A TRUE breed test
I have always heard that Schutzhund was a test for breeding suitability. Personally, I think it seriously lacks in many areas - most importantly, where are the SHEEP?? It is a German SHEPHERD.
So, here is what *I* would say is a good test for breeding suitability for a German Shepherd.
Dog must move a flock of around 30 sheep out of their corral, down a road (keeping the sheep to the side of the road when a car drives past them) and into a 10 acre field. Once in the field the dog's owner has the dog contain the sheep in a 1 acre area for 15 minutes, then the dog is asked to move the sheep to a different area and contain them in another 1 acre section for another 15 minutes.
At sometime during the second 15 minute grazing period for the sheep a decoy would appear and attack the owner. The dog is expected to engage the decoy until commanded to release by the owner. The decoy is then told to leave and the dog is commanded to return to the grazing sheep.
At the end of the second 15 minute grazing period the dog is commanded to move the sheep out of the 10 acre field and back down the road, again keeping the sheep to the side of the road when a car passes.
During this time a stranger approaches the owner, greets them and keeps going. The dog is not to engage the stranger.
Once the sheep are corralled the dog is hitched to a small cart and commanded to pull the cart one quarter mile while maintaining a heel position. The dog and owner maneuver around obstacles - turning right and left as well as stopping and waiting.
At the end of the quarter mile the owner commands the dog to watch the cart and disappears from sight. Several strangers walk past the cart - one walking another dog. The dog must ignore the strangers. A decoy approaches and tries to remove an item from the cart. The dog must actively repel the decoy for at least 60 seconds and prevent them from taking the item. At the owners return the dog is commanded to pull the cart and they return back to the beginning.
Somewhere in there I would throw some type of tracking test (too tired to think of one right now but I would make it something more realistic and less regimented).
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