A good pup is a good pup. Don't get lost in the maze of pedigrees, working line v show line. It's can be a black hole and in your case unnecessary. The GSD in your future has will have a purpose and place as the loyal companion and protector of your family. That pup needs to have a balanced temperament, be well socialized, have quality genetics which a repeatable breeder will document and guarantee. Then have a training plan in place.Hi everyone,
We are looking for a GSD and wanted to get some general advice. We've done lots of research – talked to several breeders, but it's hard to know who to trust given many might just be telling us we want to hear, and hard to know what will be best for us in the future. We are trying to make the best decision overall and could use some input.
About us: We are a family of four. We have two young kids and are both active in our day-to-day lives. We both have strong personalities and feel confident about our ability to train/manage and raise our GSD. We would like a dog that can play with us, take a hike once or twice a week, protect, but also relax with us and watch a movie/cuddle on the couch. A dog that we won't have to worry about biting us or others. A dog with a mild drive that is well suitable for a family vs training for an IPO.
We have spoken to several breeders – all breeders seem nice, knowledgable, but I wonder if they are telling us what we want to hear.....The reason I mention this is when in conversation with K9 trainers, showline breeders, they all seem shocked when we mention we are considering a workingline breed. I realize these may be political jabs because they don't like the particular breeder we are considering. But should we be concerned by this? Specifically, this happens when we mention breeders who's dogs are titled and train for IPO's
In short, can a workingline be a good family pet? Who is telling the truth? Based on what you know about us, what/who do you recommend for us? We are just a little confused and are wondering how we can determine who will be the best breeder for us....and how we can determine temperament/suitability over the phone or in person.
Also happily accepting referrals in California (North preferred but can travel as far as SD.
Thank you for your help
A first time GSD owner needs training along with the pup. A good trainer will teach you what's entailed and required to nurture and structure a respectful and trusting relationship with your pup. The reward is a life time of love and loyalty. In my moderately humble opinion there is no fine family pet than a GSD.
Focus on the temperament. No better way than to spend time with the sire and dam. If there is a local GSD club go to an event and meet the pup and owners. Good luck!