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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 04-21-2019, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for a show lines GSD near Pittsburgh, Pa

Hi, I'm looking for a low energy pup from a reputable breeder near me. Will not be shown, just a pet, but definitely want a dog with good breeding and a loving first couple months. Willing to travel up to 8-10 hours. Suggestions?

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I'm more of a working lines person, but I've heard lots of good things about Beth at Hollow Hills. She breeds show lines and is in Pennsylvania, so fits your criteria in those aspects. Not sure about 'low energy' ... all GSDs are active dogs, so I guess it's a matter of low energy in comparison to what?

I believe there are at least a few people on the forum who either have, or have had experience with dogs from Hollow Hills, so they would be the best people to talk to. Hopefully they will chime in here. You can contact Hollow Hills here - http://hollowhillsgsd.com/ and talk to them directly as well.

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Thanks, I'll check them out. Yes, I do realize that GSDs are working dogs and by "low energy" I meant compared to crazy high drive working lines.
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High drive and high energy are not the same thing. My show line is one of the highest energy dogs I have ever owned but he does not have the drive of my working line dogs.
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I've seen both high and low energy in Beth's breedings. You just need to let her know what you want. Personally, I would want medium energy with balanced drives. It's hard to train a dog with low food drive and focus. You want a dog that can settle in the house, both of my working lines with high drives are great in the house.

As MAWL posted above...drive and energy are very different beasts.

There is also a nice show line litter happening in NH if you are interested. I really like the drive on these dogs and many have been placed in pet homes and service homes. Let me know if you want more info. The breeder does travel to State College at times so....
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I don't know much about the reputation of Valentine Kennels (up in the Poconos) or what people think of them, but when I was looking for a puppy, I was seriously considering them. Their dogs are gorgeous...absolute stunners IMHO. I like that long haired look. At the end of the day, I decided to go with a working line dog because I like the "straight" back GSDs as opposed to the sloped angular look. No offense to those who like them, it's just my preference.
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Kirchenwald is near you too. I don't know anything about them other than they are a USCA club so must work their dogs. I would definitely start there.




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I would recommend Vom haus Huro (German Shepherds vom haus Huro). They are in Missouri, about a 10 hour drive from you, and they also ship. I know several people who have dogs from Jen and they are amazing. She breeds West German Showlines and produces everything from high drive working dogs (one of the few WGSL breeders who breeds legit working dogs, works and titles her dogs and her dogs can hold their own against working lines), to medium drive family companions and service dogs. She takes the time to learn what you want and will match you with a puppy for your needs. Definitely check her out.

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I've seen both high and low energy in Beth's breedings. You just need to let her know what you want. Personally, I would want medium energy with balanced drives. It's hard to train a dog with low food drive and focus. You want a dog that can settle in the house, both of my working lines with high drives are great in the house.

As MAWL posted above...drive and energy are very different beasts.

There is also a nice show line litter happening in NH if you are interested. I really like the drive on these dogs and many have been placed in pet homes and service homes. Let me know if you want more info. The breeder does travel to State College at times so....
Yes, I'd definitely be interested in more information about that litter, thanks!

Also thanks to everyone about the distinction between drive and energy. Definitely am not looking for a high energy pup at this point in life.
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Thanks for all suggestions. Will be checking out all mentioned kennels.
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