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Please be advised, the links in this thread are in the process of being updated - 8/23/20

The more you know and read up on these, the better the questions you'll be able to ask. As well as your ability to figure out truth from evasion in the answers you may get in response. With getting a puppy being a 12 to 15 yr commitment to a dog health and temperment, best to do our research on the front end to get the best pup. Rather the back end with research and cost for HD/aggression/timidness/Mega/

Types of Breeders

Making a Difference: Being a Responsible Dog Breeder

You need a good puppy warranty/paperwork!

https://sequoyah-german-shepherds.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/puppycontract.pdf

(German Shepherd Health Warranty, by Wildhaus Kennels )

http://www.adlerstein.com/ADLER%20ST...20Contract.htm

Eichenluft Working German Shepherd Guarantee - German Shepherd Breeder PA - German Shepherd Breeder VA - German Shepherd Breeder MD - German Shepherd Breeder OH - German Shepherd Breeder DC - German Shepherd Breeder NY - German Shepherd Breeder NJ
 

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Anyone else have great sites they'd like to recommend if this does get to be a permanent sticky??
 

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have read all these sites over and ovr again..
but thanks for consolidating the list - helps me to find the site faster
guides newcomers to pages which offer quality infiormation
 

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Another great site:


http://www.dogstuff.info/elements_of_temperament_what_is_temperament.html Elements of Temperament by Joy Tiz, MS, JD (a brief excerpt to follow, click the link for more)

1. What Is Temperament?

"My dog has a wonderful temperament! . . . " Except she really hates strangers." "I just got the perfect stud male! His temperament is the best, it's absolutely perfect: he has no defense drive in him at all!" "Oh, I would never breed a dog that had prey drive, they're vicious!"

Yes, all of these statement were actually made by real people. All of them German Shepherd (GSD) fanciers and breeders. We talk all the time about the importance of temperament. What are well all talking about? Are any of us even talking about the same thing?

When we talk about temperament, we are referring to a collection of drives, thresholds, traits and instincts that are inherited and innate. Yes, it's true. Temperament is a function of genetics. It is inherited, not developed. A dog's core temperament never changes. Some behaviors can be modified through training, but the temperament itself never changes. For example, a high energy dervish of a dog isn't going to learn to be a laid back, low energy dog. But, the dog can be taught to control his energy, to an extent.

Most dog owners absolutely refuse to believe this. If I only had a dollar for every time someone has told me "It's all in how they're raised!" . . . No, it's not. It's all in how their DNA came together. A dog with foul temperament will always be a dog with foul temperament, no matter how wonderful the environment. A dog with sound, stable temperament will always be a sound, stable dog, even in a lousy environment.

Good early handling, training and socialization will help develop desirable traits in the dog, but those traits have to be there. Ball drive is a good example, since it forms the foundation for so many types of work. Some dogs aren't interested in chasing a ball. If the dog does enjoy ball games, a good trainer can build that up and bring it out to it's highest possible level, but the drive itself is innate. One cannot install a drive.

Real GSD people are always seeking to produce sound working dogs. An understanding of temperament is crucial to developing a breeding program that makes sense and will preserve working abilities rather than dump more pets into an already overcrowded world.
 

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Thank you GSD fan! Those two links were essentially the same, so I fixed the first one and deleted the second one.

Thanks for the extra info and new link, good stuff there! Love it that they have a sable for the American GSD example. :)
 

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Thank you, RocketDog. I deleted the non working links.

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Choosing a Good Breeder - German Shepherd Rescue of Central Colorado

came across this checklist and thought it was extremely detailed. It includes "red flags" as well as "caution - ask more questions" items
Good link, but they need to update their info in respect to breeders accepting credit cards.

Accepting credit cards facilitates the transaction, and in today's word you can buy a CC scanner for an iPhone or Android device from Starbucks of all places, pay a ~3% fee, and conduct the transaction.

We as a nation are trending away from a physical monetary society, and IMHO, the single aspect that a breeder accepts CC wouldn't make me run on that single thing alone.
 

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@motoracer51 thank you for the response...that's another issue I am fighting: do I ever really want to breed? Same days its a yes and some days it's a no hence why I haven't rushed out and done so. As stupid as this sounds, I'm leaning towards my mother in laws male because of where he came from, his sire. His sire was my first experience with a GSD and he set the bar high. Even if I never do breed, keeping him around in a great environment with the ability to work or play or whatever would be ok by me. I say that because he is essentially the "dog nobody wanted so my mother in law kept him" ...she feeds him well and yeah he gets pets every now and then, but I think I could better his life. That's where my head is at now...I think her male would be great for a therapy dog and canine good citizen....I appreciate your input.


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Has anyone had any experience or know anything about the website Arizona German Shepherd Breeders? We have been looking for a healthy quality GSD for a year with no luck. Currently in Tucson AZ. Any help advise would be greatly appreciated.
 
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