Best German Shepherd Breeders

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Finding the best German Shepherd breeders is a different task to How to Choose a Dog.

With so many GSD Breeders that you can find here in our Dog Breeder Directory, which one do you choose? Which are the best German Shepherd breeders?

How to find a reputable dog breeder

First, this depends on what you are looking for: Do you wish to have a family companion, or a protection dog for family or house or company premises, or a working dog for specific assignments, or a rescue dog, guide dog, or show dog?

Your answer to this first question will impact on how to find a reputable dog breeder or even the best German Shepherd breeder for your purpose.

Purebred Breeder, Backyard Breeder, Puppy Mill Breeder, Pet Store Dog, or Dog Rescue Centre?

Unless you want to gift a GSD to someone you don't like or you aim to make a quick profit as a dog broker, by all means you should get your GSD from a purebred breeder or dog rescue centre. AVOID all other three: backyard breeder, puppy mill breeder and pet store dogs.

Why? We discuss this in depth in the MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL - to which you may subscribe for free here - but as a brief start see our article Where to get a Dog.

How to find a good dog breeder

Now let's assume you have decided to go for purebred breeders and you make that considerable investment because you think: "Our German Shepherd will be our family member and protector for many many years, and that's worth it!", then you may wonder how to find a good dog breeder? Which purebred breeder in the Dog Breeder Directory on MYGERMANSHEPHERD.ORG are the best German Shepherd breeders?

This question however is not as easy to answer because now we are looking at a rather homogenous group. Personally, I would not limit my choices to the best German Shepherd breeders in say a 200 miles radius. But that's me, because for me, getting a family dog is one of the most important decisions in life - less prominent than finding the right spouse, but more prominent than finding the right job or the right house. You surely may have different preferences there.

Nonetheless, whatever radius you choose to find the best German Shepherd breeders to get your dog from, look at all breeders in the Dog Breeder Directory here, click through to their website if they have one, and read what they write about their breeder philosophy. Yes, every breeder has their philosophy why they decide to breed German Shepherd Dogs.

Then as a next step consider to gather some information from others about that breeder, for example from the local kennel club, the local dog rescue center, the local German Shepherd club etc. It is sometimes also beneficial to consult the local veterinarian for information before you even visit your chosen German Shepherd breeder.

Then the final step: Put in the effort and the joy and visit as many of the best German Shepherd breeders on your shortlist as you can afford, before you make your choice. You will be pleasantly surprised what you can hear, see and learn!

While not all breeders are approachable and easy-going, enough are. And remember that for purebred breeders the breeding and meeting potential clients often is as much a passion as a business. You won't find this level of passion with backyard breeders, puppy mill breeders, or pet store dogs.

Finding a Dog

Next, what do you ask and what do you look out for when you finally visit the German Shepherd breeders? Read our Questions to ask a breeder.

If a breeder does not allow you to visit their premises or they make questionable excuses as to the convenience, of course you should avoid that particular breeder.

Then after some weeks - or subject to your schedule some months - make up your own mind based on what you have heard from the breeders and the other mentioned sources of information, and what you have observed with your own eyes when visiting the breeders on your shortlist.

However, before you actually get a German Shepherd Dog, make sure that you first read How to Choose a Dog.



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    Help! My beautiful and healthy GS is 9 years old. Talked to breeder who wants to breed her. She had a liter of pups in 2009. At what age should you stop breeding? What are the risks at this age or are there risks? She is 10 days into her cycle now. Really hope you can answer my Q, am supposed to meet with the breeder next Sunday. After being bred, I (and my GS Anna) will raise them til weaned. The breeder sells the pups and gets half. Don't want to have her bred if there are huge risks for her safety. The breeder would like to have Anna bred this coming wknd. It is a long drive. Please help. Thankyou, Annie


      Annie, you may not like (he certainly wouldn't) what I say, but you asked me, not him, so take this as MY reply.

      At 9 years a GSD is considered a senior dog, regardless how agile and healthy Anna may be right now. Despite she had a litter before when aged 5 (which goes a bit to justify a late litter), pregnancy and litter at age 9 (NINE!) is a significant health risk!

      Besides, the breeder's wish to breed her is unethical/inhumane/incanine. He certainly is more like a backyard breeder than anywhere close to being a reputable breeder. His interest appears to be to make some easy money - which is further supported by the fact that he expects YOU to do the weaning (incl. bear all cost) while he merely aims to cash in half of (each) sale price for providing the sire, nothing else. Tsss!

      To be frank: This is one of the ways how byb who cannot/don't want to incur the cost of professional breeding tout the clueless public. This breeder you're in touch with is NOT one of the "Best German Shepherd Breeders".
      More frank: You would do only him a favor, but not your German Shepherd dog Anna.

      There is no definite answer to the max age for breeding as there are various factors involved that may justify another couple of years, or less. A rule of thumb I'd say is 5, possibly 6 years. (Now read my first sentence again)

      You decide


    Sir can you tell me the healthy german shepherd of 3-4 month height & weight???

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