I'm probably going to buy one online and ship him here from Germany or wherever he may be.... But how do I know if I'm getting him from a reputable breeder?
thats particular kennel says they get 50% of their dogs from an outside breeder...
I can't find anything talking about titles (except they occasionally sell dogs with titles) I can't find anything on the breeding stock, they mention OFA and say that if the dog has an issue within 2 years you can exchange it....heres the thing tho...ofas are done after the dog turns two...so their guarantee is useless.
Personally I wouldn't buy from this kennel.
Why doyou want the dog already trained? The best bet is the train the dog yourself, with a trainer. As much as they claim training will transfer over...its not the same.
Thanks. I'll look for a different one, then.
Is it common for people to buy an untrained dog and have a trainer work with them? I thought a lot of the dogs that start training end up not being good enough and are sold as pets. How would you know if the dog you buy has enough potential?
I'll keep you updated, but I'm not going to be getting the dog until this time next year... I'm just planning ahead : ]
Interesting. Do you know anything about their bloodlines? I wouldn't have a clue...very common. If you are worried about the dog "making the cut" so to speak you would buy a dog thats bloodlines prove to be cut out for the task...perhaps buy an older (6 months or so) pup so you get a better idea of the drive in that dog.
That said there are lots of drivey drivey dogs of all breeds...I have personally met a standard poodle trained in protection work, as well as seen many many bully breeds do it...I have seen dogs as small as JRT doing the job.
Personally I would want to be with the dog as young as possible and have my hands in its training as much as possible...these dogs are drivey drivey drivey and I want the reward history to be with ME.
also with the training, it has LOTS of upkeep. So you will be training constantly anyway. Might as well start from scratch.
French ring is a sport.ok, i give up...what exactly does "ring-trained" mean? i googled it, but all the sites are blocked from my work computer...
Unfortunately GSD and mals are not my thing. To drivey for me. So I don't remember which bloodlines focus on what. I wish I could help more.Interesting. Do you know anything about their bloodlines? I wouldn't have a clue...
Unfortunately GSD and mals are not my thing. To drivey for me. So I don't remember which bloodlines focus on what. I wish I could help more.
Dogs that have advanced titles in ringsport should be fathering any of the pups you look at
titles are what a dog earns by competing... titles require you place to get a "leg"
it takes three legs to get a title....then there are multiple levels of titles. For example..."AN" would be agility novice....meaning the dog has three legs in agility and has earned its first title.
at least thats my understanding as it was explained to me. Others may chime in.
this may help..
Dog Titles & Abbreviations
out of all those the breeder in PA looks the best to me...but I admittedly am not an expert in mals or ringsport.
actually i'd be more leary of a breeder who DOES ship. Most breeders want to meet you in person, these dogs are everything to them...breeders who will ship just anyone who has the money for a dog, without TONS of references/questions, are breeding for the wrong rea$on$ IMO....and the guy is right, shipping is a pain in the rear
your link would not work for me.
this is a GOOD start...as a buyer tho, I would ask for proof before purchaseAll puppies we choose come from excellent quality parents whose hips are rated 0/0, that have been breed surveyed and that have earned a working title and usually a show rating.
this is a GOOD start...as a buyer tho, I would ask for proof before purchase
keep in mind these dogs are trained in compulsion/aversion type techniques...that means physical corrections and e collars. Make sure you are 100% comfortable with that before you have them train your dog. Also keep in mind that learning these techinques is much harder and you can buy a trained dog and mess it up yourself if they don't train YOU enough.