WGSL are show line dogs, not working line dogs. They are required to have a working title in order to be bred with papers, but they are not selected for their working ability. They are selected for their physical appearance, such as coat color (almost all are black and rad, shoulder assembly angulation, correct proportion of leg and body depth to total height at withers, correct heads, balanced, extended trot, correct hocks, pasterns and croup, etc. The breed was originally a herding dog and a herding title can still qualify as a working title instead of an IPO title. The original thinking about structure was that is would allow the dog to work in the fields herding all day, moving as efficiently as possible, conserving the dog's energy. But over time, it all just morphed into another beauty contest that has very little to do with a dog's working ability. The true herding lines are all but gone and the old breeders of the true herding lines were much more concerned with mental traits such as genetic obedience than physical traits. If you are primarily selecting for physical appearance, you will ( and have) lose working ability. IPO is really not much of a breed suitability test anymore. Just look at all the high lines with IPO titles and then look to see how many of them are actually working as military and police dogs, which the founder shifted the main purpose of the breed to after times changed and herding increasingly faded away. There are some WGSL dogs that can work, but they are definitely in the minority. It is hard enough to find a healthy working line GSD that can excel at real work. True working dogs are generally not bred for looks. Consider the Malinois. Breeders outcross to different breeds to bring in vigor, their drive is not diluted to provide pets to a pet market. There is a lot of variability in structure based on different country's lines. There are still some very good GSDs out there with great working ability, but IMO, you will not find them among the WGSL's. And it is not really about points. Judges give points and their biases effect scoring. I heard a judge from Germany at a trial say, "The working dog people think a dog has to be ugly to work well." He was clearly a showline judge.
Last edited by Chip Blasiole; 11-16-2017 at 12:40 PM.