You do realize that Show Lines are almost uniformily black and tan? The solid black and sable dogs you are drooling over (and with reason
) are working lines.
OK, back to the drawing board....
I guess there are two different things going on in my head
1) Temperament and health
Main thing above all is health. Structurally sound. Then temperament. These are non negotiable. I need a dog who will handle different environments with aplomb. And because I am around a lot of people who have dogs, there can be no dog aggression. Generally, in other breeds I have known, the show lines are less driven than the working lines. So when I said I wanted show lines it was as a nod to the temperament needs....a calm dog who handles new situations with aplomb, with confidence, and who doesn't exhibit aggression. I have a large circle of friends, some have children, I have grown children. I also have cats and ferrets. The ferrets are not a problem since they come out when the dogs are crated, as I did with the border collies and with Max, who is terribly afraid of my wee beastie Gracie.
As far as the look - I prefer the less angulated look that I find in the German lines. I prefer a straighter back and larger bone. From my initial studies, it appears that the German lines have both heavier bone and straighter backs. Did I get that wrong? Is it the other way around?
Lastly, color. I love dark german shepherds. I did not know that show lines are black and tan and working lines are sable or black.
So....first noob mistake has been identified and in the process of being corrected....
Let me try this again....
I am actually looking for a German type of dog, with a straighter back and less angulation in the croup/rear leg, lesser prey drive, and I would LOVE a sable or a black.
Is that closer to reality or am I still getting confused???
I wand Oda!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or Kira!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!