I've never owned a GS and went on a trip to Indiana. Fell in love w/my brother in laws GS who gave me the name of breeder he got his from. Turns out the breeder has a female (long haired) that is 6 months old along with a new litter of puppies. I would rather have the 6 month old and I definitely want the longer coated which she is. The breeder told me that the parents were OFA ( I think that is the acronym) and that they are AKC registered. I'm nervous because how do I know that he is being honest about the OFA and AKC? Does this really matter? He sent me pictures by email and the 6 month old is soooo beautiful. I have an Airedale Terrier who is 7 years old and I wonder if they will get along well. If I brush a GS everyday will I still have tons of shedding???? Also, I would rather buy a GS here in Minnesota but the prices are too high for me. This 6 month old girl is $650 which I can afford. I know this is alot of info and questions but please give me all the advice you can!! and I'm also beginning to read all of the forums.