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    My other thread has me thinking - how much prep did you do to get your dog?

    With Rufus - i just went to the pound - looked - said OK I will foster him. as my others died not long after, he stayed.

    For a show pup - I have known for years what lines I wanted and I had 4 or 5 breeders chosen. One was in WA, one in QLD, two in VIC and perhaps one in NSW or Tas.

    The name has come to me in the last few days and may not be the name I go with - it all depends on the personality of the puppy.

    I know the breed - have known all along

    I know the breeding - have known for ages

    I know the breeder - I respect them and I know their dogs by their breeding

    I get the chance to go meet the potential mums next week I hope

    I will have to wait at least another 6 months for a pup now - possibly longer

    I have told the breeder that the pup will come overseas with me - they seemed surprised but at least they know my plans for the future.

    I feel as if I am getting into a supportive relationship in regards to this pup and it is VITAL that I have that support as I want to show and showing can be a harsh world.

    So - how much research and waiting and prep went into your pup or dog?

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    I would have had another stafford no probs but for my back condition. I then set about researching other breeds. had decided on the pei within about 6 weeks. I had never seen one in the flesh before I met Noah, I think I may have now met most in Victoria lol. Never looked back, never regretted but I have never wanted to either breed or show either hence why only 6 weeks.

    These days, those who tell me they want to breed pei get a HUGE lecture from me suggesting anything less than 2 yrs research is unsatisfactory. But pei are quite a unique breed, so wouldn't be suggesting 2 yrs applies to anyone else, especially you Occy. Fact is you have done your research over the last 30 odd years (as you say) you are far more in the know than most, no doubt. Also, I would reckon that when you set your mind to something, there will be no stone unturned.
    SPR fosters:Rowland, Matrix, Mia, Arizona, Romeo, Wrinkles, George, Molly, Su Lin, Ellie, Charlie, Charlotte, Lulu, Montana http://www.sharpeirescue.com.au

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    I would do all genetic tests available for GSDs before offering my boy up for stud.

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    Ummm I pretty much didn't do any prep!

    The first shelter I went to I met Taya. I could have put her on hold to think about it but I just said I would take her straight up.

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    We had 11 weeks to prepare for Batty.

    I had mum here and she was supposed to be a foster. She went into the vet and the vet surprised us all by telling us she was preggers, she really didn't look it at all. Nearly a week later she went to the lady who ran the rescue group's house to be fostered and whelp etc. 8 days after that, hey presto 6 puppies.

    Hubby and I had been talking about a puppy for a while, mainly me talking and him listening and a week after puppies were born we decided that yes we would have one.

    The boy I picked was more ACD than Batty is, he had the boofy kind of look IYKWIM. I thought he was adorable. As it turns out he had a very different personality than what we were looking for and the rescue gave us Batty because his personality suited what we were after.

    I started buying the bits that I needed two weeks prior to collecting Batty. Bed, puppy toys, new bowls etc. I already had the crate and some other things too.

    Don't know if this is at all relevant as he's not a showy lol

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    Oops I just realised it looks like I just got a dog on impulse.

    It took 6 years of pleading, asking, begging & manipulating my parents to see if I could get another dog after Sash!

    Finally when they agreed I started buying stuff in preparation. But left the bigger stuff ie bed etc for afterwards when I knew what sort of dog I had. I knew I wanted a big dog and generally what I was after eg easy grooming, not hyper etc. But I didn't actually research breeds. Though there are some breeds I would know are definitely not suited to me.

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    Well... Three years of researching German Shepherds (it was the breed I want, still do), three years of terror with the neighbours in our complex for us to be ABLE to get a dog, and well... not much research on Tenterfields.... unfortunately. Dora has turned me off small breeds completely .. never having one again.

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    We wanted a dog after one of ours passed away, and it took about 6 months to convince my parents to do it (all up it was about 2 years after the passing of Bundy). I kept a look out, in the trading post (refused to buy from a pet store though *shudders*) and rspca, lost dogs home etc.

    I sort of researched breeds but wasn't too big on it, purebreeds were out of our $$ range and it made me feel bad 'picking' a dog when so many need homes.
    I'm with Masha, GS are great, I would love one, but hip displasia puts me off. I'd also love a doberman, had a x once (Bundy was doberman x bull terrier).
    With Roxie, I was parusing the lost dog's home website and saw this cute little bobble headed dog that looked like a fox.
    The next day I went to see her and took my other dog for a meet and greet, and ended up putting her on hold. My parents came the next day to approve, they did, and we took her home.
    It was pretty rushed. We knew we wanted a dog, but the actual one we picked wasn't researched at all. She still isn't, I can't figure out what she is LOL.

    What breed is Batty, Angela?

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    Batty is a Kelpie x. All we know is that his mum is a Kelpie cross Australian Cattle Dog (ACD). Not a clue what his dad was, and I think he's perfect

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    We had a GSD as a companion for me while I went through breast cancer and as security for our Harley! As I got better we thought about a companion for our GSD we told a few people about it etc. Next thing, one of hubbys work mates turned up with an empty 1/2 beer carton and in it was a five week old SBT, it was the runt of the litter and the mother had gone off the milk. So we ended up with Ralph our SBT.
    Had never contemplated a SBT before, but wow we have had over 10 years of staffy love!

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