And I will add that the majority of dogs given up and are now in shelters or rescue groups are due to human error. Don't count the dog out if they say he jumps on people, he jumps on people because he wasn't taught any different. My boy was brought in because he was mouthy with the kids, guess what? He has been around kids since day one in my house and has NEVER mouthed them. He follows them everywhere and wants to be with them all the time.
I agree with your statement. When we adopted our male shepherd, Red, we were told he loves people, very friendly, walks good on a leash, gets along with other dogs and children etc by the rescue. He was found as a stray, so they were uncertain of his history other than what they've seen. He got along GREAT with everyone in our family, no issues, fit right in.
I happened to look at his profile they filled out when we got home several days later. Normally had he been online, I would have used it to base my judgement on whether he'd fit or not. Since we adopted him at DogFest we were able to see him in person, which is why I never looked at it right away. His profile said the following:
*Doesn't like to be touched or handled
*Not good around kids or other animals
*Best if in a home with no kids or other animals
Had I just used this, he wouldn't have been adopted. I have a child and other dogs. I just wonder how many other dogs have had similar profiles that detoured people from adopting them. I think some of these charactistics are put on certain breeds because of liability issues. I am just glad we found him and gave him a chance : ) Two years later, he is still an amazing dog and loves attention!