And it starts with 'breeder's' not breeding their pet dogs because it is **the best dog ever** and they want a puppy from it. I hear this over and over and over....then they just randomly choose a mate for that 'best dog ever' and end up with the 'crap'shoots which they will place with whoever clicks their classified.Why do you think that some of us experienced folks constantly stress certain themes are priorities in breeding....so that people WONT continue to have to recieve dogs and pups like that. It starts with breeders breeding sound stock over pretty and drivy stock. You have to go to the beginning to help folks, because if its genetic,(and an overwhelming number are) then it becomes very difficult to fix. Anyway, people acquire this breed with the idea that they are going to get a strong noble courageous dog....after all that is the legacy of the breed. I feel sorry for folks that get these pups and angry at breeder that breed the type of dogs that produce these dogs.
I totally agree with this. We just had a gorgeous, well-bred-looking sable female in the shelter that I'd put money on her having working line dogs in her family tree. She was very anxious and whiny in the shelter. Everything she showed me when I took her out for an evaluation suggested she was a dog with strong drive who had never been given any training, but she settled down and relaxed when offered good leadership.I've seen other GSDs in my classes/sports, even one or two at the SchH club where I think "you know that would be a fabulous dog with the right person...." I'm not saying their owners/handlers were terrible at training dogs but maybe just not right for this particular breed or a GSD with that much "presence" in size/strength and temperament.
I'm even more angered by the breeders (like my boy's) that truly believe they are doing something wonderful. They have the website, pedigrees, and a nice "kennel." To anyone who doesn't have a mentor or is active on a forum like this, everything appears great! But, come to find out, the "champion" lines they brag about are 3/4 generations back (to the untrained eye that doesn't matter), they only health check their dogs for the bare minimum (most of the "general" population only care for a check on hips), they don't work or "test" any of their dog's temperaments, etc...I got some song and dance and I am an optimistic sap, so I believed every dang word....And it starts with 'breeder's' not breeding their pet dogs because it is **the best dog ever** and they want a puppy from it. I hear this over and over and over....then they just randomly choose a mate for that 'best dog ever' and end up with the 'crap'shoots which they will place with whoever clicks their classified.