Our dogs are chosen based on rigorous criteria. We believe, as, Max von Stephanitz, the originator of this noble breed, felt that this breed should remain a working breed at all times. That means that there needs to be a temperament test by which dogs are selected, where their genetic potential and ability can be measured against some common standard. The selection of a dog with a working temperament is a complex topic. There are many examples of what is meant by temperament. We invite you to our “Articles” Page to look at various articles that we have written on our blog and others have written on this subject. Suffice it to say, that the frustration of trying to work with a dog who simply does not have correct temperament for the task at hand is something we have seen ourselves. However, with a dog of good temperament, training for a given task becomes almost easy. That's where the separation of genetics and working ability come into play.
So therefore, the dogs you would select for “Search and Rescue” may not necessarily be the dogs you'd select for walking a blind person. The same is true of a dog that you want to compete at the very highest levels in the sport of Schutzhund, now called I.P.O (Internationale Prüfungs-Ordnung).
The Loyal German Shepherd is a special dog, and their owners share a special bond.
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