|05-06-2014 06:22 PM|
As I just stated in the other active DDR thread, the generalizations about the lines are, to me, just words without much meaning. Dogs are individuals and there is much variation within the lines.
Regarding prey drive, I notice a distinct difference between drive for toys and drive for real prey in my DDR dog. She has good drive for toys and is easily motivated by ball and tug rewards. When it comes to real prey, it's on! The drive for real prey is intense, borderline maniacal, and there is lethal intent behind it. The gulf between play and prey is not so great in my WGWL male - whether toys or real prey, he is high drive and intense.
|05-06-2014 05:56 PM|
Understandable that it's a pet peeve of yours, there are too many drives out there to just put them all into one category. It can be confusing.
|05-06-2014 03:09 PM|
Sorry, but this is one of my pet peeves. They tend to be lower in PREY drive, so not always flashy in sport work. But low PREY drive does not mean lower in drive. There are many different drives besides prey. Defensive, fight, hunt, pack. All drives.
Not picking on you. Just drives me crazy that the word Drive is now synonymous with prey and ball drive.
You are correct that they are not generally chosen for sport work.
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|05-06-2014 02:45 PM|
It's very common for DDR dogs to be dark sable or bi-color, and lots of people have never seen a dark sable GSD. My 19 month old is more than half DDR (sire is pure DDR, dam has some DDR lines) and also a dark sable. Some ask me if he's a GSD mix. Lol.
There are plenty of DDR threads on the board that discuss DDR dogs, maybe you could check them out.
DDR dogs sometimes tend to be more aloof towards strangers, only bonding closely to immediate family members. They do usually have large, heads and muzzles, as well as a large/thickly muscled frame. They are usually medium to low drive, not usually a dog one would choose for sport, such as Schutzhund.
|05-06-2014 02:37 PM|
DDR is an area. It can't in and if itself tell you anything about how and individual dog will be. Sorry. If you had the actual pedigree, that could tell you something.
The most generic things to be said about DDR lineage dogs, they tend to be heavier boned, bond very closely to their owner, be a bit more defensive and alert to threats. Aside from that...
I have a DDR/Czech boy right now. My personal dog is a lot more on guard than previous dogs, he has nice bone, nice willingness to work for me with the joy being working for me, not a toy. He has a moderate prey drive, not very toy motivated. But that's MY dog. His littermate has a much higher toy drive. So it not something that can be generalized on based on the region of the Earth his ancestors came from.
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|05-06-2014 02:21 PM|
So, the male GSD I ended up adopting, I found out is from a DDR bloodline. He is bigger than the average GSD, head is bigger, his coat is way thicker and bulkier than other GSDs I've seen. Some people have been asking is it a purebred cause they haven't seen anything like it.
I'm really curious if anyone could give me information on this dogs bloodline and how it will relate to our bonding, training, and other dogs.