by Q Man on 11 April 2019 - 23:04
I mean are you wanting a dog for Pet...Personal Protection...Sport...Police Apprehension work...Scent Work...There are others but this is just a few...
I'm not trying to be mean but I believe in asking the dumb questions that some people are afraid to ask...Do you know the differences between Working lines and Showlines and what each is good for?
You have done a good job by asking the people here...Learn all you can then make a decision on what you want...And by all means ask all the questions you'd like answered...There are no questions too basic to ask...It's the only way you can learn unless you have a lot of money and time to make mistakes on your own...
by Hundmutter on 12 April 2019 - 07:04
Having been an owner of several GSDs in the past, you surely will have noticed in that time that the breed isn't just a big and very active one, it is also generally highly intelligent and can be a 'real handful' for some people. Even very laid-back 'pet' examples. You should also have realised that a lot of the problems are not about the nature of the individual dog, but caused by the expectations of the general public, due to the versatility and adaptability of the breed in its many roles in life, whether with LE, in search & rescue, dogsports, its early function with Seeing Eye, whatever. You might also have noticed in those years that GSDs, perhaps worse than some other dog breeds, are plagued by an assortment of health & structure problems that nobody with any sense wishes to see perpetuated if they can be avoided.
So there is much good advice here; your best bet for finding the dog that you want is to first work out what it is that you want. And then find breeders of the type of dog that you want. That means widening your search horizon to beyond some guy up the street who puts his two pets together. And please, put a premium on the parents having been health tested. For the wellbeing of the pup you buy, and for your pocket, and for the GSD breed.