|Barked: Tue Dec 11, '12 9:38am PST |
|Further to what's been said above, I think it is inherent for a breed to become less drivey the moment it stops being proven through working/sport. It's easy to claim that a hyper dog has good working drive, but there's no objective method to prove it.
Plus, quite honestly, a drivey dog is a pain in the butt to live with if you're not channeling that drive somewhere. I know with Cohen, if it's been a while since we've done an event (normally some form of competition) I begin questioning my sanity. Channeling her energy and drive into sport gives me the positive reinforcement I need to happily put up with her day to day high energy and demanding nature. Obviously not everyone will feel the same way, but I think that the natural inclination is to create a dog/line that's easier to live with if that's the only thing you actually DO with your dogs.
And of course, there are plenty of drivey dogs out there who cannot work due to faulty temperaments. Again, I would want my potential future puppy's parents to have been shown to be able to flourish in these sorts of competitive (and therefore stressful) environments -- things beyond the backyard and neighbourhood.
Basically, stick with your first choice breeder.
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