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Here is an email I sent to our breeder, about the deceitful tricking that i've obviously been exposed to after a conversation outside Walmart... (the puppies in question are 10 wks old and can be seen in this thread Atlas & Kronos )

Quote:Shannon!

I think we have a problem! It seems, apparently, we actually bought 2 Lab Puppies from you, instead of GSD!!

The story behind it is thus;

We took them for their (almost) daily socialization yesterday. Walked them around Lowes, where they helped us shop for appliances and met all kinds of people! After an hour or so of that, we walked over to Walmart, where I waited outside while Lorie went in to do some grocery shopping.

We’re sitting outside Walmart, and they are INCREDIBLY calm, just sitting on the floor, watching people go by, not jumping to get up, or going crazy when people pet them.

There is a guy outside who has been standing for a while watching us, and he says to me…

“What’s wrong with your dogs? What have you done to them?”

“What do you mean?” I reply

“Well, look at them. They are not interested in anything, it’s like they are dead to the world, what did you do to them?” he says.

“Maybe they are just well bred, well trained dogs?” I reply to him.


He kinda grunts, and walks away for a bit. Then, he comes back…


“Well, them are definitely some pretty labs, that’s for sure”

“Oh, no, these are German Shepherds”, I reply. “They are 10 weeks old”.

“Nah man, them are labs” he said, “you got ripped off if you think they are shepherds”.

“I’m sorry, but they are German Shepherds” I respond. “While they are young like this, their ears do kinda flop over like labs though”

“I’m telling ya man, those are labs. I should know, I had them all my life and have bred some before, those are labs” he says.

“Okay”, I say, with a smirk.


So! What’s the deal Shannon? I thought we were getting GSDs, but this guy was obviously an expert and knows what he is talking about!!!
hahaha.
 

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geeeez....i thought they'd at least be all black (all black labs, of course).

i have a black 'lab' that must be related to them! LOL!
 

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You poor thing! I can't believe they sold you labs..... that just happen to look like shepherds? Was the guy for real? Maybe he bred sheps and didn't know it???? Too funny.
 

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That is funny. I got the same thing about my black GSD until she reached 2 or 3 years old. "That's not a GS. It's black and they don't make them in black. It's a Lab with pointy ears. You got ripped off, man!"
 

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Yeah, I was pretty confused at the time, and unfortunately he was dead serious about it. He was pretty p'ed off that I didn't believe him. I could "somewhat" understand if they were all black, but with the tan/brown on them, especially their legs, I was thinking... huh?!?

It is amazing though to be out in public, and hear what people do say. We had a lot of people ask us "Oh, what are they?" and when we told them they were 10 wk old Shepherds, they would ask, in a very disbelieving voice "really? huh". Odd!

I also had 2 women walk past us going into Walmart. One woman says to the other "Aww, look at those little shepherds" and the other replied "Huh? nah, them a mix of some kind, them ain't shepherds". I just chuckled, and didn't say a word.

I'm still confused how Shannon (the breeder) tricked us though! I didn't see a single lab amongst her 8 GSDs, but maybe they were just labs dressed as Shepherds!!
 

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Those are some gorgeous labs!


I was just looking through the link to your pictures from the other thread. It is sooo adorable when puppies just fall asleep everywhere. I like the picture of all three dogs too. You are very lucky!
 

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lol! i just read this & took it seriously until i clicked the pictures. your dogs are freakin adorable, & they look nothing like labs! lol that guy mustve been a little looney..
 

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You have to watch Shannon...she can be tricky like that..

(I know Shannon)

I have had the same conversation with a few people about my black gsd...
 

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LOL, he must have been breeding the exclusive chocolate and brown brindled labs. Your pups are adorable BTW.
 

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What a riot! LMAO I had to show DH the pics of the pups and tell him they were labs too.
 

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that is too funny.
Just today I was with allie at the vet (bicolor) and a lady asked me if she was a lab. That was a first for me
 

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He thought black and tan GSDs looked like labs???????
 
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