WLGSD vs. Mali vs. Dutchie for 1st time WL owner
Hey! I had a question for some of you German Shepherd PP owners out there as I'm researching to find the right breed / drive for my first PP dog in 2 or 3 years. The few breeds I'd been considering were the WLGSD, Belgian Malinois, Dutch Shepherd, etc. I liked these breeds because they're a lot more transportable than other guard dogs like the Mastiff, etc. And they train better. So, I was curious as to how you guys think your shepherds work. (I.E. I hear they're more user-friendly than the Mali as the Mali will bite it's handler when frustrated. Not certain, just things I've heard.) As well as if you'd recommend a Shepherd / Dutchie / Mali for me.
My fiance is in the Military and I don't feel safe without him, so I wanted a PP dog to take away some of those fears because let's be honest, this is one **** of a crazy society. Fido, as we will call the prospective puppy, will live indoors with us aND our Corgi mix. We wold prefer a dog that doesn't have the "Golden Retriever Bounce" as our current dog is a pretty no-nonsense dog. Fido will also be our first WL dog, so a dog that doesn't lean towards hyperactivity would be nice, though it's to my understanding good breeding will correct that. Fido won't be home alone for many hours as when we acquire Fido, I'll be a housewife. I'm willing to pour in three 1.5 hour jogs as well as games of fetch, hide and go seek, etc. Mental stimulation will come from obedience training, perhaps competitive? Or agility training, also perhaps competitive? Depends on which sport Fido takes more a liking to. A dog that can settle in the house is a must, though I hear that you have to train an "off switch" as they aren'the automatic, is that true? This dog will be apart of the family, so the dog can't have such a high drive it can't handle driving down/flying down from whichever state we're in to Florida for the Holidays. A dog that is adaptable is also a must, since we will be in the military and PCS (Permanent Change of Station) is a very real thing.
So, what do you think, would I be suitable for a WLGSD? Mali? Dutchie?