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Saber_Diego 12-08-2013 02:54 PM

Straight Back GSD ?
Hey Guys, My Leo 8 old German Shepherd is a straight backed GSD although his father was a show line great looking.

i wanted to ask for your opinion about his shape and size for an 8 months old.

his tail is above the ground by 2 to 5 cm , is that also ok ??

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Mary Beth 12-08-2013 04:52 PM

The photo of him running is lovely. I have a straight-backed gsd also. Your Leo looks great to me :wub:

GermanShepherdDog 12-12-2013 10:09 PM

He looks great to me too, beautiful dog. You do not see too many straight backed GSDs these days.

selzer 12-12-2013 10:16 PM

He's beautiful!

gsdsar 12-12-2013 10:38 PM

Stunning boy. His light eyes are gorgeous!!!

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Liz&Anna 12-14-2013 09:55 AM

It's my understanding that most of the working lines have a much straighter back, so I think it's a good thing, only American show lines really have those sharp angels but the straighter back is more functional :) I would look at it as your boy may have hips and elbows that can last longer and do more then others, my girl is west German working line, and is very similar

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Xeph 12-14-2013 10:10 AM


only American show lines really have those sharp angels but the straighter back is more functional
Not true. My bitch's back is straight, whether she is in a stack, or standing four square. Straight and parallel to the ground are NOT the same thing. I wish people would stop spreading that misinformation. Angulation is the rear, whether it is extreme or lacking, is what causes issues in function. In this case, the back doesn't enter into it.

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OP, your puppy is nice.

Liz&Anna 12-14-2013 10:20 AM

I've just seen many working dogs (I train my girl with police handlers who have dogs from czechoslovakia, and they are built MUCH different then American dogs, old 1800 GSD didn't have angles like the now bred American dogs an were capable of so much more, with less elbow, knee and hip problems.

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Xeph 12-14-2013 10:44 AM

Yes, they're built differently, but the backs are still straight. The information you provided was incorrect.

Hip and elbow problems are not noted to be any more significant in AmLines than other lines. Misinformation may perpetuate the stereotype that AmLines have more issues, but that does not make it factual information.

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qbchottu 12-14-2013 11:27 AM

Jackie is correct. The amount of angulation a dog has tells you NOTHING about a dog's hip/elbow scores. It is incorrect and misinformed to hold onto the naive idea that less angulation or coming from working lines means better health. Incorrect!!

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