That's very encouraging to hear. Sounds like you've maybe attended the same venues with him? Temperament is always the big factor.
Please remember that I have zero experience in the working trials and most of this is relatively new to me. So if I say something off, it probably just means I don't know who is in sports/LE/SAR/Military on this forum. Thanks for the input.....something like that
It is much easier, at least initially, to being in a puppy. You can just read the right up on him. I've only seen him in a working environment. Its not exactly the best time to judge ability to settle. You would probably love his structure.I'd prefer a 8-10 week model myself. Don't get me wrong, 10mos is fine, but integrating a male getting his hormones with my male Collie might be a struggle. My GS might be a little tough on him too. On the flip side, they both acclimated to two bobtail kittens this summer, but it was slightly different.
On the 10mos old pup though, have you had in-person experience with him? I'd be curious as to his behavior, gait, drive, social instincts etc...
You have excellent tastes-lol. Yeah I've watched Taylor's videos for a while and really appreciate his work. I think I would need a green dog just to get it within budget. I know a local SAR individual who has encouraged me to pursue that. My current GSD was just too protection driven to trust around her Mal (or so I thought). Still looking into it, so maybe a milder pup off one of these excellent lines is in my near future. Thank you again for the input.
I ran across a trial video on one of the dogs in the ped and some of the comments weren't too complimentary of the dog. I am not saying they're correct, but just a reminder how information sharing can work for and against something. Interesting to see for sure....but something tells me I would still be ecstatic to get a pup close to this gene pool: FCI Winner GSD, first time in many yearsLook to skilled breeders who understand type, not just long forgotten borders. The dogs will run the gamut, not defined by geography, but dedication of breeders.
I joined here a few years ago as a newbie with a "Czech" dog and as much as Ive learned since then, there is plenty I've discounted, and purposely forgotten. From "gurus" I may add. WUSV descendants that are phenoms on the field but can't take a walk in a HomeDepot etc. I take advice and heed to people who have dogs that can work and also sit by the fire or take a ride on a tractor without losing their senses. This breed isn't supposed to be "working home only". Not sure how we got to that concept from the classic pastoral/natural stable guardian breed we started out with. Money and trophies I'd suspect.
And despite the resounding mantra from some breeders it isn't "all genetics" A great majority of it is, but it's also what you put into it.
I've a keen nose for marketing and bullcrap. I make a living juggling it. Half the dogs labeled as this region or that region or IGP champ lines or whatever, are just marketing labels.
Look to the ones doing it, and who also aren't afraid to put a dog in any life situation. Thems just holes in their makeup if they can't be a "house dog" Sour grapes. Take the trophy, leave the cannoli.