I'm slowly trying to learn more and more about SAR in my quest for the perfect dog, and was wondering if there are particular dogs that you guys like to see in the pedigrees of prospective SAR pups? Also, who would your go to breeder for such a dog be?
There are any number of breeders I would consider. Look for a dog with excellent health, hunt drives, and a good temperament. One who either is neutral to people or enjoys being around them. i will leave the pedigrees to others because many are good. By and larger I see more working line dogs doing search and rescue than showlines but have seen some nice showlines doing the work. I would say NO SUPER SIZED dogs. even if they can do the work, they have to be able to ride in cramped quarters such as on your lap on a 4wd thing such as a gator, be carried if needed, etc.
There is no perfect dog. Are you actove on a SAR team? That is THE best way to learn what to look for and to meet people who will help you find a really good dog.
From what I have seen so far, SAR dogs come from all kinds of backgrounds pedigree-wise. I agree more working than show. One of our trailing labs was from dual titled lines and she was amazing (owner retired from SAR recently). The thing they all seem to have in common is high hunt drive, focus, and stable nerves. With GSDs it is common to see lots of working titles in the pedigree. Are you interested in joining SAR?
I agree with everything that has been said. I do think there is a range of possibilities out there with respect to dogs. I would start talking to the actual SAR members with dogs you like and then talk with several breeders and try to see some of their working dogs. But ya know. I'm starting to wonder about really thinking about the human side of it. The human needs to be very dedicated not just to dog training, attending training but also consistency, willingness to learn, thick skin when you get conflicting direction, a willingness to stay in shape and for god sake keep your dog in shape. The human side I think is often overlooked or focusing on the dog is a nice distraction from our own responsibilities to the team.
I'm not on a team yet, but I have a great one locally and hope to get out with them some time in February. I have been in touch with them, and it turns out some of their active dogs are from the kennels I had already put on my short list, so I know I am at least on the right track. I was just wondering whether their were common "famous" dogs that seem to show up frequently in SAR pedigrees? I know people have specific dogs they love to see in a pedigree when selecting a dog for schutzhund.