Well done and well said!Congratulations,Lee and Lindsey! Preserving hunt drive for SAR, detection, etc. is so difficult in the GSD breed now. Several individuals on very active SAR teams told me they had given up and switched to hunting breeds. The level of drive, persistence, resilience and solid nerve required for those venues is daunting. SAR, especially, is a grueling test of all those things. Today's back massing on dogs that only perform in the sport venue has resulted in such a loss of many of the traits for which the breed was developed. Even a dog with weak nerve that would fail in these areas can prevail on the sport field with high levels of prey drive. Your breedings have proved time and again that careful and extensive evaluation of pedigrees, open breeding to minimize back massing and the use of dogs that can function in the real world rather than only on the sport field can produce a dog with with drive, discernment, natural appropriate aggression and the ability to bond tightly with its owner with a strong desire to work with and for its handler. Well done.
I do not want to minimize the immense time and effort Lindsey committed to this path. I think Lee summarized it well.Well done and well said!