Q4. What are their expectations?
Ancient GR: A4. Mine are: Health, high fight and pack drive, low/no rank drive.
DanUK: Agreed. Stability also factors into both health and the drive balance sought and outlined by Ancient. Different breeders place different degrees of emphasis upon size/power and speed/agility/endurance. For many the balance is determined not relative to other (breeds of) dogs, but to mankind, e.g. does the dog have the required size and stopping power to fend off a group of large male assailants, with of course the necessary endurance and agility to complete this task? For others, the desire for companionship extends to partnering in hunting, hiking or other activities, whereupon a degree of size is willingly forfeited in knowledge that the odds of encountering five hostile, NFL-lineman like three-hundred pound hostile men on drugs is so infinitesimal that the risk of accepting the smaller package is outweighed by the day to day benefits.
Katrina Hartwell AU: Mine are hunt on Sunday, School on Monday morning, security patrol Monday night.
Nico FR: I would add agility, stamina, speed, great movement, and stable.