- Blanche Beisswenger
17 West Ivy Ln.
Englewood, NJ 07631
Blanche Beisswenger, 17 West Ivy Lane, Englewood, NJ 07631 (201)568-5806
Linda Kury, (408)247-1272 California
As with most popular breeds the prospective buyer must be very careful to screen the seller for honesty and the seller's stock for health and vigor. In my experience the best breeders rarely advertise (they don't have to) and you will find them by searching out the breeder of a German Shepherd which impressed you. Be prepared to wait for your puppy. Most reputable breeders actually have enough demand that they may have reservations on litters for a year in advance. When you see the breeder's kennel the dogs should sell you, not the hype!
The popularity of GSD's combined with the health problems in the breed mean that a breeder who does a fair amount of careful breeding is more likely to have genetically healthy puppies than is a breeder who breeds only one litter every 10 years. This is not a breed for the genetically ignorant to breed.
Despite the common impression that "anyone who breeds dogs for a living must be a puppy mill", excellent German Shepherd Dogs are frequently bred by people who make their living from dog training and breeding. The way you can tell that this establishment is not a 'puppy mill' is simple. The level of professionalism will be obvious. The dogs are bred with an emphasis on the trained adult as the desired product. The adult dogs are highly trained. The breeder is also an active trainer. Temperament testing is part of the evaluation process. The kennels are clean and spacious and all the German Shepherds are well maintained. Generally these people do not have to advertise their pups for sale. They usually can sell all that they choose to produce to their high standards by word of mouth and through their training classes. They generally provide good warrenties and health assurances in writing.
Shepherds are quite active and trying to leave a young one for long days, cooped up in a small space, can result in a very unfortunate dog owning experience.
Shepherds are not 'plug and play dogs'. They are intelligent, loyal, active working dogs that need training and work to realize their maximum potential. The owner needs to be in charge. Owned by too timid a person, an outgoing shepherd can become the boss. It is their desire to be your companion for life.