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Hello,

I’ve been coming here reading for quite some time and finally decided to join. I’ve been looking for a GSD puppy for some time and have to admit as someone relatively new to the breed it is intimidating trying to find a good breeder.

I believe I have found the perfect breeder and litter. I’ve been talking to Wanda of Kleinen Hain German Shepherds. She has been very helpful and knowledgeable. I am going next week to look at some of her pups.

I honestly don’t know much about pedigrees so I was wondering if there is somewhere here on the site I could post the pedigree to see if anyone can help me understand it better.

I’m very excited about the opportunity to learn more about the breed and hopefully soon welcome one to my home

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Hello, Is there a reason you are leaning towards a GSD if you have never owned a GSD and do not know much about the breed? I am just asking because I would never have chosen the breed if my husband had not had so many growing up and on his own as an adult. They are challenging and require a lot of training. There are some days I worry we made a huge mistake and then days I couldn't imagine life without them.

I would just recommend you do a lot of research (even read the bad stuff) before you get your puppy.
 

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Hello, Is there a reason you are leaning towards a GSD if you have never owned a GSD and do not know much about the breed? I am just asking because I would never have chosen the breed if my husband had not had so many growing up and on his own as an adult. They are challenging and require a lot of training. There are some days I worry we made a huge mistake and then days I couldn't imagine life without them.

I would just recommend you do a lot of research (even read the bad stuff) before you get your puppy.
I had them growing up. We had 4 when I was growing up, both sets of my grandparents had them and my parents have one now. By relatively new to the breed I meant that I haven’t had one in several years and have never participated in any organized GSD clubs or events but I I am wanting to start
 

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Welcome! I believe every home should have a German Shepherd, not sure why no one agrees with me.

There is a whole section on bloodlines where you can post pedigrees and get input. Just be patient. A lot of the people on here that have in depth knowledge of bloodlines don't spend much time on line.
 

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Welcome! I believe every home should have a German Shepherd, not sure why no one agrees with me.

There is a whole section on bloodlines where you can post pedigrees and get input. Just be patient. A lot of the people on here that have in depth knowledge of bloodlines don't spend much time on line.
Thank you. I’ll check it out and post there.
 

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I had them growing up. We had 4 when I was growing up, both sets of my grandparents had them and my parents have one now. By relatively new to the breed I meant that I haven’t had one in several years and have never participated in any organized GSD clubs or events but I I am wanting to start
Aaaaah ok! Well that is great then. I just worry when people on here post about issues they are experiencing that are totally common for the breed because they got 1 without doing there research 1st.
 

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I’ll be honest, I just did a quick search of the site. But the only thing that caught me was that they breed high drive dogs. Make sure you know what that means and that you have the means (both time wise and money wise) to keep this pup busy! I’m not pedigree savvy, so no help on that end, sorry.
 

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I’m wanting a dog to do everything with. I’m very active and run 5-6 miles per day at a minimum. I actually considered finding a malinois before looking at GSD
You will find a dog able to do that if you are persistent and take your time to research. It seems that people who get the wrong dog for their lifestyle or abilities tend to fall for a cute puppy without doing enough research.
 

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I’m wanting a dog to do everything with. I’m very active and run 5-6 miles per day at a minimum. I actually considered finding a malinois before looking at GSD
You will find a dog able to do that if you are persistent and take your time to research. It seems that people who get the wrong dog for their lifestyle or abilities tend to fall for a cute puppy without doing enough research.
I actually went to the kennel today and spent more time with the sire and dam than I did the puppies. I even played ball with them. I was very impresssed
 

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I actually went to the kennel today and spent more time with the sire and dam than I did the puppies. I even played ball with them. I was very impresssed
I saw that post just now. You made a good start. If the breeder is very good at matching dogs to people, let her do that. Unless you are very experienced, it is not easy to understand how a puppy’s temperament will mature from 8 weeks to maturity. I have a WL that was supposed to be medium drive according to his breeder when he was 8 weeks old. He is lower drive than her most extreme dogs from other litters but still very high drive and intense. If I had known what I was looking at I might have selected another option from the litter that was more balanced.
 

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I commend you for doing research before committing. It shows you are responsible and care. I will say that most dogs can and are willing to jog 5-6 miles a day and would probably love it, as long as they are physically capable of comfortably doing so. I don’t feel you would need to specifically obtain a working line dog to achieve this. BUT there are variations in drive within each line. Dog sports are also fun and if you are in it for fun and to do your personal bests and not to be the “best of the best” most physically able dogs will fulfill that need admirably. Either way I am excited and congratulate you on your future new addition, puppyhood is both fun and challenging. Please post photos once you do!
 

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Am I the only one that feels like GSD’s are a treat to train and own, and are great for newbs as long as they are aware of the needs and landsharking? Whip smart, happy to please their owners, loyal, and active in a non spaz way? The only thing I find more difficult with a GSD than other breeds is the level of biting while pups. And it wasn’t that difficult at all.

I was raised with Rottweilers, and my first husband only wanted labs and Golden’s for hunting dogs. Their energy was the annoying energy to me. Not focused, didn’t care who gave them attention as long as they got it, and not as quick to pick up on training. They only wanted to “work” if there was something in it for them. Food, toys, whatever. They didn’t care if they made you happy, they cared what you were going to do to make them happy.
@Sabismom, I feel the same way, a GSD should be in every capable home.

OP, keep us posted, I love hearing new pup stories, and of course, we all love new pup pictures!
 

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I’ll be sure to keep everyone posted. I’ve been watching a lot of videos and I especially like those I’ve been watching my Michael Ellis.
 
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