Long time lurker, rare poster-
Hi all I have not read every reply in the thread, I got 5 pages in and was like -"whoa I feel this." Yeah I am an individual who holds strong opinions and I tend to voice them in ways that are not always- politically correct.
I found the site years ago and I mainly enjoy reading the forums. I look for help when I can't find a thread already discussing my area of interest or need. And I offer my experiences as a new owner and lover of my fur-bae's. I am VERY passionate about my babies and being a better alpha to my pack.
But I do feel what Jack's Dad and others mention. Many times I find a thread with a topic I want to learn more of, and it is side railed by posts that have nothing positive to add to the discussion or out-n-out belittle the OP because "they should know better" or what ever excuse you want to use to rant about that topic.
And I know that there will always be a separation in "papered" and "pet-quality" animals. It exists in the horse world, it exists in the dog world and it will continue to exist in any ownership of animals that have Associations for pedigree's and competitions.
Yes the breeders and competitors are the most knowledgeable about the breed and/or sports they participate in. But if you want to use the "breed standard" and your personal interpretation of that to justify your beliefs- then you need to remember that today's GSD is little like the founding dogs of the breed.
If you saw the Sire of the breed or numerous Bitches that were used to modify the attributes of the breed, most of you would call it the worst looking GSD you have ever seen- and not "breed" worthy.
And those of you toting that your dogs have been judged repeatedly need to pull the stuffing out of your heads, because no judge is a specialist in ONE breed. They interpret the "Breed/working Standard" in their own way and pick which ever dog they think fits their personal interpretation of that "breed/working standard".
I know that in any breeding program and every litter you will have good get and you will have lesser get. Every offspring will have its own capabilities or lack there of. And to HONESTLY say any animal is great just because it came from or is by so and so; is ridiculous.
And finally in my rant, if the Associations and Kennel clubs really want to get rid of non-papered animals then those clubs, their members and associates need to be utterly vigilant in transferring papers with the sale of their dogs. If you want to sell a dog with limited papers then you make **** sure it gets fixed. Don't price a dog X and when a buyer comes to look/purchase make the papers Y.
And for the love of all that is holy, price animals accordingly to their temperament and capabilities in the field they are bred for. If you have a "potato" sell it at that price, if you have a "show stopper" make your money there. Just because you imported your sire/bitch doesn't mean that your expenses need to be carried over on the worst puppy in your litter.
I think I rambled a little over much. Arrg.