PPD Search for Oregon
Plenty of lurking, plenty of searching for folks who are reputable breeders and/or PPD trainers in the US. I would love to find a pooch in Oregon, or at least West Coast US if that works out, I tend to have a soft spot for "dealing locally". Now, that said, after all the searching I have done, it does look like I will not be able to drive down the road in Portland and find a PPD trained GSD any time soon.
If anybody out here does know of good folks on the West Coast, I would love to hear it. I have two daughters, 5 and 6, wife, and two older women who visit my home often. the most important thing is temperament and how the dog deals with my family. I obviously want a dog for protection, but not if it means i cannot let my 6 year old pet him.
Couple questions since you folks will likely know better than me
1. should I go PPD or Guard Dog? My ultimate goal here, is to reduce firearm presence in my family. There will continue to be one loaded firearm, but I want it to be for extreme back up situations, not first option. That makes me lean toward PPD, but then I run into the family fun vs. protection aspect of owning a GSD.
2. anybody in the Pacific North West have experience purchasing/owning a PPD? Looking for any and all tips I can get.
3. What is the difference between a 10,000 USD PPD and a 70,000 USD PPD?? I am seeing such a crazy price scale, it is hard to nail down what is considered "normal". I am watching vids of some 10k PPDs and they look fantastic, attentive, listen to all commands/signals, great bite and release, etc.