Hi Sarah, I appreciate your enthusiasm but, having lived with a dog of east german lines for the last three years, I disagree with your premise. My dog has no shortage of drive and can - and gladly will - go all day long. However, she is also a great house dog and terrific with my kids. Moreover, I have never felt like I have to "devote half my life" to her care, training, etc. In fairness, I have never really thought of it this way. Sure there is time spent on training, etc. However, for the most part, she is accounted for and included in just about everything we, as an active family do whether it be hiking, swimming, off-roading, going to the park, etc. In short, at least with my family, our lives do not and need not revolve around the dog; rather, the dog is part of our lives and a happy participant in whatever it is we are doing. Then again, some would probably think of us as dog geeks . . . .