PM
VTcoach Are you looking only for a puppy?
Or a grown young dog?
03-07-2014 05:23 PM
Gwenhwyfair Agree with Lark and it sounds like you are on the right path!

I like to jump in just with a couple of general thoughts I learned along the way here.

Any line of GSD can have genetic issues show line AND working lines. If a breeder tells you 'my straight back working line dogs can never get hip dysplasia' don't walk, run away.

Two, lots of folks have working lines and are very happy with them, but showlines aren't all extreme and sometimes can be a better fit temperament-wise for some families. So it doesn't hurt to give them a look over at least.

No matter what line you decide I agree, finding a good breeder will be your best bet at getting a great new family member.

Good luck in your puppy search!
03-07-2014 04:55 PM
Lark Being firm is something I really had to work on with my trainer. She told me I have to quit being mom and be leader instead. I think if you are aware you have that issue then it is something you can work to overcome.
03-07-2014 03:41 PM
Originally Posted by maxdog630 View Post
Someone also posted to me to look in the archives under "What to look for in a breeder?". That was very helpful as well. I cant answer your question because I personally don't have the experience but I do know that with my second pup I followed the suggestions on this forum and have a long wait for our new guy - but I am very confident in the choice I made thanks to the suggestions I found here.
Good tip, and yes, I did read that... I'm just so unsure of myself still and all of the acronyms and whatnot end up confusing me... I'm very nervous about the prospect of a GSD in general but Hubby is adamant that this is the breed we are getting... no ifs ands or buts. Even though hes at work 72 hours a week and this Pup will basically be my responsibility 100% of the time except Sundays... I worry that I'm not 'firm' enough for such a strong & intelligent breed. Eek!
03-07-2014 03:40 PM
gsdsteve I would check with Carol at Watcher Engel in Connecticut or Pam at Von Hena C in New Hampshire.
03-07-2014 01:59 PM
Shade Personally, no I wouldn't get a dog from the Robert's breeders. It looks like they do the bare minimum health testing which is a huge flag for me.

Working lines can be companion dogs for active families just the same as show lines, it's about finding the right breeders who can match you with the right dog Pedigree is important as well, look for a breeder who does through health testing and also multiple certifications proving their stock is breed worthy. Most good breeders do all the training and titling themselves so they know their dogs inside and out and can tell you about their strengths and weaknesses.

As for breeder communication, the breeder I chose was very helpful and through in her responses and I felt comfortable right off the bat. I spent several hours over at their house after the pups were born playing with the puppies and talking with them, you're not just purchasing a dog but a person who should have years of experience and knowledge to back you up with any questions or problems. If you don't feel comfortable right away then chances are they're not the right one for you, it's doesn't mean they are bad, just not a good match.
03-07-2014 01:55 PM
RPMommy Thank you, I am sifting through search results at the moment... It looks like a few of the highly recommended breeders are no longer breeding pups... but I'll keep looking.
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