Was searching around the nets just to see what breed of dog is mostly used in the game of disc catching. Appears that the Retriever breeds are most commonly used. Makes sense since this is what these dogs have in their blood. They love to retrieve it’s what they have been bred to do for a long long time they believe the Lab retriever breed goes back to 16th century.
St. John’s Water Dog exist. In 1822, explorer W.E. Cormack crossed the island of Newfoundland by foot. In his journal he wrote “The dogs are admirably trained as retrievers in fowling, and are otherwise useful…..The smooth or short haired dog is preferred because in frosty weather the long haired kind become encumbered with ice on coming out of the water.” The breed of retriever I am speaking of is the Labrador Retriever.
Also took note that another breed widely used for the game of disc catching is the Shetland Sheepdog often known as the sheltie. The herding instinct is strong in many Shelties. They love to chase and herd things, including squirrels, ducks, children, and if an owner is not watchful, cars. Shelties love to run in wide-open areas. Some Shelties get so excited or anxious that they perform a fast series of tight spins without chasing their tails, a behavior unique to the breed. Again I can see why they are great at disc catching and freestyle disc play. I’ve saw quite a few videos of sheltie breeds doing flips and all kinds o really amazing stunts while catching the disc.
I can not complain my Staffy aka: Pitbull is quite good at catching the disc and he loves it. If I do not play at least 2x daily he gets very mischievous. Like catching or chasing other animals he sees as prey like cats.
He was very easily taught to catch took me all of a hour to have him grabbing the disc out of the air. From what I read it seems if you want a dog for a specific job or activity it’s best to go with a thoroughbred dog that has a solid line. IF its for play or work you want a dog that has game in it’s blood for many generations. This isn’t to say a mixed breed can not do the same things but majority of the time it takes a bit more work. I’m not saying a mutt can’t do what a full bred dog can they sure can.
From personal experience I prefer a full bred dog that has ancestry if picked from a good breeder the dog will be born with gameness.
Game or Gameness is a quality of fighting dogs or working terriers that are selectively bred and conditioned from a very early age to develop traits of eagerness despite the threat of substantive injury. Dogs displaying this trait can also be described as persevering, ready and willing, full of fight, spirited, or plucky.
Although the Staff breed was created for fighting and it’s still in their blood most well bred Bull & Terrier breeds are working class dogs NOT FIGHTING. This is why they find so many of them abused and killed because assholes try and fight them and when they don’t or don’t do well they are then killed or beaten & mutilated.
Any breed of dog can and will bite if threatened. And unfortunately for many breeds they are born mean because of irresponsible breeding. Leave the breeding to the people that know what they are doing and breed for the right reasons. Stay away from puppy mills and backyard breeders. Backyard breeders are one of the reasons we have so many attacks because they breed with dogs that have down right dangerous temperament all in the name of making a few $bucks$. A real breeder breeds for the betterment of the breed.