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post #41 of 48 (permalink) Old 11-30-2009, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Getting a high-quality import dog.

Hello everyone!

Thank you for the outstanding advice. I really appreciate all of it, it's given me much more information than I could have gathered on my own.

To clear a few things up, I decided not to import and I'm still looking for the right breeder than will be willing to ship a lovely woofer here to Canada and will be able to continue an extensive relationship with me. Still looking for suggestions and imput on breeders!

I would NOT buy a male and female to breed them. I understand that it doesn't work that way, I was just thinking of starting with a female and a male - finding the female a mate and seeing how the male develops and possibly offering him as a stud (depending on what titles he achieves, what kind of dog he is, etc) and MAYBE breeding the two of them if they are a suitable match. I've just always dreamt of working with a male GSD, so I kind of clung to that idea. Please don't think I would just buy two dogs and breed them, that is certainly not the case.

Also, the point of my getting a German Shepherd is to train, title and live with them as my 24/7 companion. I love the Schutzhund sport! I definitely will be training and titling any dogs that come into my family, ESPECIALLY if I have plans of breeding.

Now, my next step is the learn everything I can about genetics, working lines and pedigrees. Anyone have any resources I can use to learn all about this? I am going to contact my nearest Schutzhund club to try and get involved with them (If you know of any in Ontario, Canada, please let me know!) so I can begin learning. I'm hoping to get my first dog within a year, depending on how it all works out, and start training in Schutzhund.

Advice is appreciated beyond anything, because I trust you all the most and have the utmost respect for so many of you! Thanks again!
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The best way to find a dog is to get hands on. Go to the clubs, hang with the people, go to the shows. Google and forums only get you so far before you have to go do the foot work. See who wins, see who's methods you like. You'll start to learn the pedigrees, what they mean, and who has the lines you've decided you like.

When I went to Germany my goal was to bring home my perfect Shepherd. No such luck. Brought back two females, spayed them both. I didn't get much hands on learning and got scammed both times. Technically one was a rescue case though after I got a hold of her, wasn't what I thought she was going to be. But I still have her and she's a great pet.

My boys, well, we'll see on the newest. Logan is a rescue. He's the poster dog for everything wrong with BYBs. Bastian, we'll see after I get him back in shape.

You can look at photos and pedigrees until you're blue in the face. I can't help on finding a club for you, but you can look online, contact, go visit and see if the club is a match for your goals.

Go to shows, meet and great. Join a club. Maybe someone needs a handler and you can learn a lot that way before getting your own dog.

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post #43 of 48 (permalink) Old 03-10-2010, 10:57 PM
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To clear a few things up, I decided not to import and I'm still looking for the right breeder than will be willing to ship a lovely woofer here to Canada and will be able to continue an extensive relationship with me. Still looking for suggestions and imput on breeders!
My suggestion: ship yourself. Buy a plane ticket or put gas in the tank and drive toward the US border. Depending on where you are closer to there are tons of schutzhund clubs in British Columbia or Ontario next to the U.S. border and more in the U.S. within only a couple of hours from the border.

The reason I say this is do not rely on the Internet alone. Nothing still beats face2face. Go to and for addresses and events. Network. Start relationships. See as many dogs as possible. See dogs training. See how they behave off the field. When you see ones you like, talk to their handlers. Ask about puppies. Then have a pup shipped to you in the near future.
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post #44 of 48 (permalink) Old 04-13-2010, 12:17 AM
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Hi There,

Very interesting topic and one I've been very interested in lately. I'm new to this board and have a lot to learn and am also looking for my first German Shepherd dog. I'm also considering importing.

Temperament is of the upmost importance to me along with proper conformation and soundness of body.

Would Fleischerheim GHD be considered a reputable breeder. Please feel free to PM me if you think not. TIA

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post #45 of 48 (permalink) Old 04-13-2010, 12:29 AM
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From reading the posts, I am starting to think Girls Rule and Boys drool when it comes to breeding.....

I might or might not breed GSDs when I am older....but thats for a later time.But I for sure want to breed


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Great thread! Lots of info
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post #47 of 48 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 07:57 AM
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Look at the experience of some of the posters......a lot of helpful information in this thread for a new person seeking to get in the breed.
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post #48 of 48 (permalink) Old 11-02-2012, 10:07 AM
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Would this be your first GSD?

I agree about finding a mentor and getting a young female that you can put titles on yourself.

Ideally, you want your dogs to go into working homes, or at least some of them. And experienced handlers are not going to buy a pup from someone who doesn't know what they are talking about.

There is so much to learn, and if you're going to be a good breeder, you need to provide lifetime support for owners of your puppies. Which means you need to know how to address training troubles, behavioural issues etc for all types of temperaments.

It's not enough to have a good pedigree. You need to work your dog. Even as a mere pet owner, I wanted to see that both parents from the pups were biddable, and could handle some pressure from being worked.

ETA: Something to think about - What are your goals as a breeder? And how are you going to get there? (I don't just mean getting pups on the ground, what are your plans besides that. There's more to breeding than just putting a litter on the ground) Best of luck on your endeavour!

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