I finally met Marley this afternoon!
Pros: He is beautiful (very!), sweet, gentle, not an aggressive bone in his body. He'd be a great frisbee/hiking/biking dog! He is on the smaller size, 35-40 pounds (I like that), and could stand to put on some healthy weight/muscle. He settles down well after initial excitement over meeting someone new. He has been working on crate training and leading.
Potential cons: He is a LOT of dog. Excitable--can jump 5 feet in the air (but you expect that from a young GSP!). Younger than they told me (1-2?). He jumps on people when first meeting them. Lacks focus. Did not pay much attention to me unless I really worked on him. Will need a consistent, firm, kind leader and lots of ongoing training.
Ultimately, I think I can work with him on his problem points, especially if I get some good mentoring myself. And most of the areas that need work are likely the result of his being barely beyond puppydom, and having had no real training. I believe he has oodles of potential and would bet that some real exercise (to work the ya-yas out) will help him focus when it is time to learn. I may need to trial him to know more. Lots to consider!
I noticed that he was especially fixated on the kids playing down the street, which leads me to believe his original family (he was picked up as a stray) had small children.
Let me know what you think of my initial assessment?
Here's the link to his profile. Since they posted this, they have determined that he is likely all, or nearly all, GSP.
And here's a link to him playing with two doxies: