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post #1 of 24 Old 12-18-2011, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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German Shepherds?

So I had no clue what so ever where to post this...but does anyone know of a good breeder or any puppies for sale in/near NY,PA,CT,MD...etc...im looking to get a GS but I am NOT spending $1,000 + for one... ideally no more then $400.

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Breed rescues are where I got both of mine as adults. That said, when looking for a puppy- you get what you pay for. Just like horses, the people doing a good job of it have to charge more. It's worth asking to see if good breeders that are more expensive have any 'pet quality' pups that didn't make the cut. Many will sell those for less than their show or competition quality pups but you still get the benefits of good breeding and proper care.

I see SO many $400 or less purebred pups in the vet hospital with parvo, hip dysplasia, HOD and other breeding/feeding/early care linked medical issues. Then the pups get a quite a bit more expensive if the new owners want to save them. Dysplasia, OCD (just like in horses), allergy issues and unsound temperament are all common in poorly bred GSDs.
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Thank you Sharpie!!!!!!!!! Great post!! I breed Smooth Fox Terriers and I do breed rescue as well. I get a lot of calls from people wanting 'cheap' pets, and as you said, you will get what you pay for. I am not going to add anything else as you said it perfectly
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Breed rescues are where I got both of mine as adults. That said, when looking for a puppy- you get what you pay for. Just like horses, the people doing a good job of it have to charge more. It's worth asking to see if good breeders that are more expensive have any 'pet quality' pups that didn't make the cut. Many will sell those for less than their show or competition quality pups but you still get the benefits of good breeding and proper care.

I see SO many $400 or less purebred pups in the vet hospital with parvo, hip dysplasia, HOD and other breeding/feeding/early care linked medical issues. Then the pups get a quite a bit more expensive if the new owners want to save them. Dysplasia, OCD (just like in horses), allergy issues and unsound temperament are all common in poorly bred GSDs.
Great post...
To the OP: Please do some major research on your German Shepherds... I had a German Shepherd, he had thyroid issues - he lost all of his hair from his withers all the way down to his tail, he was on medication and he had HD - he had a stroke at the age of 10 and I had to put him to sleep... and to be honest I won't even look at American blood line GS... I will only buy one from European bloodlines...

If you bound and determine to spend less then $400 then I would STRONGLY suggest you look at your local rescues....


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I agree with mftowner06; I only buy European because I find the American lines are.. well lacking. Although I'm more into Rottis and Dobermans, I've found in all breeds of dogs they are better.

Great post Sharpie. (:

Do your research on the dog's bloodlines and GS's when you find one; make sure their isn't many health issues, and if you have the ability to take of the dog. With larger dogs you get a higher chance of hip dysplasia and arthritis. GS's are prone to (I've heard from a friend that has been breeding GS's for years) hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, cancer, trouble digesting food, and epilepsy.

Good luck with your search. (: I might find some in your price range when I'm searching for mine.

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I looked for one for a year and didn't like any of the ones I looked at under 1000. I had one that I got from a rescue that was so awesome. I loved her. My parents bought one but that breeder is retired. My other brother has 2 from a rescue: Virginia German Shepherd Rescue, Inc. Main

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This is where I beg to differ, pricepoint is not the thing here. Just because it's high money does not mean high quality. For a family dog I do not care for pure European lines, and I don't like high protection trained lines.
I have not been without one for 15 years now, my hubby for 25. Check hips, ear history, eye history, elbow history, thyroid, demodex and demeanor. Here's a photo of my current boy... by the way, he's about 25% american 75% European import, and his only issue was pano, a very common thing) I paid $250 for him, and had him neutered b/c he's not breeding quality in my opinion. He was not purchased for his price but for his personality, I looked at $1000 dogs, $1500 dogs, and free dogs...he just was the one

And he and my rescue Shepherd cross, who is Husky and Shepherd (and shaped a bit like a tator tot)
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Cute dogs above ^

This is Dixie she is my 8 month old girl and VERY big. She is about 4 inches taller than what she should be fully grown, she is 100% German lines and they tend to be larger anyways. I bought her from my neighboor who breeds a few litters once in a while, she is mainly bred to be a show dog and my dad is working with a great GSD trainer right now. She's the sweetest dog ever! Totally one of my favorite breeds! Goodluck finding one!

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We had a wonderful German Shepherd but I couldn't tell you whether she had German or American lines. We bought her from a man who raised them. Sire and Dam on premises. Hips had been certified or whatever you call it.

She was almost as big as she got at 4 or 5 months and when she was a year old seemed to be limping and I took her and had her x-rayed and she was fine - just grew too fast!

We had her for 13.5 years...old by Shepard standards and she was just a living doll. Smart as a whip, sweet as she could be and just a real pleasure to have. We bought her 16 years ago and paid $250 for her.

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I bought Arwen from a back yard breeder for $500. I doubt she has European bloodlines. She is eight now and I have not had any major health problems with her. She is an amazing dog. I don't think you need to spend a grand to get a good dog.


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