HERE ARE SOME OF THE QUESTIONS THAT A LOT OF MY CLIENTS HAVE ASKED ME .
- If I only want a pet why worry about the pedigree?
I get asked this question a lot. If you are buying anything the more its tested and improved the better the product. Whether you are looking for a breeding prospect, showing prospect or a pet you are going to want the dog to be healthy. The dogs that are "titled in Germany" have been judged by some of the toughest judges there are. This improves the breed. They are judged for things like temperament, hips, movement etc. If you are looking for a companion you will want a healthy happy one. While there are no guarantees your odds improve when you pick from the best. And I hate to say it but you get what you pay for these days. I have seen time and time again people trying to save a couple bucks and buy a "cheaper" dog when in the long run it cost them so much more.
- Do German Shepherd Dogs make good family companions?
Absolutely! They are very intelligent, easy to train, loyal, have super temperaments (ours do anyway). The German Shepherd Dog is eager to learn and to please their owners and are known for their tremendous courage. The German Shepherd Dog is confident but not hostile. They have a high learning ability and it has been stated that an adult German Shepherd Dog has the intelligence of a 7 year old child. If bred and socialized properly, most German Shepherds get along well with other household pets.
- Should I get a male or female puppy?
This is question we get asked time and time again. In our opinion, it is a matter of personal preference. Females are smaller in size so if you live in a smaller home, townhouse, condo or apartment then a female might workout better for you. Females as a whole, tend to be more protective of their owners and family while males tend to be more territorial and property protective.
- At what age can I bring my new puppy home?
We allow our puppies to leave our home at 8 weeks of age. Our puppies are weaned from their mother at 4 to 6 weeks of age but the following two weeks is a crucial time for socializing with their litter mates.
- What is the difference between a "Show Line" vs "Working Line" German Shepherd?
The show line German Shepherd Dog is bred primarily for structure, temperament and over all appearance. These dogs usually have a calm, loving temperament and a high trainability. The working line German Shepherd Dog is bred to produce high drives, high energy and compete well in agility, protection, tracking and obedience. These dogs usually have working careers such as police k9s. The working lines usually require more attention and and time from their owners as they get bored easily and need a job to do!
- What is the difference between an American Shepherd and a German one?
American show lines also called the AKC Lines, this category includes the Canadian (CKC) show lines as well. As the name suggests, these are show dogs. The dogs you see at Westminster, or any of the other numerous AKC style dog shows, are American show line dogs. These dogs are bred for and tested in the show ring where they are evaluated for their structure, movement, angulation, color, size, and overall appearance. Decades ago, American breeders deviated from the standards and rules set forth by the German SV, the founding organization and steward of the German Shepherd dog, and they have continued to go their own way. The result now, years later, is a dog that neither looks nor acts like the original GSDs imported to North America, or the European dogs of today.
The reason for this is the focus of their breeding. American show line breeders have focused on looks, particularly extreme rear angulation and the “flying trot”. Working ability has not been a priority in their breeding for generations, and in fact many conformation show fanciers and organizations openly disdain schutzhund and any endeavor involving protection work. By not testing their breeding stock for working ability, and not requiring that they prove they can work before they are bred, American show line breeders have essentially bred working ability out of most these bloodlines.
It is important to remember that organizations like the American Kennel Club have no requirements for breeding other than that both parents are registered purebreds of the same breed. Dogs can be bred when they are still puppies themselves, and no health or temperament testing is required. With a total lack of requirements for proving breed worthiness, many breeders don't bother. "AKC registered" is not a mark of quality; it only means the dog is purebred.
American show line dogs are in general taller and longer in appearance than the European types, with finer bone and narrower bodies and heads. They come in a variety of colors and, while the traditional black and tan saddle pattern is most common, solid blacks, bi-colors, sables, and solid whites are not unusual. Their pigment is usually lighter than in the European dogs, with light tan, cream and silver being far more common than the rich tan and red found in the German show lines and Working lines. Titled dogs will carry the letters “CH” before their registered name, indicating the dog is a conformation show champion.