Recommended Breeders and some questions
I am hoping to plan for a puppy late 2019 or early 2020 and have been doing research for months, but there is not a lot of information out there when it comes to breeders. I own a very difficult adopted GSD, so I am familiar with the breed and all of their attributes, but this would be my first working line dog and my first time with IGP/IPO/Schutzhund. I am looking for a stable, well-mannered dog that would be suitable as both a working dog and companion. My spouse is not into dog sports at all, and we definitely would appreciate a dog that is both a part of the family and a competitive dog for me as well. After adopting an irresponsibly bred GSD, I value stable temperament and soundness in a dog.
I have talked to one breeder, and I was super stoked about their dogs, but the conversation didn't seem to go well. They didn't seem super receptive to talking with me about their dogs and program, and told me to contact them later in the year in regards to upcoming litters and being placed on a waiting list. I felt like a huge dummy when talking to them. It really threw me off and I didn't even ask any of the questions I had prewritten out.
I am feeling a little overwhelmed and discouraged with finding a good breeder. IPO isn't super popular here, so I don't know if I should ask at the club for recommendations, or if I should trust them since I don't even know how good the club is. My biggest fear is ending up with an ill-tempered dog completely unsuitable for IPO. There are other dog sports of course, but I would be a little bummed.
I'm hoping to get some tips on which breeders to look out for in the US. Location doesn't matter. Also, I see that a lot of people are breeding females titled only in IPO1... is that standard practice? I have always wondered why so few females are titled past IPO1... wouldn't you want to hold the same performance standards to the female as you do males? I know it makes it more complicated with heat cycles, but any advice or recommendations would be greatly appreciated!