I adopted a 5 month old female GSD from an individual who had gotten her from a breeder and just wasn't ready for dog ownership. She's a year now, and she's just incredible. She's so sharp and sweet (though a little whiney
She's passed her Canine Good Citizen Test, and won several minor rally and obedience competitions. She's also doing really, really well in tracking. She's really just a delight.
I've considered breeding her, but I don't want to do it unless she's an excellent, healthy example of the breed and her puppies would be healthy and have a good chance of ending up in happy homes. I've had her screened for genetic diseases and her PennHip score came back in the 90th percentile.
I am considering trying to get her an AKC title, but I wonder if this is even likely. So many of the German Shepherds I see look nothing like her. She's very petite- barely the breed standard for height and about 60 pounds, with a sable coat. Her back doesn't slope at all, which is so unlike most GSDs I see in the US. I know both her parents were brought over from the Czech Republic and have Schutzhund titles. I know working dogs aren't the same as show dogs. But I don't really even know other people who have competed in dog shows. Is this something she's even likely to do well at?
Finally, she has two other potential faults (that I'm aware of). I was wondering how significantly they would affect her scoring:
She has a mole underneath her chin with whiskers. I think most dogs have it. But just want to make sure. It's not her prettiest feature
She hits the ground so hard when she lays down, she has a hygroma on her elbow. I've been told it's not serious and is probably curable, but sometimes isn't. Her coat is also a little sparser in the impact area.
I know this is a pretty lengthy post, and I am starting from the beginning, so any tips you have or if you can point me to any sort of beginner's guide, I'd really welcome it.