Because of the fear of purchasing a GSD with health risks these days, im trying venture away from breed. But im a sucker for a cute GSD pup of the right parents. I have a strong perference for working lines, as consider these to be the less unhealthy of the two types.
Here are what ive been looking at...
Blue Heelers: im trying to find out what their engergy level is like? they look kinda sedate, the ones ive met. But can they light up? anyone competed with one in dog sports? Spent a night with a copper who has just got a pup, piqued my interest as masses of prey drive in the 14 week old pup, and barked at me as i came into the house, (good gaurd?), and yeah, chewed my laces on my shoes, tried to steal the dead dog biscuits crumbs out of the bottom of my handbag (good nose?). I was pretty impressed with the pup. And confident as! balancing on a stationery skate board, that wobbled and rocked, still pup stayed on the skateboard. So my research begun, but not a lot on energy, drives info.
I have access to working line Cooli pups. What are these like? they appear to have the kelpie touch to me.
4 types of Belgian Shepherd that i am considering as a healthier alternative to GSD: Groenendael: Tervurenis, Malines, and Laeken
I am confused, are these 4 different breeds, or same breed different colouring? It is not that clear from the websites believe it or not. Is it the length of coat, as it seems to suggest the long double coated variety if the groenendael?
how does the belgium shep differ temperament wise? health wise to the GSD? and if they are the same, musculoskeletally, cept hiind legs, are the hind legs better or worse than the GSD for injury resistance? Having read a fair bit yesterday, i even more confused. ie. are malines the same as what i know a malinois?
Does anyone have any experience with these breeds?
or, do you have other suggestions for me of a pup? easy to train, needs plenty of exercise, will be happy doing dog sports.