I really enjoy having social dogs. That trait definitely does not have to preclude bonding strongly with an owner, or having sufficient drive. Halo was friendly with our team dogs, but tended more towards being dog neutral in general. In the flyball ring she didn't care about anything but doing her job. She never went to say hi to other dogs or people, even those she knew and liked. She'd been chased in the runback area, she'd been body slammed a couple of times by other dogs, and she never came off her tug. She was one of our team's "bombproof" dogs, we'd use her in training with green dogs because she wasn't going to interfere with them and didn't care if they interfered with her. Out of the ring, she was very friendly with people, she would suck up to anyone for a treat and was sweet and kissy with guests to our house.The best dogs I've owned were social butterflies when they were young.
Cava is VERY social, both with people and dogs. I think wanting to meet other dogs will be our biggest challenge to overcome as we train, but she's also still young and that may become less important to her as she matures. Right now we're just doing restrained recalls, working with a variety of different team dogs and having different people restrain her. Side by side recalls are going very well, she's driving hard to me for her tug. Opposite direction recalls, where the dogs are running towards and past each other is a bigger challenge. We start out with a lot of distance between the dogs and will have a gate barrier or human blockers as necessary at first, then we start to fade those out and reduce the distance between the dogs, which simulates a passing scenario.
What I was hoping to get with Cava, (and so far she is turning out to be exactly that), is a friendly, social dog out of the ring, who can turn it on in the ring. A dog with plenty of drive, a great off switch and excellent engagement. These are traits that her dam has, as well as being very fast and athletic. If she becomes more neutral to dogs and/or people with time, that's fine. If she stays a social butterfly, that's fine too, as long as her work ethic and drive for the sport remains, which I fully expect based on what I've seen from her so far. Because so much of the training in my sport depends on being able to hand her off to anyone, known to her or not, it's very important to have a dog that is not nervous around unknown people or weird about being touched by them.