West Coast breeders for SD Prospects?
I'm new here, having been directed from another forum for help finding breeders for a mobility SD prospect. I was recently diagnosed with an untreatable muscle disorder, and I am starting to look down the road at getting a service dog in a few years. The dog would be working in harness occasionally but mostly working next to my power chair and helping me get in and out of it.
I have spent many hours looking at various programs in my area and I think that owner-training would suit me better for a variety of reasons. I will have plenty of support with raising and training, including a really good local trainer who is helping me learn how to train complex tasks. I am aware that there is a good chance that the dog will "wash out" for mental or physical reasons and I will have to start over with a new pup, which is why I looked into program options first before deciding to do it myself.
This leaves the question of a dog. I am married less to a breed than to the right dog for what I need, but I think a GSD would be a better fit than most Labs and Goldens. That said, I worry about the suitability and long-term soundness of some of the more sloped/angulated lines of GSD's when it comes to harness work, so I would prefer lines with more of a square build.
Air travel is very physically difficult for me, so I'm hoping to stick to breeders west of the Rockies if possible.
Thanks for your recommendations.