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So I recently put a deposit on a puppy, due in early December. Now I'm debating whether to scrub the whole thing. I have had Beaucerons for years, at one point we had 8 in our house, my husband is the German Shepherd person in the house. Anyway, I put my last Beauceron, Java, to sleep 3 years ago this week. My husband and I agreed recently that I really did need to get a new pup to have a dog of my own to work. I haven't been "dogless" all this time, we have a dog business and we constantly have dogs in house for training in addition to my husbands dogs and my children's dogs we have 6 dogs, 5 of which are GSDs. I have been looking for a Beauceron, but don't love what is being bred out there, and don't want to import a dog (the last 2 I imported from France were a huge disappointment). I constantly have new people at the Schutzhund club ask which dog is mine, and I say "none". But I always have a dog or 3 to work that are here for training so it's not like I'm bored. While I adore GSDs and feel they are absolutely the best all-around working dog, they just don't make my heart go pitty-pat at the thought of one as my dog. Part of me thinks, well when I get the puppy I'll love it regardless and part of me thinks I should just not get a pup until I find a Beauceron pup I want, but that really could take years since most of the breeders I trust are scaling way back.
The GSD litter I have a deposit on is a fantastic breeding, and we have 4 dogs from this kennel in our Schutzhund club currently, so I have a pretty good idea of what I'm getting. So it's not that I'm hesitant about the breeding at all.
Sorry, just venting I guess.

Here's a link to the pedigree, it is a repeat breeding of this girl.
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honestly it doesn't sound like your heart is in getting a gsd,,since you aren't dogless, I'd wait and keep searching for that beauceron you really want:)
 

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i think if you're heart isnt in it right now, you should probably wait. I've been wanting a beauceron for a while now, i'm just not sure where i'll go when the time comes that i'm able. I'm sorry you're having a tough time with it! Never easy to be confused or conflicted about something. Course there is always the possibility that you go through and get the puppy and are pleasantly surprised.
 

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I say good for you for being honest about your feelings regarding this deposit. Don't talk yourself into this puppy-there's nothing wrong with backing out. Of course let the breeder know soon.
 

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I'd worry about the possibility that you *may* not bond with the new GSD because in your heart you wanted a Beauceron. I'd be honest with yourself and the breeder, and keep looking for the pup of your dreams!

The trainer we work with has Beaucerons. Very cool dogs!
 

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Annette, Just my opinion, but I think since you want a dog of your own to train it should be the dog you want. Hope it all works out for you. Good luck.
 

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If you are truly ready for a new puppy and your hubby is a GSD person who has not had a GSD it seems this decision that you ponder is all about you. Trust me if your a dog lover and your heart is ready for the new puppy world how can anyone go wrong with a GSD and all that comes with that breed. I am sure you will be fine and bond and love your GSD.
 

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I'd worry about the possibility that you *may* not bond with the new GSD because in your heart you wanted a Beauceron. I'd be honest with yourself and the breeder, and keep looking for the pup of your dreams!

The trainer we work with has Beaucerons. Very cool dogs!
I couldn't agree more with this because I am having this problem.

I wanted a dark sable male GSD so bad! I settled for a GSD/Husky mix, we are not bonding, he has behavioral problems, he reminds me of something I hated and he isn't the GSD that I wanted. :(

Dont get a GSD if what you really want is another Beauceron.
 

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I couldn't agree more with this because I am having this problem.

I wanted a dark sable male GSD so bad! I settled for a GSD/Husky mix, we are not bonding, he has behavioral problems, he reminds me of something I hated and he isn't the GSD that I wanted. :(

Dont get a GSD if what you really want is another Beauceron.
The opposite happened for me. I wanted to adopt an adult rottweiler but my husband wanted to buy a german shepherd puppy. Now, we both love him more than anything. But sometimes when Mac is being particularly challenging I do curse my husband. LOL
 

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I couldn't agree more with this because I am having this problem.

I wanted a dark sable male GSD so bad! I settled for a GSD/Husky mix, we are not bonding, he has behavioral problems, he reminds me of something I hated and he isn't the GSD that I wanted. :(

Dont get a GSD if what you really want is another Beauceron.
Your talking about a rescue compared to raising your own.

LaRen , You were probably thinking with your heart and not your head when you took on your GSD/Husky mix. I wish you luck and hope you can turn him around.
 

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This is a toughy - Your concerns are quite valid. If your heart is set on a Beauceron maybe the GSD won't work.
On the other hand life with a GSD can be nothing short of incredible. Case in point, my sister & brother in law are (or were) dyed in the wool Lab people. Until last summer. My sister joined me on a visit to a fellow GSD breeder. She fell in instant love with one of the puppies. That puppy went to live with my sister a month later. Here's the kicker - I was visiting my friend a couple of weeks ago; my sister was with me. Guess what!!!! She brings her second GSD home on the 19th of this month.

Never under estimate the power of a GSD!!:):)
 

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My dh was the one who wanted a GSD, big time. I wasn't so sure, being more of a lab person at that time. Somehow with our work schedules, the pup really bonded with me, and guess what, now we have TWO GSDs, LOL. I think that I am now definitely a GSD person, and I don't know if I'd be happy with anything else. While the pup may really bond with you and surprise you, if your heart is set on a Beauceron, I'd wait for the right one.
 

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This is a toughy - Your concerns are quite valid. If your heart is set on a Beauceron maybe the GSD won't work.
On the other hand life with a GSD can be nothing short of incredible. Case in point, my sister & brother in law are (or were) dyed in the wool Lab people. Until last summer. My sister joined me on a visit to a fellow GSD breeder. She fell in instant love with one of the puppies. That puppy went to live with my sister a month later. Here's the kicker - I was visiting my friend a couple of weeks ago; my sister was with me. Guess what!!!! She brings her second GSD home on the 19th of this month.

Never under estimate the power of a GSD!!:):)
This is SO not the same thing as the OPs situation though. They HAVE 5 GSDs aready. So she KNOWS the breed and has lived with multiple GSDS.

To the OP. If I were you, I would wait for the perfect puppy for YOU. Not "settle" on a GSD.
 

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Well, the universe may have addressed my issues today.
First, a client left her female Beauceron here for a few days for training. My husband has been doing most of the work since it was her bite that needed work. Today however, he said he needed me to handle her in obedience so he could work her in the sleeve. While I had a blast working her, grinning ear to ear the whole time, I was very rapidly reminded how much better the GSD is to train overall. Don't get me wrong, the Beauce is a VERY smart dog and a blast to work, but has a very different style, especially the bite that isn't as geared toward Schutzhund, which is why they generally do Ringsport more commonly.
Second, my daughter asked me today, of all the dogs I've owned or lived with (we don't have "family" dogs here, all dogs have one person in the house so there is never an argument about feeding, training, etc), besides Java, which 5 dogs would I clone.
When I made my list I realized that all but one were female GSDs. Currently I live with all male GSDs. So I think what I'm really yearning for is the girl thing, not necessarily another Beauceron. I just had such a strong connection with her, and now think it wasn't the breed so much as the vibe if that makes any sense.
Weird how both of those things came up today, though. Wonders never cease.:gsdhead:
 

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I was a doberman person before I got my GSD as a Christmas present. I knew they were smart, family oriented, loyal, and everything I like in a dog- I was just a short haired dog person. However, Zoe my GSD girl will be a year tomorrow and boy has that year flown by. I couldn't imagine I could love her anymore and can't believe I had never considered the breed before her. I feel like I've missed out actually waiting 30 years to figure out how perfect the breed is for me. She's a pistol with strangers in the home, but otherwise perfect in every way. She is my faithful, loving, non judgmental best friend and surely not my last GSD. Good luck with this new female pup of yours. You sound like a perfect home and trust me she'll grow on you whether you want her to or not,lol
 
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