|Barked: Sat Jan 19, '13 12:03am PST |
|I kept meaning to get to this but haven't had the time. First off I think you'll likely be happier with a shepherd in the long run and hope that we can help you locate the right breeder or rescue for your needs. I can't remember right off hand if you needed a dog that could also do mobility work or not but that will affect your choice of breeders. Personally I'm not a fan of show line shepherds... that said I won't move you away from them.
For a psd either line of shepherd would work as long as the temperament is tested completely. In my personal experience show lined shepherds can tend to be very sharp, but the 'old style' shepherd tends to be soft and of such low drive it can sometimes be harder to train them.
I seriously recommend that you take this question to the choosing a breed board and ask for some recommendations of shepherd breeders in your area. I'm primarily familiar with working lined breeders in the USA so I won't be as much help. I do know a few old style breeders in the US that might be able to give you names of breeders nearer to you that might work for you.
As for temperament testing I recommend that you find the trainer that you'll be working with and have them help do the temperament testing because done wrong temperament testing can be worse than no testing at all. Not to mention that a trainer who has worked with a large number of dogs is going to have a better sense of what will work or what won't.
If you're going through a rescue be prepared to do some health testing first thing, and make sure it's a rescue that will be willing to work with you. Ideally you could find a rescue that would allow you to foster for a few months to see if it will be a dog that will work for you and your needs. That will take out some of the risk. Look for dogs with known pasts ideally, dogs who have been in family situations and haven't been released for any major behavior issues.
Again feel free to email me and I'll try to put you in contact with a few people who might be able to help.
~Jeanene and Happy
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