German Shepherd through the years

Discussion in 'Dogs - General Dog Chat' started by AdrianneIsabel, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. Pops2

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    i agree & it doesn't matter what the breed or the job, almost none of the modern show dogs look like the original working stock but most modern working stock does look like the original. i think that goes back to original dog shows being a showcase for working dogs.

    i disagree. there is a shift to a heavier built dog that i think parallels the working focus shifting from stock to manwork. but if you compare the original stock dogs to modern breeds/lines that fill the same role like mcnab, aussie smithfields, ranchbred queensland heelers, smooth BCs, kelpies & coolies (important to note in Oz they are commonly called german koolies), you can see the early GSDs pictured fit VERY comfortably w/ that crowd compared to dogs bred for manwork.
     
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    Yeah I'm sure that is true as well. But I also think Von Stephanitz was still very much developing the breed in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
     
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    When my BC does back vaults we have a mat (like a gymnast) for her to land on, but usually vaulting dogs are taught an extremely solid landing to prevent injury.
     

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