Yes!!! Looking on paper he should perform quite well, only time will tell. He has a genetic full grip, and I mean full, does not chew on the sleeve when we applied a little amount of pressure, in fact he grips harder. I can't express how nice he bites and grips. However he is a hardheaded SOB!!!8-[ Loves to fetch, but is slowly learning to bring it to me. Love the TUG OF WAR, that is really helping on the retrieve right now. I'm taking his OB slowly. I decided to go the SchH route due to a good club close to me and I need to work on my OB skills. Since SchH is, in my opinion, "an OB sport" I figured I should get skilled quite nicely. After a few SchH titles we will dabble in the suit sports!!!