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03-28-2014 05:59 PM
shepherdmom I am a pet home. I have both a working and a show line shepherd. I personally prefer show although I love them both. Some of my best dogs ever have come from rescue, so I would strongly suggest checking out the local rescues in your area.
03-28-2014 05:46 PM
Stosh I have to agree with Lee. When I chose Stosh from a litter of 6 pups, 3 were long-coated. I chose him because of his conformation and temperament, not looks, color or coat. Now of course I think he's gorgeous and love the coat but I have to admit he's not the look I prefer in a GSD. If you have your heart set on a liver, which has been pointed out is a fault, make sure the temperament and conformation are solid. Good luck puppy hunting!
03-28-2014 05:36 PM
wolfstraum Since I am not in an active club nor do I have an active club, I am glad to get one pup in a litter in a solid reliable working to title home. Most pups are going to go to companion homes from most breeders in this country....and frankly, I would rather put a nice pup in a forever companion home than with a handler with high competition aspirations who washes out alot of young dogs as "not good enough" or "doesn't fit the program"....even the so called "pet" puppies in most good litters would be able to work and title with the right handler - but the pup does not know or care if he is doing sport or he is playing in the yard with a ball...I want the pup to be in a loving home and so do most people I know.

Lee
03-28-2014 03:03 PM
Freestep
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I can't tell you guys how much I appreciate the quick and thorough responses. Wolfstraum made and excellent point about the priorities. If I were to give up on the idea of a liver colored GSD, I'm kind of at a loss as to what kind of breeders I should be looking for when I don't plan on showing or breeding the guy, but rather just a dog who is great with kids and will be a strong healthy companion for more than a decade. It seems that reputable breeders position themselves as either producing great show dogs or working dogs, so what should I be looking for in a breeder if I'm simply looking for a great gsd to add to our family?
You should be looking at the same reputable breeders that produce show and working dogs. In every litter, there are show/working prospects, and then there are pet prospects. These are the pups that have a little less drive, are more laid-back, or may have a slight cosmetic flaw that in no way affects their health or temperament. A reputable breeder is always in need of "pet" homes for these puppies, and you get the same guarantees and breeder support as you would if you were into showing, working or breeding. Believe me, you want breeder support when you are spending $1200+ for a puppy. I'm glad you came to this forum before making any decisions!
03-28-2014 01:57 PM
wyoung2153
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I can't tell you guys how much I appreciate the quick and thorough responses. Wolfstraum made and excellent point about the priorities. If I were to give up on the idea of a liver colored GSD, I'm kind of at a loss as to what kind of breeders I should be looking for when I don't plan on showing or breeding the guy, but rather just a dog who is great with kids and will be a strong healthy companion for more than a decade. It seems that reputable breeders position themselves as either producing great show dogs or working dogs, so what should I be looking for in a breeder if I'm simply looking for a great gsd to add to our family?

Even if you find a reputable breeder that breeds specifically for working ro show lines.. they should be able to give you some direction, and more often than not, they have "pet" quality dogs available too. Titan is from a working line and though we trained SAR he is just my pet. It's not a requirement to show or work these dogs.. just that you take great care of them, train them , and give them a good healthy life.
03-28-2014 01:47 PM
BowWowMeow There are several other gsd owners in the Cinci area on this board. Maybe they will chime in. I am from there and drove down there for my current dog, Rafi (a rescue). There are a lot of bybs and puppy mills there and further points south, east and west (IN & PA) so be very careful.
03-28-2014 01:39 PM
martemchik Start a different thread about GSD clubs or Schutzhund clubs around the Cincinnati area. I'm sure there are plenty. Or just google and see what you find. Contact them and go check out their dogs. More often than not, dogs are being bred at these clubs. Bring your kids, I'm sure people will be more than happy to show you how their dogs interact with children and what their temperament is truly like.

Talk to them, see where they got their dogs, if their dogs are getting bred soon or if they know anyone with puppies available soon.

The reason to start a different thread is that the title of this one might not attract the people that you really want to get information from.
03-28-2014 01:30 PM
Liesje Wanting a liver and waiting to find one that crops up is one thing but the stud of this litter was liver so they were being bred FOR color. It makes no mention of any valuable information such as hip and elbow scores, DM test, titles or breed survey. Maybe they are done, maybe not, but I'm guessing they were not or it would have been mentioned in the ad.
03-28-2014 01:29 PM
billafish I can't tell you guys how much I appreciate the quick and thorough responses. Wolfstraum made and excellent point about the priorities. If I were to give up on the idea of a liver colored GSD, I'm kind of at a loss as to what kind of breeders I should be looking for when I don't plan on showing or breeding the guy, but rather just a dog who is great with kids and will be a strong healthy companion for more than a decade. It seems that reputable breeders position themselves as either producing great show dogs or working dogs, so what should I be looking for in a breeder if I'm simply looking for a great gsd to add to our family?
03-28-2014 01:23 PM
Freestep From the ad:

"These beautiful babies are now 5 weeks old, and will be ready to go on the 12th of April. Both pups are males, one solid liver and the other is black and tan. Both are very sweet, and love to play. They have been around children, and do great around them. They also have been seen by the vet, and have had a clean bill of health. They are up to date on their dewormings, and will be up to date on their puppy shots before going with their new family. Both pups will come with their health record, AKC registration, and a puppy health contract with a one year genetic guarantee. I am willing to hold one of the pups for a deposit of $100, the rest will be due at the time of pick up. Dam is the bi-color, and sire is the liver & tan. I do have the dam at my house, the sire is a stud. If interested or for any questions you may have, please email me, and I will answer you back as soon as possible. Thank you"

Read more: AKC Liver German Shepherd Pups | Male German Shepherd Puppy For Sale in Knoxville TN | 3625162820 | Dogs on Oodle Marketplace

This screams BYB. Cute puppies, but a breeder I would stay far, far away from.
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