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Old 12-24-2011, 03:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've started looking closer into a GSD structure, and as I understand, the size and shape of head is an important part of the correct breed standard. Could you please elaborate on this abit and maybe show some examples (adult dogs) with comments? I have my own opinion, but I would love to hear what experts have to say. Thank you!
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Old 12-24-2011, 03:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not an expert, and the standard leaves much up to interpretation. For example, ASL's tend to have narrower, needlenose heads, and GSL's tend to have broader heads. My own, personal, non-expert preference is for a broader head with good substance, especially in males. I don't like the greyhoundy-heads I've seen on some ASLs. However, some people find them "refined" and "aristocratic".
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Meant to add... the heads on ASL's are improving, and I see more and more of them with nice heads lately. Back in the 80's and early 90's I used to see a lot of needlenose GSDs at AKC shows, but nowadays I have a hard time even finding a photo to describe what I'm talking about.
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I always called it a banana nose (not meaning to be offense, just descriptive). I agree they are changing. You can probably find some examples on Jimmy Moses' site.

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Interesting how that site lists all the dogs' show wins and winning progeny, but there is barely a mention of temperament anywhere.

I don't like this head type (or the rest of her body type, for that matter), though seems its fairly common in ASL's and some people seem to think it's "noble".


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Old 12-24-2011, 04:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Female head, same dog, different angles.
Too feminine? Needle nose? You decide.
The ears could be more upright but she saves the upright position for rabbits, squirrels and deer.

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There seems to be a pretty wide range of what's considered acceptable in GSD heads. Some like the big blocky heads, some prefer the more refined ones. IMHO the extremes at both ends look bad, but so long as it's not super-extreme they look nice.
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list of males with excellent GSD male heads
V Jago von der Lindenhalle - German Shepherd Dog jago lindenhalle
V Ingo von Rudingen - German Shepherd Dog ingo rudingen
this dog who because he is moving you can see full head all angles
Carmspack Kilo - German Shepherd Dog -- hey , how'd he get in there (shown here at 10 months - my rear end was 30-something) Kilo featured in many BrownTrout publications
SG Grando Mecklenburger Buffel - German Shepherd Dog
that's a start
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Totally agree on the extremes. I like a nice head but have seen some so blocky they don't even look like gsd's....more like akita heads. There is such a thing as too much and it isn't attractive IMHO.

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Old 12-24-2011, 05:35 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Female head, same dog, different angles.
Too feminine? Needle nose? You decide.
Her head is definitely feminine, but she does not have that greyhoundy, needlenose look I am talking about. I have seen dogs whose heads were so narrow that their eyes seemed large and protruding. Yuck.
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