Conformation - Beneficial or Detrimental?
Before I start, no, this is not a bash on any of the lines and I hope it doesn't turn into that.
I've been told by several people that if I'm interested in pursuing French Ring and flyball (among other things) to just get a malinois. Not just because of the fact that they're one of the dominant breeds in FR, but because it would be difficult for a GSD to do well in the venues because of their structure/conformation. (Yes, even working lines, which is what I'm going to get).
I was told that I need to pay very close attention to the structure of my future dog if I want to succeed in the sports, particularly FR.
If a GSD's structure can limit them in FR and even flyball, is it really beneficial?
No other breed that I know of are supposed to be as angulated (particularly in the rear) as the GSD - of all lines. Even though other herding breeds are supposed to be out and go, go, go all day long, they have significantly less angulation.
Is the conformation for GSDs truly beneficial, or is it detrimental?
I'm not talking about dogs in the conformation ring - I'm talking about the structure of GSDs in general.
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