I would like to share my story.
Many years ago when we got our first GSD we bought her from the local pet store. She was a pretty girl but that pretty girl had some issues. As a pup she started showing fear aggression but at the time I had no idea that is what it was. She was taking to training and she was socialized so that was not the problem.
By the time she was a year old or so she bit her first victim. Out of no where just reached out and took a taste of a friend. After that it was a few other friends that got nipped, luckily none were real bad to require medical care. From that point forward our lives changed. No one wanted to come to visit and if they did she had to be leashed or put away. It was awful!
Luckily she was fairly healthy but she was not normal, as my husband would say. She is a GSD in clothing only! Kaycee lived with us until almost 13 years old. Our lives were never our own. When we went on vacation we had to take her, she could not stay with anyone. It was a life of growls and being locked up when company came.
Since Kaycee we had decided that we would get our next GSD from a good breeder, we have 2 now and they are prefect!
Why do I tell this story? Because we did not know better, we bought a pup from a store (aka BYB or puppy mill). Kaycee was lucky she had us, we were devoted to her. Most people would have dumped her at a shelter or put her down. It was not her fault she was what she was, it was some irresponsible breeder!
Please, if you love the breed and truly want to become a breeder do your homework! Learn from a mentor, any good breeder will want to share what they know. Maybe you can offer to help them out so you can learn. Buy good dogs and breed for the love not money, or my friend wants a puppy.
This post is not meant to hurt anyone but if I can open even a few eyes and stop the bad breeding then I have done a wonderful thing. There are many of us on this forum that have had or currently have badly bred dogs. But lucky for them they have people that will stick with them no matter what. The rest...well just look at the rescue posts, many end up there
So again PLEASE do it for the right reason and help get the breed back to where it belongs and help educate those against buying from BYB or puppy mills.
Thanks for reading...