(Topic ID: 220358)

German Sheperd Breeder Advice


By BenetBoy78

9 months ago



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#1 9 months ago

I am in a soft search for a reputable German Shepard breeder in the USA. I am wondering what others may have experienced. There seems to be a large number of breeders, but some appear as a money grab (puppy mill) and not likely reputable. Any good advice is appreciated.

#2 9 months ago

You might want to search for and post on a GSD board instead of pinside......

Also, please consider a rescue. Tons of great dogs in shelters all over, looking for a new home. My GSDis a rescue and a great dog.

#3 9 months ago

Americans have destroyed the breed by breeding for “low slung” hips as the cornerstone of the standard and leading to too many dogs with dysplasia that are effectively crippled. Buy from a breeder in Europe and avoid the US bloodlines altogether.

#4 9 months ago

Got a great dog from a breeder in Oklahoma. AKC champion bloodline. I will look up the name if I can find it and PM you. GSD's are the best, always have had at least one my whole life.

#5 9 months ago
Quoted from drsfmd:

Americans have destroyed the breed by breeding for “low slung” hips as the cornerstone of the standard and leading to too many dogs with dysplasia that are effectively crippled. Buy from a breeder in Europe and avoid the US bloodlines altogether.

Its crazy what breeders do to dogs to win at a dog show, I had a Lab that had a torn ACL and the vet told me basicly the same thing.

#6 9 months ago
Quoted from drsfmd:

Americans have destroyed the breed by breeding for “low slung” hips as the cornerstone of the standard and leading to too many dogs with dysplasia that are effectively crippled. Buy from a breeder in Europe and avoid the US bloodlines altogether.

There are still some breeders in the US that do not go that route. However, you are 100% correct with respect to the gross exaggeration of form by many. You'll see pics of ones where one of the back legs is bent at over 90 degrees at the hock and the hock on the other leg is touching the ground. Here is an article on the four types:
http://www.thedogplace.org/BREEDS/German-Shepherd/Four-Shepherd-Types_Cordingley.asp

Unfortunately, this fate has not been limited to the German Shepherd. There are a number of other breeds where this has occurred to the point that the breed is not able to perform the function as intended (or at the level intended) and/or you have subtypes like the article above notes. For example, there are field and bench Springer Spaniels. The beautiful, silky, long flowing coats of the bench 'style' would be a nightmare in the field.

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