German Shepherd Dog > Buying a GSD puppy - need input (53 replies)
by paiige102 on 24 May 2012 - 16:24
|This is the breeder I got my girl from almost two years ago. http://mmqualityshepherds.com/ Two years later and she is still answering my questions - today actually I emailed her and got a long reply within an hour or two. She has working lines, I've been to her place and her dogs are beautiful. She really has a relationship with each one. Her price is awesome as well, health garruntees, Hips checked, she is 100% behind her dogs. You should check her site out. She normally breeds blacks & sables but is about to have a traditional coated litter (possibly with blacks). Give her a call, and tell her Paige sent you! :) (The other breeders, her friends she suggests I know nothing about, but I personally was not impressed - stick with Michele)|
by Hundmutter on 24 May 2012 - 18:34
|Can be better to turn up at any breeder's premises in the ol' pick-up truck, not the shiny new saloon, in case the prices are as flexible as some people's seem to be. LOL|
by Ladyluck1120 on 25 May 2012 - 02:48
|I have selected the breeder and pup. She is female, and I get her in 2 weeks, and couldn't be more excited!!!! It will be very hard to wait, as it's hard to contain my excitement :) thanks to everyone on here, I was able to make a smarter choice, and pay a fair price for a great pup. Both parents tested for DM and Elbows , and very healthy. I am very grateful to those who shared their knowledge, which really helped me. You will be hearing more for me, I am certain, once I get my pup. I'm excited and nervous all in one - I just want to everything right :). Thanks again folks!!|
by starrchar on 25 May 2012 - 03:31
|Congratulations Ladyluck! I am looking forward to seeing photos and hearing about your new pup :).|
by Conspicuous on 25 May 2012 - 12:15
|Congrats Ladyluck!!! There's a wealth of knowledge on here (though not from me! LOL), I'm glad the fine folks here could help you make an informed decision (and that you listened!). I'm sure your pup will be marvellous, I hope you enjoy many happy, healthy years together.|
I'm getting a pup in a month, I can't wait! I am also getting a female, I'm so excited! I love my girls!
Please post lots of pictures, it will help me get my puppy fix until my little one comes home. LOL
by Ladyluck1120 on 25 May 2012 - 15:00
|I'm sure there will be lots of pics, and I will post some. Today, it's exactly 2 weeks away -YEAH ME!!! I'm counting down on my calendar :).|
by SitasMom on 25 May 2012 - 16:16
I suggest you get DVD's that focus on operant conditioning (marker, clicker) whatch them and prepare for a crazy puppy to invade your home....There are quite a few available.
Also, do a check for all agility, rally and other clubs where clicker, or marker training is offered. Go and visit each, watch some puppy classes and decide where you plan to go for training.
Interview personal trainers, decide which does best with dogs and puppies, and make sure you keep his/her contact. With a new puppy, there will be many things you can do to give your puppy a headstart. GSD's puppies bite and cause havoc......You may need some help redirecting these behaviors.... Using a strong hand doesn't create good teamwork. Having guidance to learn the tools to mold behaviors into skills is so very important for your sanity and your puppies development.
GSD's are very smart and if you don't keep their minds and bodies stimulated they can be areal handfull.
Most of all - enjoy the excitement of your pending puppy arrival. This is such a special time for you.
by Ladyluck1120 on 25 May 2012 - 21:16
|Thank you Situsmom - all good info and advice, which I need :). I'm going to search out some DVD's after work, since I have a nice long weekend coming up to watch them. There is a Shutzhund club here in Anchorage that I think does all that - and I will give them a call to go check it out and sit in on some puppy sessions. :)|
by SitasMom on 26 May 2012 - 02:11
When you visit the SchH club in Anchorage, say hi to Milicia and and give Ruff z Eurosportu a great big hug for me!
by Ladyluck1120 on 26 May 2012 - 06:22
|I sure will :)|
by CCole223 on 27 May 2012 - 07:03
|I honestly thought you were going to say the stud's name was Karlo von Trumelo, who is also from Washington and the puppies have a starting fee of $3,500, in which their price goes up with training. I respect your decision to buy the puppy even with the high price, but as most people have said, that is way overpriced for an 8-week old puppy. Seeing as you are really only interested in using him as a family dog/companion and not a working dog, you should definitely not be paying than what I believe to be maybe $1,800, maximum. You are paying for a breeding-quality dog, at which you will not even know if he's breeding worthy until he's a lot older than 8 weeks. Although the breeder may say he will be, there's no guarantee he will be. There have been litters from numerous breeders that have had an amazing first litter of pups, so they bred them again and the pups weren't as good this time around. Also, pedigrees don't also mean everything. You could have a dog with excellent working lines and a not-so-good trainer and the dog could be a disaster, whereas a dog with whatever lines and a reputible trainer that proves time and again they train great could be amazing. Dog's aren't mattresses where the cheap ones are no good and the expensive ones are the best, if you train and care for the dog, money usually will never matter for companions dogs, even some working ones. Like I said, I respect your decision, you may regret the price but you're not going to regret that puppy that will grow into an amazing family dog :)|
by Ladyluck1120 on 27 May 2012 - 14:11
|Ccole223, I didn't buy the $3500 pup. Through the string of comments and information I gathered from those way more experienced than I, I made a different choice. I am very content with the Breeder I selected and the price I paid for my baby girl :)|
by Ramage on 27 May 2012 - 21:19
|When do we get to see pics?? Congrats!|
by yellowrose of Texas on 28 May 2012 - 08:19
Sounds like you made a very wise and different choice.
I commend you for RESEARCHING..