Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: New Hampshire, USA
I have observed that at least the UKC has noticed, and updated their breed standard to discourage some of the things that in my opinion, have been a detriment to the breed.
From the UKC standard:
"The tendencies toward exaggeration and steep angles are unacceptable. German Shepherd Dogs with unstable temperaments, sharply angulated croups, overly long front and rear pasterns, and hocks that are weak and wobbly are poor representations of this working breed. UKC is unwilling to condone the validity of using exaggerated specimens of this breed in a breeding program and, to preserve its health and vibrancy, cautions judges about awarding wins to these representatives."
I think it is ridiculous when they broadcast an AKC national level show on television, and the commentator mentions that "German Shepherds are used as police dogs" when there is zero chance of any of the dogs exhibited ever being a police dog. Capt. von Stephanitz would roll over in his grave if he saw what some have done to his breed.
Regardless of one's opinion of the UKC, at least they had the fortitude to recognize, and change their standard from what the "show" people have bred for. That is NOT what Capt. von Stephanitz had in mind: a dog that can actually work, and has the physical structure to support it.
Police K9/Explosive Detection/IPO/Ring
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Last edited by Tim Connell; 01-13-2013 at 07:45 PM.