|Barked: Mon Jan 28, '13 11:57am PST |
|I agree with Mulder, and also would like to add the "general purpose-ness" of the GSD. With other breeds, there is some level of quirk or sensibility factor that makes a breed either work or not work for the individual. Experience there doesn't even matter.....I know some with tons of experience who have absolutely no success with breed "x," and others who "get them" and connect pretty quickly. Giant Schnauzers are a great example. Put a bunch of Schutzhunders in a room and they will range from "untrainable" to "brilliant," based on the individual.
We had a particularly devoted Schutzhunder here on Dogster for a while, Natasha. She rescued an imported Giant who was going to be euth'd by her kennel. She was trained, but she was trouble. When Natasha first had her, she loathed her. But I knew back in the day she had Dobermans, back when they were something different, and figured she'd get around to figuring it out. She did show back up, complete 180, the Giant was her favorite dog. That's when I said, "see, trains like a Doberman!" And she freaked and said she hadn't thought of it, but how on the mark that was.
German Shepherds just don't have that. They are by far....by FAR.....the most adaptable breed amongst those common/popular in bite sports, and that really makes a difference. It's one of the things that makes them more foolproof. None of this "train them like a Doberman" sort of stuff. Just train them howev', and they are great.
Soooo....if starting in bite sports are an ambition - GSD all the way. Then you have a fine shot to have a good time, whereas with most others, you may well not. The only other way around it would be to gain your "teeth" with a breed through fostering, so that you know them inside out and do feel you "speak their language" before taking on something as challenging as Schutzhund. You don't really need to learn how to "speak GSD" before pursuing things.....they are very multi lingual, training wise Whereas most of the rest require considerably more mastery and finesse.
Edited by author Mon Jan 28, '13 12:02pm PST
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