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post #11 of 24 Old 12-19-2011, 09:28 PM
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This issue I had was that anything (in this area) that was under $500 was really coming from a backyard breeder. The puppies looked unhealthy or the parents were just so so. My biggest issue was that the parents did not have the personality that I wanted. I want a safe dog. I'm ok with "aloof" as that's a breed characteristic but I do not want agressive. That is the other issue I had was that they were bred for guard dogs. I want a family pet that is good with kids and that's hard to find. And the parents characteristics really matter to me.

I also like the long haired shephards and while the long hair is a fault... they run higher in cost (supply and demand)....

I don't have a picture of my sweet sweet Anna on this computer. (The rose is where she is burried). These are Cody and Yank with my son one halloween. They are both registered with good bloodlines but Yank had an issue where he woudn't stop growing. He now weighs 130 lbs and has had to have both knees replaced. Cody is just overweight and is on a diet.
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post #12 of 24 Old 12-19-2011, 09:34 PM
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Sophie, that is pretty much what Betsy looked like as a younger dog. Sniff sniff, she is missed!

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post #13 of 24 Old 12-19-2011, 09:44 PM
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As I mentioned, both mine were $100 from a breed rescue, my girl at 7 months and my boy at 2.5 years. Oddly enough, my boy is "from german lines" and a well known, but IMO poor quality breeder who refused to take him back and find him a home when his family didn't want him any more. He also has temperament issues and allergies, though his conformation is really quite nice. His family paid $500 for him as a pup, I took him on as a last chance charity case due to his issues. My girl dog has no history or papers, but is undoubtedly a real working lines dog- her drive is to die for. Fabulously trainable girl but not a quiet, low energy house pet like many people want. It is not impossible to find GOOD dogs for cheap, just more of a challenge and you have to do your homework and be smart, even in the face of adorable puppy eyes. Just like in horses, good breeding does stack the deck in your favor.
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post #14 of 24 Old 12-19-2011, 10:27 PM
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I just love looking at all these beautiful dogs.

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post #15 of 24 Old 12-19-2011, 11:25 PM
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Good choice in dogs they are wonderful family pets is socalized young. We have two both purebreds our male is 10 yrs and our girl is 9 years and she still acts like a puppy. Our male ended up having soft ears or weak ears, but he is still a wonderful dog he is my baby.
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post #16 of 24 Old 12-20-2011, 12:05 AM
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Oh here's one more picture of my Dixie pup at 6months, as you can see she's HUGE! Not as big as her dad but taller than her full brother who's the same age and her mom also.
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definitely a breed you don't want to grow too fast. Aloofness is NOT a characteristic I've ever observed in the 5 I've owned.
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post #18 of 24 Old 12-20-2011, 02:50 AM
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My mum has always had german shephards, a few yrs ago mum got asked if she could take a aggressive bitch who had issues. Turns out this bitch is the biggest wuss going and has no idea on being a dog. She'd be raised with 9 brothers and sister in a 1 bedroom flat in a 6th floor flat. She had no idea how to play she just launches herself on mum's collies.
She's turned 15 yrs old now and has started to slow down. She's german lines best lines you can get in my eyes.
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post #19 of 24 Old 12-23-2011, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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heres some pics of the girl im going to pick up Monday :) she was born in Sept so she's around 3 going on 4 months old. What color do you think she is?? I was thinking sable.

Btw. The pics kinda suck, sorry.

AND the light bulb on the floor I have noticed. No idea why that's even there!
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post #20 of 24 Old 12-24-2011, 12:16 AM
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She looks sable to me. Sable coats have two colors on the individual hairs, so if you look closely you will be able to tell if she is sable or not. My Shepherd looked like that when she was a puppy. She has cream or white on the bottom of her hair and black on the tip.

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