|Barked: Mon Sep 19, '11 10:22pm PST |
|After seeing that GSD in the 'pet' store, it solidified in me that the GSD really is my heart-dog (I was in between two breeds earlier). I've researched them for years and have an idea of what I'm looking for in a GSD. If anyone is able to help, it would be great, since there are soooo many of them out there. Here's what I'm looking for:
1) The big essentials for any breeder: temperament and health testing. I want a breeder who knows the characteristics of the breed and breeds for them. As in, they're not breeding aggressive or shy dogs for example. As for health, I know that GSDs have problems with the hips. I'd like a breeder that tests for this in their dogs and tries to control for this; as in, not breeding together dogs with obvious hip problems. I think another important thing is that the breeder only sends the pups to their home when they're at the very least 8 weeks old. I've seen too many people get pups that were too young and from what I've researched, having them stay until 10-12 weeks isn't a bad idea.
2) Chances are, I will not be using the GSD as a herding or working dog - he will be a companion to me. Don't worry, even though I live in the city I do plan on exercising the dog at least twice a day, with more time on weekends. Because of this, I'm not sure if getting a GSD from a working line would be the best idea, since they would be too driven for me. At the same time though, I don't like most of the dogs in the show-lines because the breeders seem to exaggerate the topline and it really slopes. Not only do I not like the way it looks, I just don't think it's healthy. So, I'm torn. I've heard people here mention Royalair before, but the GSDs they breed are too big and bulky for me.
Any ideas or recommendations? I don't want to end up with a BYB accidentally. My uncle for his GSD from a good breeder and was thinking of asking him for that contact information, but wanted to check if you guys had anyone you'd recommend.
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