|Barked: Sat Sep 29, '12 4:53pm PST |
|If you're interested in Shilohs, my best advise to you is to pick your breeder VERY carefully.
As a breed they suffer from temperament issues mostly related to lack of nerve and stability. They also share hip and elbow issues with their GSD cousins, though very poor breeding practices across the board have perhaps made it even more prevalent in some lines.
They are a much softer breed than the GSD. For you, for service work, that might not be a bad thing. "Soft" does not have to mean "fearful" or weak nerved, however, that IS a problem the breed faces and should be taken into extreme consideration when selecting a breeder.
There are good ones out there, though. Be very, very, VERY choosy if you decide to go with this breed, and you can end up with a fine dog. I believe there is a Dogster here who breeds them for service work, maybe they will come to comment.
On a side note, have you considered a White German Shepherd? There are several good breeders who I can think of that produce nice whites who would be great for service work... still plenty drivey and capable of work, but softer and perhaps a bit more agreeable with what you want.
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