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Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
Technically, no, you will not be going to Nationals, let alone getting on the podium because there is no Nationals for BC in IPO. In the states you could work towards the AWDF championships which will get you to the FCI World championships. The USCA Working Dog Championship (WDC) also allows alternate breeds.
There have been BC with SchH3 in the past. Last one I saw was at the USCA Nationals in 2000 when non GSD were still allowed. BC tend to lack the power, hardness and aggression needed to get the points in protection. Not saying it could never happen, but those traits are very much against what a BC should be.
Waiting until a dog is more mature to work protection is not always a bad idea. I tend to do this, BUT I do track and work obedience with my young dogs.
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