Advice need on which way to go.
We recently lost our GSD Dixie almost two months ago and have finally decide to get another one.
We are currency looking at two places. Vom Haus Hall\Cook Farm kennel in Greensboro and Dixiebelle Shepherds in SC.
With Vom Haus hall they had a 10 week left that seemed to have an awesome temperament and bonded with my oldest very quickly. I would say the dog seem very confident and social to us. The Dog is a puppy from the Kalibra and Duke litter. The puppy comes froma strong pedigree from what I can tell (I am not an Expert). We did get to meet the parents, Through the a fence with large openings. Neither of them barked and we could pet them. They did not really seem interested in us thought. May have had something to do with it being 95 degrees out. I was not impressed at all fo rhow the dogs were kept. It was not terrible but it could have been a lot better.
With the other breeder in SC we could fully interact with mom and dad and the puppies were fairly social as well although they were only 5weeks old and it is hard to gauge any personalty at that age. This keenle was a lot smaller with only 5 dogs and you could tell they loved their dogs and they were well kept. However the Dam of the litter is just AKC with no "pedigree to speak of and the Sire comes from strong working lines. Alaso, None of the health testing and pedigree to look back on like at Vom Haus Hall.
Any advice would be great. My family consist of my wife and two boys and we like to be out doors a lot. I am ultimate interested in a Solid family dog with a great temperament and enough nerve to stand their ground should the need arise.
Any information and experiences on either of the breeders and suggestion on which way to turn would be appreciated.