by RLHAR on 02 September 2019 - 04:09
It's been a few years since I last visited this site but figured it may give me a place to start on my journey.
We have been blessed with two wonderful German Shepherds and IPO partners over the past thirteen years.
Erik - http://www.pedigreedatabase.com/german_shepherd_dog/dog.html?id=640962-erik-vicona
DeeDee - http://www.pedigreedatabase.com/german_shepherd_dog/dog.html?id=561866-hanni-apanta-rei
Both of these dogs were my IPO partners and both were wonderful house dogs. We believe we ultimately lost DeeDee to DM, but Erik has been perfectly healthy up until a few days ago when he herniated a disk in his spine. He will be coming home from surgery tomorrow, but it is still a marked reminder that he is almost 10 years old.
To my regret I never had the opportunity to bred Erik. He was much beyond me in terms of natural skill and presence on the IPO field, yet at home he was a perfect gentleman to anything smaller than himself. He would ditch me in an instance for a child.
I would like to start researching and figuring out if anyone is breeding lines like this. Since I was never in the position to breed Erik, I don't believe I will ever be able to have a puppy from him, but maybe there is someone out there breeding along his same crosses? Can anyone help point me in the right direction?
by duke1965 on 02 September 2019 - 05:09
hoky va pe is available quite a bit, produced a lot of good dogs, and is pretty much found in second/third generation of nice dogs still, Eik is found less but still a bit, but can see that combination of these lines can produce nice dogs
good luck in your surch
by hexe on 02 September 2019 - 06:09
by maofryan on 02 September 2019 - 16:09
by RLHAR on 02 September 2019 - 19:09
I agree that collecting him is probably not a reasonable option. One of the main reasons I didn't pursue breeding him back when he was younger was inexperience (mine) as well as a lack of support and any reasonable plan to place the other puppies from the litter. I told myself back then that I could go back to his lines through responsible breeders and not risk bringing a litter of unwanted puppies into the world.
It always seemed an "in the future" concern, but the future is closer now than back then. :'(
by Hardbitek9 on 02 September 2019 - 20:09
Check your inbox
by RLHAR on 14 September 2019 - 00:09
I've become so used to getting the "spay/neuter" spiel from vets. But at two different hospitals (his neurologist and now his rehab) the vets have been excited by the idea of breeding him and are working as a large team with the repo vet who also practices at the rehab facility to map out a plan to give him the best chance as providing a viable collection.
They've been in awe of his temperment through all this, along with his physical recovery. The neurologist practically bounced like an over excited kid at the idea.
by Sunsilver on 14 September 2019 - 14:09
Isn't it ironic how hard it can be to get pups from breed-worthy lines, when back yard breeders pop out litter after litter?
I've had 3 females with excellent pedigrees, and haven't been able to get a single pup! First one washed out due to hips. Second one, it was temperament. And now, my current female had a bout of pyometra at 18 months, and it seems to have made her sterile...
Best of luck, whatever route you decide to go! I am happy to know you are giving temperament high priority in attempting to get a new pup!
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