|Barked: Fri Aug 17, '12 7:35am PST |
|temperamentally they are quite different than GSDs, but it is quite a popular assumption, which is a little to the detriment of the breed (when people get them expecting them to look like alt-colored GSDs).
they retain characteristics of their ancestors, including quite a complex social system with many ritualistic expressions. IMHO higher instances of SSA and dog selectivity upon maturity. in general they are healthier and live longer than GSDs, reaching 13-14 years is quite the norm. they are far more independent than GSDs, don't train as easily, and in things like SchH typically don't do very well as the point of the exercise is lost on them. guarding property is not their priority but they can do rather well in defense drive. unlike GSDs they also are not very vocal at all.
from GSDs they gain obvious 'doggy' qualities like friendliness towards people and feel at ease in new situations. although many unfortunately are quite shy and skittish when people breed without concentration on temperament. as well trained adults they are obedient but not without purpose.. training must be strictly purposeful, in sporting rings they seem to just be doing things as it pleases them. around the world i've seen them in frisbee rings, agility, lure coursing, IPO, obedience, rally-o, herding, tracking, and non sporting things like water rescue, SAR, mushing, but they always seem to keep their secret humor and do it as they enjoy, not necessarily to please anyone but themselves.