How many of you think Working Lines are ugly? - Page 1

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by GoldenElk on 20 November 2007 - 00:11

I'm curious how many of you actually think working line shepherds are ugly? What exactly about their structure turns you off? Here's a little confession on my part: years ago I was so accustomed to seeing only AM showline line GSD's that the first time I saw working line GSD's I thought they looked a bit course. Over the years as the other lines of GSD's diverged (degraded) into more and more bizarre extremes I became increasingly drawn to the working lines as they best exemplified the old structurally sound frame of the breed before aesthetic fashion over functionally became the rule of the day. Even though I prefer WL's I'm not blind to some of the structural faults they sometimes exhibit - for example I am not crazy about huge heavy heads exhibited on some of the old line DDR males or the tendency for lower stationed bodies, but I am absolutely in love with the over all strength and structural balance exhibited in the best physical examples of WL's. Even with some of the show lines: the less extreme they are, the more likely I am to appreciate the dogs looks...most extremes that can be found in any line of the GS breed repulse me, I'm one of those who truly believes in the "golden middle". Anyway, how many of you actually feel that the WL's are the antithesis of what a good GSD should look like, and how do you correlate this distain to the GSD standard, which the WL's clearly most closely represent?


by Kalibeck on 20 November 2007 - 01:11

Actually, I feel that some of todays showline GSDs show a remarkable distain for the standard. I, too appreciate 'the golden middle'. I feel that both show & working lines can & DO have V & VA rated conformation, I have a showline female with the gently sloping back & correct angulation that the standard calls for, & guess what? My working line male ALSO has the correct topline & angulation called for by the standard. I don't like roached backs, I don't like hock-walkers, I think we make the dogs do these things to fulfill some need we have to prove we are superior to nature. I also don't like the 'bull-dog' heads, and 'corgi' build of the more extreme working lines. Both extremes are just that---extremes. Most of our dogs do not fall into that catagory, thankfully. Most of our GSDs seek the standard, as they should. And any GSD that seeks the standard is GORGEOUS! jackie harris


by animules on 20 November 2007 - 02:11

We have multiple working lines and they are all beautiful.      I don't really care if others agree or not.......  

I have seen a few show line ones I really liked so I'm not too biased.  

by maligator on 20 November 2007 - 02:11

Beauty is as beauty does.




by Ceph on 20 November 2007 - 03:11

I love the working lines...I tend to think they look better than both types of showlines, though the German Showlines have gotten alot better in my opinion.


Two Moons

by Two Moons on 20 November 2007 - 03:11

I like diversity, especially in color.  I think there has been too much breeding for this and for that.  Working and show.

I think the German Shepherd Dog should be bred for its original qualities, without the special interests.

Its truely a special breed when it has all its faculties. 


by VonIsengard on 20 November 2007 - 04:11

I think there are beautiful dogs and fugly dogs in working lines and show lines.

Two Moons

by Two Moons on 20 November 2007 - 04:11

I think the fugly dogs are the ones who are malnurished, and un-cared for.   I cant say I ever saw an ugly GSD.   Altho the big headed DDR seems a little extreame


by SchHBabe on 20 November 2007 - 04:11

Noble effort but I doubt you'll get anyone ballsy enough to just flat out say, "yup those straight-backed, hard-hitting dogs got hit with the ugly stick". 

On the other hand, if you sift through the posts you'll see various and sundry slurs comparing WL's to "coyotes", and insisting they don't have "true working structure". 

"Beautiful is what serves a purpose."

Two Moons

by Two Moons on 20 November 2007 - 04:11

I'm having spelling problems too KCzaja.

And I like coyote's in prime fur.


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