|10-22-2013 12:02 PM|
IMO, Lady looks nothing like the Belgian shepherd photos, and exactly like a black GSD....similar to the ones in this photo, which made me laugh!!Attachment 125625
Anyway, it doesn't matter to me, it's always just interesting, as most of you have said, that everyone is an expert!
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|10-22-2013 10:11 AM|
|Rangers_mom||You know I am thinking about this thread and it just makes me realize how people can be very rude. I have a huge blue merle aussie. He is gorgeous but he is big boned and he drools and a few other things that I don't think are typical aussie. I adopted him after fostering him and according to my rescue he has papers and is definitely pure aussie - not that I care. But I can't tell you how many people have told me he must be a mix and then try to speculate what kind of mix. I don't really care so before this thread I never really thought about it, but basic polite behavior would prevent me from doing the same to their dog. If I ask someone what kind of dog they have and they tell me something that doesn't make sense to me I would never contradict them. As I said earlier, it is just basic polite behavior.|
|10-22-2013 09:54 AM|
My own brother has aruged with me that my black sable girl isn't "a real German Shepherd" because she's not "black and tan."
We were raised with German Shepherds on the farm, and our grandpa raised beagles. I like to look at him and say "So Paw's blueticks weren't "real" beagles,either, right, because they're not the classic black and tan?"
He knows better. But you know, every dog lover out there is more of an expert than every other dog lover.
|10-22-2013 09:26 AM|
The replies have been great! Had a good laugh this morning! One day I actually had a vet comment on how happy my dog was, not surprising in a lab mix! I kind of just looked at him and laughed, lady sitting there with her big ears straight up. I wish at that moment I had a command to make her do that head tilt she does when she thinks I'm saying something stupid
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|10-22-2013 07:40 AM|
This is my boy, full pedigree GSD and KC assured but people still don't think he's a full GSD. It's just a matter of educating them
|10-21-2013 10:53 PM|
OP, this is a question you'll likely get a lot....
The thing is, if Dax were solid black, I could understand people being thrown but the way his coloring is, he actually looks like he's dirty lol.
I've seriously considering a Belgian sheepdog someday. We'll see how THAT goes though. I would like a solid black GSD again though..... They're so pretty!
and to throw the wrench into it that is Dax.... here's Dax
I have trouble seeing how he's a "Belgian". lol. Yet that's one of the main ones I get unless they flat out know he's a GSD.
|10-21-2013 10:47 PM|
|Rangers_mom||Dax is beautiful. I love black GSDs. They are so regal looking. The belgium looks like a cross between a border collie and a GSD. He is also gorgeous. I wish Ranger were black or sable but I love him anyway.|
|10-21-2013 10:44 PM|
|Liesje||I've got the opposite problem. Since my current GSD is black and red, no one mistakes him for anything else. However I have two mutts and I meet so many people that get stuck trying to figure out their breeds. I don't care and I know for sure that my male is at least 3 breeds because his mother was a mix. Some of the combos people suggest are pretty outrageous.|
|10-21-2013 10:20 PM|
LOL No it's not you. I've gotten the same question a few times when I'm out with Dax. He's a black sable GSD. What a lot of people don't realize is a Belgian sheepdog (which most are referring to) is basically a cousin to the GSD.
Here's a visual example for you...
Belgian Shepherd (sheepdog)
You can see the similarities. The GSD is heavier and thicker while the sheepdog is finer boned with a thinner head.
Check out Belgian Sheepdog, Belgian Malinois, Belgian Tervuern and Belgian Laekenois.
|10-21-2013 10:02 PM|
|Rangers_mom||Funny, Ranger is the classic black and tan and even though he is small (only 65 lbs.) nobody ever mistakes him for anything but a GSD. In fact several times people have told me that he is an absolutely perfect example of a GSD. It always makes me laugh because I don't think the people who rave about him have any knowledge about GSDs. They just see a dog that is everything they remember the famous GSDs of their childhoods looking like.|
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