Editorial . . In the book, Dogs of All Nation…

Editorial
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In the book, Dogs of All Nations (1915) the German Shepherd is described as a medium-sized dog (25 kg / 55 lbs) In less than 100 years the German Shepherd has evolved into a large (38kg / 85lbs) barrel chested, rear angulated with a sloping back dog which through these physical changes has emerged physical and genetic issues.
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“Form follows function” The principle behind this is a dogs physical form should allow proper movement intended for function or purpose without impediment.
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Now this may sound intellectual for some but what its simply implying is today’s “SHOW DOG” in AMERICA aren’t properly bred to be able to run, work or jump, etc due to the attention in conformation versus that of work ability.
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Understand the SV, The Verein für deutsche Schäferhunde (Society for German Shepherd Dogs), abbreviated as SV the parent club of the German Shepherd, who’s responsible for the breed standard emphasizes temperament, durability and overall soundness.
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In Europe, in order to receive permission to breed a dog, the SV places restrictions in that said dog for breeding must attain a working title (Sch, IPO) or an AD title (endurance test consisting of a 12.5 mile run) and a temperament/companion title (BH) as well as passing with free of Dysplasia (HD free) on all joints before it’s considered to be bred.
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Question: Have you’ve heard of anything as such in the states that pertains to the “SHOW RING” placing “mandatories” for dogs to earn titles before breeding? In Europe this is how it’s done, I’m for adopting the same guidelines for all Show and Working dogs. If more breeders in the states integrate this into their breeding programs, it is when we’ll see healthier, more functional dogs on a consistent basis.
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