femfa "Hi everyone, I'm once again looking for input on this pedigree."
what happened to the other litter ? was there news on the x ray?
No news on the x-ray. As excited as I was for the litter, my partner was becoming anxious about whether or not we would be getting a pup (ie. if no female was born, if females born ended up having too high of drive, etc). This dog is for both of us, and while I'm exceptionally passionate regarding IPO and obedience, it's something he's just putting his toes in and I wasn't going to force him to choose the litter that only I wanted. With the passing of his WGSL recently, we decided that this summer would be a good time to add a working line GSD to our family... being without a dog feels like a home without a heart to us. We know it's not something to rush and that careful consideration is important, which is why I'm keen to ask for input from experienced members such as yourself.
I did call Wendelin and asked Christina her about her line breeding, her goals, what to expect, flaws, etc. I was very impressed with her responses. I, too, was very concerned about the Grim line breeding and did PM another member because I took note of it and also that Gero was in the line - a dog that I have found, based on reviews/comments from others, to be quite the civil dog. I emphasized the importance of having a dog who was social and environmentally sound, and that I'm not interested in getting over my head in terms of drive. She informed me that she felt confident that many of the females from this litter would be pack driven, biddable, with moderate drives that could match my goals without over powering me. She was quite upfront and very honest about her own dogs and how she works to balance, but that genetics can be difficult at times to predict perfectly. Christina also mentioned that if I were to get a male from this line, however, that I would likely end up with too much dog.
I like having the ability to ask for unbiased reviews of pedigrees so that when I do contact a breeder, I have an idea of what their responses should be around and what to bring up should it be neglected in conversation. It gives me a bit more of a confident edge... I can research all I want, but the breeders and individuals who have had the opportunity to see these dogs work or what they produce and share that knowledge is paramount for a newbie like me.
And it wasn't line breeding in general that I was concerned about, it was the line breeding on Grim that made me wonder if I were to get a dog from this litter if it would be too much for me.