|10-15-2013 12:59 AM|
There is no rush to get a mal, and it is probably better that you get a high drive but manageable WL GSD before jumping into mals. You haven't ever worked with a high drive dog from the sound of things, you think your SL is high drive but in reality he probably isn't as high drive as a WL shepherd. I would suggest getting a WL shepherd and to see how that goes. If you want more than what that type of dog can offer then get a mal.
What happens if you get a mal and it is completely over your head in terms of how to manage it? In the end it is the dog that will suffer. This will most likely not be the last dog you get in your life, so you can always get one later... I just think it's a good idea to experience what a real high drive GSD is like before committing to a mal because you don't think GSDs are drivey enough, when you've never really experienced one.
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|10-14-2013 10:51 PM|
I think it really depends on the dog. If you get the right GSD they can be great and I think they are more versatile than other breeds.
He had a huge amount of what I called "toy drive"- I called it that because he had no interest in actual prey animals but was toy crazy. Also very tenacious.
|10-14-2013 08:31 PM|
both breed's are awesome....
|10-14-2013 12:54 PM|
|Liesje||If you like Mals, get a Mal. A GSD is not a Mal. I mean, I personally like GSDs better, but if someone wants a Mal, I'm not going to try to convince them that GSDs are the same or "better" if what they want is a Mal...|
|10-14-2013 12:34 PM|
There's high energy wanting to go non stop. That's probably most WL GSDs. But then there's the mal.... not wanting but HAVING to go non stop. A little german Shepherd on crack
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|10-13-2013 12:40 PM|
I was on a mal kick for a while. The biggest problem for me was meeting all my criteria. I like mals have worked a few. It's not them on the training field that made me not want one. It's them off the training field. When it comes down to it, I feel the GSD is much more versatile. That's I prefer. A dog that can accomplish anything I ask of it then go home and be a great snuggle buddy. So I sacrifice looking for dogs with over the top drives. All I need is a well balanced dog with decent drive then I can build and shape the drives I want or need to fulfill certain aspects of my life. So I go for clear headed and balanced dogs.
As for the grip stuff, grip is genetic. When I got Recon at 8 weeks old, I could get him on a puppy sleeve, tug, rag, pick him up and walk around the house with him hanging off it. I could pick him up by his skin, swing him into objects and all sorts of things without him coming off. So it's not just a mal thing.
|10-13-2013 12:09 PM|
first i got to finish Rambo's training because i want him to serve an example for the new dog.
that's why i'm taking my time.
|10-13-2013 12:00 PM|
|mycobraracr||I really think you need to get out there and see some more dogs before you can make an informed decision.|
|10-13-2013 10:02 AM|
it's really a big deal for me to think about my future pack member...
you have just mentioned the characteristics that i like about mals
People keep saying "Be careful what you wish for" when i tell them i want my next dog to be extremely high drive, but i'm young and energetic and i got enough time .
i already know what high drive is, because my dog has a really high drive for a SL GSD, this dog just wont sit and relax.
especially when we go out to the Dog park,Park,Basketball court,
the beach and so on....
if i wont play with him he will find a Rock,Log,soda cap to give me so i can play with him.
but i think that the "crazier" the better.
i'm having big conflict's with myself...
|10-13-2013 09:04 AM|
I like mals, certain mals
If your considering one, I would HIGH suggest you go hang out with a few working mals or mals that are competing in sports if that's what you'd like to do, and see how they are.
First and foremost you have to be able to "live" with a dog, sports are great but if you can't live with the dog, what's the point?
I like their size, their hutzpah, BUT, they can have more energy than a high energized gsd ..some don't have an off switch, hard to live with..Some are easier to manage than others (as with any dog).
Experiencing them first hand would be what I would do before making a decision.
Frankly, give me a good shepherd any day of the week
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