|Barked: Tue Feb 8, '11 5:54pm PST |
|First and formost, I want a good "Companion", a dog with an off switch is nice, I guess this also goes with my #2 of temperament as a dog who is drivy insane (bred purely for sport) isn't easy to handle or live with, no matter the breed. A dog has to have a good temperament, if it can not "be" around other dogs, you can't even get into show. This was one of Jin's downfalls, he is actually fine around other dogs (took us some time to get there) but heaven forbid they invade "his personal space". I like the dog with drive and determination, but being snotty is unacceptable.
I also look for conformation. This has proven no truer than with Jinj, he is broken today mostly because of bad conformation (short upper arm, he has less bend and has pulled a tendon/muscle in both of his front legs). This is the reason for my huge gripe against the Pem who keeps winning BOB at our local big show, he wouldn't even make a good "pet" with his conformation! Strait in knee, short upper forarm, knuckled over, elbows out, and don't get me started on that face, ewwww. Jin has ALL the drive in the world, he can get the job done even today being so broken, but he will die if I let him go as far as he wants to. He has a broken heart as well, one of the biggest reasons I never competed with him, the dog I bought FOR agility, was no go to even be training for it (I did anyway, and we had a lot of good time training in the backyard).
Instinct is also VERY important to me. Reason being, I don't just want a dog to herd sheep, I want my own wool sheep! Being the hobbyist I am I want my piece of the pie, and having a good dog to help the jobs get done is a must. Comepeting just gives me a reason to also say "This isn't just for a hobby, this is to prove my dog to the world". I'm lucky, my girl has been showing great instinct, I just simply can't get her tested anytime soon as she needs more obedience first (and, she's in season).
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