I'm looking for a family dog and a schutzhund competitor.
You're talking about high drive & low threshold. You need high drive or you've little way to motivate the dogPersonally, I don't think you would need a high drive dog.
I was talking to my breeder and outlined everything I want in a dog when the time comes for me to get a pup. I'll be getting a Czech (possibly some Slovak) line dog.
Told her I wanted a dog that could do flyball, agility, had a good off switch when necessary, but had the ability to do SchH if I wanted to pursue it but didn't HAVE to do it or I'd go nuts. For that, I think a dog on the lower/medium drive scale would be plenty.
Everyone wants a high drive dog (or says they do), but I personally don't think you would need one with high drive to succeed in SchH. Too much drive will give you a dog that you won't be able to handle, lead to frustration, and you'll have more dog than you know what to do with.
ETA: It's impossible to get a feel for what kind of dog you really want without getting out there and seeing them for yourself. It's easy to create an image of what they are in your mind by reading online, but that may or may not be what they really are.
I thought I may want a malinois. They seemed like they'd be a good breed for me on paper. Then I saw some in person and how they really are. Nope. Those dogs are NUTS.
Agreed.High drive is different than excessive/high energy. A lot of people seem to get the two confused.
If you want a schutzhund prospect, go with a breeder actively participating in the sport.
Okay, I might work with her some while I think about it.
So are you working her or not? Your posts are conflicting.I've been working her and we are working towards Schh1, and no. I'm not trying to buy a stud.
Have you gone for the BH yet?
Because you can't work towards your SchH1 until you've completed the BH.No, why? And don't pester me about breeding, I decided not to.