Cliff, can you see a working dog in every home? My male is a nice dog. He is. I can not see him living in an average pet home, with minimal training, mental stimulation and leadership. He needs someone who knows what they are doing to keep him from running the show, he needs mental stimulation to be happy. Watching him waste away in a backyard playing fetch occasionally is depressing for me to think about. That is what the average American wants in a dog. What is your solution? I don't see not letting these people buy dogs as an option. This is America where people want what they want and don't care about whats involved. It's a change in our society. My parents grew up in an age where poor temperament was handled with a shot gun, not management. Dog were respected and allowed to be dogs. Half the family album has my grandparent GSD Heidi in them. Off leash, living life with her family. Biking around town, at beach vacations, playing with packs of neighborhood kids and my father and uncles. That is just not the age we live in anymore and it's sad.
The narrowing of the sport/working gene pool is an issue to me, but accepting that there are show lines, pet lines etc doesn't seem to be directly related. It's just a symptom of reality of our way of life.
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