Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
I think one of the easiest things to maintain, or to bring back in if it has become diminished, is drive. Partly because it tends to bred true for the most part from one generation to the next, and partly because high drive breeding candidates are very easy to find.
And I think the most difficult to maintain unless it is very strongly focused upon, and almost impossible to regain if lost, is sound nerve. Not necessarily in the general sense as maintaining dogs who are sound and stable from an everyday standpoint isn't difficult. But when coupled with other desired temperament traits that really stress the limits of a dog's nerve strength... like high drive, strong active aggression/fight drive, some suspicion/defense, etc...it is more difficult to maintain the level of nerve required to go along with those things.
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