Why all that bone and substance?
Is there some kind of benefit that I am missing to GSDs having "huge bone structure" and just generally lots of substance? I get why the showlines have big bone and substance, seems like in the show ring more=better. But why do working lines also tend to carry so much bone and substance? I realize that having fine bones is not ideal (like sight hounds where they tend to get a lot of fractures) but you would think that for a working (or sport dog) you would want something a little lighter, more agile, better endurance, greater longevity. Am I just missing something? Obviously not all WL have lots of bone and substance, one of my males is a nice medium build but the other is quite substantial and most GSD people I talk to think that his substance (bone, depth of chest etc) is just great. Why?
Odin ~ GSD
Zuri ~ German Coolie
Havoc ~ (aka "Super") GSD - Rest easy buddy.
Keeper ~ (rest in peace little stinker) (Aussie)