|01-02-2014 08:56 AM|
|blackshep||I love it when that happens to my dog with her lips. lol I always make a face back at her. lol|
|01-02-2014 12:11 AM|
|GrammaD||That's a great picture.|
|01-01-2014 11:49 PM|
|01-01-2014 06:56 PM|
|12-31-2013 11:22 PM|
I first started browsing this forum when I had my first GSD foster dog, I waited a long time before actually starting an account here. One of the main reasons I decided to join was that I saw that people on here were actually concerned about breeding practices that were unhealthy/extreme.
In my time browsing, I learned that there were different lines of GSDs. I must admit that I still find that odd and probably counter-productive to the overall health of the breed population.
I also learned that are breeders/fanciers that are doing all they can to maintain the health and vitality of their lines, and they are doing a great job!
But, there are a lot of breeders out there who are not as conscientious and that is why so many people talk about not wanting a dog with “slope,” “severe angulation,” or “frog walkers.”
As someone who came to this breed through my foster and rescue experiences only, I can’t tell you how many times people have told me that my GSD fosters couldn’t possibly be purebreds because they do not have the extreme rear angulation… of course, people typically use the term “straight back” or “able to walk normally” most often.
I can relate to those people because, before joining this forum, I had the same impression of all GSDs. I remember seeing GSDs in my neighborhood/city that really did look crippled in their structure… this was not a stacking issue, this was dogs walking around in everyday life.
So, I am really glad to hear that those extremes are no longer desired for. I hope Xeph is right on that.
With that said, the dogs that I saw in real life with the worst structure/gait were black & reds so maybe the real problem is with poorly produced WGSLs. But, I really don't know.
|12-31-2013 10:52 PM|
He's ASLxWGSL by the by.
|12-31-2013 10:43 PM|
Boy, you go to work, come home, get on the forum, and all **** has broken loose. You are such a rabble-rouser, Jackie.
Anyway, dogfaeries here, reporting for ASL defending duty...
Okay, I've already posted many photos of my girls standing relaxed, and then stacked. I'm not going to repost them.
As I've said before, random people come up to me at every single conformation show, and tell me that they think my dogs are so pretty. And that they are glad to see a German Shepherd that doesn't have "that slope". OMG. I have typical ASLs. I have no idea what these people are even talking about when they approach me.
I had some wizened old guy in some IPO/schutzhund club jacket, come up to me at a herding event. He asked me if had my dog entered (pointed to Sage). Oh no, we are just watching. He told me he thought I had a nice dog. REALLY?? I thought he was making fun of her, at first, but realized he was serious. I was shocked. You all have me convinced that my ASL dogs are hated by everyone with half a brain. And that is just not true apparently.
My little rant for today. My basketball team just lost, so I'm a little cranky.
|12-31-2013 10:38 PM|
|Xeph||I'm all about head tilts myself. For some reason they're extra hilarious to me when the dogs are set up for show pictures. Probably because I want them looking noble and serious and instead they look clownish and dopey|
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