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Long Beach, California, United States
Posted April 21, 2010
The different lines of German Shepherds
breeding experiments, us breeders have been able to create variations
of the German Shepherd. Such experiments gave way to new kinds of
German Shepherd dogs, one of which is the white German Shepherd. But in
spite of these great results, there are some people who wish to stick
to its roots by breeding old-fashion German Shepherds which are larger
than your usual German Shepherd. These purists argue that though these
experiments can produce German shepherds with special attributes, the
qualities which gave the breed its reputation such as intelligence may
For those who do not know anything about German
Shepherds, you may think that all of these dogs are one and the same.
They are not. In fact, there are many lines of this breed and the
old-fashion is just one of them. Each line was created for a specific
purpose and these are:
European working line. This line of
German Shepherds is bred mainly to gain the working traits rather than
the looks. Because of this, the appearance of these dogs may differ.
European show line. This line was designed for breeders who are after the appearance of the dog rather than its working traits.
American show lines. This line was designed also more for the looks of
the dog but with certain variations. These include sloped backs and
sharper angulation. There are now debates on whether this line should
be considered as a different breed of dog altogether. But breeders of
this line argue that though there are great changes in the appearance
of the dog, the working attributes have not been changed.
To see the different types of German Shepherds click on this link:
from the lines stated above, there is also another line which is called
the old-fashion German Shepherd. The goal of the breeders of this line
is simply to bring back the German Shepherd dogs to the way it was
before. They aim to produce a line of dogs that looks and acts the same
as its first ancestors. The old-fashion German Shepherd differs from
the regular German Shepherd simply by its sheer size. A normal German
Shepherd is around 24 to 26 inches tall. The old-style German Shepherds
dwarf them by four more inches. So an old-fashion German Shepherd is
about 30 inches in height and would weigh around 124 lbs. Though the
features on the face are the same with regular German Shepherds, the
old-fashion dogs have larger heads. The other physical attributes of
this kind of breed include a straighter back, big bones, and no extreme
angulation on the legs, giving it a noble and more poised look.
Shepherds are used as working dogs in many areas such as search and
rescue, police, the military, assistance dogs to the blind and
handicapped and as guard dogs.
A Shepherd’s color is varied, but
is primarily cream and brown or Blk & Rd. There is a white version
but most organizations don’t recognize it as a valid color. Long haired
German shepherds are also not recognized, as the long hair gene is
recessive. German shepherds can be differentiated by individual
behavior and abilities. Working dogs have their emphasis in service,
while the show dogs emphasis appearance. There is a misconception that
German shepherds are violent in nature; this is only due to poor
Although a German shepherd has powerful jaws and
strong teeth, it develops a strong sense of loyalty and can be trained
to attack and release on command.
Dogs used to working have high
energy, and can seem unhappy if not exercised daily or trained to do a
job. The international variety of German Shepherds has less energy and
working ability and makes excellent pets.
German Shepherds are
naturally prone to health problems like elbow and hip dysphasia, Von
Willebrand’s disease and skin allergies. The average lifespan of a
German shepherd is twelve years, and with the right pet/owner
combination, those years will be priceless.