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post #21 of 54 (permalink) Old 11-12-2012, 10:26 PM
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So are you suggesting we call them Schafferhunds?

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So are you suggesting we call them Schafferhunds?
heck no. If you want to translate the working dog, call them "Gebrauchshund" because that is what a working dog is.
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heck no. If you want to translate the working dog, call them "Gebrauchshund" because that is what a working dog is.
Uhm, I wasn't talking about working dogs in particular, I was talking about shepherd dogs, kind of in response to the badger dog.

Look, we have enough trouble getting people to spell shepherd properly. No way are they going to spell it in German properly.

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Especially when it uses a letter that's not in our alphabet!

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Especially when it uses a letter that's not in our alphabet!
Is that the combined ae thing?

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Yes, the a-umlaut which you can write using ae. It makes a short A sound, although a vowel followed by two consonants shortens the vowel sound as well. Lisa has the same letter in her kennel name (zu treuen Haenden).

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Uhm, I wasn't talking about working dogs in particular, I was talking about shepherd dogs, kind of in response to the badger dog.

Look, we have enough trouble getting people to spell shepherd properly. No way are they going to spell it in German properly.
Sorry. Schaffe is slang for arbeiten (Arbeitshund), which is basically a Synonym for Gebrauchshund.
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OT, but this thread got me thinking that it's curious that Americans/Brits didn't translate "Dachshund" to rename that breed "Badger Dogs."
OT... huge pet peeve when people pronounce it "dash hound".

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Was watching a best in show once and one of the comments was that German Shepherds were the ONLY breed that are ref'd to as dog...as an official breed name....they are not just german shepherds, but German Shepherd Dog

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