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    Default Real Shepherds

    This is what GSD were designed for as well as herding
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    It's brilliant

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    They are amazing in action. Ive watched Corrective Services dogs in action and it is astounding. They recognise uniforms so can be let into a riot or brawl and only take down the right targets. You can work around them and hardly notice they're there. But walk past one at work when you're in plain clothes and it's a whole different ballgame... Yikes!

    People who are not scared of anything a guard or cop can dish out will pale in the face of a good dog.

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    Excellent link Occy. My girl was bred as a working dog but was too soft to pass the test. My advantage tho otherwise I wouldn't have her now.
    The more people I meet, the more I like my dogs.

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    NOTE: here follows a general rant

    A working dog should be bred for working - if a breeder can't achieve that they need to re-assess their program. Plenty of nice soft breeds out there without doing that to the GSD.

    Having done my research for my next pup there is not ONE Australian working dog breeder I would go to. There is one in the US who tests and surveys all of her dogs (there is a breed survey scheme for working dogs) and I would love a dog from her. Perhaps when I am overseas - who knows.

    A shepherd - regardless of working or show lines - should be bold and courageous - too many of our dogs in Aus aren't and that's because people are breeding for the wrong reasons - coat, colour, size, etc.

    The point of breeding should be to improve the breed and to breed as close to breed standard as is possible. Too many GSD breeders just don't do that and finding one that does is excessively difficult. Out of the thousands of breeders in Aus - I have narrowed my selection down to only a handful - some as far away as WA and FNQ. Those breeders breed to improve the breed, they breed a dog that can show and work. The one breeder I really want to go to - if her bitch comes on heat at the right time - will give me a dog I can show, but also that I can do herding and obedience with.

    Schh/dogsport is now illegal in Victoria but this dog will have the courage - through the breeding - to do manwork if and when I have the opportunity to do it.

    A shepherd should be fearless and bold - and Cappy would have been had I handled him properly. Wont make the same mistake again. Indeed he was on many ocassions. Any dog that does not have those qualities is simply not a good example of the breed.

    Billie is a complete smooch - loves kids, loves people, loves other animals. However, if someone is approaching the property she switches into guard mode. She would never be able to carry through with it which makes her simply not a good example of the breed. Flash would let the burglars in, say hello and go back to his bed. Nothing phases him but he has very low drive - perhaps and age and illness thing for him - again not a great example of the breed. Both great breed ambassadors for ppl who are fearful of the breed, but neither is true to type. I adore both dogs and wouldn't change them for the world, but nor would I ever consider using them in breeding even if I could. Billie is a BYB, Flash is uncertain - ears are too dark to see for a tattoo and not everyone uses tattooing schemes.

    A GSD should be soft with the family and hard with everyone who is new. They should be able to work and play. If my next pup doesn't have those qualities - shame on me for picking the wrong sort of dog. It wont be loved any less, but it will be desexed PDQ

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    Duco at 7 weeks is an incredible , already focused dog.Great link!
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    Site still in construction so will post link when it's finished.

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    Aren't they just great dogs? The dutch sheps are interesting - didn't even know they existed.

    Check this site out - I would get a working dog from them had I the money
    Eichenluft German Shepherd Dogs

    Eagle is BEAUTIFUL. A friend does schh and has one of his pups and they're just brilliant

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    Wow!!!
    The more people I meet, the more I like my dogs.

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    I would give my eye teeth for a pup like eagle - or my friends dog Var. On the other hand I dont really have time for dogsport - not with everything I plan on doing

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    It is great to see them at work. I've seen GSDs in the showring that look like they can hardly walk let alone work! But that's a whole other matter!

    The only other concern about the drive is when people get them with great plans for working etc with them and then run out of time or enthusiasm for it. The poor buggers go nuts without proper direction, Belgians are the same, maybe even worse as they are such an intense breed.

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