Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Central Florida
I've met a few at training. Most are police K9s. Awesome working dogs, but there's no such thing as a home life for these dogs. They are hard wired to work work work work work. If you are not going to be working them (seriously working them, not just a few days a week) and can't keep up with a high drive, high energy dog..... I wouldn't. Not an easy breed.
However, if you ARE looking for a working dog... the ones I've seen are killer on the field! Obedience is insanely fast and accurate, protection is spot on, hard hitting, and tight grip! Those dogs FLY!!! None of them that I met were weak nerved (I can see that being a problem though, just like some Malis can be)... but, they test you a lot as a handler. We had one that wouldn't out on the bite, another that was difficult to control during bite work (didn't listen, and wanted to do his own work.. no recall, ignored commands)... and some that just needed good reminders of what they were supposed to do. Hard dogs!! Tracking is very nice on these dogs too. Their article and building searches were fast and clean. I've really seen and heard a lot of great things about them... but, I've never owned one. It is a breed on my list for working dogs however... so maybe some day!
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