At what age can you "tell"
Question for experienced breeders and trainers of GSDs.
I am sorry if I word this crappy. I am wondering at what age can you tell what is "at a dog's core." I have seen people say, "a great GSD, with solid nerves may not show it until they mature...sometimes 2/3 years." I have also heard that you can tell right away (3-7 months old), what kind of "toughness, nerve, stability, etc." that a dog has at their core.
So to people who work and train lots of this breed. If YOU were going to get a puppy, assuming you went to a breeder that has the lines/experience/knowledge that you want in a breeder, what would you want your puppy to "show" you at under a year? Is there much, if anything, that would concern you if your not-yet-to-maturity-puppy exhibited it? Do you have some if any "expectations" from an immature dog? Obviously you don't want to back-tie it at 8 months old and have a decoy charge it with sleeve and whip....just curious what you "hope to see" and/or "expect to see" in a "well-bred" dog in the sport/working arenas as well as the "pet/home" arenas.....in my opinion, in a perfect world, the GSD would be able to be in both arenas....and fit the "Standard" when it comes to temperament and utility.
I would love all opinions, especially from those that are experienced in breeding/working.....Wolfstraum, Chris Wild, Cliffson, Loucastle, Carm, myco, and there are many many more....thanks in advance and sorry if my questions are all over the place and mish mashy....just trying to learn a little, and see what the "experienced" people look for in their own dogs. :-)