I love your phrase "true utilitarian breed" because in my opinion this is where breeders have failed.
Addressing other threads - 60 minutes , old style training (?) which morphed into police ----- I get the feeling that some , not so involved , posters think it is all about aggression. If you were to look at procurement requirements from both brokers and departments each would want a sound , stable , dog that is focused and able to work around excitement and distraction. They want a dog that is approachable , not fearing or being aggressive when in groups of people . So much for the image of the nasty dog . A dog that is too aggressive is not a good prospect . A solid , bold , self confident dog does not look or act aggressive . There is a power that oozes from them . Control and trainability. Willing and bold to take on challenges. Hunt and search drive . Natural instincts for this hunt and search . Tracking drive .
The bread and butter of work is to locate and hold , locate and alert . Bite when necessary.
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Last edited by carmspack; 04-25-2013 at 01:43 PM.