What Sven produces is dependent upon who he is bred to. Different variations of dogs when bred to Sven will produce different types of pups in a litter. The question of what an individual dog will produce, when it takes two to produce puppies, is impossible to answer without the knowledge of the other mate. Sven is a nice dog who has produced a variety of dogs when bred to certain dams, clarify the other half and maybe the responses can have a little validity.
Not trying to be flip about the response above but if we have an idea of the dam, you can maybe have a past reference to help in answering the questions. I have mixed West German wirh DDR before and I inadvertently start losing the type of DDR head and bone that the DDR half had. So we need more info(smile)!
I understand what you mean Cliff and agree. I have just seen Sven popping up in more and more pedigrees when I start drooling over the DDR dogs so I picked him as a starting point. He seems to be producing good structure and hips as well.
I am sure I will be asking about more when I start seeing other patterns. Which would mean I have to look at more gorgeous DDR dogs. Pure torture.
Know the feeling about the DDR dogs, love the looks and the natural handler attentiveness. Do wish they would mature a little faster, but that's a typical instant gratification attitude I possess(smile)!
You have to be very careful w/Sven. He has wonderful, excellent, stable sons like Arko and Tino that produce well; and unstable temperament sons like the B, E, F Grauen Monstab that produce hip questions. This is a case where the female half of the equation is all important because Sven produced excellent to terrible. The one consistent thing is they are all good looking and typey.
Also, a reminder that it is not one dog or the other that is back in the pedigree; but the direct parents are the most important dogs especially if one is not breeding but getting a dog for working or companionship.
I don't know if the other lines were unstable, but maybe too much dog for some to handle. I've been following that line for about 4-5 years now and for some there is handler aggression, others in the same litter, none. Now hips with one of the dams (repeat breedings) were called into question. I know of some that have progeny out of the so called handler aggressive and none of those characteristics are repeating themselves so far.
If it were true handler aggression coming down the line, it would be repeating itself. Same was said about Mink and crok progeny too (got one of those, dominant, not handler aggressive but will make his displeasure known) Pike progeny (had one of them was handler aggressive)
So I pretty much take it with a grain of salt. I've yet to see handler aggression repeated so consistently as to write of a line because of it.