Hello everyone. . . .Today I wanna share my ideas here. So we have a long list of purebred dogs today recognized by major kennel clubs. We exhibit our dogs in shows. This helps a lot the people who are not aware about the exact characteristics of these breeds also. But as every coin has two sides. Now-a-days a large number of dog owners is insisting & leading in the direction which developes the show quality dogs only. Now the dogs don't have that stamina to fulfill the purpose for which they were bred. Although all the purebred dogs are not show quality dogs, yet the show ring winner dogs are more valued if compared to actually working group. The dogs are losing their immunity gradually. For example I've seen many show winner GSD who can't survive without air conditioning system. They can't stop any intruder in their territory. I'm not saying that the GSD only has this kind of energy level now, neither saying that the working dogs don't win the shows. I'm talking about the majority of show winner dogs. I believe that we should pay attention to increase the capacity of the working dog breeds like shepherds, hounds, terriers etc.
Once I visited a milk products dairy at a village in Punjab, India. They had about 350 cows & much valued horses also. Obviously they needed excellent protection dogs who could not only keep a sharp eye over the territory but also could knock down the intruder violently if needed. For this purpose they kept two German Shepherd dogs. Those GSD's were kept in an average sized cage in daytime & set free at nights. I really appreciate the stamina of those dogs, they observe whole territory which was spread in hectares. I believe that nobody could even dare to peep into the boundary walls of the farm. Because those GSD were excellent sniffers & could trace any unnatural thing happening in any corner of the farm. Moreover the two guard dogs often jumped upon the boundary wall (6 feet) to observe the area but never stepped out of that wall. Moreover they could lead & control the free horses while they are running fast on a daily basis. Both dogs were muscular because of homemade healthy diet. One of them 24'' another one who was more aggresive towards strangers was 26'' at withers.
The most astonishing thing is, both guards never seen any trainer. When I visited the farm, those were in their cage. I was not aware of it because the cage was covered partially by some old jute sack, but they were supervising my presence. As soon as I raised my hand to touch the a horse there, the bigger dog growled angrily & knocked on the cage gate repeatedly untill I didn't leave that place. You all can imagine that what they could do if they were not in the cage.
This is called the breed stamina & tendency to protect. Only aggresion isn't enough, the willingness to protect or work also should be there.
The dairy farm owner developed the stamina of his dogs according to his needs.I kept a GSD. Actually my friend wanted a brave dog who could protect his farms from 'Nilgai' (a cow like wild beast). Because the mongrel dogs couldn't do that. He asked me to arrange a guard dog because I'd been keeping dogs at my farm for last 8 year. I'm not any professional trainer or breeder. However, I brought one month old GSD pup from a village in Punjab. I took care about diet for the pup & his exercise.He was 24'' at six months age. At that time he could jump easily over 6 feet. The daily exercise duration was about 6 hours, three hours in morning, three in evening. This exercise included long walks, jogging, high jumps, catching the chunks in air, fetching the toy from water, finding out the tennis ball among the intricate roots of plants & yeah ! running after the thrown ball about 100 metres away. After 6 months I gave the pup to my friend. Now he is 5 years & 8 months old. He drives the Wild beast away at night & leaves them about 1-2 km. far from farm because my friend doesn't have high boundary walls around the farm.
At first when I handed over the Panther (GSD's name), to my friend, he was surprised to see his dauntless nature & his diet as well. But now he is proud of owning such a nice breed. At night, Panther goes upstairs in the house & observes the farms. If any mishappening seems in the farm then immediately comes downstairs & barks aloud. Then my friend sets him free in the farm & he finishes his work.
The most important thing that all these three GSD aren't forced to work so hard. They've been made habitual of this job since puppyhood. Now the thing is, if these dogs were dog show winners, could they perform this task , .. . . . The answer you know.Then why we are making the excellent working breeds only 'showpiece'. . . Again I'd say that I'm not against the dog shows but the job which could be done by purebreds in old days, can't be performed by a major of individuals today. Because we've reduced the working capacity of the shepherds, hounds etc. purebreeds.Some of you may say that the requirements have been changed now. To be honest, I don't have info about other countries but in Indian villages, people still prefer the aggresive dogs who could stop any wild animal in their territory & could kill them if needed. They don't own the dogs to exhibit them.
At last I want to say that definitely the farm guard dogs are not much in demand, people want a pet. But the working dog requirement has not been ended totally. It would be best if there could be seperate competition for show lines & actually working dogs (as in Seiger show in Germany).Otherwise soon our dogs will be sitting in AC rooms, & we'll have to guard with a long stick in hand.
(All these ideas are my personal. If I hurt somebody's feelings or thoughts, then I really apologize for that.)
Thanks for your precious time. . . .
Shah. . .