I apologize for not sharing more information about our experience or current situation when asking for input. I was going to open a new thread with that information, but perhaps it would be easiest just to continue posting it here. We are hoping to get a puppy with the next two years. I would appreciate some help deciding between a WL or WGSL.
These are the breeders I have been following:
2. Von Wolfstraum
3. Von der Traumwolfen
A little about our current situation:
- We live in the Nashville, TN area
- My husband and I both just graduated from university in December and are working filler jobs (Target) until we can get our foot in at a career job in our field (Graphic Design)
- We are renting a 3 bedroom house with a fenced yard from my grandmother and have good reason to believe we will be here until we can buy our own home. My grandmother is in full support of us getting a puppy
- My grandmother lives 5 minutes away and would be able to come over to let the puppy out to potty while we work, if necessary
- I am planning on having our puppy earn his AKC Star puppy, CGC, CGCA (hopefully), and I am potentially interested in dock diving or agility, but we will most likely pursue those only for fun
- We are confident we can offer two hours of exercise a day, maybe more if necessary, along with plenty of mental stimulation. We have three parks very close to our home and a large lake less than thirty minutes away along with some hiking trails
- My husband has no experience training dogs. His family had an outside dog when he was young
- I have helped my grandparents potty train and go through basic obedience with their Australian Shepherd, but that is the only dog I have helped train
- My mother has 5 Malinois that I adore, two of which are trained for drug detection for the local police. Her boyfriend used to be a k9 handler and has plenty of experience with German Shepherds and IPO, so I plan to get plenty of advice from them during the training process
-I have Crohn's disease. I struggle with fatigue some days, but otherwise have been able to lead a normal life. In the occasion I get very sick, my husband would be mostly responsible for our dog. Because of that, we need a dog that will be okay with less exercise/mental stimulation if that happens. He would not be neglected by any means, but wouldn't get as much as usual. We've talked about getting a doggy treadmill as a last resort for such times if necessary
Again, thank you all so much for your replies! I hope this clarifies some question some of you had, and I would appreciate any guidance you could offer on which lines would be a good match for us.
Hello, neighbor! We’re in Knoxville!
Your mother has *five* Mals? I salute her.
I will vouch for Weberhaus and Malinda Weber. I have a two years old Weberhaus pup and I am about to get another.
After putting down a deposit just yesterday on a puppy from an upcoming breeding, a full sister to my two year old male suddenly became available.
I am jumping at the chance to take her.
I am not a GSD noob; with 30 years into these dogs, I have been all over the boards, from byb to former police K9s, to one breeder who puts outstanding dogs together; to finally finding Weberhaus.
At this point, I am pretty sure I can title Malinda my Breeder for Life.
My Raff has very nice drives; he was a little rock star on the field in his puppyhood. Yet, he was never a Bitey Monster or a destructive chewer. At two, he’s a wonderful house dog. I am not doing IPO anymore, so he has had to downshift into housedogdom. He also lost his playmate in December when our beloved Lexi was stolen by cancer. He has taken it all right in stride.
Raff is super social; he loves people, including kids. But, he is also an excellent watch dog. He is dog friendly and just cares about playing.
If you look at the Weberhaus site, he is out of Loki/Tom.
Tom was lost to bloat not long ago—devastating. So glad I got my Tom puppy. I think of him every day. He was a police K9 in the Czech Republic.
Loki is super outgoing, just like Raff.
One suggestion to anyone considering Weberhaus would be to ask to join the Weberhaus Facebook page. There are lots of discussions always going on (and) pics.
Another plus is breeder support. Malinda stands behind her dogs and she is very available for questions. The FB group is another great resource.
You will not be disappointed.
Here is Raff, the superhero. He’s wearing a t shirt to keep him from messing with an owie. I just love this pic because it shows off his Czech head.