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07-19-2014 01:58 AM
carmspack describe pup #1 when you met with it.

it would be interesting to follow the development of #2 .

do you have pedigrees of each ?
07-19-2014 01:07 AM
King1122 Just wanted to throw it out there that we went with Puppy 1. We will be getting him next week!
07-14-2014 02:13 AM
KaiserandStella
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My concern lies with the puppy itself. I'll try my best to explain what I observed today. Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated, as I am still learning.

First observation was the lady was holding the puppy and after about 20 seconds he started doing a howly sounding whine. He also proceeded to do this about 4 more times while I was there. Any time someone held him for more than that 20 seconds and also a few times standing on the side of the playpen. None of the other puppes (litter of 7) did these while I was there.

Secondly he seemed to have no interest in coming to me as I tried to coax him. Most of the other puppies did if they were nearby. While they were running around outside the other puppies would come to me and smell, lick or nibble on me or my sandal and he did not. He did wag his tail and seem to be happy to see one of the little kids, but other than that not much response in that area.

Lastly while playing with the others he tended to be the pup on the bottom of the playing. Also cuddled with his siblings while he slept. He was not the alpha dog for sure, but I couldn't quite tell how submissive he was either.
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Yes they did. I tried coaxing him to me and he ignored me and went and laid down. If I wanted to touch him I had to go to him. He wasn't fearful or timid either, just seemed not interested in me. The other pups were far more inquisitive. I notice he tended to just lay down a lot wherever he was at the moment. When I would touch his face, paws and what not he would give me a lick or two if I was lucky but that was all. He never tried gnawing on my fingers or hands either like most pups do.

It was warm out. Here he is today while I was there I took this photo.
Seems like puppy #2 is aloof/independent, slightly assertive, calm, and respectful with you. Not a strongly submissive, dominant, or aggressive type, like the other pups.
07-13-2014 11:50 PM
caview Both adorable, but I like Puppy 1.

Also, it is my understanding that it is a trained skill for dogs to look you in the eye as it's not in their nature to do so if polite. So for me a puppy not looking you in the eye is a good thing and not a bad thing.

Good luck!

Tanya
07-13-2014 11:04 PM
Lwilley When I got my pup, I thought she was going to be a standoffish GSD, content to observe from a distance. She is now 7months and is very affectionate and loving to me. So I would agree with the other person that their personality may be different when the are with their litter mates. The breeder can tell you about their personality the best since they have been with them since day one.
07-13-2014 09:06 PM
Courtney I would also rely on the breeders input as they have spent the most time with the pup. What did they say?
07-13-2014 08:41 PM
King1122 Yes they did. I tried coaxing him to me and he ignored me and went and laid down. If I wanted to touch him I had to go to him. He wasn't fearful or timid either, just seemed not interested in me. The other pups were far more inquisitive. I notice he tended to just lay down a lot wherever he was at the moment. When I would touch his face, paws and what not he would give me a lick or two if I was lucky but that was all. He never tried gnawing on my fingers or hands either like most pups do.

It was warm out. Here he is today while I was there I took this photo.
07-13-2014 08:32 PM
Courtney Did you have the opportunity to interact with him away from his littermates one-on-one? There is pack dynamic that he's living in right now but I really think you can tell a lot when they are away from littermates.
07-13-2014 08:08 PM
King1122 Well I went and seen puppy #2 today as he is located near me. Everything checked out as expected as far as the breeders and parents go. The environment was clean, they have great socialization with adults and children of all ages, healthy, and I really don't have a single complaint or worry in regards to all those things.

My concern lies with the puppy itself. I'll try my best to explain what I observed today. Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated, as I am still learning.

First observation was the lady was holding the puppy and after about 20 seconds he started doing a howly sounding whine. He also proceeded to do this about 4 more times while I was there. Any time someone held him for more than that 20 seconds and also a few times standing on the side of the playpen. None of the other puppes (litter of 7) did these while I was there.

Secondly he seemed to have no interest in coming to me as I tried to coax him. Most of the other puppies did if they were nearby. While they were running around outside the other puppies would come to me and smell, lick or nibble on me or my sandal and he did not. He did wag his tail and seem to be happy to see one of the little kids, but other than that not much response in that area.

Lastly while playing with the others he tended to be the pup on the bottom of the playing. Also cuddled with his siblings while he slept. He was not the alpha dog for sure, but I couldn't quite tell how submissive he was either.

I'm not sure how to interpret these things with my lack of knowledge. I'm reading and trying to learn more and more everyday. This will be our first purebred GSD. We lost our Husky and Shepherd mix both within the past 2 years. RIP to our boys. I just want the right puppy for our family.

We are an active military family with no kids. We will be living on base around lots of other people, kids, and pets. We plan to put him in training right away and socialize him as much as possible.
07-13-2014 09:54 AM
lyssa62 but with all of this cuteness I hope you spent time alone with both of them to see which one responded to you better. Cute or not there has to be a bond of some sort sensed.
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