|Barked: Sun Dec 2, '12 1:50am PST |
|My "uncommon breed" is a fluke rescue mix. For all intents and purposes he is a big black dog. If you are worried about attention, I sincerely hope you will take this to heart: EVERY THIRD PERSON CAN AND WILL STOP YOU TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT YOUR UNCOMMON DOG. Sometimes it is positive, sometimes not so much. I sincerely hope you choose to talk to Mali's mom, since she is a Shiloh Shepherd SD user and I believe breeder. They are NOT the breed for the casual dog owner. Heck, they aren't the breed for many experienced dog owners, of which you have admitted you are not. You are young, and since you said I should understand with an uncommon breed, I understand wanting to stand out, I'm 19 years old as well, stuck owner training, again, my 7th dog, because I didn't listen to anybody's advice. But that said, there are MANY oversized goldens, labs and even GSDs that top 100 lbs.
Let me ask you this, what exactly HAVE you heard about Shiloh's that makes you think they would be good for service work? I'm not at all arguing that they're good dogs or even good working dogs. I'm saying that if you haven't read about the wild temperament variability, weak nerved tendencies and aggression if ill/improperly socialized, then you seriously need to read again. How many Shilohs have you ACTUALLY met? Because one or two does not a population make.
Like I said, there are plenty of far more established breeds with established working temperaments that are within your size range. Why exactly are you stuck on this "uncommon breed" thing? Because IMO, it will get you in a fat lot more trouble than it will do you good.
How exactly were you planning on picking your puppy? Were you going to do any kind of testing? If so, what kind? Were you planning on having a trainer come with you to help evaluate the dog? If not, why? These are the kind of questions you need to be asking yourself. A SDIT is not only for you, it's for everyone who comes after you. The impression your SD/SDIT leaves in a business is the impression they will carry moving forward. Make it a positive one.