How do I recognize a good breeder when I see one?

Consider the following factors:

  • Dogs live in a safe and comfortable temperature controlled enviroment and are part of the family–not out in the elements and inclement weather.
  • Dogs appear happy and healthy and don’t shy away from visitors.
  • The breeder shows you where the dogs spend most of their time.
  • Puppy living area is clean and well maintained.
  • The breeder encourages you to spend time with the puppy’s parents.
  • The breeder gives you guidance on caring and training for your puppy and is available for your assistance after you take your puppy home.
  • Breeder provides references from other families that have purchased puppies.
  • Breeder feeds high quality premium brand food.
  • Breeder doesn’t always have puppies available.
  • Breeder encourages multiple visits and wants entire family to meet the puppy prior to taking the puppy home.
  • Breeder provides written contract and health guarantee and allows plenty of time for you to review.

I am thinking about purchasing a Top Gun German Shepherd.  Can I come visit the the parents?

We encourage our prospective buyers to come by and visit the parents of your puppy. We also encourage you to visit your puppy as often as you like, for the few weeks prior to final pickup of your pup. We want the transition for both of you to be as smooth as possible and believe that the earlier the bonding the better. Evening and weekend appointments are to be prearranged.

I want to start breeding dogs myself.  What do I need to know?

Breeding is not as simple as what it may seem and all the textbooks in the world are not going to cover every possible thing that could happen. Most of it is knowledge through experience. It has been my experience that no matter how long you have been a breeder, you learn something new everyday. I have learned a lot through talking to trainers, other breeders, and vets and yes the hard way. If you are planning on breeding, please be informed and ask questions. Know what you are getting into and spend the money to insure your the puppies you are producing are the best they can be and will have a healthy full life.

What types of things should I know about purchasing a German Shepherd?

When purchasing a pup ask the breeder the right questions so you know exactly what you can expect from your pup. I have provided a list of questions below that you might want to ask if you don’t have a list of your own.

1) Do you have both parents on premises? If just mother is present can you see her and interact with her. Temperament is extremely important.

2) Have both parents had any health testing?  Hips and Elbows should be certified that dysplasia is not present.

3) What shots and vet visits will have been completed by the time the pup is 8 weeks of age? Puppies should have their first set of shots and a complete vet check by 8 wks. of age. If you are purchasing a male have both testicles have descended? Chances are iboth testicles have not dropped by 8 to 12 weeks of age it is somewhat unlikely that they ever will

4) Do you provide a contract? Contracts leave less rocks unturned. They provide what is the expectation for both parties.

5) May I call you if I have any questions in the future? I am available to my puppy buyers for the life of the pup.