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I’ve had my eyes on German Shepherds a lot and narrowed them down as my next breed. I’m aware that GSDs vary A LOT in drive in temperament between different bloodlines and breeders, so I was unsure of where to start. I have had experiences with Akitas so far, so I’m used to training and working with dogs with reactivity/aggression. My step dad also used to have a very well trained GSD (unaware of lines) so I understand the basics of training and raising a German Shepherd. I wanted to start with a line and breeder that would allow me to get a fresh start into IGP & dock diving. I will be working with an IGP trainer, but I still want something slightly easier to handle in drive. And yes, I will be extremely dedicated to this pup and will do plenty of research into any recommended breeders/lines!

I really appreciate any advice and I hope to get more into sporting GSDs and more into the GSD community :)
 

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If your not opposed to purchasing a GSD in Canada, look up Wendelin Farm, GERMAN SHEPHERDS | wendelinfarm
Just make sure you are prepared to handle and train a true working line GSD.

Seeking advice is a good start, but beware of people recommending a Breeder that they have never purchased a dog from. Do your own research, when possible visit the breeder in person.

I have worked with numerous Wendelin dogs, and own two of them. Good luck in your search.

Kim
 

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You need to determine what it is you like and want in the dog first. It’s easier to get an idea by meeting and talking to people about their dogs.
 

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If you want to do IGP & dock diving try a working line. They seem to have a more relaxed attitude about whatever's between them and where they want to be.

My wife and I have a Czech line female and the biggest difference between her and a chocolate lab we fostered is that she will eventually say 'oh heck no' to mud puddles.

OK, there are more differences than just that but if you want a dog to be with you and ready for anything do look into a working line.

Oh, by the way, as WNGD alluded to above if this is your first GSD bigger is not necessarily better.
 
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