|Barked: Fri Aug 17, '12 8:33am PST |
|Sorry I'm seeing this late, haven't been around as much!
First off, I will always give Jean a recommendation at Schraderhaus should someone be interested. She is an excellent person to work with, and will find a pup that meets your expectations, even if it isn't one of her own.
Timberhaus (Waldkonig now I guess) is also a very good kennel. Mulder's sire is a Waldkonig dog out of Jean's Lux. They also have very nice dogs.
How they are to live with depends on your living situation, and what you're willing to do with the dog. I consider mine fairly easy to live with, no major drama, though I am very particular about how I handle them.
Something I find to be very important with them, else have come to this opinion over time, is giving them as much freedom as is reasonable. With Ridley I started as soon as he could go outside- put him on the long line, and let him do his own thing (with a little training sprinkled in of course). We go out, he gets "his" time and doesn't have me harping over him contently. Same for Mulder, though I keep a closer eye on him as he his more independent and more prone to mischief
Hard or soft, very much depends on the line (and yes, there are many even within the broader "DDR" lineage). Mulder is primarily DDR, with a half Czech mother. He is, by all accounts, a much "harder" dog than Ridley (straight DDR), though not necessarily a "hard" dog in general. Mulder is the sort of dog who can roll with the punches, who can take some bad handling and not be bothered by it either way, and who can put up with some stupidity. He can get his feelings hurt, but he's just as quick to move on when you pick the pace up for him again.
Ridley, on the other hand, is much softer. He does NOT take poor handling well, and is very handler soft. A raised voice and a regular collar pop is about his maximum threshold for corrections. Any harsher than that, and he shuts down, gets depressed, and will not work. Whether or not that's good or bad depends on how you view things- to me, the less that is required to get the desired response, the better. If me saying "knock that off!" in a gruff tone gets me what I want, then great... I don't WANT to use anything harsher than that.
Ridley, IMO, does not have as good of nerve as Mulder does either. Things just effect him differently, and bad experiences stay with him longer than they ever did with Mulder. I have worked hard with Ridley, and in the end things are really coming together and he's turning into a really fantastic dog, but I put quite a bit of effort into getting him there... where as with Mulder, it was all very natural.
Both of them are drivey, but neither of them are over the top. Mulder has more prey drive than Ridley (so far anyway), but neither of them are prey nuts by any means. Mulder is VERY defensive, will bring the fight if you ask him to, and again is more independent in general. Mulder is also very tolerant, is fine with being petted or fussed over by strangers, but frankly would rather be left alone, even with me. Ridley LOVES human contact, gets wiggle-wormy when people pet him and wants to be touching you at all times.
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