I have been involved in a discussion where trainers are blaming neoteny, and poor breeding as the reason for few breeds producing really outstanding specimens for bitework. I am wondering what the opinions are here? Personally, it think it is because canines, all canines, are not wired to work large or superior animals, such as humans, alone. They are hardwired to hunt in packs when pursuing larger game. Canines were never intended to face down superior animals alone.....mice and squirrels yes....man, no. Many of the fatal dog attacks where adults are killed is when the attack is by multiple dogs. Same with packed dogs running cattle and livestock. This leads me to believe the pack mentality is alive and well in most domestcated dogs. The dogs that do excell have come to the conclusion that humans are not that tough, because, yes, normally they do run. In short, superior dogs for serious manwork are rare, comparatively, because it is just the nature of the beast.