.....wondering what the concensus was on W German show line dogs competeing in Sch?
I think folks here have provided very accurate advice and insight....but for me the key is your word, "competeing" in SchH.
I train a Black & Red WGSL in SchH & SDA....I never expect to "compete" with her, but that isn't important to me in our relationship. we simply want to be on the field working. Titles accomplished are a measure of progress. Our bond is something I am very proud of, and the training facilitates that.
At the same time, I have come to enjoy the training so much, I would like to take it to the next level. I am still not sure I want to "compete", but I would like to take what I have learned and push further....to do that, I feel I need a second dog, and it will be a working line.
For me, this works-out just fine, as I have wanted two GSDs for the past 14 years, and eventually, I will get a Wildhaus working line pup.
So, if by "compete" in SchH you mean train and enjoy, then everything said on this thread is spot-on, however, if by "compete" you mean high scores competitive regionally or even nationally, then you may want to look more at working line dogs.
Goodluck, God bless with whatever you decide....as long as it is a GSD, then it is not just a dog.