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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-04-2014, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Are West German Showlines generally bigger/taller/heavier than working lines?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-04-2014, 12:42 PM
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No...

Usually, they're a bit fluffier (fur), have bigger bone, bigger head, which gives you the perception that the dog is bigger/heavier/taller...but in reality they're basically the same size. SV does look at the dog fitting into the standard a bit more than the AKC does, so it's rare to see a way oversized male.

Oversized (larger) dogs tend to have more presence...so it makes sense that sometimes a judge will pick a larger male over a smaller male. But a good judge...will understand the standard and not place a dog that's a lot larger and therefore "approve" him for breeding.
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afaik no, the only difference between them is the back and worklines are more energetic and

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In my experiences, no, the biggest male GSDs I know personally are all working lines.

Coke (All-American 7/7/06)
Nikon (GSD 9/7/08)
Indy (All-American 5/10/12)
Legend (GSD 10/22/13)
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My last West German show dog Cutter maxed out at 105 lbs. big boned, huge head beautiful black and red color, no fat.
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The other way around.

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