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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-04-2011, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Straight back GSD vs sloped question

In my search for a GSD, I've noticed lots of the European show line have sloped backs. Are straight back GSDs found more in the working lines ? Would the attached picture be considered straight back?
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-04-2011, 06:07 PM
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they are probably all straight backed the pics of dogs with sloped backs are stood or stacked that way on purpose. Left to stand square, all four feet under their body like they picture shown will have straight backs. The same dog can be stood in many different poses to make it look different. Great looking dogs can look awful in some pics, as can people. Sloped backs will have 1 rear leg back and the other bent and forward right under the dog, almost the splits in the rear, so if they stood like that and had a straight back think how weird they would look relaxed.
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None of them have "sloped backs", what gives that appearance is the length and position of the rear leg bones and the pelvis.

German showlines tend to have angulation more similar American showlines but generally not as exaggerated as some. Most German showline dogs have some degree of a "roach back".
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Does anyone have pictures to show the comparison with the different "types" of dogs stacked and then just standing normally?
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Does anyone have pictures to show the comparison with the different "types" of dogs stacked and then just standing normally?
This may, or may not, help answer that question. If anything- it's better than nothing...

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Here's a pretty good link.

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I made a thread awhile back wondering about "straight backs". Got some good information:
Straight-back GSDs....

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I'm not an expert but I see more working lines with "straight" backs then showlines

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post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-05-2011, 12:09 AM
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Here's a pretty good link.

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That one is good, this is another good one by the same person.
Illustrated Standard of the German Shepherd Dog, TYPE COMPARISON

It shows three different types, explains which is better and why.

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That one is good, this is another good one by the same person.
Illustrated Standard of the German Shepherd Dog, TYPE COMPARISON
Thanks for the links everyone they were all interesting. I had never seen this one before. I liked that it showed the same dog in 3 different positions so you can actually see what they look like with or without being stacked. The write up was pretty interesting too.
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