|Barked: Mon Jul 8, '13 9:15am PST |
|With this breed? It is any country really. Worse in this country because Germany sends us their crap. I think what we have been saying of Bullinger, it is not like she doesn't have the connections, and she has brought dogs in from some pretty novel countries through the years in the quest to get the best, but it has really come to the point of looking under rocks for something at this point.
West Coast German Shepherds does the testing. They also have maintained a Kirschental line, and that's high desirability IMO because few had been maintaining that comprehensive GSD like Fuller, who raised his dogs on sheep and was pretty hardline, if they didn't work sheep well he didn't move forward. That was very von Stephanitz-ish. But they sell for crazy prices and some males they use have extremes.
I think you are on a good track with the loop you are in. I can dig for more, but the people you are hooked into are really into multiple venues, which I think really taps into that adaptability and versatility you are going for. There is this line about the breed, that it may not be a breed who does any one thing the best, but no other breed does so many things so well. That's the GSD and I feel what von Stephanitz wanted. You don't get the crackhead Malinois type vibe which can be like harnessing lightning, but you get a dog who can do anything, anywhere, any time, part of which is a dog who can be a lovely pet but turn on the juice when you need to. I wish Valiantdale did the DM testing for you. That's the old school GSD right there. I know Kathy was not only putting on the Schutzhund title, but advanced AKC OB at the same time. Can a dog get a BH *and* a UDX at the same time? Her Icon was insane. She was this little, biddy kennel and he was the top performance sire in this country back when everyone was starting to import like nuts. Her dogs are outstanding, but getting this breed you lose you mind looking for type, temperament, health and working ability all in one dog.
Schutzhund people can be ridiculously egotistical, and I catch that vibe, too. I harbor a childish fantasy of going with a show line dog, lying about his pedigree, and then unveiling the farce at some point to crash their reality and let them have a heart attack
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