Batty's Training and Behaviour Journal- Updated 15/03/2010
I meant the same colour. I have noticed slight differences in the pattern and heavyness(right word?) in the shading, but i didnt mean ALL of them. just the goldy/black ones.
Sigh - the breed name is Shepherd - as in sheep herding - not shepard as in - god knows what.
Whilst one of two dogs may look very similar (there was a dog identical to Sandy - except he was a boy) and Boss was very similar to Cappy in many ways - it is impossible not to be able to tell the difference between a black and tan and a sable or a black and a bi-colour lol
Even two dogs that are the same colour can be vastly different. People used to get Cappy and Sandy mixed up *sigh* - Sandy was a gold sable shep x and cappy was a black and tan male with sabling through his back
Spirit was only a few months old in that pic in my sig. I suppose I should put on an updated piccie of her.
how come some have the low backs? or is that just a show stance,
i have grown up around about 3, and they were all tall straight back even standing in the position. last passed away a few years ago.
theres a beautiful white one that wanders around a pet shop here, hes so big and beautiful i fell in love with him, hes straight back too.
we were going to get another recently but we find it hard to find breeders of these old style ones, someone told us they've changed through american lines?
That show stance is called "stacking". There's a lot of controversy over the "roached" or "banana" backs. There seems to be a trend back towards the old style, straight back. Here is a pic of my beautiful Zena ....
She's such a pretty girl
Isn't she just. She was such a sick girl all of her life. I took that photo & this one when she finally hit 30 kilos at just after her 7th birthday. It was a constant struggle to keep any weight on her considering she threw up at every meal. 6 months later she died of a heart attack after I nursed her for 3 months with aspiration pneumonia.
Zena isn't stacked in that photo - if she were I am betting there would be some angulation.
Rufus has minimal angulation which gives him a hammocky looking back sometimes. A GSD should have some angulation - enough so that they can source power from their back legs. It is unfortunate that most breeders have overbred that trait to an extreme.
I like a natural stack - most dogs in the ring are overdone IMO
How to Stack a GSD
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