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I'm thinking about getting a dog.

 
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Old 01-24-2005, 12:36 PM
 
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Re: I\'m thinking about getting a dog.

Wolters is GOOD!

Wire hair is wire hair... in my opinion....some of these fancy types do it for show as much a
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Old 01-24-2005, 12:37 PM
 
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Wolters is GOOD!

Wire hair is wire hair... in my opinion....some of these fancy types do it for show as much as anything else.. unless they can prove lineage it is still the same breed...

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Old 01-24-2005, 12:55 PM
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Re: I\'m thinking about getting a dog.

4ked Horn,

I am not sure how knowledgeable you are with raising a puppy, but I will recommend www.leerburg.com as a good source of information. The Leerburg Kennels in Wisconsin is a working blood line German Shepherd Dog breeder, but the site has some terrific articles on puppy training, house training, problem solving, temperment and dog behavior, just to name a few. There are some really good articles for dogs of all breeds on this site. I thought you might want to check it out. Oh yeah, if your going to keep your dog inside, I would suggest crate training your dog. This is for the best interest for you and your puppy. Check out the articles on the Leerburg site relating to crate training and why it is best for you and your dog. I hope this helps and good luck with your new puppy when you get one.

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Old 01-24-2005, 01:45 PM
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Re: I\'m thinking about getting a dog.

You are right about the difference between Drats and GWPs. Drats are registered to a German standard, and only dogs that pass their (VDD-the german standard) field tests are allowed to breed as Drats. If they don't pass in two trys, their papers are stamped "unbreedable". (I may be corrected by someone who knows more, but this is what I got out of my research). As a general rule, the Drats requirements are more strict than the GWP, which is registered through AKC.

Another site to look into is http://www.drahthaar.com/, this is the official Drat page, there is a link to an article on there that explains the Drat vs GWP debate. The site is really tilted towards Drats, but nevertheless explains it.

I have friends who have and breed Drats, they are a awesome dog. Hunter and great companions, but in my humble, average income opinion, a GWP will fit my bill for half the money. I am not looking to start breeding, doing field trials with only Drats, or lifting my nose to other dog owners (Drat owners sometimes think they are better than others [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]).

As far as behavior, I think they are similar to GSPs, a little hyper, destructive (chewing) when they are young, but I know for a fact they do grow out of that. Health wise, I think they are pretty solid, most breeders check their dogs for hips, vision, etc. I read they do shed "lightly" year round, but not real heavy. Less than a lab I would think. Also, several references have said that GWPs are more of a people dog than GSPs, and they are happy in the house, with people. (I don't really think any dog would rather be outside, but that is what they said)

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Re: I\'m thinking about getting a dog.

Ric. Are you OK? You seem to have fell asleep at the wheel. Please come back and finish your thoughts.
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Old 01-25-2005, 02:55 AM
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Re: I\'m thinking about getting a dog.

Thanks Knappy. I will certainly check it out when I have more time. It's almost 2 in the morning here so I'm going to knock off for the evening.
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Old 01-25-2005, 03:02 AM
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Re: I\'m thinking about getting a dog.

Big E. Thanks for the input and the info on the drats. Yep, I'm pretty sure I dont need to spend any money beyond what it takes to get a good gun dog. If the papers double the price then I wont have the papers. The birds dont care.

Thanks again for the information. Now its off to see the breeders. There are several near me in sw Idaho. There is also one in pendelton Ore and again in hayden Idaho if I want to plan a weekend trip to see breeders and family at the same time.
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