Go try it out and have fun! Yes, there is more of a probability that the dog will excel when it has the lineage and comes from titled parents, etc, but there's never a guarantee. I have a WL female from a great pedigree (Czech border patrol lines and some really nice DDR dogs thrown in there) and she could have not cared less about the sleeve. Exceptional OB, but just didn't care about the rag and would rather chase a ball. So who knows, maybe your dog will have what it takes to be a good learning tool, like others in this thread have said. Maybe they don't set the world on fire, but they show up and give you good experience so you know what to look for next go 'round.
Just have thick skin. In my experience with clubs, there is a lot of looking down on dogs that aren't from hardcore working lines. I currently have a WGSL dog that gets nitpicked and scowled at, but I don't care and I'll laugh along with the jokes. I know what he's got and that's all that matters. Be confident in what your dog can do, take the good advice and ignore the criticism when it's not helpful. Also be ready to do a lot of training on your own, at or outside the club and don't get discouraged when something doesn't happen right away. For instance, Wolf and I just started bitework the other day and he wouldn't bark at the rag or the dummy. Good intensity and would hang on like a bear when he bit (we were lifting him clear off the ground) but just wouldn't bark. It was discouraging right then and there, but I knew I could fix it because I know my dog and know how to encourage the behavior I want out of him. So I took him and did some one-on-one rag work and had him barking after one session. Just know your dog, have confidence in him, know his limits and have fun.
And I definitely agree with ploss, show that you're interested and willing to learn, and people will come around and the good ones will help you out.
MacKenzie - Workling Line Female (In Loving Memory)
Wolfram - West German Showline Male [SG1, CGC, DDN, CN, EN, IN, VN]
Bash - Working Line Puppy
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