Just remember this. No matter how great your "dream" dog looks when you get him, it is your job to keep him looking like that. Exercise, a high quality food, LOTS of coat maintenance or your dog will end up looking just as "shabby" as these other dogs you are turning your nose up at.
My long coat girl is stunning when she is clean, and brushed to a shine. After a few trips to the beach and rolling in the sand with her sister, her hair gets wild and small mats form. She will start to look a bit "shabby". It doesn't change the fact that she is incredibly smart, will alert me immediately if someone is even near my house and just about bark her head off if someone comes near the car while I am in it. She also loves me more than anything in the world.
So get your fabulous looking dog but be sure you keep him that way. Good luck with all that work.
-Dharma Van Fluffy Pants GSD
-Pippa Von Neurotic Butt- GSD
-Tessa- 11yo GSD- Waiting at the Bridge. RIP sweet girl.
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