Joanna, lil rockstar, Roarks owner (sorry, your name is totally escaping me..but I remember your dog!) anyone else savvy in the dog world, please post your opinions!
There is this litter....http://www.precisionshepherds.com/upcoming.htm
coming up, I'm interested in the first combo and the last combo. Ideally, in my perfect world the stud from the first litter would be matched with the bitch from the last litter. The pedigrees go better together.
So, the "problems"
-the breeder, I think he's not as experienced as his finances allow him to look. I've met with him a few times and 2 things come to mind, 1) he doesn't know what he's actually GOT--the male from the first combo is AMAZING, but he doesnt' have the experience to get the most out of this dog. 2) he's arrogant and thinks that if it's imported it's "better", thing is, first off, Germany (especially West Germany) does not send us their best stuff...it's just not the way it works and he's not going to germany to pick up the good dogs--he is however relying on an importer that I do trust. What he doesn't get it is even if you imported the bitch pregnant....once she welps here in Canada, all her get are "Canadian" dogs, kwim?
-my current situation in life, we are ttc a second baby, it will be a VERY high risk pregnancy should it happen and we're looking at a year before I'm able to do any serious training. Havoc is old and I don't want to bring a MALE pup in at his age as between a pup and Bedlam, Havoc will most certainly be completely overthrown (possible solution to this problem in the pros column) Even at that year point though, I'd have a young babe and a toddler--is this even possible?
-his bloodlines would basically be an outcross for our lines...but they would bring in the exact thing we're looking for (so this is a pro and a con.)
-on paper, this dog is the one I want. It's not the ultimate working dog--but that we already have and we need something to tone it down without turning it wimpy. The pedigree is awesome--especially if he'd do the breeding I think he should do (but this is where the arrogance comes in, myself and 5 other "oldtimers" I've talked to about this combo have said the same thing--why the hell didn't he take stud #1 to bitch #3??)
-because of money, he's been in a position where if a dog washed even in a minor way he can afford to actually wash the dog out of his breeding program
-with these lines we can refine the east german "blockiness" to provide a dog more pleasing to the eye. We can also tone down a bit of the drive--because while the big time competitor wants that, it's such an incredibly small population that can handle that kind of dog.
-beautiful black and red colouring, we have not produced a black and tan in YEARS. While I love solid blacks and sables....nothing beats a GOOD black and tan
-Sheena has agreed to take on the pup for the first 18 mos and raise as a kennel dog--ideal for a potential working dog and would free me up from the whole high energy, nutbar dog during a pregnancy phase.
-I desparately want to get back into trialing
-if this dog washes out, we'd still have Havoc's sperm to use and if this dog is wonerful, we could choice breed him to a bitch and then keep a bitch back to later breed with Havoc's frozen semen.
Part of me wants to leave a deposit, part of me thinks I'm nuts. Be honest with me and let me know what you think.