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Hello all. I have been looking at some sable litters in the past weeks. Not sure exactly what i'm seeing as i had a saddled male for years and have been told that working line GSD's are totally different than what we have previously had. I was also told that they tend to have a bit more energy than what we have had. Can any of you please let me know what to look for in a working line pup?
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A good start would be to post potential pedigrees and let the experts analyze and give their input.
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[QUOTE=Jefferson's_GSD;2636816]Hello all. I have been looking at some sable litters in the past weeks. Not sure exactly what i'm seeing as i had a saddled male for years and have been told that working line GSD's are totally different than what we have previously had. I was also told that they tend to have a bit more energy than what we have had. Can any of you please let me know what to look for in a working line pup?[/QUOTE]


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Hello all. I have been looking at some sable litters in the past weeks. Not sure exactly what i'm seeing as i had a saddled male for years and have been told that working line GSD's are totally different than what we have previously had. I was also told that they tend to have a bit more energy than what we have had. Can any of you please let me know what to look for in a working line pup?
What kind of dog do you have now? ie, what are his bloodlines and what is his temperament/personality like? Just so I have something to compare with. Working line GSDs generally have more drive and energy than their show-bred counterparts, but this is not always so.

What are you looking for in a dog? What is your lifestyle and where does a dog fit into it?
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WL's can also have biddability, sound nerves, athletic structure and a strong work ethic. Whenever people think of WL's it seems they surmise that they are 'high energy' but fear it....most often that energy is channeled into an easier dog to train, because it loves to learn, work and enjoy life.
Not saying it isn't the same for the SL's but really, WL's aren't to be avoided because they have drive and energy. As long as there is an off switch, it's all good!

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My working line pup is so good at 4 months. Is she high energy? Yes. But she is such a good dog.
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What kind of dog do you have now? ie, what are his bloodlines and what is his temperament/personality like? Just so I have something to compare with. Working line GSDs generally have more drive and energy than their show-bred counterparts, but this is not always so.

What are you looking for in a dog? What is your lifestyle and where does a dog fit into it?
I made a mistake and said I have a male but really have a female show line (blame it on a typo,lol ). she comes from Arminius lines. We live on a 60 acre property and generally live a active life
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I made a mistake and said I have a male but really have a female show line (blame it on a typo,lol ). she comes from Arminius lines. We live on a 60 acre property and generally live a active life
Sounds good so far... are you interested in SchH or other dog sports? I assume you would want to train in basic obedience/household manners at least. I have found most working line GSDs very easy to train; their drive, desire and willingness to work makes it easy. They do tend to have a lot of energy but if you have 60 acres and the dog accompanies you on daily walks/hikes or what have you, there should be plenty of opportunity to burn that energy off. What interests you in a working line as opposed to another show line dog?
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Never thought of an young adult before. I have never been into any type of sport, but our girl now 5 years old has been fully trained in obedience and I feel that the male that comes in our home be the same
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