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While there are alot of threads discussing this already you can read for more in depth analysis, here are a few basics...

There are two main "groups" of GSD - bloodlines and "type"

Euopean

American (domestic)
 

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There are two main "groups" of GSD - bloodlines and "type"

Euopean
American (domestic)

These two main groups have subgroups or "types"


<span style='font-size: 17pt'>European Type</span>

1. High lines or show lines

99% of these are black and brown (encompassing red to tan shades), there are a few lines of saddle pattern sable dogs too. While these dogs must meet the working requirements before being bred - ie. Schutzhund titles - their owners primary goals are to be sucessful in competiton in the show ring.

2. Working lines -

These dogs are primarily sable, with bi-color and blanket black and tans, and pure blacks common. They are not as consistant in look or build as the high lines. These breeders also must follow the same rules for breeding by meeting the SV requirements of having a conformation rating and koer as well as working title, but they are the opposite of hte show breeders as they are competitive on the trial field rather than the show ring.

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Domestic or AKC Type</span>

1. Show

The AKC show ring has a distinct type. The primary focus is the conformation and sidegait. The dog is bigger, longer, narrower in body than his European style counterpart, with a higher head set and substantially more "angulation" in the rear.

2. Everything else - BYB/Commercial Breeder

This is sort of a catch all group - breeders who don't show, train or title in any way their dogs - breeding for pets. They often will mix the types and subtypes and have great websites marketing pups for companions or working with great dialog, but digging deeper will show no experience in the breed other than producing puppies for years and years. They may have working lines with the first "titles" appearing in the 2nd or 3rd generation. They may have Domestic show lines mixed with European or just plain BYB GSDs of "rare" colors.


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You can never be sure of how any dog will fit in - with a rescue, you are vetted by the rescue, the dog has been evaluated and you have a support system.....many wonderful dogs here have come via the shelters and rescues.....Historian on this board has a pure European highline female she pulled from a pound. If there is a good rescue in your area, please contact them as well...some of these dogs end up in rescues who are wonderful wonderful dogs.

Lee
 
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