If you’re thinking about welcoming a German Shepherd puppy into your family, you’ve made a great decision! German Shepherds are intelligent, strong, protective, and extremely loyal. Choose a great puppy and you’ll have an incredible family member that will bring you years of happiness.
Now that you’ve decided the German Shepherd is the perfect breed for you, it’s time to find a quality, reputable breeder. This is more important than you might think. You see, most of the common health issues affecting German Shepherds are genetic and/or hereditary. This means that puppies who aren’t bred responsibly are more prone to serious problems like hip dysplasia, neurological disorders, and more.
Choosing the right breeder can mean the difference between buying a happy, healthy puppy and dealing with a lifetime of health and behavior issues. These problems can cost thousands of dollars in medical bills and cause serious stress and heartache.
There are so many options when it comes to buying a German Shepherd puppy, from pet stores and online ads to backyard breeders and specialty websites, that the decision can seem overwhelming. How do you sort through them all to ensure that you’ve chosen a responsible breeder with high standards? Would you even know what traits to look for?
If this seems like too much to deal with, don’t worry! At GermanShepherdPuppies.com, we’ve taken care of all the details for you. Thanks to our rigorous screening process, you can feel confident that every puppy you see on our site comes from excellent breeders who are held to the highest standards.
Want to know more about why responsible breeding matters and the steps we take to give you peace of mind when choosing a puppy? Keep reading!
Avoiding Pet Stores and Puppy Mills
While the adorable German Shepherd puppy you find at the pet store might look at you with longing eyes, taking it home would be a mistake. The problem is that almost all pet store puppies come from puppy mills. These large-scale breeders mass-produce puppies with little care given to breeding standards or the health and wellness of both the puppies and their mothers.
These dogs are often confined to uncomfortably small cages. They receive little to no human contact and very little veterinary care. They’re often very sick and malnourished. While responsible breeders will remove dogs with genetic issues from breeding programs, puppy mills usually pay no attention to this recommendation. This makes it far more likely that the puppy you find at the pet store will have one or more serious health issues.
Puppies from puppy mills are also often taken away from their mothers at a younger age than is recommended. This can lead to a variety of developmental issues and health problems. It’s likely that the problems these puppies have won’t be obvious from the start. What appears to be a perfectly healthy puppy will often develop serious issues later down the line.
Backyard Breeders Aren’t Any Better
Some puppy buyers who want to avoid pet stores will opt for a breeder that they find in the newspaper or on an online advertisement. These inexperienced breeders, also called “backyard breeders,” really aren’t much better than a puppy mill. The problem is, although their intentions may be good, they don’t necessarily have the knowledge and experience needed to breed quality puppies.
Other amateur breeders are driven by profit much like puppy mills. Their dogs may not be kept in the best of conditions, and they’re just as likely as pet store puppies to carry genetic problems. While some pet owners feel like they’re “rescuing” a puppy by purchasing it from one of these breeders, they’re actually just providing the breeders with financial incentives to continue their unethical practices.
Why Responsible Breeding Matters
Now that you’re clear on the reasons not to buy a puppy from a breeder that hasn’t been vetted, let’s take a look at why responsible breeding matters.
First, a great breeder is both financially and emotionally committed to creating great puppies. They’ll do everything they can to ensure the puppies they produce are happy, healthy, and well adjusted. This starts with screening both parents to ensure that neither is carrying some of the most common genetic issues. If a health problem is discovered, the dog will be removed from the breeding program.
Next, the breeder will carefully select the sire and dam to create the best genetic make-up. He or she will pay attention to breed standards like size, markings, and disposition. This will help to ensure that their offspring has the best possible chance to become a prime specimen of the breed.
While the dam is pregnant, she will receive the best possible care. She’ll live in a warm, comfortable environment with plenty of human contact and receive veterinary attention as needed along the way. X-rays and sonograms will indicate whether a C-section is necessary when the puppies are ready to be delivered.
Once the puppies are born, they’ll be socialized almost immediately and receive excellent veterinary care. The breeder and the vet will work together to ensure that the puppies thrive. As they grow, the breeder will observe each puppy’s behavior and help to match them up with the right families. Responsible breeders will screen their puppy buyers and won’t sell them unless they feel completely confident that they’re going to a loving home where they’ll be well cared for. When you buy from a responsible breeder, you can have the peace of mind in knowing that you’re getting a happy, healthy, and well-adjusted puppy that will be an excellent addition to your family.
How We Screen Our Breeders
Every breeder on GermanShepherdPuppies.com goes through a rigorous screening process, and we never work with puppy mills – ever! We require our breeders to be American Kennel Club (AKC) registered and they must agree to uphold our high standards.
While AKC registration doesn’t guarantee quality, breeders who put in the effort to maintain their registration are likely to care about the German Shepherd bloodline and maintain breed standards. Your new puppy will also be eligible for AKC registration, which will allow him to participate in sporting challenges and competitions.
Every puppy on our site also comes with a health guarantee. As long as you bring him to the vet within two weeks after you welcome him into your family, you’re covered. If the vet finds a serious medical condition, you’ll have the option of returning him to the breeder for a full refund. Your health guarantee also gives you the confidence of knowing that your puppy is free from the congenital defects that can plague other German Shepherd puppies.
Lastly, if anything goes wrong during your puppy buying experience, we’ll do everything we can to make it right. While we do our best to ensure that none of our buyers ever have a problem, we know that sometimes things happen. We encourage you to reach out to us with any feedback or concerns. We take every complaint very seriously, and breeders who receive multiple complaints will be removed from our program.
At the end of the day, what we really care about is ensuring that healthy, happy puppies are placed in responsible, loving homes. Don’t take the chance of buying a puppy from a sub-par breeder and don’t drive yourself crazy trying to screen them all yourself. Take a look at our gorgeous, pre-screened German Shepherd puppies and find your new best friend today!