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  Why are we still importing dogs from Europe?  No doubt, the best dogs still come from there, but why?  Every other aspect of law enforcment and/or military of the United States is the absolute or equal to the best in the world.  You won't find more than one or two spec ops or any general LE skilled techniques, application, or knowledge that is better than what we produce here in the states.  I can't get over the fact that the masses of our service dogs are still coming from Europe.


  I know there are a few breeding programs here in the states that are worthy, but with the age of this industry it is mind boggling we, as a nation, don't have more to offer. 


  I write this post as a topic for discussion.  I am completely satisfied with my current vendor and I don't want anyone to confuse the curiosity with dissatisfaction.

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The biggest reason is; most breeders in the US do not want to hold on to puppies until they are 18 - 24 months old. Most departments with large canine sections don't want puppies. they are generally a crap shoot anyway. They like the idea of buying dogs that have had some prior training. Many of them, particularly coming from Holland/Germany have had some KNVP or Ring sport training which resembles actual police work more than schutzhund. It's also the culture in Europe to train dogs to a certain point, trial them and then sell them. They get tax breaks etc for certain types of work they do with the dogs. Even though in many cases it's a hobby for them. In addition, even though US police get the top of the bottom of the barrel, in most cases they are better dogs than our US breeders are producing. I am starting to see a few US bred dogs on the market. I have two from a breeder in the western part of the state. I'm impressed with both. I also trained one from the same breeder for a small PD in the west part of the state, it too was impressive. The probem is, the quantity of that type of dog is just not available. Hopefully, in years to come there may be more available. I still think the bulk of dogs used will come from Europe for many  years to come.


 


 


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  Thanks for the input DFrost. I know most of the time we get the best of what Europe doesn't want anymore, I've been buying imported dogs for years; but, sometimes we get some really good dogs.  I have bought Titled dogs and dogs that aren't titled.  I've got one dog in my unit now that scored above 430 in KNPV Nationals and had a 439 in the qualifyer.  I have dogs that do great in competitions and more importantly, perform well on the street.


  I'm just hung up on it.  I can't get over the lack of quality dogs from here.  At todays prices, especially with the current exchange rate, you would think there would be a good margin to be had for producing quality dogs, even with the crap shoot.  The other intriguing part of the equation is the volume of dogs needed.  Clearly, after 9/11, we almost sucked Europe dry of quality dogs.  Everyone suddenly needed a bomb dog.  A few brokers with good reputations dropped quality and went for quantity, and it didn't phase them.  Some people got into the business that clearly don't belong because of the volume.


  Anyway.  If you've got someone turning out a good domestic produced PSD, I'd like to here about it.

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As a handler, and a vendor who sells dogs, it is just as hard for us to find the good dogs, as it is for you to find the good vendor.  I am washing out almost 40% of the dogs I am buying, which means a big loss, however I refuse to comprimise on quality. I have tried american sources over and over, and find myself still going to my supplier in Holland I have used for years.


Jeff Turner
K9 Solutions Center
SBPD Increased Criminal Enforcement Unit - K9
American Working Dog Council - President