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Old 11-29-2012, 08:09 AM   #21 (permalink)
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carmen,,not to go off T,,but I had a Bodo Grafental grandson (Otto Stolzenfels) . Otto was used in Fidelco program so I'm sure your right when you say they contributed dogs to Fidelco. This was back in the late 80's.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:20 AM   #22 (permalink)
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He is from a breeder who has retained his own dogs for many generations without being active in any discipline to define their type...not working, not show, not ASL, not WL...just "AKC German Shepherds"....all current dogs will go back to imported dogs if you go back far enough....just as most of us can trace our heritage back to some distant or not too distant ancestor who came to the US....in the case of your dogs pedigree, there is nothing to signify a 'type' within a reasonable frame...yes - there is a 1991 born dog of DDR heritage...but that one diluted line will not 'type' your dog as a DDR dog....he is a "purebred AKC German Shepherd" bred for companionship as I read the pedigree.

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Old 11-29-2012, 08:24 AM   #23 (permalink)
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There are many American breeders breeding 'working lines' - but they are using European stock and pure European pedigrees! Carmen, Chris, Christine, Anne and I are all in America - and our dogs are bred in America - but they are still all European Working Lines....not American working lines, as the whole pedigree is traced on every line to European dogs.

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Old 11-29-2012, 08:34 AM   #24 (permalink)
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I noticed one dog on the dam's side who appeared to be a sable. I wasn't sure if she was truly a sable or just had fading pigmentation so I clicked on her:

Royalair's Jordon Bar Kody

and found this interesting looking dog:

Manson Vom Kuhnhof

This doesn't really mean anything other than the fact that if you did deep enough into any pedigree you might find something of interest. What I think is interesting is that this is a typical pet type pedigree but it is actually on the database so you can see what is there. So many are not there and it is hard to find anything out about the dogs. I spent many hours trying to find any information on my old dogs pedigrees but all roads led to dead ends.
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I noticed one dog on the dam's side who appeared to be a sable. I wasn't sure if she was truly a sable or just had fading pigmentation so I clicked on her:

Royalair's Jordon Bar Kody

and found this interesting looking dog:

Manson Vom Kuhnhof

This doesn't really mean anything other than the fact that if you did deep enough into any pedigree you might find something of interest. What I think is interesting is that this is a typical pet type pedigree but it is actually on the database so you can see what is there. So many are not there and it is hard to find anything out about the dogs. I spent many hours trying to find any information on my old dogs pedigrees but all roads led to dead ends.
Thanks and I agree it's interesting to read over and see where your dog came from...


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Old 11-29-2012, 10:36 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Hi - your dog is "american bred" . There is one dog 8 generations back on the sires , top line , which has Jamie Stolzenfels a daughter of Bodo Grafental an East German dog , and further back on her dams line Enno Antrefftal a west German dog of note.
I was interested in Jamie .
Her best litter was to Gauner Kirschental who was a Herding Sieger , which is what you have (see later on pedigree of "Boss")
There was a good article about Jamie in the German Shepherd Quarterly. Gauner Kirschental graced the front cover of this magazine. This dog was used by Fernheim and if memory serves correct they had contributed some dogs to guide dogs USA . I was interested because at the time I had several dogs in guide (certified) and was helping organize dogs for a breeding program - which all fell by the side when the next administration came in and said no GSD! --- any whoooooo . These were some good dogs coming out of those American breedings particularly out of Valiantdale -- I know because I would encounter them and compete against them in obedience trial competition. Valiantdale's Boss von Icon Valiantdale's Boss Vom Icon
was a very correct , solid temperament , easily trained dog -- I had the pleasure of seeing him personally. Now isn't it too bad that this line was swallowed up by the rest of the pedigree of Bear by lines that are pet bred , with a lean toward producing over sized dogs .
In other words expecting this to surface and have any influence on breeding is as good as none .
Are you saying the rest of the lines are bad because they're pet bred?


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Just the way the different lines are classified - American show, WG show, EG work, etc.

What are the classification criteria that you use to "split' them? I.E. differences that allow someone to differentiate the dogs - conformation, temperament, size, ????????

The OP didn't seem to have much of a grasp of the different lines out there, so I was just trying to answer their question in a basic and simple way.

Wasn't trying to imply American lines can't work and there aren't some American breeders breed them to work because I'm sure there are - though i'm sure they are far and few between too.

Just assuming here, but "a split" with the American lines (pet lines included) is much different than the split with the German lines. I think it's pretty safe to assume that a very high majority of todays American GSD's were not bred with the intention to work or even to show.
What % of the "German show" or "German working" line dogs are actually "working' or showing? And i wonder where anyone would get reliable numbers for any of these categories????
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The lines that a dog comes from are determined by it's pedigree. Not whether or not it has a vocation, or what that vocation is, or where it was born. A show line dog doing police work is still a show line dog. A working line dog being a pet is still a working line dog. A dog of German lines born in the US is still a German line dog. A dog of American lines born outside the US is still American lines.

As I said earlier, the only way for someone to be able to tell with certainty what bloodlines a dog comes from is to know the different bloodlines and kennels that fit into each type.
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You have to go pretty far back to get to dogs that came from Germany. Back then the split between working and show line was not as drastic as it is today. The show lines were also pretty good working dogs back then. Your dog is as American line as any other American line dog. If you think about it, if you go far enough back, all German Shepherd dogs originated from dogs from Germany.
One day I was very very bored and traced one of my American Show Line boys, Slider, back to Horand von Grafrath/Hektor Linksrhein. Haven't been that bored since then!!!
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For myself, I "determine" a line by purpose of breeding of most of the dogs in the breedings. Back in the 60s and 70s, you can see the German herding lines were somewhat separated, but the successful schutzhund competition dogs and successful conformation competition dogs often came from similar parentage and intermingled frequently.

In more recent decades, it's very clear that some bloodlines have been purpose bred from successful conformation competitors (not just KK1 and V rated, but VA and multiple V1 ratings)--and those are what I consider "conformation lines." You see the same thing in the AKC bloodlines--those bred for the purpose of conformation competition with multiple Select Champions and almost every dog in the pedigree with a Ch. in front of its name.

I have not seen many AKC kennels that were purpose breeding for performance competition, with pedigrees full of OTCH and UD and TDX back through the generations. There are some, of course, and also some people doing this sort of breeding today, but they are often breeding to imported working dogs or are bringing in successful conformation dogs (imported or Am-bred)--so I don't really consider that a single bloodline--it's still too intermingled with dogs from other types of bloodlines (bred with other primary drivers of the breeding decision).

And of course, you also see working or performance bred European lines--these will have indicators of performance success throughout the pedigree--multiple BSP or WUSV competitors throughout the generations.

So, that's how I tell the difference when looking at a 5-generation pedigree--if I'm asked to give a label. (And it helps that I know many kennel and individual dog names--so name recognition and a good memory makes it faster/easier.)
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