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Where should I go to find a good puppy?
What’s a "breeder" and why buy from them and not a pet store?
What should we look for when buying a puppy?
What colors do German Shepherd Dogs come in?
American vs Import puppy for a non-working, pet home.  Which to buy?
When do their ears stand up?

How can I contact Sight For Sore Eyes?

 

 

Where should I go to find a good puppy?

Step one is to locate a breeder. A good breeder will be someone who is a member of the parent club of the breed they are breeding. In the case of shepherds that would be the German Shepherd Dog Club of America.

You could try to find someone in your area using our Breeders Guide. Everyone listed in the Guide is a member of the G.S.D.C.A. and in good standing with them and the A.K.C. (or their equivalent in their own country).

 



 

What’s a "breeder" and why buy from them and not a pet store?

Pet stores buy from what is known as "puppy mills". These are places who throw two dogs together without thought of health or well being for the puppies. They have been found to be in the most incredible filth imaginable. These are places who sell to pet stores to make money and for no other reason, especially love of a bred. These puppies have been found to be sickly and because of poor breeding full of health related problems. The only way to shut down a puppy mill is to end the demand. If pet stores make no sales they would not be "reordering" those puppies. The demand dies—the supply does too.

A Breeder is quite the opposite. Most breeders make little or no profit. They take into consideration the health and pedigree of both the father and mother to ensure a litter of puppies that will be of sound mind and body. Once a litter is born they take extreme measure to ensure every need of the litter it met. They are breeding to add an animal to their own family too. They want the same kind of animal you would; a happy, healthy puppy!

Lastly if the mills don’t persuade you a puppy from a buyer on the average will be cheaper than a pet store! So you can find a quality puppy for less than the sicklier puppy for more. Knowing that there should be no doubt that a breeder is the person you want to see to find your next puppy.

What should we look for when buying a puppy?

Be sure the breeder is part of the G.S.D.C.A. and in good standing by contacting a local "breed club". You can also find a breeder listed in our own Breeders Guide.

When you arrive pay attention to the surroundings of the kennel. Is it clean? Do the animals seem healthy and happy? Be sure to ask to see the parent(s). Most breeders won’t have the sire on the premises. But the mother should be available. Make sure she is in good health and that she is of good mind. A lot of people believe that temperament is hereditary so if the mother is nice so should be her puppies.

Look at the litter. Are they active? Or are the listless. Is there discharge from either the eyes or nose? A healthy litter shows no sign of this. A healthy litter is extremely active and into everything!

Take a look at the pedigree.

Champion (Ch.) dogs are those deemed suitable for breeding by the parent club and the A.K.C. That means that he/she has the necessary qualities you want in a shepherd and who will reproduce those qualities in her/his puppies.

A Register of Merit (R.O.M.) is an animal that has met the qualifications needed to obtain this award for producing outstanding progeny. A male needs to produce 5 champion sons or daughters and 5 "winning" sons or daughters. A female needs to produce 2 champion progeny and 2 winning progeny to earn her title. These animals are very impressive to have in a pedigree!

Once you’re sure you have checked everything out and made sure the litter is of good quality play with the puppies. A good breeder will help you find a suitable companion for you and your family. The breeder has paid close attention to the puppies since their birth and they can help find the type of puppy that will become an important part of your family.

What colors do German Shepherds come in?

German Shepherd Dogs come in a wide variety of colors and two different coat types. The only color not recognized by the GSDCA is what's referred to as a "White German Shepherd". While the long coat is recognized by the club and can be bred, the coat is considered a "fault" and is not shown. Below you'll find examples of the different colors and coats Shepherds come in. Click to view:

 

Colors:

 

Black and Tan
Black and Red
Sable
Bi-Color
Black

Long Coats:

 

Xenna
Rakhal and Quana

 
 
AMERICAN BRED VERSES IMPORT?
(We want to get a puppy for our family.  Not a "show dog" or "working dog")
 

This is an excellent question!.

Bring it back to basics!  Go and take a look at the parents!  That's what the puppies will be all about.

You should be able to view the mother.  What do you think of her?  Her personality?  How about the father?  What's his personality like?

If you can't see the sire (and chances are you won't) what "titles" does he hold?  The reason is the titles will tell you something about the dog:  

In this country, the title "Champion" represents a dog that is sound in mind and body., he is suitable for breeding  There are other titles that extend from there.  In this site we have listings for animals who go on to achieved greater titles such as the AOE (Award of Excellent) and 13-Club Members, dogs who have lived beyond 13 years of age.  And then there's the new award

I believe in Germany the animals are similarly rated.  A "V" rating equals our Select animals-suitable for breeding. And the SchH titles replace our own obedience degrees (Import owners help me out here).

This is the best I can offer.  Remember:

THE PUPPIES ARE A CULMINATION OF THE PARENTS!

Take the pedigree that the breeder has given you and check out some of the animals within it.  They could be listed within this very site.  Check the INDEX.

WHEN DO THEIR EARS STAND UP?

 

Ears should come up by the time they are 6 months old. I have heard of people taping ears past 6 months of age and still getting ears to stand however as the age past 6 months grows there is less of a chance of them standing. Most breeders will tape ears at 4 1/2 months of age if they are not up. German shepherds do require stimulation to work those ear muscles and I have found the taking them to different places and for long walks helps stimulate them to use there ear muscles and therefore bring there ears up faster. Also it is quite common for a puppy who has his/her ears up to see them fall down again while teething. It is common for puppies to have ears tilt and be floppy as they gain strength to stand.

 

HOW TO CONTACT SIGHT FOR SORE EYES?

 

You need to contact Maryellen Kish. Her telephone # is 215-541-0535.