Total newbie here. I've had German shepherds for years, but have never shown in AKC conformation as I've always had German-bred working lines.
The other day my pup free-stacked in front of me while I had my camera (which was shocking), so I posted the photo. A couple of GSD enthusiasts told me she has good conformation and could be shown in the AKC ring. Honestly, it never even occurred to me to show a working dog, but tell me what you think. It wasn't even on my radar to show her in conformation, I'd planned on doing AKC obedience with her. She is pictured here at 4.5 months old.
I tried to get a photo of her in motion, but this was the best I could do:
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Nice, balanced pup . . . ever thought of trying an SV style show?
I thought of that too, but there are a lot more AKC shows than SV shows and to be honest, I was just curious to see if a working dog could show in AKC. I know most people don't show their working dogs, but maybe they should?
I say go for it It's a great learning experience for both you and the dog..Find a place to take handling classes
I used to show my ddr/american lined male, did well, I got bored with it, and stopped when he was around 2.5 But I LOVED the learning aspect all the ins and outs
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I'm going to give it a try (AKC that is) I'm taking confirmation classes from my local club and Singe is getting a lot of compliments, so we'll see how it goes.
Good luck if you do decide to go for it!
I agree, more WL's need to represent in the ring...I had my pup in a UKC conformation show and the judge was impressed with him...not me so much~I had never been to a conformation show and had no clue on handling/running in the ring. Karlo just trotted along side me with his face focused on mine. If I cared, I would have been humiliated!
Your pup looks really nice!
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I think that the smaller shows are actually better. The judges at our local show commented on how much nicer it was - all the handlers were smiling and friendly with each other. Good-natured competition without the drama you hear about in the confirmation world.
I have heard horror stories about how ompetitive and cutthroat the GSD rings can be, but honestly, even if she came in dead last, I just think it would be neat to have a working dog in the conformation ring. But I would only do it if my pup is truly correct in conformation and shows well, otherwise it's pointless.
We are joining a conformation class, unfortunately there are no GSD people in it, so while they can help get me informed and practiced with what I need to do, I haven't been able to get a good, experienced evaulation of my pup.
The breeder, of course, is biased.
I have to say, she doesn't look to me like AKC conformation GSDs so I don't know if she could actually be competitive unless I got a professional handler. Even then, I'm not sure if I could afford the time and money... but it's fun to think about.
Here are a few more photos. Personally, I think she's quite pretty, and she has a temperament to die for. Confident, spirited, outgoing. I think that attitude would probably help her show well if we decided to go for it.
I think she looks fabulous, but I'm biased for the working lines as well.
Thankfully one of our club members used to breed GSDs so she is a ton of help. She is also hapy to give a breeder's perspective on how Singe is growing.
Like I said, I think that small shows would be good to get your feet wet. Get some experience under your belt if nothign else.