Hey @impextoo sorry I didn’t just reply to your question, for some reason it wasn’t showing up in my notifications, only on the post. Anyway! Yeah, so I’m all for working lines. A lot of jobs require a VERY specific temperament and it makes sense to breed for that. If you have diabetic kids who need a diabetic alert dog then you need a dog who has drive, and also has an amazing temperament. Same for guide dogs etc. A lot of the behaviors like herding, retrieval, scent are not as breed specific as people think, and are more of a general DOG thing. However, if you have a job to do it make sense to select for it, and purebred working lines have been doing that for a long time. So it makes sense to cut to the chase and find a working line. Here’s my caveats though, and it’s more for breeders than for buyers. Working dogs are getting fucked up. Breeders who endlessly select for high drive dogs have created the modern border collie, a dog who’s so neurotic that even with a job they have no idea how to just stop. The Malinois is headed there fast. And it’s not just for high drive, over selecting for any behavior can lead to extremes. So, responsible and fore thoughtful husbandry needs to be more of a priority.
And, since my priority will always be shelter dogs, working drive and the ability to do any job isn’t a purebred trait that you have to pay thousands of dollars to get. Rural shelters are FULL of hounds and spaniels that have gotten lost while out hunting, and no one comes looking for them. I’ve had dogs that wound up in my care at shelters that went on to become: service dogs, police dogs, secret service dogs, drug sniffing dogs, international championship drug sniffing dogs, and my personal favorite; The little shelter pit bull type dog that went to a military “job interview” and out performed, out shined, and got the job over 22 Malinois to detect IEDs. Maybe it will end up that if you have a job to get done, that finding a well preserved working line is the best option, but I hope that folks will check the shelters first. Wednesday, the owner surrender turned Search and Rescue dog thanks you!
Thanks for asking!