Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Ontario, Canada
There are 3 common 'types' of GSD in N. America: German show, German working and American show. Here are some photos of representative dogs, in the order I listed above:
The dogs are Zamp v. Thermodos, Bandit von Wolfsheim (brother to Bomber) and Kenlyn's Rumor Has It, top dog at Westminister last year!
Most BYB dogs are a mix of lines, but this may give you a rough idea of which lines your dog is descended from. A really long upper thigh is characteristic of the American lines. German show lines often have a slightly convex (curved) top line, and are usually black and red in colour. Working lines are more variable, but generally they have shorter upper thighs, straight strong backs, and, like my example, are more often sable in colour, though lately black has become quite popular.
Last edited by Sunsilver; 02-14-2018 at 09:08 AM.