I think black sables will be the most popular.
Originally Posted by elisabeth_00117
It's one of those "hit rock bottom before you pick yourself up" type of situations that I think we are heading towards.
Honestly, I think we've already hit rock bottom. I have actually seen some improvement since the 80s and 90s. In the American show lines there has already been a movement away from the most extreme conformation. I expect to see the same in the other lines... movement away from the extremes and more toward the "golden middle".
The reason I made this thread was because I worry that the German Shepherd will become the crazy, high drive sport dog pushing for points points points and less able to cap drives, preform real world work, HERD, and do service work that requires a calm, stable temperament and clear headed workability.
Actually, I think it's that way now; the extremes have been rewarded for some time, but you can only get *so* extreme--the only place to go from there is moderation and balance. I think that through extremes, you discover where the golden middle actually is, and I think that after such extremes, more and more breeders are going to find the value in moderation and balance.
For good or ill, I think there will be more mixing of show and work bloodlines. It will take a long while to get this right, maybe more than 20-25 years, but I foresee more breeders willing to bring working lines into the show lines, and more working line breeders willing to breed with show lines.
I may be overly idealistic here, but I honestly think the GSD has already hit rock bottom and can only go up from here. There are a lot of good breeders out there and ideas are always changing and evolving; I have been around long enough to have seen changes in other breeds, some for better and some for worse, but I know things can improve if enough breeders are dedicated to the task.