The DDR has been gone and Germany reunited since 1990 and the Socialist government of Czechoslovakia ended that year as well, that’s a lot of generations of dogs. Too many for the old generalizations to apply anymore.
It’s essentially a moot point as there are no more pure bred dogs from the East German State or Pohranicni Straze kennels. You really just need to discuss with potential breeders what their preferences and intentions are in their dogs.
From a purely academic perspective however:
DDR - typically more civil, develop slower, heavier. The prototypical DDR dog was used as part of the Berlin Wall and one of the layers was essentially a kennel run where they bit and held anyone trying to cross. They were also very dark, presumably to blend in at night, but that’s pure speculation on my part.
Czech - all dogs used by the border patrol came from kennels run by one person, he developed the type and it’s my understanding planned all the breedings. The prototypical dog of this breeding was used by the Czech border patrol in the rolling mountains (sparsely populated) in the West of the country leading out from the Iron Curtain, they were more rangy, developed faster, very high energy/drive, less civil than DDR, and brindle colored I think it’s called.
West German- classic saddle back reddish/tan coat and wide variations due to free market and no centrally planned breedings.
ETA: just to clarify, if you visited picked out & imported a dog from one of those places you could probably get essentially one of the old types. But in America every kennel is blended to some degree and genetics aren’t a straightforward 50/50, it can be a total crapshoot at times. If somebody is selling you on, “I breed true DDR dogs!”. About all you can take to the bank is they’ll have a dark coat
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Last edited by Tennessee; 01-04-2019 at 11:32 PM.