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So when it comes to blood lines some are very distinct from one another and some you could never really say for sure without papers.



That said, your pup does not resemble any of the major blood lines. Definitely is not working or show lines, at least not in very close generations. He looks more like lines bred by people for companionship. If you do have papers, that could help confirm.



Also "straight backed German Shepherds" is not a reputable term, that is a selling point that irresponsible breeders will use to attract unsuspecting buyers who do not know any better. The back is a aspect of the structure of the dog, but often times breeders who only site "straight backed" do not have any actual knowledge of conformation and how it works.
 

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He definitely would not make it in the show ring. He has hardly any mask, and he has dewclaws on his hind legs, which is another fault.

As the first poster suggested, I am guessing pet bred/backyard bred, likely from a mix of lines.

A standing photo taken from the side at the dog's level will show more about his conformation, and allow us to comment on which lines he most closely resembles.
 

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Do you have a pedigree? That would answer a lot of questions about his heritage.
 

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He definitely would not make it in the show ring. He has hardly any mask, and he has dewclaws on his hind legs, which is another fault.

As the first poster suggested, I am guessing pet bred/backyard bred, likely from a mix of lines.

A standing photo taken from the side at the dog's level will show more about his conformation, and allow us to comment on which lines he most closely resembles.
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So when it comes to blood lines some are very distinct from one another and some you could never really say for sure without papers.



That said, your pup does not resemble any of the major blood lines. Definitely is not working or show lines, at least not in very close generations. He looks more like lines bred by people for companionship. If you do have papers, that could help confirm.



Also "straight backed German Shepherds" is not a reputable term, that is a selling point that irresponsible breeders will use to attract unsuspecting buyers who do not know any better. The back is a aspect of the structure of the dog, but often times breeders who only site "straight backed" do not have any actual knowledge of conformation and how it works.
But he has a high preydrive as we he is very aggressive.. so he might not be a dog bred for companionship
 

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But he has a high preydrive as we he is very aggressive.. so he might not be a dog bred for companionship
The term "pet bred" means randomly bred/unrecorded or patchy pedigree with very few or no dogs from solid lines in recent generations. It does not necessarily mean the dog is well-bred for companionship... the dog may be a terrible pet. Dogs that are pet bred can have a wide range of temperament, some good and some undesirable. A dog can be pet bred, even if he has high prey. If you weren't shown a pedigree, he's likely pet bred. (He also looks pet bred)

Dogs from any breeding can develop aggression issues or behavioral issues, but those with unclear breeding are more likely due to poor genetics or poor early socialization.
 

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The term "pet bred" means randomly bred/unrecorded or patchy pedigree with very few or no dogs from solid lines in recent generations. It does not necessarily mean the dog is well-bred for companionship... the dog may be a terrible pet. Dogs that are pet bred can have a wide range of temperament, some good and some undesirable. A dog can be pet bred, even if he has high prey. If you weren't shown a pedigree, he's likely pet bred. (He also looks pet bred)

Dogs from any breeding can develop aggression issues or behavioral issues, but those with unclear breeding are more likely due to poor genetics or poor early socialization.
exactly the above .
The breeding is done without knowledge of the breed , lines, genetics , temperament , health issues , ofa or any x ray evaluation of hips , no guarantees - and becuase of this you are on your own .
You can't go back for support .

This is not to insult your dog . EVERY single dog deserves to come into this world to be taken care of and to be given the very best opportunity to achieve his best potential, contribute and be appreciated .

You said your dog was very aggressive . What do you mean by this?

If the dog is registered you will see his sire and his dam's names . If you have them can you post those names.
 

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But he has a high preydrive as we he is very aggressive.. so he might not be a dog bred for companionship


Just thought I’d add... a certain level of aggression and prey drive is expected and normal in a well bred German Shepherd. That being said, the dog should have a stable temperament to go with those things. Otherwise it can get messy.
 

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If we could see a pedigree for your dog, I would guess it would be mostly American show lines. German show lines are black and red, while you dog is black and tan. He also has very big ears, a very upright shoulder, and a fair bit of angulation in the hind legs, which are all characteristics of the ASL lines. He also has a bit of a dip in his back, which is not something you would see in a German show line dog. (It's considered a fault in all of the lines.)

Unlike the ASL lines, he looks to be rather short bodied, and his chest doesn't come down to his elbows. At this stage in his growth, he's a bit leggy (long-legged) but he may grow out of that as he matures!

But I totally agree with what others have said: he is almost certainly pet bred. See Carmen's post above about what that means.
 
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