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Hey all. I'm not in a rush, but either this year or next we want to get another dog. My wife and I and our 3.5 year old son currently live with our nearly 9 year old female American GSD. Our ASR dog Jake (in my avatar) is nearly 7 years old (and in GREAT physical shape, I might add).

I have several decisions to make and would appreciate any input you can give me that will help my family and I to make the best choice for us.

I want the next dog we have to be a PPD first and everything else second. This dog must be stable, friendly but ready to bite the bejeebers out of the most intimidating "bad" guy that might come through our door. I'd also like to compete this dog in, of course, ASR. But first and foremost the dog must be an excellent PPD.

Here are some apparent choices and please make me aware of any that I may have inadvertantly omitted:
Male or Female-?
GSD, Mal or Dutch-?
Puppy or 1-Year old young adult?

For a PPD I think my chances of getting the best dog are with a male, not to say there aren't good female PPD's too as I know of some. But would a young male and my current PPD, Jake, have issues? Hmmm.

And now the breed question and then I suppose we could even get into various lines of which I know nothing. Anyway, I really like GSD's but I also admire the apparent ease with which the Mals and Dutchies seem to have with regard to training. But for a family house-dog perhaps a GSD is more suitable???

As for the puppy/adult question I really like the idea of the puppy having a clean slate and bonding with my son and my family and our other animals from the get-go. I don't know that I'll get that with a 1-year old dog and it would be a problem if this new adult dog had issues with my current dogs (or cat) and it would be entirely out of the question if the dog had an issue with my young son. So from this perspective a puppy is probably likely to be far more adaptable to accomodating our situation then a young adult dog, right? Obviously the benefits (among others) of getting 1-year old dog is that we're past all the puppy stuff (good and bad) and we should have a good idea of how strong the dog is and what its issues are. I am attracted to the idea of getting a young-adult dog that has likely already had some training and that can continue with training as opposed to the wait and see game with pups where we keep our fingers crossed.

Again, any advice is appreciated and if any of you are breeders or can recommend a good, reputable one then please let me know. Thanks,

Patrick
 

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A mal or dutchie won´t be my first choice if the dog is living in the house. Unless you like dogs who like to jump from wall to wall with a little one in the house (a puppy mal and some dutchie lines) or a very dominant dog who wants to dominant your little one (some xmal and xdutchie lines).

With a 1 yr old you have more idea about the PPD prospect, with a puppy you always have to wait how the dog will turn out.
 

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A GSD around 1 year old. The Mal and in particular the Dutchy are great for PPD but not all that good as a family dog and inside (intensity blows most families away). There are a couple of good working lines/kennels in the US, but I would look in Europe, but then I am biased.
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Patrick,

You need to find someone you trust who is knowledgable about the individual bloodlines and not just which breed.Even then its a big gamble.Dont get too caught up with how many titles a sire or dam has or the hype about Czech or DDR dogs being better.Too many people are selling dogs these days without really knowing what they are selling.I know of unpapered backyard bred dogs that are far more suitable for what you want than the most idolized champion out there.
I have all three breeds and I even own one of those unpapered BYB dogs that is a good PPD but wouldnt do sports if his life depended on it.
Having said that,my best PPD dog is a Dutchie but I have to watch him all the time because he believes the best defense is a quick and violent offense. :lol: My 2 favorite PPD dogs are both GSDs and ironically they have the least or rather require the least amount of training.

Hope it helps,
 

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Thanks Greg. Yea, that all sounds good to me. I'll definitely do my research and try to get the best dog for my money that I can. I'd be more interested in watching the parents and any older siblings work than I would be the freaking papers.
 
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