I'm not very familiar with American Showlines. My husband and I own all German bred GSDs, but I used to show AKC with Aussies years and years and years ago (and years LOL).
My plans were originally to just do UKC shows, but I've been toying with the idea of trying out AKC with this girl. I'd appreciate input. If it's a waste of time, please tell me ... by all means, I won't have hurt feelings. I know GSDs in the American show ring are very specialized, so I certainly don't want to look like the laughing stock with my German dog.
This girl is obviously not as angulated and not as feminine as an Am bred bitch would be.
Her coat is a bit ... special. She's not quite a long coat and not quite a standard coat. I guess some might call her plush? She tends to get some fly away hairs around her face and legs. Her tail is also quite bushy. However, the coat along her mid section, chest, and neck is always short. She does have a double coat, as well.
In these photos, her coat is blown so she looks grey. She's actually a lovely red and black sable. In fact, she's so dark that most don't realize she even IS a sable. She looks more or less like a red and black saddle back. Also, her legs are very straight looking from the front and back. No cow hocks, no wobbly hocks, no east/west ... just straight.
I did photoshop myself out of the stacked photo and I "tried" to fix the horrible lighting and color. However, her topline is untouched and so is everything else. Her color is nicer than what this photo shows. Yes, her ears really are that big.