Speak to Sally
As the owner of a pure bred HK/German (sired and born in HK) Alsatian ( with ear tatoo) that came with bloodline papers and via a breeder who is registered with the Kennel club of HK.
Personally I have very strict dog rearing rules, having had working dogs most of my life in Australia, and if you have children, then my advice is to ONLY get a dog from 3 months old ie as a puppy, so the dog bonds with your family and knows its place as a member of your pack unit on a known breed temperament point of view.
Our awesome dog is completely bomb proof in regard to how protective and gentle it is around children, because the dog was raised properly, obedience trained and we had space to raise the dog properly ie we always had a big backyard terrace and we lived in Sai Kung, which the breeder actually made me fill out a detailed questionnaire asking about our housing situation and wouldnt have allowed us to have a puppy had we lived in an apartment, which I thought was good, at the time.
Also another very firm rule I have is, if you take on the responsibility to look after a dog or any pet for that matter, it is for life. The amount of times I saw dog botherers in Sai Kung ( and there are a fair few in my old neighbourhood ) is how full of shit a great majority of them were when it came to them relocating to another country, when their dog rescue mutt failed its tick fever blood tests and it was all too hard and expensive to ship their rescue dog to their home country or they didnt even bother and just palmed the dog off to somebody else!
This used to make my blood boil and subsequently have a very dim view of that wishy washy mob. My dog was shipped over to Queensland at great expense with two of our BSH cats, which went smoothly because their vet records were kept up to date and we werent bothered by the $46,000hkd it cost to ship them and then wait patiently for their 2 weeks quarantine stay in Melbourne, before we received them safe and sound here in Brisbane.
So to keep it simple, make sure you consider these requirements:
That you have a big enough property to satisfactorily house a dog that includes fenced outdoor area in the first place.That YOU walk your dog and look after it, NOT YOUR HELPER !
That you keep all your dogs vet vaccinations up to date.
That you get the dog as a 3 month old puppy to raise with you and your family, so it becomes part of your pack unit.
Invest time to obedience train your dog properly, Alsatians need and respond very well to it.
And most importantly, you are VERY prepared to ship your dog with you and your family when its time to relocate internationally, not to just palm it off and basically abandon the dog when you leave.
If you don't have children or plan to internationally relocate, then sure getting an adult rescue dog with an unknown behavior and whatever baggage it carries via its previous life, is fine, IMHO. Dogs reflect their owners and how they have been treated in the past.
I will try and fish out where we got our much loved Alsatian puppy from 5 and a half years ago, and post his details as that breeder had a very good set up including a lap pool, various grassed play yards etc ( as Alsatians LOVE to swim ) and he was pretty serious as far as show dog breeders go. From memory he was somewhere between Yuen long and Tuen Mun, but will get back to you when I find his old paperwork in one of my office drawers.
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Here are some photos of our beast, first photo in Sai Kung before we left and the rest taken here in Brissie where we live for our morning walk off leash.
Although she is older, she has adapted marvelously to the home, and sometimes makes me think she is a little German Shepherd in the body of a bulldog. Very, very obedient, learned to be house trained in 24 hrs. Will ask you repeatedly to go out to avoid doing her needs at home, is extremely intelligent (yes, I know, rare for a bulldog) and communicative. Still, like a German Shepherd, she only really recognizes one master (of course, I am the one taking her out, feeding her, cleaning her, etc).
We do implement, of course, some rules like not allowing the dog on couches or beds. Not feeding out of meals, being strict on discipline. We live in an apartment, but near to a forest, and I walk the dog myself into the mountain twice daily (and more if she needs to go to toilet urgently, on occasions).
She is a very sweet dog, very kind to all humans and other dogs (unlike 90% of the nervous wrecks of dogs that live in the same residence and always try to attack her).
Not a breed matter, as bulldogs can be frantic, but this particular doggy was the sweetest little thing that we encountered.
Vaccinations up to date, of course, and needless to mention, get a pet insurance.
To conclude, seeing how this girl was thrown out by the breeder just for a minor health issue gives me a rather poor opinion of breeders. Do check the site of LAP, they often have breed dogs looking to be rescued (and with luck, you will find the same little gem).
I thought the pack hierarchy thinking was debunked years ago?