Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
On the bite thing, much of the focus on it is what it says about the character of the dog. Dog's working from the "wrong place" will often bite frontally and in a hectic manner. This shows weakness in that the dog is not fully committed to the bite but is rather biting in the same manner that what we often refer to as a "fear biter" would bite.. quick strike, frontal bite, ready to disengage and back off at any moment. Whereas a full, hard, calm bite shows full committment of the dog indicating confidence, full engagement and a desire to control and dominate the threat/opponent.
From a character standpoint, the later is definitely preferred, which is why there is a lot of focus on the type of bite in breed tests like SchH. (Going back to the breed's herding roots, a full calm bite is far less damaging to livestock than a frontal bite, so it is preferred from that standpoint as well.) Of course other things not related to the character of the dog can impact the bite, including bad training or poor bite presentations from the decoy.
While the desired bite isn't necessarily required from a get the job done standpoint, it is important from the standpoint of what is says about the dog. And even with regard to getting the job done, the dog who fully commits and is determined to subdue the bad guy is more likely to stick in the fight for the long haul than the dog who bites in a quick, tentative manner ready to disengage at any moment for his own preservation. If looking for a dog for real protection, I'd certainly want the former rather than the later.
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