|Search for a German Shepherd Puppy|
|Trouble from German Shepherd Rescue|
|Updated on 03/06/2006! Hope this is finding you all well! I have new pictures up for the German Shepherd Rescue. I was never able to get my puppy as my landlord changed my contract, however, I'm leaving this site up and keep it updated for all of those who need or want the knowledge I've collected.
Finding the puppy of your dreams is not easy!
There are many things to consider...
1) Are you ready for a 10-15 year commitment?
2) Dogs are pack animals and want to be with YOU! Are you ready or able to have a primarily in door dog? (Shepherds especially, they go nuts left outside, they get bored or lonely and will tear up your backyard to get in the house to you, not his fault, but yours! They actually make perfect indoor pets!) Being indoor with you, though, poses health issues. Are you ready and able to take the dog out for walks, excercise and play more than once a day? Can you take them on playdates to help with socialization. Do you have other dogs, cats, or children? Will the dog work well in your living environment?
3) Are you ready for the food costs and veterinary bills? They need proper diet and care as much as a child does. Depriving them of their basic needs is abuse and punishable by law! GSD's also require a great deal amount of clean up and maintenance. They can also be called German Shedders. Do you like to vaccuum? A Lot? :)
4) Is a German Shepherd the right dog for you? There are many different breeds and German Shepherds are an excellent choice, but they also require special attention. Do your research first! I will list some links for finding the right breed for you. Check it out! It's actually kinda fun.
5) Are you prepared to give your German Shepherd (or any dog, but especially the GSD) the proper training and correction? These dogs need socialization so as not to become overly aggressive (socialization with adults, children, and other animals). It wouldn't do if your mother had you and then stuck you in the yard to make do and grow all on your own, same with a dog.
6) Have you found the right breeder? This is the major question. There are many breeders and more puppy mills. Make sure YOU know the difference! Do your research thoroughly. Call them and ask them the questions I have listed here. A reputable breeder will answer some if not all on the spot. If they want you to come visit the puppies first, forget it! Also, be very cautious if they are asking no questions of you. They should want to know the type of environment they are sending their puppy into. What kind of life it will lead, who will be the primary care-taker, and have they ever had a dog, or GSD? Don't be offended by these questions from a Breeder! Feel grateful that they care!
|REMEMBER! A dog is not a fad. He has feelings and can become sad and depressed the same as you. He only wants a home to protect and love and that is what you are promising to give him no matter what!!|
|Kayla the puppy (to the left) and Kayla all grown (below that) from Graylinghaus GSD, click on her for the link to Graylingaus German Shepherds.|
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|Dogs above have found their forever homes!|
|Below are some of the questions you may want to ask a prospective breeder.! I got this information from many different sites and am putting it all together for easy access!
When you decide the time is right for a puppy, spend at least as much time looking as you would in shopping for a new car or a special dress or suit. A puppy is a long-term investment: hopefully he'll be with you for 10-12 years or more. Here are some questions to ask breeders.
a) Will you help us pick the right puppy for our needs?
b) Are your breeding animals registered with the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) Hip Dysplasia Registry?
c) Will you provide their registration numbers?
d) Are your breeding animals certified free of PRA and other eye diseases?
e) Do you guarantee the hips and eyes of the puppies?
f) What are your terms if the puppy does develop genetic problems?
g) Can we visit the parents of the litter?
h) Do you require that pet puppies be spayed or neutered?
i) Are puppies socialized (any training given?)?
j) Will the puppies have their first shots?
k) At what age do you place puppies?
(Puppies should stay with Mom and siblings for at least seven weeks.)
l) Are the puppy’s tattooed and or micro-chipped before placing?
m) Do you have a Diet guideline for your puppies?
n) Will you give us the names of other puppy buyers?
(Responsible breeders are forthcoming with this information. Make sure you have the answers before you look at the puppies -- it's hard to walk away from a wriggling bundle of fur that's licking your face or tugging on your ankle!)
o) Cost of puppies?:
p) Deposit: How much and when?:
Please also be aware that if you choose to have a puppy shipped from a breeder to check with that breeder about shipping information.
1) Do they use a credible shipping company that specializes in shipping domestic animals?
2) Is the shipping crate sturdy and locked?
3) Will it cause harm to your puppy? (ie: will he be tranquilized?)
4) Should you purchase shipping insurance? (Some airlines think of animals as "baggage" and you would not believe some of the horror stories I have seen when it came to shipping a puppy)
The best course is to be able to see the puppy and the breeders kennels. What you see is what you get and if you can't see it, be extra cautious!
|Please also consider adopting a German Shepherd that has last it's home due to the neglect of it's prior owners. These dogs are given up for getting too big, barking when people come to the door, the owner's were moving and did not make arrangements for the dog, the owner did not ask the Landlord permission first, or the dog shed all over my furniture. These babies usually have some basic training, are already house trained, are update on all their shots, and have been temperment tested. German Shepherd Rescue will also do a home visit to make sure that the dog has an excellent living environment. They want nothing in this world more than to be loved and have the chance to love in return. Check out their site by clicking on one of the pictures shown below!|
|These dogs are all from German Shepherd Rescue/Orange County. We adopt our fur-kids out quickly, so check the site for updated information and available dogs. They all need loving, reliable, forever homes! Pictures updated: 03/06/06|
|Kayla from Graylinghaus|
|Please click on Whiskey above, to sign a bill to help outlaw Puppy Mills in the US! GSRescue was able to save him, but other's aren't so lucky! Scroll to the bottom to see Whiskey on his adoption day!|
|Whiskey from German Shepherd Rescue on his adoption day! German Shepherd Rescue saved him from a local/high kill animal shelter!|
|This site run by Amanda, for more information, please visit the above Webring!|
| You may also be wise to ask your kennel or rescue organization that you got your new fur-kid from, what food the dog has been feed. Changing a dog's diet to quickly or giving the wrong diet can cause more than just stomach upset, it can cause serious harm.
King, a German Shepherd Rescue Dog to the left, is a perfect example of what happens when an owner gives the wrong diet or supplements to a dog. King has Carpal Hyperextension, which the vet says was probably caused by an over abundance of nutrition when he was a puppy.
This was preventable, it was even treatable in it's early stages. Now King is 7, but the vet says that he is in no pain and doesn't know that there is something wrong with his legs. He was adopted by a terrific family. Way to go King!
|Please always check with a certified Vet before making any drastic changes to a dog's way of life. You could be causing more harm than you know.|
|Click on the juicy, yummy, steak for a link to a very informative BARF web-site. BARF stands for Bones and Raw Food. It's fast becoming a recognized, healthy way of feeding your dog. Just think, was Kibbles and Bits around 200 years ago? Some processed food can create havoc in a Shepherds digestive system. Go check it out!|
|This site was last updated on: 03/06/2006|
|This next piece is very important, so please pay attention carefully:
Do you have a stable living arrangement? Do yo own your own home? Does it have a 6ft high fence? If not and your going to get a GSD, I also recommend fencing, either Invisible fencing or regular (but this needs to be atleast 6 ft in California for the GSD.
Do you rent an apartment or home? Have you checked your lease/contract? Are you allowed to have dogs? To what size? (ie: weight) Check with your landlord BEFORE purchasing any animal, but especially GSD's. Some places are specific about what it will allow to live in it's complex, and may have restrictions not only on how much a dog has to weigh, but the breed as well.
If you do not ask your landlord first and go ahead and get this dog, I can almost guarantee that it will end up in a shelter at some point in it's life. If you only care enough about you and what you want, instead of being honest with your property management or landlord, can you honetly convince yourself that if push comes to shove, you WON'T abandon the dog to a shelter? Are you willing to make arrangements to take a dog with you, should you ever have to move? If not, then don't get a dog. When you get a dog, your are accepting the responsibility for that dog's life! Not until you get tired of it and want a puppy.
German Shepherd's come in four AKC accepted "colors", which are considered "standard" for the breed. Keep in mind, that this is strictly for the show ring and does not mean that a dog is not a GSD if it's a color other than the "standard".
a) Black and Tan b)Black and Red c) Black d)Sable
You can register White German Shepherds, just not show them in the AKC ring. White GSD is a fault ONLY in the ring. It was considered so because the white dog was not discernable by the predator amongst the white sheep. Other than that, there is no proof that they carry debilitating deseases. Only albino dogs have that to worry about. Albino means that the pigment is showing up pink around the eyes, foot pads and nose.
There are also Blues, Livers, Black and Silver, and Black and Cream. These are NOT genetically disrupted dogs strictly because of their "color". Emphasis should be put on the fact that responsible Breeders should breed a dog for:
"The correctly bred German Shepherd should have striking features. Firmness of nerve, attentativeness, unshockability, tractibility, watchfullness, reliability and incorruptibility together with it's courage, fighting tenacity and hardness.
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