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I have been following the forum for the last few months in anticipation of the arrival of two solid black puppies from two different litters from working lines. I have had experience raising large breed types in the past specifically newfoundlands, siberian huskies, and golden retrievers but these will be my first gsd. The puppies will be here soon and I have some questions that I was hoping you could help me with;

1. what type of documentation should I expect from the breeder regarding both the puppies and the sire and dam, in terms of registration and confirmation of lineage?

2. The appointment has been made with the vet for the day after they arrive. Is there anything specific that I should ask the vet to do or test that is specific to the gsd breed?

If anyone has any other recommendations or comments on the first couple weeks after I get the puppies please share

Thank u in advance
Tj





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Do the respective breeders know that you are getting two puppies at once? That is generally frowned upon due to the work GSD puppies require as well as the problems you can encounter having 2 in the house at once.
 

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Have you discussed what sort of puppy contracts you'll have with your breeders? Do you know if the parents are AKC registered, if they have had OFA hips or elbows certified, that sort of thing? You should receive copies of that if so.

The vet will discuss a vaccination schedule with you. Being large breed dogs, they're prone to hip dysplasia so you can discuss testing them when they're old enough. Your puppy contract may encourage it.

Are the pups going to be about 8 weeks old when you get them? The Vet should be able to give them a pretty thorough checkup when you bring them in. It'd be good if you can bring in a recent stool sample (Yeah, yuck!).

It's been 8.5 years since my last GSD puppy checkup, so others may have some more recent advice - will be going through it again myself in 2 or 3 weeks so maybe we can compare notes. :)
 

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Do the respective breeders know that you are getting two puppies at once? That is generally frowned upon due to the work GSD puppies require as well as the problems you can encounter having 2 in the house at once.
Just to make sure you know what you are getting into, I've raised four puppies now over the years and would never get 2 at the same time. These are a few great sites that have info to help:

http://www.uvhs.org/behavioral_docs/double_trouble.pdf

problems of buying and rearing Two Puppies from same litter

Raising 2 pups at one time in a Family Setting

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Sounds like it may be too late- but I also have raised two puppies at one and I'll never do it again! I would wait until the first one is about 2 yrs old before getting another pup. You should be given a puppy contract with a health guarantee, refund policy, etc. You should also get a copy of the pedigree if they're registered, plus the registration forms. Some breeders will provide DNA test results. Are you getting both pups from the same breeder?
 

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I see a lot of people here saying you should never get two puppies at one time. Its not always bad! We have two 6 month old pups(brother and sister) and they have been perfect puppies. Have caused no trouble at all. No issues of any kind. I train them together all the time. Its does take some time, a lot of attention and a lot of love.
 

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Thank u for the feedback. Under my contract the pups have hips and elbow garuntee. The parents are not aka registered because the parents are located in Slovakia. In short if I have Hip and elbow certification of the parents in addition to my breeder contract then I should be complete.

How old should the puppies be when you can check for dysplasia?

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Well the vet will give them an initial exam but you can't have them xrayed and certified until they're a year old. Do you have a grace period of a few days to get them to the vet and have their health checked? One thing I looked for is whether they will give a cash refund or a replacement pup if there is something wrong.

Do you have names picked out? I bet you're excited!!
 

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I have ten days under the contracts to have them vetted. Super excited.....ill post pics later this week since we get the first puppy tomorrow
 

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Thank u for the feedback. Under my contract the pups have hips and elbow garuntee. The parents are not aka registered because the parents are located in Slovakia. In short if I have Hip and elbow certification of the parents in addition to my breeder contract then I should be complete.

How old should the puppies be when you can check for dysplasia?

Thank u for your information

I'm wondering if they would be regestered under the SV? There has to be some kind of regestry don't you guys think? Hmmmmmmm
 

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If the puppies are being whelped in Slovakia, they will be initially registered there. Take a bit of time. Then, the breeder/whomever you are buying the puppies from will need to get an export pedigree sent to you. That is what will be used for the AKC Foreign registration. Make sure they explain the process to you.

Prelim hips can be done prior to 1 year; final OFAs are 24 months. SV a stamps are 12 months.
 
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