The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
In my experience, it isn't that people lose interest, it is that they either start out with a dog that isn't suited for it, so they focus on other activities, or they do get that working line dog to do Schutzhund (with not prior SchH experience) because they are 200% SURE that Schutzhund is what they want to do, but then can't handle a high-energy, high-drive dog, and end up rehoming the dog (usually to another experienced SchH or working-line home), and dropping out.
That said, it has to do more with the people than the dogs. All of the current members in my club started out with dogs of different backgrounds, limited in how much they could accomplish in Schutzhund - did as much with them as possible, even if it was only a BH, or an attempted (but failed BH - but they tried! Have to give them credit for that), then went on to get a suitable dog and continue with training.
I think the best way to know if you want to stick with it, is to stick with it with the dog that one has.
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