|07-03-2014 09:21 PM|
Declan, it sounds to me like you want a great companion/family dog. I am going to re-post a response I made on another thread. It speaks to what I want in a companion dog (which sounds like what you want) and how I go about finding one.
And, as a preview, my current dog is a white german shepherd pulled from a shelter by an all-breed rescue. I encourage you to check out not just breed-specific rescues in your area, but also all-breed/all dog rescues. You might be surprised how many GSDs you find outside of breed-specific rescues.
Here is the post I referred to earlier:
|07-03-2014 02:48 PM|
|Jax08||Where is whiteshepherds? She'll know of reputable white GSD breeders.|
|07-03-2014 02:00 PM|
|07-03-2014 01:31 PM|
The other thing you could try is just visiting clubs and training You might run into someone who is doing a first breeding or not as well known. Good luck with your search.
|07-03-2014 12:41 PM|
Well bred GSD's with health clearances, titled parents are going to run about $1500. That's just the market for a well bred GSD.
I would consider a rescue if I were you. Getting a PB doesn't guarantee good hips, and getting a rescue doesn't mean the dog is unhealthy. You get to see what the dog is like as an adult, you know of any known health issues up front. A lot of great GSD's end up at rescues, so please keep an open mind.
|07-03-2014 11:48 AM|
Go to a rescue
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|07-03-2014 11:37 AM|
I went with a breeder who seemed like they had it all together. They promised that their dogs hips were great, and that all the grandparents were x-rayed and okay. I got the meet the dad, and play with the puppies and everything seemed great. The dad was calm, cool, and like a really nice dog. The breeders were really nice and I walked away with my $600 feeling really good about myself. Than the problems started. For the first few months we had our girl she had constant tummy issues and we spent thousands of dollars on vet bills, test, and medication. We finally figured out it was allergies and got that all sorted out. When we had her spayed they checked her hips, only to find that they didn't look so good. They weren't awful, but she will mostly likely develop HD later in life. While her empowerment is normally pretty good she has some crazy prey drive and she OCD (she will chase shadows and has to be forcibly removed from the situation). She is a great dog, but next time I will be doing more research and paying a lot more upfront for the puppy. Its not a guarantee of a better dog, but it certainly puts the odds in my favor.
When I tried to get a hold of the breeder to let her know all the problems we had she quick responding. She also told me that they had had a dog with HD in the past, and that it was nothing to worry about (the total opposite of when they told us all of their dogs had great hips when we went to visit). I had no support from them.
If people seem condescending it is just because many of us have been where you are now and are just trying to save you the heartache we went through. Just something to consider.
|07-03-2014 11:20 AM|
|07-03-2014 11:00 AM|
People, repeating the same thing over and over again becomes brow beating. The OP has said her reasons for why she wants what she wants. Help her in the context of those desires or just let sleeping dogs lie.
|07-03-2014 10:58 AM|
Declan, I recommend you go visit breeders, talk to them thoroughly, ask about their experience, find out their history, find out what they really know other than the ability to throw two dogs together. Then meet the dogs. Ask about and have them show your proof of health testing (this should be the minimum). Get your hands on them so to speak, see them interact with their people, see how they are around you. Then look at puppies of the dogs and the breeders pass. Be critical. Ignore price. Just look at the dogs, the breeders and the puppies. If anything feels wrong walk away. Then decide who best fits your needs and the price of the pups will not matter (it may be in the $1000 range, maybe a little higher).
Don't settle for problems. You have the experience to deal with them, but why pay someone to deal with a problem dog for the rest of its life? You want a lower drive dog as a pet, but you will also need health, good nerves and a sound temperament. Don't settle for less.
I do not know this breeder and have only seen a few of her dogs. Also don't know the prices she charges, but might be worth contacting. From her website most of the pups go into pet homes. You will not find white dogs here, but she may produce blacks and long stock coats.
Breeders of German Shepherds & Cairn Terriers | NH & MA | New Hampshire & Massachusetts - Pam Lake, Owner
Good luck in your search.
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