Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: St. Louis, MO
Dogs Name: Prinz
Titles: most handsome prince in all the land
Dogs Age: 4 months
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Welcome from Missouri!!
My boy is now 6 months old, and we searched and searched for over a year and a half before purchasing him.
The forum members here bring up very good and VERY IMPORTANT points! First of all, they do no testing. RUN!
Secondly, "superior sized"? RUN! It reminds me of the breeders who breed albinos and use the marketing tactic of "rare and unique". If the dog is superior sized, it is not in breed standard. NO GO.
$2500 for a dog with testing is high, especially for a pet! much less $2500 and no testing done??
Make sure that whoever you purchase from has worked to at least get some sort of title on their dogs... a SCH3?? not the easiest to come by... not that they would know if they don't even compete in Schutzhund!
And they may state that they are going to give you a replacement dog, after they make you jump through a bunch of hoops to prove that the defects were really their own fault... but after the dog has bonded with you for the first quarter of his life at 3 years old, not only will it be hard for him or but also very hard for the family. I, like you, have a little one who is 5, nearly 6. If anything ever happened to Prinz he would be completely devastated, as would we... and what kind of replacement would they give you? another sick dog because its from the same breeding lines, who you would then have to invest more time in training alllll over again, not to mention vet visits.
I hope that some of this is helpful. You will soon see (if you haven't already noticed) that a lot of forum members are very outspoken, but it's all really for the betterment of breed and owner. It's never meant to offend anyone. Everyone here really does try to help in not only your but your dogs best interest, and it's a beautiful thing.
Again, I hope that this is useful information for you to think about. I was in your shoes only a few months ago, and am SOOO content now with the boy I have. : )
Last edited by Prinz's Momma; 01-27-2011 at 04:22 PM.