American Show Lines (questions) - German Shepherd Dog Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-11-2011, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 28
American Show Lines (questions)

So I found a breeder with american show lines, and I want the dog for simply a family pet.

I noticed a lot of people on here have working lines, and I'm just wondering, are show lines fine? I the parents of the pups look (to me) to be "normal"

I guess im wondering, does it really matter considering my intentions?
Jeeper is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-11-2011, 02:25 PM
Crowned Member
LaRen616's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Northern Illinois
Posts: 14,340
Some people like the looks of showlines like black/tan, black/red or solid black.

Working lines tend to be more solid black, bicolors and sables.

There is nothing wrong with Show lines or Working lines.

Both can be family pets.


Sinister ~ black male GSD 3.11.09
Draven ~ male Dalmatian 6.30.13
LaRen616 is offline  
post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-11-2011, 02:29 PM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: MassaCHEWsetts
Posts: 5,222
My dog is ASL, look at her album to see if that look appeals to you. She is pretty generic ASL.
PaddyD is offline  
post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-11-2011, 02:30 PM
Master Member
MicheleMarie's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Denver ish
Posts: 643
My mix is a show line cross...i don't know this for SURE but she has the clasic tan and black saddle and she's the biggest sweat heart ever! Also, I live in the city and there are lots of German Shepherds here and I haven't come across working lined one (accept my puppy lol). I see them with families and I see them swimming and I see them behaving very well on a leash
MicheleMarie is offline  
post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-11-2011, 02:32 PM
The Agility Rocks! Moderator
MaggieRoseLee's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Bushkill, PA (The Poconos!)
Posts: 27,408
Things to look for in a 'Responsible' Breeder <- is the most important thread to read about finding a breeder.

Once you've absorbed all of that and know what a 'responsible' breeder is, and that deserves your $$$$ to support their breeding program, then WHATEVER the 'flavor' of GSD you want you can work with them and get your perfect new puppy.....



Glory B Wildhaus AX, AXJ, XF
plus Miss Osin Blue Wildhaus

"Nothing new can come into your life unless you are grateful for what you already have. ~ "--- Michael Bernhard, gratitude
MaggieRoseLee is offline  
post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-11-2011, 02:46 PM
Crowned Member
zyppi's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Back home to Louisiana!
Posts: 6,037
Good link MaggieRoseLee.

the op might also want to look at a glimpse of the different line of GSDs..
Breed Types & Related Families

Pay a lot of attention to the breeder. Get recommendations, ask to talk to owners of pups he/she's previously bred to ask about health and temperament.

It's worth the time to research. This pup will be with you and your family for a long time and need your commitment to training and healthcare. They can be an expensive breed so weigh to odds in your favor.

Best of luck.


Nothing is as simple as it seems or as complicated as we make it~

Attitude is everything -- Pick a good one!
Sofie AKA Ussina vom Haus Brezel
Jack von Jagenstadt
Tatty - Burmese bad cat

zyppi is offline  
post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-11-2011, 02:47 PM
Crowned Member
Courtney's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Ohio
Posts: 5,935
Nothing wrong with American Show Lines. It's all a matter of personal preference
Courtney is offline  
post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-11-2011, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 28
Thanks everyone... just wanted to make sure I get something that will suit a family... feel better now lol
Jeeper is offline  
post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-11-2011, 03:12 PM
Crowned Member
selzer's Avatar
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Denmark, Ohio
Posts: 30,405
When you go to visit the breeder, watch the dam with the puppies. She should not be a total spazz and she should not be a drooling, growling menace -- pups should be probably 4-6 weeks old when you see them.

Ask if they will undergo any temperament testing -- not the end of the world but it can help you get a middle of the road type pet.

If you take the puppy home and enroll it in classes within a few weeks, and continue to sign up for classes, puppy, basic, cgc, etc., it does not matter what line of puppy you have, with training and some socialization, your puppy will become a member of your family that you will be proud of.

Good luck.

American lines are beautiful. I was at a obedience/rally trial our club put on over the weekend, and the dogs there were awesome. All of them very approachable, with excellent temperaments.

Pick a breeder who does something with their dogs, trains them for some type of performance or for showing.

Jenna, RN CGC & Babs, CD RA CGC HIC
Heidi, RA CGC
SG3 Odessa, SchH1, Kkl1, AD
Ninja, RN CGC & Milla, RN CGC
Joy, Star Puppy, RN CGC
Dolly CGC & Bear CGC
selzer is offline  
post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-11-2011, 03:49 PM
"I like Daffy" Moderator
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: New Douglas, IL ( near St. Louis)
Posts: 3,279
I have American show lines. They have good health, temperaments, and looks. You should be fine.
Andaka is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the German Shepherd Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome