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Old 11-25-2007, 04:45 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I agree with your post Lee but I am talking more about the movement of the GS in reference to correct conformation. The ability to start, stop, change direction, explosive propulsion,jump, or all the things that a good shepherd dog would have to do to manage 300 sheep or do the police work. The character is another component also, but do you ever see dogs that seem clumsy, or so long that the quickness is not there. To be correct conformation should show these attributes in abundance because they are the qualities that are needed to do work(herding/police) and thus should define the breed.
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Old 11-25-2007, 07:50 PM   #32 (permalink)
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I was enjoying an AKC show last summer, and saw shepherds which I thought looked and moved beautifully. Their handlers were wearing Nike running shoes and moved beautifully as well but shockingly looked more athletic than the dogs! I saw some handlers had to slow down to let some dogs catch up w/them in making tight turns! When you have a "working dog" breed that looks less athletic than its human handler that breed has a problem IMHO.
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Old 11-26-2007, 06:49 PM   #33 (permalink)
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sorry - I sort of went off on a tangent there!!! As far as economical movement, I think the smaller working GSDs are more agile and can still trot pretty well, if not as breatakenly "pretty" - I know I was driving a quad around the Kentucky Horse park and watching my working line trot at a solid 25 MPH for at least a half mile!!! Yet she was a whiz at twists, turns, jumps etc in agility. The bigger the animal, generally the less agile and athletic.

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Old 03-06-2008, 06:10 PM   #35 (permalink)
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That is a fantastic and beautiful video. Now there is a flying trot to write home about! True perfection in motion.

EDIT: Is that VA Dingo in the video? If not, anyone know who that is?
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Old 03-07-2008, 09:47 AM   #36 (permalink)
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Yes, the dog is VA1 Dingo vom Haus Gero, his hip production was not so good.
He was known for a lot of "Fast Normal" hips.
But passed on some of the best hardness and fighting instinct of any of the Great Show Males.
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Old 03-07-2008, 05:31 PM   #37 (permalink)
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That's not so bad if there were still a low incidence of truly bad hips. If he produced litters that were consistently fast normal for the most part with only occasional bad hips, I think the structure and ability and temperament he brought to the table would be well worth it, but again that is something that must be decided after much pedigree research and choosing the right bitch lines.

Does anyone know if there are any recent dogs that have Dingo in their lineage once or more that also retain his abilities? Or any kennels?
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