There seems to be a good bit of confusion (myself included) regarding the structural differences and reasons for these differences between working malinois (KNPV style) and german shepherds. I don't want to hijack the other thread, so here's a new thread. Please ask questions and discuss differences between the structure of these breeds. Let's try to clarify why
these differences exist.
My personal experience with malinois/dutchies has shown me that all around performance-wise I seem to prefer the malinois, but the temperament is not what I am looking for. My good friend's malinois have rock solid nerves and fabulous working ability, but at the end of the day are not the dog for me. I love spending the day with them, but it is oh so nice to be able to go home and leave them behind for her to deal with!
I have always been drawn to the balanced, thinking mind of the german shepherd. However, my experiences with german shepherds (mostly WGWLs) have been somewhat disappointing in the all-around physical ability arena. Perhaps I haven't had the chance to see the truly versatile GSDs in person, but regardless I would like to know a bit more about the reasons behind the differences.
So to start things off: Why do german shepherds have such elongated backs? Why are malinois more 'square'? Advantages/disadvantages?
Please post other questions (as well as answers/opinions of course!).