far from it . Working ability must be intentionally chosen for and tested .
I disagree. I had a nothing dog, from nowhere who proved she could work. And she didn't work in a ring. Spent a lifetime as a patrol/protection dog, found a whole mess of 'misplaced' children for neighbors, herded everything from chickens to children to cows just for fun, was trained for narcotics detection and in her spare time raised orphaned bunnies, puppies, kittens, birds and a goat.
Versatility. Fairly certain it was nothing her 'breeder' planned for.
'The early tests were in the form of herding trials. Later for dogs not so employed
. a further set of tests were introduced, designed to prove intelligence, confidence, courage, vigor and an eagerness for work.'
Taken from 'The History of the German Shepherd Dog' not a word about bitting a sleeve.
As for this topic, I agree that this forum likes to run people off. I came here for a couple of things, some help finding a breeder, that I never got, and some assistance with my 'fun' puppy mill rescue. I did get a bit of help, and a lot of snark, a little support, for my girl. But mostly anything I post either gets ignored or shot down. Every time I have asked for a breeder recommendation I have been ignored, and whoever said they hadn't heard of any breeder being slammed? should read through the thread I started, not one breeder but two.
It's sadly amusing that we are all supposed to buy the perfect dog, but apparently there are what, half a dozen? breeders who can sell them to us.