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Hello again everyone. A few months ago I posted about getting a new GSD. After listening to your advise and talking it over we decided it was not the right time.

We had a 6 month old golden retriever at the time who was extremely hyper!


We enrolled that little wild dog in obedience school.
He has done amazing. He is one of the best in his class. Now that little wild 6 month old puppy is quite a well trained 10 month old puppy. He now is well behaved enough to go to the dog park and to go with us when we visit family members and friends. He does great. He also does very well with other dogs. Over the past 4 months he's been introduced to ALL sorts of dogs and puppies. Even a couple GSDs. He's done wonderfully.

So of course...he we are again, wanting another GSD. We adopted Gero when he was 8 years old. We would love to rescue another older dog but we think that given our circumstances it's best to get a puppy. We want/need to be able to know the dogs entire history. We have a cat, a dog, and children will come along at some point and we'd be too nervous about a dog that may or may not have a history with any of those things.

Our house is on a one acre lot but we have no fence. We realize a large fenced in backyard would have been a lifesaver with Zach (our golden) so we are having one built before we get the new puppy. We want them to be able to get up in the morning and take them outside to play and get some of that energy out!

I'm sorry this post is so long. ANyway..... any advise on what kind of puppy we should be looking for?
 

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Yes I suppose so. We have talked about getting another GSD since Zach was 4 months old off and on and posted on a few different sites looking for different opinions and expert advise.
 

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Find a quality breeder that you like. Then wait for a female (path of least resistance when you currently have a male) and get her. People are successful with two males, but male/female is just so much easier.
 

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No need to go to a breeder if you're just looking for a pet! Shelters and rescue orgs. have pups/young dogs avail. all the time. Maybe a young dog (1-2yrs) would be better than a puppy since he's (very likely) already housebroken. Look up Petfinder.com

Adult dogs can be perfectly adjusted to cats, other dogs and kids,- getting a puppy doesn't neccessarily guarantee you anything.
 

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Originally Posted By: MaedchenAdult dogs can be perfectly adjusted to cats, other dogs and kids,- getting a puppy doesn't neccessarily guarantee you anything.
Agreed! And by going to a Rescue the dog will be spayed/neutered, up to date on shots and may even have some training. You will have a dog ready to join the family!
You will also have an idea on the dog's temperament and personality and can choose the right dog for your family.

Kristina
 
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