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02-13-2014 09:25 PM
Chip18
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Originally Posted by Lilie View Post
Noppers. There are many threads in this forum on the genetics behind LH GSDs. When I bought him, I didn't know he was going to be a LH. Love him just the same, but wasn't looking for a LH.
Well that's even more confusing??? But he is a looker!
02-11-2014 09:52 AM
Gwenhwyfair Regarding size vs work.

When the physics of the type of work really come into play agility and endurance are what the smaller dogs bring to the table and what is usually needed.

Of course there's always some exceptions but just browse online at PD and Military working dog sites and you'll see mostly dogs to the standard or smaller side of standard actually working.

Like I told the lady that wouldn't stop arguing about Ilda being too small and that police dogs are always much bigger...."You don't see many St. Bernards doing police work do you?" (or even many Rotties doing LE work come to think of it....)

It's not a slam against larger dogs/larger breeds it's just the law of physics demands different builds and physiques to do certain jobs.

Sort of like you don't see exceptionally tall women competing in gymnastics, the physics of what must be done vs the physics of their bodies just don't match up.

I say this as someone who owns and loves my WGSL but I also accept that my trainer's Czech dog and Mali are far more agile and quick then she is and probably push come to shove especially in hot weather, their leaner lanky build will put them ahead in endurance too.

I just don't think we should take the law of physics too personally.

btw- My preference, I will look to have GSDs within the standard for the breed for several reasons. One of the main reasons I would not want a really large breed like a Rottie or Great Dane is because they really do tend to have shorter life span......
02-11-2014 09:25 AM
Lilie
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Originally Posted by LaRen616 View Post
I love Hondo. He is so handsome, his coloring is so unique, he reminds me of an animal in a fantasy movie.
Shhhhh.....He thinks he is too!!! I don't tell him any different!
02-11-2014 09:09 AM
LaRen616
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Originally Posted by Lilie View Post
Noppers. There are many threads in this forum on the genetics behind LH GSDs. When I bought him, I didn't know he was going to be a LH. Love him just the same, but wasn't looking for a LH.
I love Hondo. He is so handsome, his coloring is so unique, he reminds me of an animal in a fantasy movie.
02-11-2014 09:07 AM
Lilie
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Originally Posted by Chip18 View Post
Really?? That can happen, I just "assumed" he was from LH parents?
Noppers. There are many threads in this forum on the genetics behind LH GSDs. When I bought him, I didn't know he was going to be a LH. Love him just the same, but wasn't looking for a LH.
02-11-2014 08:50 AM
shepherdmom
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I dont like it, If I wanted a larger breed id have bought one. My girl is 60 lbs and shes constantly called a boy and a big dog. If she weighed more then the floor would be torn up and when she punches me it would hurt alot more, not to mention food cost and poop.
I know the food costs and poop isn't that much difference between dogs and the low end of standard and dogs at the high end of standard. I have two 50-60 lb mixes that eat almost as much as my 90# male and 80# female GSDs. The all scratch up the floor they all hurt when they punch you. I love them all no matter what the size. When I wanted a 50-60 # dog I went and got a mix when I wanted big dogs I went out and got German Shepherds.
02-11-2014 04:08 AM
volcano I dont like it, If I wanted a larger breed id have bought one. My girl is 60 lbs and shes constantly called a boy and a big dog. If she weighed more then the floor would be torn up and when she punches me it would hurt alot more, not to mention food cost and poop.
02-11-2014 01:13 AM
NormanF If you acquire one, enjoy it for the breed it is. Just don't pass it off as a GSD, for it isn't one.
02-11-2014 12:10 AM
Chip18
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Originally Posted by NormanF View Post
Not pure bred GSDs but for people looking for an oversized GSD type dog, they're a good bet. Also google Shiloh Shepherd, which is another breed derived from the GSD.
Yes I saw that no AKC or UKC registration?? I saw a reference to the Shiloh Shepard, I thought that was historic info?

I'll check that out also!

My guy is just a plain old OS GSD, but this is all very interesting!
02-10-2014 11:21 PM
NormanF
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Originally Posted by Chip18 View Post
Well there job is being a pet.

But..I did Goggle King Shepard and found on Wiki (granted no the last word in wel anything but still:

The king shepherd is cross-bred dog developed in the 1990s by blending German Shepherds with Alaskan Malamutes and Great Pyrenees (????)

What is that about?? I know after what 10 generations the off spring will breed true to the Dam but still?? I though this was Band Dogge stuff???


Are there any "King Shepard's here?????

Not pure bred GSDs but for people looking for an oversized GSD type dog, they're a good bet. Also google Shiloh Shepherd, which is another breed derived from the GSD.
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