by morningstar on 29 July 2013 - 06:07
In later times breed standards were created and people decided Dutch shepherds should be brindled (except for the rough hair, those also come in pepper-and-salt or blue-grey) though as it is, sometimes they're still born solid colored. (though that may also be because after WWII dogs of unknown origin and some Malinois were used for a short while to expand the gene pool seeing that the breed faced extinction)
Originally there were more varieties of Belgian shepherds too, but it was decided only four varieties were standardized and in the end, only they remained. Those four are what we now know as the black longhaired Groenendael, the rough coated Laekenois, the red/fawn shorthaired Malinois and the red/fawn longhaired Tervueren. These four are closely related, for example: both long and shorthaired pups can appear in one litter (Malinois & Tervueren) and both red/fawn and black pups can appear in a longhaired litter (Tervueren & Groenendael).
by kishorem19 on 29 July 2013 - 06:07
by morningstar on 29 July 2013 - 15:07
But I've heard GSD people say they they look like hyenas, lol.
But indeed, it matters not. Looks are least important with working dogs. (and I believe purebred Dutch shepherds aren't liked as much as working dogs as the KNPV mixes are anyway, plus the longhairs are generally a little softer in character than the shorthairs--and thus more unsuitable as working dogs. But the softer character does play a part in why I like them best, lol.. (*along with white Swiss shepherds but they aren't working dogs, let alone military dogs) )
by jemi on 30 July 2013 - 21:07
by KYLE on 18 August 2013 - 21:08
by Paul Garrison on 18 August 2013 - 23:08
by troopscott on 19 August 2013 - 11:08
Last the military does have its own dog breeding program at a few bases but if they are buying non papered dogs etc with no idea of lineage then I would have to question how much their breeding programs are really worth no matter the breed of dogs they are buying.
by Hired Dog on 19 August 2013 - 11:08
The military buys dogs by the hundreds, also adults, not puppies. When you buy dogs at those quantities, you also buy shit that no one wants and the price for unregistered, untitled dogs is very low compared to papered GSDs.
As far as breeding, all working dog programs like the military care about is producing working dogs and that happens when you breed dogs and take chances since there is no guarantee that ANY breeding pair will produce what they are, even if papered or titled.
by jemi on 19 August 2013 - 23:08
by kyto on 20 August 2013 - 07:08
1. mali's are more cost efective due to better health (last about 2years longer in service)
2. they take fewer time to be prepared for testing (fewer time in trainning is fewer cost in food before they are sold)
3.physical construction of mali's gives them an advantage over GSD for specialiced services
4. in general they can search a area faster than a GSD due to higher temprament
5. they adapt faster to new places/temprature/handlers
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