I am looking for a strong GSD that will become the next member of my small family that will also add an additional level of protection when I am not around. Does anyone have any recommendations for breeders on the east coast? preferably close to Virginia so I can visit the breeder and ensure they are not just in the trade for the money but to maintain the amazing heritage while actively taking measures to keep genetic related health issues from having the chance to occur. This dog will be around a young child (hopefully all the time as her best friend) and will have 3 acres of open land on the river and must be large, observant, and protective! I understand this is not something that can be guaranteed in any puppy but I'm sure some breeders have focused on these traits which is why I have fallen in love with the East German DDR and Czech bloodlines! any advice is welcome but I'm hoping to get a strong recommendation for a breeder or two and assumed that this community would be helpful!