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What percentage of GSD owners do Schh?

I just got to thinking about how the gsd is the second most registered breed in the USA. But, when I am out and about socializing my dogs, I rarely see another gsd. We are always "odd man out"!

So, I was hoping when we went to OG INDY that we would see a ton of dogs. Unfortunately, just a few, maybe 30 dogs attended.

JUst curious as to what percentage of owners actually particpate in the sport..or is it just mainly for those wanting to title dogs for breeding?

As a secondary question..what percentage of gsd's are working line vs show line? I feel like it is way more show line.

Just a few random questions, as my feet got cold playing with the dogs and we came in to warm up!

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We just started participating in Schh, no intentions of breeding. Started out as me wanting to do something that she'd would enjoy more than a class, now a couple months in I'm hooked. She's a backyard line but doing my homework for when it's time to bring home a working line.

Oddly enough my club is dominated by Giant Schnauzers, there's only two GSDs and I rarely see any when I'm out with her.

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I think if it wasn't so expensive and time consuming lots more people would do it. Mine qualified, but I chose to do agility instead. I'm not 100% sure what mine is, but I "believe" she comes from a working line and show line...I think she is 50/50. She has the look of the show line(from what I've been told) and the personality and prey drive are definitely working line, which is why I believe she qualified for schutzhund to begin with. When I took her for her evaluation they did not think she was going to qualify based on her looks...they pretty much said that she didn't look to have any german lines in her, etc. Boy did they change their minds when she got out there....the trainer was pleasantly surprised and I was very proud

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In my area, only about 4 of us do SchH and we all go to different clubs! I know of several local GSD owners who have no clue what SchH even is.
Having dogs that are cut out for it makes it even harder...out of my 3 GSD's, only one has what it takes.

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In my experience more people are participating for the fun of it (or earning titles) than for breeding. I know way more people that don't breed than those who do.

I think in the USA a very small percentage of GSD owners do SchH. I mean, these days when I go to an event I can name almost every person there and I haven't been doing this long. It's a small, tight-knit community even though the availability of training is very spread out across the nation.

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I would think that less than 5 -7% of GSD litters registered with AKC are Euro bred to SV or even partially SV standards and probably not even half of those get schutzhund trained....

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My obedience trainer's socialization group has at least 16 GSDs who regularly attend to play together in and open field Saturday mornings (out of about 40 total dogs in the group, which also includes a few Malinois other working breeds). All have pretty good basic obedience training. Exactly zero do Schutzhund--or any other competitive trials. They are all happy, well-adjusted family dogs. We spend a lot of time with our dogs, enjoying them--just in a different way.
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the biggest problem in doing IPO/Schutzhund is the scarcity of

Clubs
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GOOD Helper/Decoys

and the overbundance of ego/drama/BS in clubs

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I think the percentage of GSDs that do Schutzhund is so low it would not even reach 1%. I have barely even met anyone who even knows what it is. (out side of those who I know who are active participants).
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I think the percentage of GSDs that do Schutzhund is so low it would not even reach 1%. I have barely even met anyone who even knows what it is. (out side of those who I know who are active participants).
Using logical thinking:
A reputable breeder uses dogs that are titled in schh
Very few owners/breeders do schh
thus, the majority of titled dogs must be imported

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