So Iíve been on and off this site since 2015. Iíve learned a lot of valuable information from forum members, but the threads lately seem to be working/sport dogs vs pet dogs. I understand both sides of the coin, but it seems that in every thread people are harping on the value of getting WL pups. What happened to people just wanting a family companion and that being okay? I see working line vs showing lines often recommended to people looking for a pup, and sent to breeders that focus on titling their dogs whether through sport or show. Like a GSD is lessor because they donít have those lines. It gets frustrating sometimes to see breeders getting shot down because they donít title their dogs. Is it really that important? To me, temperament and health are far more my concern than whether my pups parents placed in sport, or show, or the word I canít spell for the life of me (schsomething).
I have a 3 amazing dogs. Not one of their parents were titled. I no nothing of Lykaís lineage, but Iím pretty positive is was just a line of crap BYB. Crios seems greatly inbred. But he could put some of the sports dog to shame. Seiran is my first puppy purchase, and the breeder is not a large breeder. They donít title their dogs. Not because they arenít capable of doing it, many of their offspring compete in various sports and protection and have won a lot of titles. But what drew me to them was the small number of litters they had, the dogs were and are a part of the family. They arenít left out in outside kennels. They live in their owners home, and have jobs around the farm. Both breeding pair have excellent ratings in hips, their temperaments are amazing, and they arenít charging thousands of dollars. They sell their pups based on the amount they put into the pup, so basically enough to cover the bitches feed, the pups feed, and vetting. They make sure the pups are healthy, they chose the pups for the owners based on what they are looking for, and Seiran has been exactly what we wanted in a pup. She has drive, and itís easily directed. She is also super mellow in doors. She shows no aggression or fear under any circumstances, soís 100% confident in every way.
I just wish more of the members would be more open to these type of breeders. Some members refuse to post breeder information because they donít want to hear all the negativity from other members going on and on about titling and pedigrees. Like if our pups donít go back 5 generations of titled dogs, they are somehow defective. At least, thatís the way it feels to me.
Here is my 2 cents, a nickel for Canadians because we have no cents.
I worked almost exclusively with BYB crap for a couple of decades. I have seen it all, heard it all, handled it all.
I chose GSD's because I wanted a working dog. I wanted a dog that could be it all, and do it all.
If I wanted a pet I would have gotten a Pomeranian.
One of the problems with BYB's is that they don't know. They have a dog in front of them who is pretty, good with kids, barks at the mailman and gives kisses. But they don't know what is behind that. They have no clue about genetic disorders and no idea want made her the way she is so combine those genetics with the really handsome male who actually has crap conformation and unstable temperament and you get lord knows what disaster.
Pet owners don't understand correct angulation, they don't get that your "protective" dog is insecure and is going to come unglued one way or another when crap hits the fan.
A very smart man once said "dogs bark for two reasons, scared or bored" and he was dead right. Whatever layers go with that at it's base is one of those two.
Now as much as I adore Shadow and think she is awesome, she is a huge disappointment in so many ways. The way her genetics shook out is she has not enough biddability or focus to ever really learn, she is fearful and although she has huge drive in her case it makes her a hot mess. Nothing useful.
Sabi on the other hand was the epitome of what a good dog should be. She was smart, loyal, courageous. She was protective with great discernment. She adored kids, was solid with other animals, possessed all of the good and none of the bad. She stayed clear headed under pressure and was appropriately aggressive. And she proved it day in, day out for years.
She also had bad hips and DM. And she was WAY to big.
The siblings that I found were garbage.
If you love your dog, that's awesome. But I for one will never promote the downfall of the breed.