|Barked: Fri Jun 7, '13 6:49am PST |
|I can't speak yet on whether a particular breed makes a good first SD as I'm just starting the process myself. I DID spend an inordinate amount of time researching owner-training and finding the right dog, so I can speak to that.
Whenever I've looked for a reputable dog breeder, I almost always started at dog shows by meeting different breeds, different dogs within that breed, and their breeders. I often collect names by asking "Who would you recommend getting a dog from besides yourself?" and "Who would you NOT recommend getting a dog from?". They can usually give you helpful hints on picking out healthy animals from reputable kennels which was invaluable for me. Breeders whose dogs regularly title in obedience and do therapy work was important to me. The highest ideal was a breeder whose animals had gone on to be service dogs.
Just to help the conversation, will this possible SD be your first dog in life or just your first SD?
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