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German Shepherd Dog

I finally found a picture of my grandfather's German Shepherd Dog. My grandfather purchased one of the first four dogs to arrive in America. Unfortunately records and pictures have gone astray. All I was able to track down from a cousin was this picture. I remember some of the stories my mother used to tell us when her father brought Asta home when she was a young girl. The breed has transformed vastly from it's origins. Much to its detriment. Here's Asta
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And here's what our wonderful breeding has done to this dog.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIaM3...ayer_embedded#!

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That's so cool, I love old pictures. Yes, I agree with this breed changing physically, it's hard to watch them walk as show dogs in the ring. I fing it so strange that there are different standards with them as show dogs and working dogs.

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That is one of the worst things I've ever seen. How can they do that to those animals? I had a german shepherd growing up and Linny certainly didn't look like those freak of nature "show dogs".
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yeah , I won't even go there. It's a disgrace ,some of the bull**** that goes on in the show ring.

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That is one of the worst things I've ever seen. How can they do that to those animals? I had a german shepherd growing up and Linny certainly didn't look like those freak of nature "show dogs".
Right on Ivy.

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Beautiful! Yes, they certainly have changed. My bf and I were shocked seeing this year's German Shepherd in the Westminster show. The slope of his back was just so pronounced.
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German Shepherds are one of my favorite large breeds but to seem them in the show ring is so disheartening....their beauty and strength is so distorted in their shapes it is hard to watch....if the breeding standard is the show dog version I would take the working dog any day of the week.
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Beautiful! Yes, they certainly have changed. My bf and I were shocked seeing this year's German Shepherd in the Westminster show. The slope of his back was just so pronounced.
yep the best in show group was nearly all examples of this poor breeding over the years. A disgrace.

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That picture of yours is certainly a treasure!
I noticed how odd the German Shep. looked when I watched Westminster this year. They look deformed. What a shame.

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