|Barked: Tue Jul 10, '12 6:21am PST |
|I agree with the Airedales. They are the most versatile hunting dog, in any terrain on any quarry. They're natural trackers, so any scent work is right up there. Bite work? oh yes. They can stop a bear. I even know some that herd goats and sheep, although I don't think they'd do as well in the simulated trial type of herding.
They were the police and war dogs before the GSD edged them out. Dales aren't as handler responsive and bore easily with ob reps that are required for that type of work. But Dales have the solid nerves I prefer in the field. The temperaments of the modern GSDs are really hit or miss these days, fear periods can be quite extreme, they've suffered more from bad breeding practices than the Dales. If it's about the goal, I'd want an Airedale. If it's more about how you get to that goal, if precision is key, I'd use a GSD. IMHO, ofcourse.
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