I have been looking for another dog, I have a chi and a Yorkie, but am now looking for a bigger dog. I have researched Huskies and Collies and am now trying to research German Shepherds. I saw in a previous thread that the newer breed of GSD is lower in the back end, kind of sloped down. I personally do not like that look. I have seen sites that advertise "imported" GSD's. If I am looking for the older type German Shepherd - what exactly do I ask for? What are the differences between the older version and the newer versions, besides the look. Are there differences in personality traits. Most of the research I have done does not offer any comparisons.Can anyone help me out with these questions. I know I need to find a breeder that has OFA certified GSD's. I have learned that much so far. Thanks for all the help.
If you're going to import a GSD, then please do a ton of research. The Czech dogs (common choice when people want to import) have more drive and energy and that could be dangerous around such small dogs, or an unexperienced owner.
One thing you want to stay away from are these breeders who claim that they have old-style German Shepherds, that weigh as much as mastiffs. That's not the way the breed was intended to be, despite endless attempts from Shiloh and King breeders to say otherwise. Good luck in your search.
***Edited By: HuskyHauler on 12/27/2006 3:59:06 PM*** Reason: +
Why are you wanting a German Shepherd Dog? The difference between the older and newer versions of the American Bloodline is looks, and the older ones tend to be a little more laid back, but I recommend a low drive German Bloodline German Shepherd. I have owned both American, the older version, and German Bloodline German Shepherds, and after having owned both lines, and have been doing a ton of research on both lines, I recommend a low drive German Dog. The American lines tend to have more health problems and a weaker temperament than the German lines. Feel free to ask me any questions about the lines, I have been researching the different lines for years. Hope this helps.:)
I want a GSD because from what I understand, they are loyal, smart and protective of the family. Most of the people I have talked to say that they are one of the smartest breeds and very easy to train.
Loyal, smart, and protective of family describes most dogs of any breed to some extent. A well-bred GSD is a smart, strong dog of awesome capability but if not trained properly and socialized it can become a dog of awesome ability to destroy your house or bite people. They are large and powerful enough that you cannot shirk the responsibility of proper training and socialization.