|Barked: Sun Sep 16, '12 10:39pm PST |
|Please don't disqualify rescue.
I am not exactly the SD Queen o' Knowledge , but one thing I think I know are the soundness issues and not wanting to put all this time into a candidate and have it fall flat. Yes?
That said, I am not some rescue only freak....all my dogs are breeder dogs. I also have twenty+ years with GSDs. If you are looking for a specific working prospect, with this breed you need to get a two year old dog. Now of course this doesn't apply "generally"....as in you are open-minded to what that work will be. Just see where the wind leads you, you just know you'll work him in something. If he stays sound enough But I digress But if you want that SPECIFIC work prospect, I totally do NOT recommend a puppy. No one I know who has been on this breed for a while does. If you are open minded about the outcome, then it is fine. Otherwise, you want something older.
And when you get THERE, rescue is equally able to provide you with the right dog. I've had two in my rescue (Southpaws) who would have suited you to a tee, and as a foster based rescue, whatever you needed tested or assessed could be done. Don't believe the hype you hear on some forums. The prominent GSD rescue here has a program SPECIFICALLY for dogs in working placements, and I am talking k-9. Dogs utterly unsuited for pet placements. Obviously not what you want, but said to underscore a point. They get in the crackheads and get them into K-9 units, and have been extremely successful. This breed, particularly with the more modern pedigree, has a propensity to land in the rescue system between 1.5-2.5 years old. The potential to find a perfect prospect is high with an enlightened enough rescue, you spend less, and help support an organization saving lives.
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