Sounds like a balanced dog. My daughter had two k9 officers come to her class. One was calm and one was like the energizer bunny could not sit still. The officers both had the dogs jump on the desk. One dog was so amped up he jumped on the desk and fell off it. The officer with the calm dog lived in the officers house with his young kids and great was with his family and other kids. The officer who had the dog who was more wired stayed in a kennel. They both got their jobs done as they were successful in their career.Beau regularly works 10-15 miles at a trot on a search shift. It seems pretty effortless. It is not exaggerated and seems to be his preferred working gait. He is also not so high in prey and I like that better.
I choose the asl as thought would have less drive but i find it to be equal in my case. I would be afraid to get another asl with all the things i hear about them as i think did i get a rare find.?
This is good to know. Im glad you said this. It is hard to read anything good about them yet it has not been my experience with mine and extremely happy with my asl. People do say now that is a real shepherd I just love to say he is americanWhile I've definitely seen some bad temperaments, the vast majority of ASLs I've been around have NOT been nervy, spooky dogs. The people that I know have made an effort to weed out sketchy temperaments. As in anything, you have to do your homework.
Thank you Carmen! A picture is worth a thousand words! This was one of the major reasons I turned to wolf shepherds back in the early 80's, after I saw what was supposed to be a very expensive, pseudo well-bred GSD with that "floating" trot. (at the time I didn't know WL GSDs existed, I was afraid they were all that way, lol) The dog stopped moving, and I had to ask whether the dog was deformed... My little boy from Chip Weiss' breeding has the build many of my wolf shepherds did. My only ASL GSD was a rescue, and I loved him dearly, but forgave him his conformation, it wasn't his fault!suspended trot is not the same as the exaggerated "flying" trot , which often is not even flying
the herding dog has a functional gait . Sometimes the immediate entry into "flying" an excitable , less than confident temperament problem .
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