Is the English Shepherd Right for You?
WHAT TO CONSIDER:
Do your homework to make sure that you select the right breed of dog for you and your family. Talk with breeders and owners and meet some English Shepherds. Consider your lifestyle. Is there time for house training, socializing and playing with a little puppy, taking training or puppy class, exercising, grooming and veterinary visits.
Make a List , determine what qualities you want in a dog. Consider size, energy level, grooming needs, trainability and temperament. Do you want a working dog or a lap dog? Is it important that your dog get along with children or other animals? Answer these questions now – once you bring an English Shepherd home, it can be heartbreaking to realize that you made the wrong choice.
Owning an English Shepherd is not just a privilege-it’s a responsibility. These animals depend on us for, at minimum, food and shelter, and deserve much more. If you are considering taking a English Shepherd into your life, you need to think seriously about the commitment that dog ownership entails. If you already have a dog, you need to consider if you are fulfilling all your obligations as its owner. Owning a English Shepherd is a long-term emotional and financial commitment. Before deciding an English Shepherd is right for you, you must make an honest assessment as to whether your home is right for an English Shepherd.
The English Shepherd does great on a working farm that they can take part in the farm chores and be a part of the family. They also do very well in non-farm homes. They require daily exercise (walks and ball playing), training and house rules, daily attention from the family brushing once a week, a healthy diet, fresh water and regular veterinarian visits.
CHOOSE A RESPONSIBLE BREEDER.
You have a much better chance of being satisfied if you get your English Shepherd from a responsible, ethical breeder whose primary concern is to produce English Shepherds of high quality, good health and stable temperament.
Get in touch with some breeders. Be able to demonstrate that you have put thought into your choice. Don’t be discouraged if the first breeder you talk to does not have puppies available right away. That person may know another breeder who does.
Ask the breeder any questions you can think of about the breed. Find out what kinds of activities, including herding and competition, the breeder’s English Shepherds participate in and enjoy. The breeder’s dogs are a preview of what your dog will be.
Breeders should be knowledgeable about the breed.
Be prepare to wait. Responsible breeders do not breed often, and many times the puppies of a planned breeding are already spoken for. Just remember that a good English Shepherd is worth waiting for.
Respect your breeder’s input about which puppy is right for you.
Get your UKC registration application from the breeder when you purchase the puppy. The breeder can help you fill out your section correctly.
Your breeder should be willing to answer all of your questions fully. He or she will also ask questions about you, your lifestyle, and your family. A responsible breeder is committed to making a good match between prospective owners and the dogs in their care.