|Barked: Fri Jun 29, '12 7:21pm PST |
|Well, keep in mind too Onyx, if you're seeing dogs that were mostly plucked from rescue, you probably aren't seeing dogs who were given the most ideal start to life.
And I think that's a pretty massive oversight a lot of people make with GSDs- if I'd just thrown Mulder in my backyard and never took him out for the first 2 years of his life, then suddenly took him to a dog park, yeah... there'd probably be some dead dogs. Likewise, you have to KNOW what you are doing with them, have a game plan, and make sure you are achieving what you want to achieve. Shepherd is a breed who certainly requires work, BUT is also a breed who can put out just as much as you have put in once worked with properly.
With all the dogs I've seen, including the dogs at club and the dog's of my PP trainer's other clients, only one GSD have I ever seen that I would truly consider dog aggressive. However, this particular dog (from a big-wig kennel who I'm sure you've heard of) had more than a few screws loose... he was also HA, and actually turned out to attack a bystander on the field during a blinds run in training. Not a "correct" dog by any stretch of the imagination. Others I've met who maybe preferred their personal space, or weren't overly friendly with other dogs... but none that I would consider DA/SSA.
In fact, and I'm sure I've said this many times before, 3 of Mulder's best dog buddies were all intact males, 2 of which were GSDs (from working lines), and one an intact Euro-bred Doberman.
Sorry, just don't buy it as a major problem in the breed with CORRECTLY bred and reared dogs, and never will. If the dog is DA/SSA to the point of not being able to be around other dogs without worry, then that dog doesn't need to be bred IMO (At least not outside of very specialized programs).
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