Originally Posted by Betty
If you intend to do schutzhund you need a dog from working lines. The you showed does look like working lines.
The darker the dog there is sometimes a bigger intimidation factor. Of course there are a lot of factors including how the dog carries himself.
Male or female is up to you and your personal preference. I once trained a full brother and sister at the same time and my decoy once mentioned that my male would kill the bad guy and fling him at my feet as an offering where the girl would prob only render him unconsciousness but would hide the body well enough that no one would find it.
Before anyone takes that literally we didn't really kill anyone but we did enjoy seeing the difference in the two siblings and would spend some time discussing it! LOL
But, possible schutzhund, business security. How important are these traits to you? If it's real important you may be better off getting a slightly older dog that can be tested a bit.
Schutzhund wise, I am 90 percent sure that I want to try but unless I actually go out and do it I am not going to know for sure. Business security is a must for me. I own three businesses in a 5 mile radius and 95% of my revenue intake is cash which I have to transport home on a daily basis. So I would feel better if I had a dog there with me. The locations of where my businesses and home are located at are in very safe neighborhoods but I would much rather be safe than sorry.
Otherwise the dog would just be a family companion. If I get an older dog, would the dog bond with my family and I well? All the dogs I've owned so far were backyard bred puppies that my clients gave to me. Also, if a dog is trained for schutzhund would it be safe around children?