I'm not sure if this is a touchy subject or not, but I'm certainly not trying to offend anybody. It seems that there are quite a few GSD people here, and I'm really curious. Have GSDs always been bred with such sloping backs? Is there a reason for it? I know the breed has a lot of hip problems - is that related to their build, or are they just the same as many other large breeds? I ask because a friend has a GSD that she got from what I assume is a BYB - and it's the healthiest looking one I've seen. She's eight, and has no joint issues. Her hips are as "square" as most other dogs. I don't know if that's related to her soundness or not, but it got me thinking. Thanks to anyone who replies, and doesn't take any offense.