The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
The term "sporty" used for GSDs is specifically in reference to SchH/IPO - i.e., a dog that can do the sport, do it well, usually with high drive that gives the dog intensity in tracking, brilliance in obedience, and appropriate energy and commitment in bite-work, but as mentioned, does not have true aggression. Often, it is used in a derogatory manner to put down dogs that are not 'real' - real dogs may not have the same sportyness, but work in defense, and will attack and bite a person for real if the threat is real. I have only heard the term used in reference to working line breedings, and not sure how the term would apply to other breeds and other activities, if it applies at all.
Sporty dogs are a lot of fun to work with, even if they are not 'real' (i.e. for them the protection routine is a fun game - they can still do it well and score well, and even some high-level competitors prefer the sporty type dogs).
For what you want, sporty is fine, as long as they have an off switch and are balanced in their drives.
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