|02-13-2014 10:25 PM|
|02-11-2014 10:52 AM|
Regarding size vs work.
When the physics of the type of work really come into play agility and endurance are what the smaller dogs bring to the table and what is usually needed.
Of course there's always some exceptions but just browse online at PD and Military working dog sites and you'll see mostly dogs to the standard or smaller side of standard actually working.
Like I told the lady that wouldn't stop arguing about Ilda being too small and that police dogs are always much bigger...."You don't see many St. Bernards doing police work do you?" (or even many Rotties doing LE work come to think of it....)
It's not a slam against larger dogs/larger breeds it's just the law of physics demands different builds and physiques to do certain jobs.
Sort of like you don't see exceptionally tall women competing in gymnastics, the physics of what must be done vs the physics of their bodies just don't match up.
I say this as someone who owns and loves my WGSL but I also accept that my trainer's Czech dog and Mali are far more agile and quick then she is and probably push come to shove especially in hot weather, their leaner lanky build will put them ahead in endurance too.
I just don't think we should take the law of physics too personally.
btw- My preference, I will look to have GSDs within the standard for the breed for several reasons. One of the main reasons I would not want a really large breed like a Rottie or Great Dane is because they really do tend to have shorter life span......
|02-11-2014 10:25 AM|
|02-11-2014 10:09 AM|
|02-11-2014 10:07 AM|
|02-11-2014 09:50 AM|
|02-11-2014 05:08 AM|
|volcano||I dont like it, If I wanted a larger breed id have bought one. My girl is 60 lbs and shes constantly called a boy and a big dog. If she weighed more then the floor would be torn up and when she punches me it would hurt alot more, not to mention food cost and poop.|
|02-11-2014 02:13 AM|
|NormanF||If you acquire one, enjoy it for the breed it is. Just don't pass it off as a GSD, for it isn't one.|
|02-11-2014 01:10 AM|
I'll check that out also!
My guy is just a plain old OS GSD, but this is all very interesting!
|02-11-2014 12:21 AM|
Not pure bred GSDs but for people looking for an oversized GSD type dog, they're a good bet. Also google Shiloh Shepherd, which is another breed derived from the GSD.
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