Working dogs are a specific line of a particular breed of dog that are bred for working. That “working” generally refers to either protection work, obedience work or other high intensity chores. Because of this, these dogs are different in nature than the standard dogs. Take for example German Shepherds, there are three varieties: pet dogs, show dogs and working dogs. They are all German Shepherds and look similar, but quite different in personality.
Whenever I get a client with a breed that has a working line variance, the very first question I ask is: “Is the dog a working line?” This will answer a lot. Most breeders won’t sell a working line dog to the average pet owners, some however will. This can be because they don’t care, they need to get rid of the dog or they are stupid. The average dog owner should not own a working line breed.
I’m putting a new video series together called, “So You Got a Malinois!” In this series I’ll answer questions on working line breeds including Belgian Malinois, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Dobermans, Dutch Shepherds and more. Here is episode #1:
Its my intention to shed some light on why these dogs, amazing as they are, are not great pets for the average person. They take an insane amount of work, knowledge and attention. It’s like buying a Bugatti to go grocery shopping! I hope you’ll head over to youtube and watch episode 1 and subscribe so you’ll see all the other episodes coming.