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Discussion in 'GatorTail Pub & Grill' started by gatorchamps0607, Nov 4, 2020.

  1. gatorchamps0607

    gatorchamps0607 Always Rasta

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    We're looking to buy a puppy for the kids and I have a breeder that wants 1800 for a full black 5th generation full-blooded German Shepherd puppy. They claim that the father's other puppies have done well being trained by military and law enforcement. From doing some googling I know there are a couple different tiers so assuming what they are saying is correct this seems to be one of the top tier dogs. Is this a rip-off? Or is that a decent price assuming the lineage and quality is legitimate?

    By the way this breeder was recommended and seems to have a good standing.
     
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  2. gatorchamps0607

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    By the way that price includes shots microchip and registration
     
  3. AlfaGator

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    Lukemajor.jpg Really fine dogs with the right pedigree and family history will sell at a premium.

    I have a grand champion longhaired standard red dachshund. I bought him from a breeder that had 117 pervious champions. I did it because I want to show him.

    Do you plan to show the dog or do you just want a great family pet? If you want a loyal pet you could get one for less. Either way, ask to see the parents. That is the best indication what your dog will become. Lukemajor.jpg
     
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  4. gatorchamps0607

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    Thanks for the input! The reason I question it is they were trying to go 2500 but went down to 1800 quickly citing akc registration as something they would omit for a lower cost. I plan on visiting the breeder before pulling the trigger. We want a good dog for the family but we hike and do outdoor stuff so would also like one with good genes to hopefully not have some of the typical hereditary issues they have.
     
  5. AlfaGator

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    German Shepards are known to be prone to hip issues. So ask about that.
    hip dysplasia german shepherd symptoms

    A great way to find a good breeder is to attend a local dog show. Find the Shepard breeders. You will get to see a bunch of really fine dogs. They are a wealth of information.
     
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  6. gatorchamps0607

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    Appreciate the info I'll definitely see if there are any around I can check out. So I guess what I'm hearing though is that assuming everything is legit this is easily a price range for a high quality full-blooded gs puppy?
     
  7. AlfaGator

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    Am not savvy on Sheppard pricing.

    Have you had a big, bold dog before? They can be an adventure to raise and train. Do you have lots of time and attention to give this puppy?
     
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  8. gatorchamps0607

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    Yes my wife and I both work from home we have two acres to play on and we will be doing a lot of hiking and outdoor stuff with him.
     
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  9. vaxcardinal

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    why not adopt a puppy from the pound?
     
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  10. kurt_borglum

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    I knew a lady who paid $10,000 for her German Shephard from Germany adult and trained. You would think for that price it would do the dishes. I paid $1,200 for my Cavalier King Charles.4 years ago.
     
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    We got our German Shepherd from the pound. Not sure if he's pure breed or not, but a great dog. Smart, lovable, but protective, especially of the kids.
     
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  12. gatordavisl

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    Just guessing, but this is probably a reasonable price for a high quality pure-bred shepherd. They must be one of the highest demand dogs, are among the smartest, and make great home security. From that perspective, it may be easy to justify the cost. My only other thought would be to scour the rural communities in yours and neighboring states. Sometimes you can find a gem of a breeder selling dogs for much less. Those breeders are less likely to have websites, though, so word-of-mouth might be the only way to find them.
    We wanted a poodle because of my wife's allergies and found a great breeder a couple hrs away who sold us our dog for an insanely low price. That's less common though. Good luck and when you get the pup, share pictures!

    BTW - male or female? I'm no expert, but you might expect to pay more for a female.
     
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  13. NUM1GATRFN

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    1,800 for a pure-bred Shepherd is about right - we've seen quite a few Shepherd breeders around in our area - asking price is around 1200 to upwards of 2000 - with the pedigree papers. When I was in middle school - we got a full-blooded German Shepherd from a small local breeder out west of Gainesville - only paid $100 - but that was back in early 1980's.
    Dog was great - didn't have such a long pedigree lineage like the one you are claiming, but it was AKC registered.

    Never had any hip problems with him - had him for about 12 years - he was a standard black & tan
     
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    for comparison - we just got a pure-bred Siberian Husky for $800 last month - the breeder was asking for 1,200 for all their puppies - but gave us a discount since we live 4 doors down in the neighborhood. So going rates on pure-breds tend to be a chunk these days it seems
     
  15. AzCatFan

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    Here's a picture of me and my shepherd. We were just looking for a rescue, and previously had a rotty/shep mix that was the best dog. When we first saw Mercury below, we knew right away. I like to say he's a 90 pound teddy bear, and he really is. Only time he gets protective if someone gets to close to one of the kids he doesn't know.

    Shepherds are fantastic dogs, and can be trained to be both pet and guard dog at the same time. Very smart. Our mail box is across the street, and I can ask the dog if he wants to get the mail. I open the door, he waits for me at the end of the driveway, and crosses with me. He then waits at the mailbox until I get there, and then I say let's go back, and he goes right to the door. The only issue is the shedding. I'd suggest investing in a good vacuum cleaner or system if you haven't already done so before getting a shep.

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  16. gatorchamps0607

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    Yeah we aren't looking for him to be crazy protective aside from with the kids. We want him to be traing well enough to know when to do something but also as you say be a big teddy bear when he knows what is and what isn't a threat.

    I have one lined up now. Here he is
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    Here's dad
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  17. vaxcardinal

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    now if you can only train the dog to just go out and get the mail himself and then bring it in.
     
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  18. AlfaGator

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    You could name him Baron Arno Vom Gatta.
     
  19. gtr2x

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    Beautiful dog.

    We have a Golden Retriever who sheds a lot. My wife bought a roomba that runs while we are out to scoop up the piles of hair. Works great.
     
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    I've had 2 GSDs, a male and a female that I have now. Both were AKC registered, and one has some significant bloodlines. Paid $400 for each; though with the female I have now, it should be mentioned that I lucked into the deal simply because a private owner decided to breed his 2 in order to give his niece a puppy... he ended up with 5, and I got the last one... she turned out to be the pick of the litter.