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.
It's something you need almost like air or water. ♥