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  1. German Shepherd Dog Owners!

    Regardless his issues he sounds like the type of personality we would want, sorry to hear such a lovely dog has had so many health problems :-(
  2. German Shepherd Dog Owners!

    If a working line dog has good working potential and many don't, they will be on the hard to handle side with high drive and aggressive tendencies and you could end up with a good working prospect in these lines most pet owners would consider an awful dog if not raised and trained from a pup with this in mind. Both of my working line GSD's would fail dismally in a pet/family environment. My oldest of 10 years is a highly suspicious dog of strong territorial aggression meaning he's untrustworthy with strangers and MUST be on leash/muzzled and would absolutely not be a dog kids could invite friends over and be around. My younger 6 year old has crazy drive and handler aggression, so he's the type of dog you can't man handle or push him around if he thinks someone is trying to physically challenge him, he will oblige in a fight. This is good for a police or personal protection/guard dog to fulfil such a working role, but as pet isn't ideal in a family environment where multiple people need to handle the dog in general living. Not all working line dogs are like this, but in working lines is where these traits appear more so than in show lines and if the breeders of working line dogs aren't honest and see sales as a priority over the type of dog you are looking for, a dog strong in working traits may be a disappointment in a family/pet environment. Sorry to hear you have such issues :-( I run my own business from home so a dog like what you mentioned above I couldnt have here, I want a personality I can feel safe with as well as my other fur kids as they mean the world to me and as harsh as it sounds if another animal was to come in and harm either them or a client I wouldn't hesitate to return them to the breeder, the liability of having a badly behaved shephard isnt worth the risk. As much as I train, socialise and have relatives in the feild of dog training, I would struggle to deal with dogs like what you mentioned above. A big thing I worry about with some breeders is their ability to be completely honest, hense seeking advice from others who may know more about the breeders through personal dealings with them. It was only through having a friend involved in showing and breeding of English Springers themselves I was able to learn that one of the breeders I enquired would say anything to sell you one of their puppies and even straight out lie. In the end I went with a registered breeder that sure she may have crossed the different lines but both parents had all health tests done with outstanding results, were treated as family pets, and answered every single question I asked, for the pup I received from them 6 other families had been refused for that pup alone so I know they weren't just going to give their pups to anyone.
  3. German Shepherd Dog Owners!

    If a working line dog has good working potential and many don't, they will be on the hard to handle side with high drive and aggressive tendencies and you could end up with a good working prospect in these lines most pet owners would consider an awful dog if not raised and trained from a pup with this in mind. Both of my working line GSD's would fail dismally in a pet/family environment. My oldest of 10 years is a highly suspicious dog of strong territorial aggression meaning he's untrustworthy with strangers and MUST be on leash/muzzled and would absolutely not be a dog kids could invite friends over and be around. My younger 6 year old has crazy drive and handler aggression, so he's the type of dog you can't man handle or push him around if he thinks someone is trying to physically challenge him, he will oblige in a fight. This is good for a police or personal protection/guard dog to fulfil such a working role, but as pet isn't ideal in a family environment where multiple people need to handle the dog in general living. Not all working line dogs are like this, but in working lines is where these traits appear more so than in show lines and if the breeders of working line dogs aren't honest and see sales as a priority over the type of dog you are looking for, a dog strong in working traits may be a disappointment in a family/pet environment. Sorry to hear you have such issues :-( I run my own business from home so a dog like what you mentioned above I couldnt have here, I want a personality I can feel safe with as well as my other fur kids as they mean the world to me and as harsh as it sounds if another animal was to come in and harm either them or a client I wouldn't hesitate to return them to the breeder, the liability of having a badly behaved shephard isnt worth the risk. As much a I train, socialise and have relatives in the feild of dog training, I would struggle to deal with dogs like what you mentioned above. A big thing I worry about with some breeders is their ability to be completely honest, hense seeking advice from others who may know more about the breeders through personal dealings with them. It was only through having a friend involved in showing and breeding of English Springers themselves I was able to learn that one of the breeders I enquired would say anything to sell you one of their puppies and even straight out lie. In the end I went with a registered breeder that sure she may have crossed the different lines but both parents had all health tests done with outstanding results, were treated as family pets, and answered every single question I asked, for the pup I received from them 6 other families had been refused for that pup alone so I know they weren't just going to give their pups to anyone.
  4. German Shepherd Dog Owners!

    Thanx Ish. All information is greatly appreciated. I researched and spoke to a many breeders when getting my English Springer Spaniel but I'm finding researching this breeder a much bigger tasks being an overall more common/popular breed. My partner and I both love shephards but haven't yet had one of our own yet so we are putting a lot of time and effort into finding the right breeder and pup for us and our family. All advice and knowledge is much appreciated :-)
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    Thats very good to know thank you bianca :-) I do love the look of the working lines was just worried their high drive would be too much for us to handle. I mean, we walk/exercise our dogs everyday as one of our dogs is a half feild line half show line English Springer so gets crazy when he doesnt get his exercise, we have even taught him to run on our treadmill so he still gets his exercise in when the weather is really bad. Our dogs are involved in obedience and recently started agility so we do try to provide our current dogs with plenty of stimulation, socialization and exercise as best we can. I will seek out some of the working line breeders in our state and see what they have to offer and if they ever get any calm pet appropriate pups in their litters. I am finding researching the right breeder for this breed a real task, but I'm sure when we manage to find the right match for our family it will be worth it. We are in no rush to find a pup as I know how important it is to find a pup that will fit in with all our other pets, as the 2 dogs especially both have very different temperaments.
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    I forgot about that fact when I said about meeting both parents, but yeah if thats the case with a breeder I enquire thats totally fine, but at bare minimum yes I would want to meet the mum.
  7. German Shepherd Dog Owners!

    Thank you Ish. I will do that and see how I go finding the dog for us :-)
  8. German Shepherd Dog Owners!

    Thanx Ish. Appreciate your reply :-) Your girl is stunning. A friend of mine who has and has had shephard's has informed me about hip and elbow scores and what to be sure to ask, what scores should be etc :-) she has a show line shephard I think is gorgeous, so I would probably consider a shephard from lines that doesnt have an overly sloped back, but with so many breeders on dogzonline I'm unsure where to start, I will be sure to meet both parents before making a decision either way. We would be looking for a female as we already have 2 male dogs (desexed of course) as the shephard would be at an appropriate age. Would prefer a normal size shephard rather than an extra large one like what Mackin shephards seem to be.
  9. German Shepherd Dog Owners!

    Hi everyone. My partner and I are looking into getting what will be our first german shephard in the future. We have done a lot of reasearch and looked at all the breeders on dogzonline. We are in Gippsland Victoria so would prefer to get a pup from a breeder within our state so we can travel to visit the litter prior to deciding on a particular pup. As we have exstisting pets we would need to ensure we bring in the right temperament to fit in with our other fur kids. Alot of friends suggested rescuing a shephard but I worry about possible hereditary issues plus it is very difficult to find a rescue shephard that is good with other dogs as well as cats. We are just after a pet, and prefer what is known as the old square type/ straight top line type, must be from a reputable breeder that does all genetic/health testing. We have found the breeders known as 'Macklin shepards' and wondering what people opinions are of them? And if they are good at ensuring the right fit for our family is found? And what other breeders are there in Victoria that breed this style? I have attended a few dog shows and can't stand majority of the show line shephards you see in the ring, I find their sloped backs look unnatural and more often than not the dogs gaite is unsound, I know the straight backs aren't just bred into the working lines as I have seen the straight backs in shows I just haven't been able to attend the shows the way I used to so haven't been able to talk to these people myself. Our current dogs attend regular obedience and agility training but dont trial as of yet, so a dog that would suit this, but wouldn't be high driven like the working line shephards would be ideal, as we still want a dog that at the end of the day will come inside and relax with the rest of the family. Look forward to hearing what people have to say :-) Thanx you in advance :-)
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    Thanx for that Verve, will do that :-)
  11. German Shepherd Dog

    Hi everyone. My partner and I are looking into getting what will be our first german shephard in the future. We have done a lot of reasearch and looked at all the breeders on dogzonline. We are in Victoria so would prefer to get a pup from a breeder within our state so we can travel to visit the litter prior to deciding on a particular pup. As we have exstisting pets we would need to ensure we bring in the right temperament to fit in with our other fur kids. We are just after a pet, and prefer what is known as the old square type/ straight top line type, must be from a reputable breeder that does all genetic/health testing. We have found the breeders known as 'Macklin shepards' and wondering what people opinions are of them? And if they are good at ensuring the right fit for our family is found? And what other breeders are there in Victoria that breed this style? I have attended a few dog shows and can't stand majority of the show line shephards you see in the ring, but I do know the straight backs aren't just bred into the working lines as I have seen the straight back in shows I just haven't been able to attend them way I used to so haven't been able to talk to these people myself. Our current dogs attend regular obedience and agility training but dont trial as of yet so a dog that would suit this but wouldn't be high driven like the working line shephards would be ideal. Look forward to hearing what people have to say :-) If there is another thread this would be better suited to please let me know as I am new to this site. Thanx in advance.
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