Was hoping for some expert advice regarding current situation:
Background: I lost my beloved male Working/Show line American GSD in 2008 after 12 happy years with him, and have been unable to get another dog due to being in medical school, residency, having 2 babies, living in pet unfriendly apartment in NYC. I've felt a massive void since I lost him and I would like to get another dog. For me, there is no other breed, I am a GSD owner for life. I bought my dog from a breeder in PA at 8 weeks, trained him, did IPO with him biweekly, agility, tracking and it is my passion (second to medicine). I would say that I am a confident owner, admittedly, maybe a little rusty at this point. I was able to navigate well with a 135lb-er who had severe thunderstorm anxiety with flight response and train/medicate accordingly. (who knew that was genetic???)
Situation now: My kids are almost 6 and 2.5, we lost our 17 year old cat last year and have a female rabbit (worst idea ever). My schedule at this is doable for properly including a dog into our family. By that I mean IPO training and being a 3rd child
My husband and I are at odds. I believe that knowing where your dog came from, meeting parents if possible and having full available pedigree is very important, especially with GSD temperament and personalities having small children in the house. I also believe that its important to shape the personality of the dog from the beginning and creating a long lasting bond.
I would like to find a good breeder and have considered getting in touch with my old one, (who's website I have been lurking around for years). I am very hesitant to adopt an adult GSD with small, although dog respectful children. I have also had a traumatic experience with an adopted a 1 year old Weimaraner that I had to surrender within 3 weeks.
My husband on the other hand, has never owned a dog, and is adamantly against buying from breeders, he wants to adopt any dog but is respectful of my breed choice.
Are there any valid arguments for/against this path? Perhaps a suggestion?
What is the average price for a puppy at this time?
Our perfect dog would be medium/large size (my boy was 28" and 135lbs), calm demeanor, good with small children, will have to become comfortable with traveling (my husband is an international banker).
Should I be looking for show lines? Working lines? Need help deciding this as well.
Anything else I need to consider?