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06-22-2014 06:53 PM
HarleyTheGSD
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Originally Posted by Andaka View Post
Probably not. He is only a little long.
Okay, thank you.
06-22-2014 05:09 PM
Andaka Probably not. He is only a little long.
06-22-2014 04:31 PM
HarleyTheGSD
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Originally Posted by lhczth View Post
Slightly, yes.
Will it affect his work ability/agility? He seems very agile. Could it cause health problems down the road?
06-22-2014 04:04 PM
lhczth Slightly, yes.
06-22-2014 03:21 PM
HarleyTheGSD Could you tell me, based on the photos, if Varick has a long loin?

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06-21-2014 07:51 PM
lhczth The length of the body should be from a long lay back of the shoulder and a long croup. The loin and back should be short. Too many dogs are very long in the loin and those long loins are weak.
06-21-2014 05:50 PM
HarleyTheGSD Thank you all for the feedback! I, personally, think a shorter topline looks more "sporty." My DDR/WGSL boy has a fairly long topline. It's not unusually long, just long.
06-21-2014 11:49 AM
lauren43
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Originally Posted by Susan_GSD_mom View Post
Hmmm, my experience with WL (6 different dogs, predominately Czech) is that they were all, except one, shorter-coupled. The two I have now, the male is straight Czech, the female more DDR. The female is longer, the Czech boy is short-coupled, built pretty square, which I prefer. I guess I favor that type of conformation because I am primarily a horse person who owned, trained and showed Arabians, who are naturally short-coupled, nice and square. In my mind it equates with versatility.



One of my rescue GSDs was SL, long back with the more extreme angulation, and he had the gait that went with it. I loved him dearly (lost him last November), but when I have a preference, it is for the shorter backed dogs.



Susan

The female was shorter. She was the mother of the male, but she was also pregnant at the time, so it was hard to determine her actual shape. But the male just had a presence about him and took up what seemed/feel like a lot of space. That being said he seemed extremely agile.

In this area we see plenty of SL poorly bred GSDs. I've never been like wow, that's a beautiful dog. Usually they are short in height and body and their owners keep them heavy, it's pretty sad.



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06-21-2014 11:12 AM
Susan_GSD_mom One rescue I had was from around Austin TX, a beautiful red sable, and he was over 29 inches, but perfectly proportional (I used to call him my Thoroughbred). His size was an exception, but he was still extremely atheletic and never seemed to have any structural issues. We lost him to hermangiosarcoma, so I have no idea how sound he would have remained in old age.

Susan
06-21-2014 11:06 AM
Susan_GSD_mom
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I've only recently seen some very well bred WL GSD. To be honest, I never realize how long they were. It really was impressive to witness.


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Hmmm, my experience with WL (6 different dogs, predominately Czech) is that they were all, except one, shorter-coupled. The two I have now, the male is straight Czech, the female more DDR. The female is longer, the Czech boy is short-coupled, built pretty square, which I prefer. I guess I favor that type of conformation because I am primarily a horse person who owned, trained and showed Arabians, who are naturally short-coupled, nice and square. In my mind it equates with versatility.

One of my rescue GSDs was SL, long back with the more extreme angulation, and he had the gait that went with it. I loved him dearly (lost him last November), but when I have a preference, it is for the shorter backed dogs.

Susan
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