GSD from working lines?
Is that the correct term? Working line vs work line?
Anyway, after just a few minutes reading / researching this, I came to the conclusion that I'd be most interested in a working line GSD.
I don't know yet what the thoughts are regarding show vs working here but I think that it's a bit of a travesty what has happened to the breed. I always thought that the biggest problem was BYB not caring if one of the dogs wasn't a purebred or even a true GSD.
But, I notice a lot of 'show lines' or sloped back GSDs out there. My family's dog, Max (my fav. out of 3) was probably one. He had hip dysplasia. :-( I looked at a bunch of pictures of dogs with sloped backs, these are now called North American Shepherds? I can see how the dogs won't have enough strength in their hips! There's not enough structure on their lower backs and above the tail!
If I was getting a puppy, I'd want to have all the info regarding hip health, that's for sure. I'd also REQUEST working lines. However, they seem rare in NA especially Canada. Also, probably expensive, right?
Anyway, I was curious if that is a major topic here? How do you ensure you have working lines? Evidence or proof of registration of German working lines or what? It seems like it would be almost impossible to find and if you do, you need to be rich to afford it? Or the typical prices are around $1500?
I guess I just wanted to say that the breeders that are dedicated to working lines and doing their part to continue the breed (to the standard) are to be commended. They probably have less health problems and the dogs are more likely to lead (less) pain-free lives. Good for them.
I'm not sure whether I'll be fortunate and lucky to be able to own a working line GSD but this site is great for knowing what to look for and obtain related info!
I guess my final question is how to find such breeders. I guess you have to google 'working lines' and GSD breeders in your area/locale? I already own a senior (toy breed) non-GSD and a bit apprehensive about introducing another dog. A family member is not liking that idea and I guess I'm ok with it. But, I want my next dog to be a GSD or GR. My favs.
Anyway, thanks for reading...