So we had to rehome our Rottweiler - he was not happy in our home since we had moved from our farm in Utah to suburbia, and after he (without provocation - I was there and saw the whole thing ) went after my 12-year old and bit her that was absolutely the last straw. He went to an experienced Rottie home without kids where he'll be doing protection work, so it's a good placement for him. But this leaves me without a "big dog" - I love my Mini Bulls but guard dogs they are not, and my DH is a cop who works 2nd shift.... I want a large dog to provide a "visual deterrent" to those who may not have the best of intentions. I also have an anxiety disorder and I feel much more secure in a home with a big dog that I know will have my back and help me defend my family if needed. I had an AmStaff for 12 years who was awesome, he set the bar pretty high for a dog that was a psudo-service dog for my anxiety and a top-notch family pet too. I've always wanted a German Shepherd, but I've met very few with stable temperaments. I need something that's not a ball of energy and not nervous, good with kids, and equally happy to go on long walks with me or sit next to me on the couch. I don't want a puppy - puppies are a PITA. I'd like a young adult, under 3 years of age but old enough to be done with the puppy foolishness and settled into his/her adult temperament. I do NOT want a poorly bred rescue dog, and because I have intact dogs (my show dogs) and I breed I know that no rescue is going to deal with me anyway :shrug:. Those of you who know GSD's, what are the odds of me finding a sane one that would be a good fit in my crazy home (kids from 9 weeks on up, little Mini Bulls, etc)? I want fully health tested parents/lines and sane temperaments.