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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 02-17-2017, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Rumor question -forgive my ignorance!

Hello All! I am a life long dog lover and owner. My current GSD is a gorgeous sable WGSL. Absolutely stunning. My question is, in the AKC Westminster show ring, are the GSDs primarily American Showline? Rumor is lovely, but she still had that running-on-the-back-of-her-leg thing going on. Those back legs on the show dogs just don't look right to me! I would never want a shepherd that ran on the back of their legs!I am not a breeder, show person, or trainer. Please don't blast me, educate me please!
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Rumor is a moderate American Show Line dog, and she actually looks quite nice. There are dogs out there that appear almost crippled. This is true in the West German Show Lines as well.

What appeals to you is different than what appeals to me and to what appeals to many of the various lines. I personally have an love WGSL dogs. But this particular ASL bitch is actually quite nice. Her structure is moderate, she is balanced, and if you think she is running on her hocks, could you post a video so that some with more experience than I can give you a better explanation.
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Thanks for the info, Selzer! I agree that Rumor is pretty, and not very extreme. My WGSL is nicely up on her feet, which is where I guess I think a dog needs to be! As I said, I am merely a dog lover, but I have seen the dogs you described as looking almost crippled. It is just a strange look. Again, thanks for the info. Any ideas why is it that the American Showline desires such a look?
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Aww I missed it this year ... everytime I watch some 'freaking not a real dog wins???" But this year a "GSD" won "best of Show" and a "Boxer" won best of "Working Dogs!"

Oh well, most likely another ten years before that happens again.
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Any ideas why is it that the American Showline desires such a look?
Oh boy, This box of worms is almost as big as mentioning "APBT" and only slightly larger than positive only training....

It's a big topic and has been discussed many many times - poke around in the breed standard sub forum a bit.

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My current GSD is a gorgeous sable WGSL.

You have a west german show line that is sable?

post the pedigree !
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My current GSD is a gorgeous sable WGSL.

You have a west german show line that is sable?

post the pedigree !
I don't quite know how to do that! But I can tell you what breeder I got her from, if you like. She is a Beauty! I am still trying to figure out how to post a picture of her here!
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Oh boy, This box of worms is almost as big as mentioning "APBT" and only slightly larger than positive only training....

It's a big topic and has been discussed many many times - poke around in the breed standard sub forum a bit.
Yikes! I wasn't aware this was a hot topic haha! I will look through the breed standard thread as you suggested. Sorry, but those ASL dogs scooting their back legs around the show ring looks terrible, and painful for the dogs!
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Oh boy, This box of worms is almost as big as mentioning "APBT" and only slightly larger than positive only training....

It's a big topic and has been discussed many many times - poke around in the breed standard sub forum a bit.
Wow! I looked through some of the posts you suggested! Some videos, too - the description of the dogs "goose-stepping" and comparing them to hyenas seemed to fit. Some of those dogs looked like they had a bug up their butts! Not attractive.
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Out of the mouth of Babes..........lol.( and I mean that positively)😊
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