Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Central Florida
Welcome from Central Florida!!!
Thank you for your helpful information. First, I would like to a make acorrection; I put Meika's bithdate as 10/20/2005 when I should have written 10/20/2006. She just turned five years old not six. Regardless, it seems that most of the white shepherd competitions are in the east not in the western part of the USA. At her age (if allowed at that age) she would be competing against two year olds by the time she got a title she would be too old to breed. If I breed her it would be a one time breeding and would have to occur within the year. Hence, the desire to find out more about her genetic history from siblings, cousins etc.... I have visited the white german shepherd database and have also looked at the german shepherd database, but have found little information. I'm sure you willl agree that the more information I can find out about all of her relatives the better. As observed on the database many of the welll known kennels have had some genetic problems somewhere in the history.
Have you checked UKC ... they have shows all over the US. You can get a title in one weekend ... most of the clubs I mentioned have two shows a day for two or three days. But going to several, having a couple experts evaluate her conformation would be very beneficial to you in deciding if you should breed her or not. Shucks, there are many GSD breeders who are licensed AKC judges, you might even be able to contact a few of them to get an impartial evaluation of her conformation.
Of course getting the health screening is easier. The only problem I can think of is that some vets are better than others when doing quality hip -rays for submission to OFA/OVC.
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