In the previous article, Where to find a GSD breeder, Part 1, we discussed some general places that you can look to begin your search. In part 2 of this article, we will take a look at some more specific places that may help you to locate the perfect breeder for your next puppy purchase.
This is just a short list of ideas to start out with; it is in no way a complete list. There are many places where you can find a breeder.
To begin viewing the list, please click on “view the list” to the left of this article or directly below.
GSD Breeder Group on Facebook
There are many different pages, communities and groups on facebook that users can utilize to help learn about the German Shepherd breed today.
German Shepherd Dog Breeder Group
However, here is one group that specializes in only supporting and promoting responsible breeders that go that extra step to ensure that their breeding dogs are health tested and titled before breeding. There are many knowledgeable owners and breeders in this group that can help answer your questions, point you in the right direction and recommend good breeders.
Not all facebook groups are equal, some are mainly for pet people to share cute pictures, some are for ANY breeder (good or bad), but this one does not allow backyard breeders to advertise or post puppies for sale.
The link to this GSD Breeder Group is https://www.facebook.com/groups/100827050053129/
* Disclaimer – if you are looking for a free or cheap puppy, this is not the group you should join. Breeders on this group have reasonably priced puppies that are properly bred, so you should expect to pay the price of a well bred puppy*
USCA – Breeder Directory
United Schutzhund Clubs of America – Breeder Directory
As with any breeder directory or listing, you must still always do your homework.
The United Schutzhund Clubs of America (USCA) is our version of the SV (German Shepherd Dog Club and Registry of Germany) and the best German Shepherd Dog club in this country. Members of USCA may be listed on their website under the breeder directory. Many of these breeders follow the SV breeding guidelines including titling and health testing their dogs before breeding. However, as with any organization, not all will follow the rules. Some breeders listed may still be breeding less responsibly and may not be breeders you want to deal with.
While this breeder directory is by far better than most you may find online, still be sure to properly screen any breeder you may contact.
Visiting your local SchH Club
Depending on your area, you may or may not be able to find a Schutzhund club locally. Some areas have quite a few, others are fortunate to have one and unfortunately some areas have none available at all.
However, if you can find a SchH club within driving distance, it may be beneficial to contact them and go out for a visit. Often you will find breeders that train in these local clubs. Even if there are no breeders, you may find people with nice dogs and can inquire as to where they purchased their dogs.
If you are unable to find a club within driving distance, you still may find one close enough to your area that you can contact them via email or phone and inquire about any breeders that may train within their club. Often the contact person for the SchH club is knowledgeable and may be able to point you in the right direction.
Remember, it is your job to ask the right questions or any breeder, regardless of how good of a referral you have received about their dogs.
Attending your local, regional or national SchH trials
If you are able to attend a local Schutzhund trial, be sure to use proper etiquette and be courteous to competitors that are trialing that day. Please take a moment to read my previous article about attending a SchH trial.
Just like if you were to attend a SchH club training session, you can ask questions, network and hopefully find out about some breeders from other more experienced owners.
If you are able to attend a larger regional or national event, it may be more structured and you may have fewer opportunities to speak with competitors, however make sure to buy a catalog in which you can get contact info, names, dog’s name and can later look up breed and/or pedigree information. This can help you to see the various dogs, look up their pedigrees, find out where they came from and possibly contact their owners or breeders.
Remember to be courteous as most of these handlers have worked for years to make it to this competition level with their dog. Also keep in mind, a good dog can have a bad day, it happens to even the best of trainers and the best dogs!
Internet Google Search
You may be able to locate some breeders in your area by doing a simple Google type search on the internet. Unfortunately this search will turn up all sorts of breeders, good and bad. This can give you a starting point and you may get lucky!
Do not let a fancy website and good sales pitches fool you. Often BYBers will sound great to the unsuspecting and uneducated buyer. If you are looking for a pet and the breeder goes on and on about how they are a family owned kennel and breed companion dogs, this may sound appealing to you. However, anyone can put anything on their website and can make any claims that they want. Often these breeders do not even do the bare minimum testing for hips and elbows, so how can they claim to be breeding for good companions? Even if they do OFA H&E, you have no idea what their dogs true temperament and nerves are like if they are nothing more than pets.
Remember, even if you are just looking for a pet and companion…. Temperament, nerves, biddability, health, and the rest of the dog is still important to you! What good is a pet if the dog is horribly difficult to train? Or has devastating health issues? Or ends up with serious temperament flaws? Which is why you should demand that parents be fully tested and proven before purchasing a puppy.