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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 10-20-2010, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Would have been my GV...

While I know they are still extreme to many people, I have to say that since returning to the conformation world of AKC, the German Shepherds have become more moderate and more correct. Temperaments seem improved also.

Several decades ago, the males especially, tended to be slabby, of poor secondary sex characteristics, very extreme with sloppy hock action. These days I see many dogs who are quite masculine and not as extreme with more moderate topline and nice movement. I used to pass up the male exhibition and now I see dogs that are of substance with real secondary sex characteristics.

This year, Eli would have been my pick for grand victor but then nobody asked me anyway! He did come in second select. He is a robust dog with a one big masculine head. What I have seen of him in person, he appeared of sound temperament also.

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He is very nice, but being that he's not even 3 yet, I'd say maturity played a part in the decision. I think Roger is a pretty ok dog. He will also be 7 in 9 days, and so definitely has the maturity on Eli.

I think Eli will be a big contender next year.

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I was at one of those running vid parties, and the general consensus was for Eli. But everyone really liked the winner's bitch/grand vixtrix.

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I too thought the WB and then GV was very nice.

I don't think Aregon was much over 3 years old last year when he went GV. Eli at a similar age is quite enough dog, IMO. I don't know how many 7 year old dogs have gone GV though. I don't think that much maturity is the requisite. Full Throttle was GV in 2008 and I believe he was born in 2006.

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Eli was my pick for GV, and I thought he had it until the end. The WB/GV was breath-taking! She looked better on Saturday than Friday.
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I don't think that much maturity is the requisite.
I don't either, as a general whole, but when I look at Eli, I just don't see a "finished" dog yet (in terms of maturity).

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Does anyone know how much he weighs? He looks like a monster to me!

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I don't know how much Eli weighs. He is not a really tall dog and his weight is appropriate but, he is a muscled guy with a broad chest and head.

This dog was the WD in the specialty before the national. I had admired his picture on the internet and then kinda spooky.. I saw him at the national. Next I get to help transport him to his new home. We traveled across several states and he was a dog of good temperament and confidence no matter where we were or who was with him. The world is his oyster. He is not extreme and is masculine. I like the Eddie dog.

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He's very nice, I can dig that! I wish he had better color but I do like the head. I don't think he's too extreme for my tastes, just wish they were not stacked doing the splits (I'm looking at sibling photos on PDB).
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I didn`t watch any of the national this year. But the photos I have seen, it sure was a great bunch. Eli is a gorgeous boy.

But I do know, I love Eddie (Edale`s Eddison), having watched him grow up I maybe a litlle bias.

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