Your Questions About Advantages And Disadvantages Of Gold Investment

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Michael asks…

Need help from german shepherd breeder!?

I am looking into showing german shepherds. Am i better off buying a adult dog that has been showen a couple times or a puppy that i can train then show? Please help, i dont want to invest all this money and make the wrong chioce.

financi4 answers:

You have the wrong attitude.
Dogs are NOT an “investment”. They are companions, fur-therapists, indispensable assistants, and a hobby.
Showing is DEFINITELY not an “investment” – the prize-money available from shows is never going to cover the cost of keeping your pet healthy, keeping it fit & trained, paying entry fees, transporting it to each show, your accommodation throughout the show (or the fee for your pro-handler), engraving any trophies your pet wins then returning them to the clubs that own them. All shows are is ADVERTISING – the better the judges you win under, the better advertising you have “bought”. But in the USofA, there is only one Yank GSD-judge worth winning under. I don’t think there are any in Canada.

Do you even know what a GSD is? What its design specifications are? Certainly you do not know how to punctuate the breed name, nor to write all 3 words.

If you think that what is displayed as a “Standard” in the websites of The KC (UK), the AKC, the CKC or the UKC defines a GSD, you are HOPELESSLY wrong. It is rare for a genuine GSD to appear in the rings authorised by those KCs, let alone to WIN in them. Do you like the GSDs in http://www.leabashiba.com/fashion.vs.GSD.htm ? Or did you prefer the AlsatiOn, or the NAmerican Ski-Slope Dogs, or the Prick-Eared Bassets displayed there?
Work your way through http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/The_GSD_Source/links/Defining_a_GSD_001261993982/ to see what breeders of genuine GSDs require their stock to pass before agreeing to breed from it. A LOT of time and money has to be “invested”.

Now your question:

• Adult:
The only way a worthwhile adult is going to be available is if its owners had a divorce – but in such cases you are likely to have trouble getting the “other” partner’s signature on the Change of Ownership papers that allow you to become the undisputed owner and enter it in shows and register pups from it.
Alternatively, a “commercial” kennel seldom has loyalty to its pooches – as soon as a pooch stops winning or as soon as it misses producing a big litter of pups, the poor thing is flogged off to anyone who will pay. In such cases you have the advantage of knowing what certificates it has, what its offspring are like and what sorts of certificates THEY have; but you have the risk that the pooch is probably worn out and will produce only 1 or 2 or even NO pups for you. Certainly it will be too old to do any more winning in the show ring.

• Pup:
Unless a puppy is a repeat of a very successful litter, and the short-of-kennel-space very experienced breeder wishes to remain a part-owner so chooses the partnership-pup for you, only people who REALLY know the blood-lines are likely to pick a suitable litter and then the right pup from that litter. Even so, pups change immensely between nestling stage and adulthood. Starting with a pup has the advantage that you see the various stages in its development and can use your memory & records of them to help predict how ITS pups will mature. The disadvantage is that it may mature totally unworthy of its parents (pups are NOT “born equal”, and they do not MATURE equal! The genetic randomness at meiosis and again at fertilisation ensure THAT), and that various recessives from the ancestors may afflict your choice.

When buying in my own country I bought pups, plus one already-made-up show champion whose parents were, at the time, the only GSDs in my country to have won SV Gold medals, and whose owners were divorced (divorce happens a LOT in doggy circles!).

When importing from Britain and Germany I mostly bought adults (in 2 cases we were involved in the planning of the mating). The first adult wasn’t bought until we had seen a movie of her standing around naturally and gaiting off-lead. The last was familiar to my wife, it being owned by our British partners while she was touring with them before they divorced.

• To ask about GSDs, join some of the 400+ YahooGroups dedicated to various aspects of living with GSDs. Each group’s Home page tells you which aspects they like to discuss, and how active they are. Unlike YA, they are set up so that you can have an ongoing discussion with follow-up questions for clarification. Most allow you to include photos.
Les P, owner of GSD_Friendly: http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/GSD_Friendly
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