How to choose a German Shepherd dog breeder?
Questions to ask, and answers to obtain.
With internet and website information it makes it easy to research
GSD pedigrees, existing working titles, and health certificates. Even after you have made a decision on what you are
looking for in your new GSD there’s still the decision to make on which Breeder do I purchase my dog from.
your decision is based solely on price, the most inexpensive part of owning, caring for, and training your GSD is the purchase
price. Owning a dog that is unhealthy, has temperament issues, or training difficulties can become very expensive over
time costing owners hundreds or thousands of dollars in additional expenses.
Is your Breeder going to be able
to, and are they wiling to support you and your puppy by providing you with a puppy of good health, sound temperament and
excellent working abilities? Are they just telling you what you want to hear or are you able to witness this information
Are you able to see for yourself the Sire & Dam’s temperament, watch them work, and evaluate their
health? Does your breeder just own and breed GSD or do they work and title the dogs themselves, providing you with hands
on experience and support?
Support: Most breeders are available to answer questions via phone or e-mail. Are they professional
trainers, and do they have the ability to assist you in your training of your GSD?
Most breeders will provide
you with a worming schedule, vaccination schedule, and dog food to go home with. Does your Breeder invite you to accompany
them to veterinary visits when the puppies have their health checks prior to leaving to their new homes? Or provide
you with this information prior to your purchase? Is there health guarantees?
What is your GSD breeders reputation?
What are the clients of the Breeder saying about their dogs,? What are they saying about the support the Breeders have provided
Does the Breeder have goals to up hold the standard of the German Shepherd Dog of being a house hold pet, and
companion. A protector of home and property. A dog capable of the highest levels of schutzhund. A dog that provides
service to the handicap, police, military, search and rescue. A goal to better the breed in health, temperament and
Is the breeding program successful?
Brigitte has also traveled to Louisiana,
Arizona, Utah, & Washington to work Lytle's dogs outside of Alaska.
Written by, Kathy Carmen
German Shepherd Breed Standard!
The Illustrated Standard of the
German Shepherd Dog
Written and Illustrated
by Linda Shaw MBA
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