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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-03-2013, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Critique on a UK KC registered White German Shepherd - Apollo.

Apollo is a 1yr 10mo old German Shepherd from English blood lines, has a six gen. pedigree, and is registered to the United Kingdom Kennel Club. We fully understand he is white with a long coat and can not be put into most show rings unless they are specialty. That has not "put us off" one bit. We love the English white/cream long coat look.

We have plans for him to try for an International Therapy Dog, Obedience, and a few other titles. Once he has proven himself in those areas, as well as hip/elbow score + blood tests, we hope to find another UK KC registered bitch to pair him with. That is -only- if he can be proven and is in great health.

Please tell me what you think of him. Just took a few snaps of him this afternoon while on the field. I tried to poke him to stack but honestly I am such a dummy at doing that so... this is the result. I plan to get someone to show me how when we move to Maryland.

BE WARNED: He is -not- groomed well in these. He is honestly quite filthy. Ah! Sorry!


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Thank you so much for your constructive critique of Apollo!

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See, I had a friend tell me his back leg should be out more and I put his paws in-front of him vs under him... WOOPS! Learning!
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Wow... He... is... stunning. Absolutely breathtaking. His hair is gorgeous and his coloring is perfect! Seriously, he is beautiful!
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I don't know enough about conformation to do a good critique but wanted to say he's a nice looking pup, I love the long stocks. Would love to see him when he's 2 or 3.

You wouldn't be able to show him in the AKC conformation ring but if you want to register him with the UKC (United Kennel Club) he can be shown as a GSD in their shows.

You might also want to check out the WGSDCA Int. and the WGSDCA, both are white German Shepherd Dog clubs.
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Wow... He... is... stunning. Absolutely breathtaking. His hair is gorgeous and his coloring is perfect! Seriously, he is beautiful!

Ah! Thank you so much! He is our "Mr.Man". Love him! Glad to see you do too! Super flattering. I'll let him know what you said.
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I don't know enough about conformation to do a good critique but wanted to say he's a nice looking pup, I love the long stocks. Would love to see him when he's 2 or 3.

You wouldn't be able to show him in the AKC conformation ring but if you want to register him with the UKC (United Kennel Club) he can be shown as a GSD in their shows.

You might also want to check out the WGSDCA Int. and the WGSDCA, both are white German Shepherd Dog clubs.
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Sounds like a great idea to look into those clubs! I've heard a lot about the UKC that has scared me away. Would registering him there make him seem to be a "lesser" animal than keeping him as a UK KC registered dog? Can you duel register a dog? Have him registered in the UKC and the UK KC? Just curious. Maybe all the hu-bub I hear is false jabber.

Also, I am looking for a good mentor in the states. I know a great woman here in England who is helping be but I would love some local help! Maybe those clubs can assist me in my personal goal of self education and proving Apollos worth to the breed.
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I just wanted to say, it is so refreshing to see someone thinking about breeding, looking for a mentor, health checking, and working/proving their dog. Bravo, OP! Good luck to you! I really hope you have great success. Beautiful dog btw! I know some around here aren't crazy about people breeding "white gsds," it is def a topic for debate. But I am just happy to see someone that is willing to go the extra mile while considering breeding(health checks, mentors, titling, etc). Like I said, hope it all works out for you!!
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I just wanted to say, it is so refreshing to see someone thinking about breeding, looking for a mentor, health checking, and working/proving their dog. Bravo, OP! Good luck to you! I really hope you have great success. Beautiful dog btw! I know some around here aren't crazy about people breeding "white gsds," it is def a topic for debate. But I am just happy to see someone that is willing to go the extra mile while considering breeding(health checks, mentors, titling, etc). Like I said, hope it all works out for you!!
Thank you! I am doing my best to do everything the right way. I know about those who look down on breeding whites, but their view really isn't what I am concerned about. I hope the White GSD can be a valuable genetic gene pool in the future. I also hope that whites will some day be re-recognized by the organization that shunned them! I adore what the White German Shepherd is and the GSD temperament. If I wanted a Swiss, I would have bought one later down the road. Coincidentally enough, his sister is being used in the Swiss breeding program! I know the standard for the Swiss and a White GSD is different, so I can't wait to see a "down the line" Swiss next to a white GSD! I can already see in pictures where they look quite different!


Anywho! Thank you again! I really hope he makes the cut and we can do all the things we want to with this fella. If not, our next dog will benefit from our experiences with Apollo. I am in no rush to breed or jump on any irresponsible ban-wagons!
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Can you post his pedigree?

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I am not expert enough in conformation to comment, but he is a gorgeous beast! The only thing I don't like is that his nose isn't completely black. I know that is really hard to achieve when breeding whites, and it's relatively minor, but I really like black noses.

I too would be interested to see his pedigree.
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