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        05-21-2011, 07:59 PM
      #11
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    Originally Posted by JamieLeighx    
    lovely dogs!
    I've always wanted a german shepherd :) there so loyal and big and fluffy lol! They look alot different here but that's the same in alot of breeds.
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    I will always own one. When I first got Molly, I couldn't believe I actually owned a GSD. I have always loved, admired and dreamed of owning one. Now I have 2!

    They come in a variety of colors: Black & Tan, Black & Red, Sable(Dark, Black, Red, Silver), White(Automatic DQ for AKC Shows), Black, Blue, Liver, Golden. Yes there are Golden Shepherds.lol. A GSD of any of those colors can be registed as a GSD, but Blue, Liver, Panda, Golden, and White are faults. GSDs can also be Long Coated. Color and coat length do NOT effect the dogs working ability, health, or temperament. There are also different lines: Showlines(American and West German), Working Lines(West, East/DDR, Czech, and a few more) and Pet Lines(Usually dogs from BYBs, or dogs with unknown backgrounds such as shelter/rescue dogs). There are good and bad breeders of all lines. Just as if you were searching for a good breeder of horses, do the same for dogs. I personally like all and wouldn't mind owning a dog from any line(I would get a pet line from a rescue/shelter, my current dogs are from pet lines.) But the ones that I prefer the most are West German Showline, East/DDR, and Czecch. My next German Shepherd will probably be from West German Showlines.

    If you have any questions on the breed feel free to ask.
         
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        05-21-2011, 08:40 PM
      #12
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    I actually do have a question about the working lines. How are they for herding as compared to a dog like a Border Collie or an Australian Shepherd? Do they generally have the same instincts as other herding dogs or do they require more training to make up for less intense instincts?

    Only reason I ask is because we raise Border Collies and use them on cattle and I am considering maybe someday in the future crossing another breed in there to get a bit more size and maybe a little more bite as well (for our own personal use, not for public sale) and I have often wondered if a GSD would fit the profile for that. However, I would definitely reconsider if they GSD's herding instincts would dampen that of the BC.
         
        05-22-2011, 02:03 AM
      #13
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    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    I actually do have a question about the working lines. How are they for herding as compared to a dog like a Border Collie or an Australian Shepherd? Do they generally have the same instincts as other herding dogs or do they require more training to make up for less intense instincts?

    Only reason I ask is because we raise Border Collies and use them on cattle and I am considering maybe someday in the future crossing another breed in there to get a bit more size and maybe a little more bite as well (for our own personal use, not for public sale) and I have often wondered if a GSD would fit the profile for that. However, I would definitely reconsider if they GSD's herding instincts would dampen that of the BC.
    I personally do not herd, but would love to try it someday. I am not all in the know in herding as I have not seen a dog herd in person. I am on a GSD forum and many of the people on there(Breeders and dog owners) do herd with their dogs, and get titles on the dogs. I would say they would be great for herding just like Border collies. I don't about breeding them with border collies, as I leave breeding to the experts.

    Someone posted a thread with pics of their GSD herding:
    Leyna Herding (Pic Heavy!!!!) - German Shepherd Dog Forums

    I will go on there and ask for you if you would like, or you can go to the forum and type in the search engine herding. But if you would rather do it yourself I would suggest you don't bring up breeding, it is rather a heated topic, but I would suggest PMing people on there about that, so that way it doesn't cause any disruptions.
         
        05-22-2011, 02:12 AM
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    Thanks, I really appreciate the info. I will probably just do some lurking around there, I can imagine how a breeding topic (especially crossbreeding) would be met. Probably much the same as it is here LOL.
         
        05-22-2011, 02:36 AM
      #15
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    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    Thanks, I really appreciate the info. I will probably just do some lurking around there, I can imagine how a breeding topic (especially crossbreeding) would be met. Probably much the same as it is here LOL.
    Your welcome. The only reason I am against cross breeding is if someone is breeding for yorkie poos or other designer breeds. But I totally agree with breeding for a better herding, or improve herding instinct and such. That also goes with breeding purebreds, I like it when breeders are breeding to improve something. Recently we have had people asking about breeding their oversized, couch potato GSD. GSDs are not supposed to be couch potatoes or oversized
         
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