I'm new here. My husband and I are looking to add a GSD to our home in the future. We're looking to add a male GSD in 2022-ish.
We currently have a 5 month old female golden retriever named Moxie. She's very energetic and loving. She's also a bit of a rascal. Also why we'd want a male - to reduce the chances of same sex aggression.
We're a very active family. We enjoy hiking on the weekends and it is our intent to take our dog(s) hiking/camping with us when they're old enough to handle to exercise.
We both love the GSD breed and, while neither of us has ever owned one before, feel it would be a good fit in our family. We've both known friends who own them and I have experience with them at work (law enforcement).
So... I digress. The question.
I would appreciate it if you all could direct me to some good breeders in Michigan/surrounding states.
Ideally we'd want one with all the health testing
Titling in the parents would be ideal but is not a necessity
We would love a breeder who keeps in touch with buyers and answers questions
We want one who has been involved with the breed for a while and has an established program
We prefer a standard coat as opposed to the long-haired variety.
My husband has a preference for pure black coloring (my department has two pure black dogs on their bomb squad) but color isn't to be taken into account until the very end and all other things being equal.... We don't want a breeder who breeds for color because that tends to take away from the health of the animal and health/temperament is the most important to us. We want a quality, healthy male GSD who will fit in well with our family.
Excited to begin my research into breeders