thanks for the help guys, these forums are really nice
im new to dogs, but ive done most of the homework on it, what to be looking for as far as a reputable breeder (shots, xrays, seeing if their parents had problems, make sure the breeder is analyzing you just as much as your analyzing the dog etc), and how much ill have to exercise it (not a problem at all), etc
hello xeph. could you elaborate for me about all of those lines in particular? i know of the basic things, but im wondering if they're a bit more in depth than what i have been reading
im looking for more of a companion than any of those things you mentioned; i have no interest in doing shows. i'm very active so it'll be nice to have a dog do some running with me. some times, i am not home and the extra security of knowing the wifey is safe is always a good thing(yes i have an alarm system). im also expecting a kid soon and from what i've seen from the pics on this board and vids on youtube, the child and the shepherd get along beautifully. ive always wanted a GSD since i was little; very noble looking are these darn things. and it stands out as the complete package/renaissance man/jack of all trades type of dog, which i love
i think that pretty much sums it up. a beautiful dog thats loyal, that will love running around with me, playing a classic game of fetch, and will protect my family when im not around
Define "soon" in terms of having a child. If it's like, SOON, I would hold off on a dog...especially a Shepherd. They're very, um....labor intensive (no pun intended). GSD puppy + baby = loss of sanity.
Ummm, November IS soon soon. If you get a 2-month-old pup right now (unlikely from a good breeder), it would only be 8 months old when the baby is born, and that's the WORST age to have a new baby and puppy together. 8-month-old puppies are in the awful teenage stage when they're really rebellious and active, and need the most attention. This might not be the best time to get a puppy.
Exactly...that's why I wait for interviews....everybody has to want the puppy. And while generally I do not recommend a puppy in these situations, I do try to give everyone a fair shake, as in some situations it will work and others you know right away that it's just NOT happening!
I just moved from Upstate NY and there are some good breeders in the area.
I think you are right in thinking that Shepherds and kids are typically a good mix, but from my experience maybe an older dog would be better suited?
I say this because, I have 3 children. Ages 5, 2 1/2, and 9 months. I got a young GSD (8 months) back in January...she just turned a year old on May 6th. The problem I've had is she doesn't seem to realize that though she is shorter than my kids, she outweighs my oldest by at least 30 lbs. The problem there is that she is still a clumsy puppy (in that she doesn't really look where she's going and plows into the kids) and has stepped on the baby (who is in the crawling/pulling up on furniture stage) several times. None of it has been malicious at all, but accidents do happen. She's in the crazy puppy stage.
However, she is sweet as can be. (The picture is of her cuddling my 9 month old daughter while we were staying in a motel waiting on our house to be finished up)
So, with that in mind, keep the idea that your baby will be crawling etc anywhere from 6 mo to 9 mo. and that having a young dog at that time can be interesting because they know not how easily they can hurt a small child, even with constant supervision.
I know there's some great GSD rescues in the area and maybe a slightly older dog would be a better fit, one that is beyond "crazy puppy" stage. Also a good breeder is essential like you've posted before and seem pretty knowledgible in what to look for. Drives will vary so finding a pup that isn't insanely prey driven would be good too. Mine is very driven, especially to play fetch with, and for her it really doesn't matter who is in the way when that ball is thrown.
Just some ideas I"m throwing out there though.
This is my 5 yr old with a begging GSD "throw the ball already!"
They have a few nice looking gsd's on there right now. I just adopted one from them (Nash) who is physically sound and has an amazing temperment. They are all kept in foster homes so they can usually get a real good idea of what their temperment is like.