Chuck, thank you so much for the info! This fills in a lot, and really rounds out the picture of these dogs a lot. I'm excited for you to be getting Narys. A Faro son is fantastic!!
Daryl, by the way, I took much of what you said about these dogs into consideration before getting my own Grimm, Congo's son. We had a very rough beginning. I have had to "become another person"-- you probably understand what I mean. But after a lot of work, I am a much stronger leader for Grimm. He is responsive, attentive-- yes, a strong dog with a strong mind-- but I have the upper hand now.
He is a warm character, even a snuggler-- but a truly strong dog. We are happy together now, and I am glad I have (and continue to) put in the work to change myself for him. He doesn't challenge me much now, we have a good relationship. Thank you for your guidance.
Intriguing to me is what Chuck, Daryl, and Dari all say-- these dogs have real seriousness, available aggression, for real-life situations where they need it... yet most have warm characters with their families and close friends. These old lines seem to have a character that is more for work than some of the more recent sporting lines. I can't at all explain what I mean, I haven't the vocabulary. These are just adaptable, bombproof dogs that read a situation and take things seriously when they need to, and very quickly. The confidence amazes me. The self-posessed natures of these dogs. They just seem to rule their worlds on some level. Hard to define here, sorry.
I can hardly wait for pics of Narys.. and maybe Daryl will break down and treat us to a few more of Faro. (he looks GOOD, by the way Daryl) These dogs have so much to contribute!