What do you mean people get rude? Like when they point out flaws in your dog? Or other dogs? It's really the only way to learn. At my club people will tell you if you ask what is wrong with your dog. But the ones I talk to know that I have a working line and am just trying to learn about what is looked at in AKC and how my dog stacks up. People are blunt, and mostly very objective. Lots of times I hear "you need a thick skin" but I don't think its that, I think you just have to realize that these people are looking at your dog as a breeding prospect and not as the love of your life. Having conformation faults doesn't make that dog any worse of a GSD pet than a conformation champion, its just the way they're genetically built.
Don't know how I feel about hearing people get rude about something like that. I've heard of new people getting their feelings hurt when they ask a question about their dog without realizing that the person answering will be looking at the dog like an AKC judge would and aren't really going to take the fact that you love the thing like a child into consideration when they tell you about it. The good breeders at my club will even tell you about the faults on their dogs. They know how hard it is to get that "perfect" GSD and don't pretend that they have one (even when the bitch has been Grand Vixtrex of US).
I don't mean just pointing out flaws. I asked for a critique on Koda here to HEAR her faults, remember?
Having her flaws pointed out helped me to learn. And I don't mind that. Now, when a woman said something in a snotty voice while I was just watching dogs in the ring and Koda was laying down next to me (I hadn't said anything to her or asked her anything), that's when I nearly lost my temper. I accept critiques as learning experiences. Regardless of what dog it is aimed towards. I do not accept someone saying my dog is ugly because she looks different from the show dogs all around us though. And yes, that really was her reason. Later she mentioned short hair but one of her three dogs had even shorter fur so I really think that she was trying to cover for herself.
At one point I asked which dog in the ring had the best ear placement (directed at someone I know in the show who is very nice). A passing woman snickered to her friend and responded, "Not your dog." Was that necessary? She was a grown woman, I was learning, and I asked about the dogs in the ring.
What I mean is that they often roll their eyes, will get a mocking tone to their voices, say things like "Well OBVIOUSLY the dog is blahblahblah... Don't you know ANYTHING?" or make an "Ugh" sound. I find all of those things very rude. Particularly when directed at someone just trying to learn. I know it at the very least discouraged me from asking questions.