As a Breeder, I am often approached by people searching for the perfect puppy. Some have very little information on how to choose a puppy, or how to make sure this dog has all the benefits of a great background that will spell success for years to come.
There are several very important issues that should never be overlooked and are paramount in searching for your new dog. Without having researched background, health, temperaments and purpose of the chosen breed, people can find disappointment rather then the wonderful life they envisioned with their new dog.
Knowing the original purpose the breed was intended to fulfill, is all important as each breed has a natural bent years of controlled breeding has instilled in specific breeds. The new home should be able to fulfill the dogs instinctual needs. Herding dogs for instance, are less appropriate for apartment living that does not provide necessary access to exercise and the work drive they are bred to accomplish. Neither can a hunting dog be expected to sit quietly in a small yard having been bred to loudly howl to pinpoint game. First know the needs of your chosen breed and if it will fit your life style.
The background of the puppy of interest is absolutely important and should never be ignored, as all the dogs in the background directly influence the temperament, health, conformation and future of the dog. One should look for constant health, soundness, fitness for purpose and absence of genetic problems exhibited long term in ancestors.
In German Shepherd Dogs, the working titles in an ancestry are a wonderful indication of fitness, health and trainability. Hips and Elbows being sound in a puppies background will be a very good indication your puppy will also have sound structure. In the US, German Shepherds have often not been tested or attained working titles, as their counterparts from Europe for many generations which make it more difficult to be sure dysplasia does not run in a puppies line.
Temperament is bred in at the time of conception, just as color, conformation, and coat type. So take great care to be informed of the disposition of parents. A foul disposition will most often produce the same in the litter and even with socialization, the dog maybe difficult to manage.
Your research will affect the outcome of many coming years of companionship with your new puppy. It is our desire at Vom Echo Wald that you experience the very best in health, soundness, and the joy of a great dog in your life, just as we hope to when we personally choose a new dog.
Many breeders are not so interested in the outcome once a puppy is sold, and will sell unsuspecting people a faulty puppy without conscience. Be diligent in your research to make sure your new puppy has the benefit of health and genetic well being. Years from now, you will experience the wisdom of having done so in your search for the Perfect Puppy.