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BBC videos on pedigree dog problems (shows GSD)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7569592.stm how interesting that they use the GSD as an example, and this isn't an American show GSD (right?) but a trial in the UK.

I thought it was only our dogs that were extreme in the hind end?
 

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MRL, looked like a German showline with some really bad cow hocks going on. If you flip through the Ped DB photos you can see German dogs with a lot of angulation or funny backs, but tons of cowhocking.

Kim, tell us how the show is! I wonder if they'll play it on BBCAmerica..
 

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This is interesting...I was actually reading a book a while back that talked about this very thing, but in Collies. The author talked about how Collies' noses are becoming thinner and thinner, and that eventually there will not be enough room in their skulls for their brain, like in the Cavs. It's sad, really. But I'd also think that most responsible breeders are aware of such things and are doing what they can to prevent it in their line at least...
 

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I've seen half of the videos so far. I always wondered what the purpose was of breeding dogs to be identical (breed standard).

And there are a lot of show people who's "show dogs" do nothing but go to shows and live in a kennel. I like the old idea of breed the dogs that do the work the best. Of course, this resulted in my Malinois, Ciana. She's got a ton of French Ring III titles in her pedigree. But she's a healthy girl - so far. And, personally, I think she's a beauty!
 

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The dog shown in the video is typical of the German style of dog seen and exhibited in England now. Dogs from British bloodlines are generally longer bodied and shorter stationed dogs, more resembling a North American type but generally moderate in rear angles. There appears to be a split in type there as well. A quite nice Dallas son lives in England, I wonder if people will use him in their breeding programs? Might offer up something good that hasn't already been used in their dogs.
 
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