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    SAR, GSD's, Dalmatians, horses
  1. GSDmom

    how much contact do you have with your dog's breeder,

    With Stubby's breeder I was in contact with her until he turned 2 years old and I had his hips x-rayed. They turned out bad and I have not heard a word from her since (over a year). Probably because she now owes me a puppy. Bay's breeder I was in contact with for several months before her dam was even bred. I am still in contact with her and we email alot and also phone once in awhile. They are also on several GSD email lists and forums that I am on. We co-own her so I'm sure the contact will last for the life of our girl.
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    Good traits vs Bad traits

    German Shepherds Pro's: Very intelligent, loyal, willing worker, can be trained to do lots of different jobs, beautiful, good with kids, protective, Cons: need lots of mental and physical stimulaion (ok, I find this a good thing), high energy (again, a good thing for the right family), need lots of training,
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    How to start your breeding?

    Because sometimes good dogs get returned. Sometimes breeders end up having too many dogs to be able to have time for them all. Life happens and family circumstances (or money) can interfere. Once in awhile a breeder wants to keep a bitch but can not so may co-own with someone. In this case the bitch lives with the co-owners, gets the life they deserve, training, showing exc. Then when it comes time to breed, breeder gets one of the pups back to sell or keep as they desire depending on how they turn out. The co-owner gets an older, trained, proven dog and the breeders help in picking a stud and a pup or two to replace her when she retires.
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    Ax, the dalmatian

    Sorry, that was me. I didn't realise I was not logged in.
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    Ax, the dalmatian

    Thank-you for all the very kind words. Ax just LOVED to play, I'm sure he is having a blast with all the others who came before. I know he will be waiting for us. Until then, we will miss him very much. [i][color=darkblue][/color][size=6][/size]Ax, may you rest in peace, we love you.[/i]
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    "Blue" gene

    Yes, they make wonderful pets. I know several people who have them. Color has no effect on temperment and working ablilty (we do SAR).
  7. I am heading up a committee in our nursing home to purchase a resident dog and want to make sure we cover all the bases so everything works out well for residents and pooch. Can you get dogs with special training to pull wheelchairs and such or do you do this yourselves? We plan to rescue if possible. What type of set-up is best? Do you set up a private place for the dog to be in once in awhile for privacy or do you let him sleep in residents rooms (ones that like dogs and want it to)? How much maintence training do you have to do? Do the residents do most of the cares or do staff? Staff has no problem taking care of the dog, but maybe we should share responsibility with residents. What are some problems you have noticed and what did you do to fix them? Where is the best place to find a dog? Thanks in advance!
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    "Blue" gene

    We must have been typing at the same time! Not all breeders cull, but many do. The ones that do would cull just the blue pups, not all of them.
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    "Blue" gene

    Sorry, that was me that posted last. I didn't realize I wasn't logged in!
  10. GSDmom

    The History of a breed

    I really love the action shots! That's a good pic. Anyone out there own a feild spaniel so we can have owner observations on the breed?
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    SAR K-9's

    Your best bet is to go to your local police dept and ask them. While we LOVE live finds, 3/4 of our calls end up in body or evidence recovery. We get alot of calls for drownings, but just the other night a man wandered away from a nursing home and the dogs located him fine yeah doggies!
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    Line Breeding

    Ditto on that! Good post Rottie! I will add one thing, if you linebreed all the time then an outcross is needed every few generations to add fresh blood BUT study pedigrees until you are blue in the face and then study some more. Actually, we all should do that for every breeding! Plus, like Rottie said, when you outcross it's good to have one common ancestor you REALLY like in there! Good Post!
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    The History of a breed

    That's a gorgeous setter. I would imagine that there is a split between the working and show dogs. I'm guessing the working dogs don't have quite that much hair! JMHO of course!
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    Have to brag

    Congrats on your wins! Isn't the whole scene just so much fun! I love it! I used to show Great Danes in AKC shows, and now if I ever get the time and money again, I would love to show in the German GSD shows (schutzhund trials and conformation shows). Did you get any show pics? I'm sure everyone would LOVE to see one!
  15. :lol: He he he, you had me going for a second too!