Hi there, I have trained my german shepherd bitch to a reasonable standard as an "at heel "stalking dog. I accept without reservation that there are better breeds, barvarian/hanovarian etc. However, as a hot scent, obedient and companion dog i would rate the breed highly. my shepherd bitch reacts instantly to hand signals, is totally silent in the woods and has trailed a dozen or so roe and muntjac, that i have shot, admittedly, the longest trail was 80 yrds! Though in thick cover,an absolute bugger without a dog.