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Old 04-16-2012, 02:08 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Honestly at this moment in my life I don't know.

Things just took a turn for the worst in my career. Even if I get accepted into this associate's program, I no longer have the funds to complete it or even start it. I just found out I have exhausted my financial aid.

Dogs are the last thing I want to think about. I'll have plenty of time to get a dog as a pet or breed. I hate waiting, but it's better than going out and getting dog and struggling.

I'll just let this thread die, because it's going to be a while before I think of dogs for a while.
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I think it important for the human to have a solid foundation in the breed, before looking for foundation stock to breed. That means getting out around dogs, networking with people, and getting involved in training, competing, showing, or whatever is appropriate for the breed and bloodline you decide on. There are ways to get involved without owning a dog yourself. And of course there are ways to get involved with your own dog, which need not be a foundation dog (and probably shouldn't be) but rather a good learning dog.
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I think if you're not sure how you will know, to spend more time with dogs. You can't know when you've found the bitch you want until you know what YOU are looking for. Does that make sense? We can't tell you what traits to look for, what lines, what kennels...there are so many options that YOU will have to weed out for yourself what YOU like in a dog and how to produce it. I'm just saying this as someone in a similar place. I am not making a ten year plan or anything like that, but I am open to the possibility of breeding my own dogs. I get plenty of enjoyment training my dogs, but someday it would be satisfying to have the accomplishment of training and titling a B-HOT dog. I don't know enough yet to even begin looking for such a female.
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So maybe this is a silly question but how many of you quality breeders actually set out to breed GSD's before you got your first GSD? Or made it a goal to breed GSD's? Or was it more something you "fell into" by way getting deeply involved in sport and show and years of having quality, well bred dogs?
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:07 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I think if you're not sure how you will know, to spend more time with dogs. You can't know when you've found the bitch you want until you know what YOU are looking for. Does that make sense? We can't tell you what traits to look for, what lines, what kennels...there are so many options that YOU will have to weed out for yourself what YOU like in a dog and how to produce it. I'm just saying this as someone in a similar place. I am not making a ten year plan or anything like that, but I am open to the possibility of breeding my own dogs. I get plenty of enjoyment training my dogs, but someday it would be satisfying to have the accomplishment of training and titling a B-HOT dog. I don't know enough yet to even begin looking for such a female.
I appreciate everyone's advice, but I think I didn't word the question right.

I was asking about when you are ready, like what amount of money, what kind of living situation, where you are in your career and etc.

I wasn't talking about when you are ready in regards to the breeding program, but what state things outside the breeding program are. I hope that makes sense.
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So maybe this is a silly question but how many of you quality breeders actually set out to breed GSD's before you got your first GSD? Or made it a goal to breed GSD's? Or was it more something you "fell into" by way getting deeply involved in sport and show and years of having quality, well bred dogs?
I've always wondered that about you folks who breed... was it your lifelong dream, ever since childhood, to raise GSDs? Or is it something you stumbled onto?

When I was a kid, I thought I wanted to be a dog breeder... then I learned about everything it takes to do it the right way. I learned about the pet overpopulation issues in this country, which makes things ethically complicated. I realized I just didn't have the temperament to be a breeder. Kinda the same reason I didn't have children. But just like I'm glad OTHER people have children, I'm glad other people have chosen to breed quality dogs in a responsible and ethical way.
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So maybe this is a silly question but how many of you quality breeders actually set out to breed GSD's before you got your first GSD? Or made it a goal to breed GSD's? Or was it more something you "fell into" by way getting deeply involved in sport and show and years of having quality, well bred dogs?
Funny, I was about to open a thread with this same question.

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I appreciate everyone's advice, but I think I didn't word the question right.

I was asking about when you are ready, like what amount of money, what kind of living situation, where you are in your career and etc.

I wasn't talking about when you are ready in regards to the breeding program, but what state things outside the breeding program are. I hope that makes sense.
Still, and if the question don't bother you, I keep being curious... what is in breeding that makes it a goal on itself for you? I'm trying to understand why so many people came here asking how to become breeders even after owning GSDs. I know that for me it is not that big of a taboo as for so many here, but I'd consider breeding if I get the right dog and not the other way around.
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I appreciate everyone's advice, but I think I didn't word the question right.

I was asking about when you are ready, like what amount of money, what kind of living situation, where you are in your career and etc.

I wasn't talking about when you are ready in regards to the breeding program, but what state things outside the breeding program are. I hope that makes sense.

But that's going to be worlds of different depending on who you ask. I live very comfortably with three large dogs in a small house on a 135'x44' lot in the city. Other people think an 1800sq ft house on 1 acre in the suburbs is not enough space for adding a second dog.
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Not a breeder, but someone will just 3 more months of dog owning experience than you. Honestly, owning even a working breed large COMPANION dog costs alot of money and time. The financial and human resources dedicated to your dogs can only increase with how committed and dedicated you are to your canines.

I'm a student now with fairly stable student awards and loans, and raising puppy is stretching funds. She gets pretty basic care: $100 on food a month, some individual training, a class, insurance, treats, and very few toys. I can't go for as many individual training sessions as I would like because I don't have the time or the money. I can't buy every toy I want because I don't have the money....you get the point.

So I would say, as a student, you can start, but you'll be limited in what you can do with your dogs unless you had 0 financial concerns. From the sounds of it, you're just planning to show your dogs. But as a first time dog owner, you'll probably need a bit of help with training and obedience before you have a LIVABLE and obedient dog that you can take anywhere, never mind show. Food and toys are cheap...training is $$$$$$.
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FOUNDATION is everything. It stems from knowledge, learning, experience and the dogs themselves.
There are many disappointments and road blocks....but any *future* good breeder will experience their fair share.
It takes TIME......and building your foundation, should not have an *expiration date* attached....
Breeding good dogs is not easy....and there are disappointments (or can be) from the beginning until the final whelp...
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