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Interesting Article

I know the article is over a year old but it is making its rounds again on the internet. It shows how some breeds have changed in 100 years.

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To say nothing about what's been done with Frenchies so females can't even give birth without c-sections any more....
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I know I've seen that article before and I think there's a tv documentary on this too, so, so sad. The GSD is one I notice the most, some I see look like they can barely walk. Sometimes I feel bad for conformation competitors and wonder if they can ever just be dogs, the Pekingese at the National Dog Show is one of these, they can barely walk too. Another thing that makes me crazy are obese dogs of any breed, trust me I'm not in the best shape, but our pets depend on us their health and this is so easily avoidable.

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It is so sad what has happen to so many breeds over years, the one that stands out for me is the German Shepard. We had a beautiful gentle GS going up – love that dog, his name was “Lobo” (Wolf). Its so obvious that have done the breed and for what, cosmetics look only – such a shame

Pam, Thanks for the article I never seen it. I even forward it to my husband.
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I was surprised by the picture of the old dachshund. It looked so different and normal. I can picture that dog diving down a hole after a badger, not the modern day one.

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The good thing is that there ARE GSD breeders who are still breeding working-type dogs. Suzanne Clothier is one. Her dogs have phenomenal temperaments, and they are athletic as all heck. AND… When we visited her, she had several hanging about the house who were in their mid-teens and looked GREAT!

Also, the Shiloh Shepherd people have made it their mission to breed old-style dogs with sound conformation and good temperaments.


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my grandfather got one of the first four GSD's in North America . Disgraceful
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As a child, one of the farmers near my grandfather had a GSD that looked normal. We were warned never to go near it because it was a "guard" working dog, not the Border collies we were used to. Fine, we respected that. It was along the same lines as "don't go in that field with that bull" and "don't play with the sharp objects."

He was beautiful, probably about 55-60 lbs of muscles. He didn't crouch. My mom said the farmer was a fan of Rin Tin Tin.

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