|The horror of the American Showline German Shepherd, often described as |
"half dog and half frog," and with a posture never seen on any animal in nature.
Let me start by saying something positive: an old-school German Shepherd with a straight top line, nice coat, and well-muscled body is a wonderful thing to see.
But the modern "show line" German Shepherd with its sloped back and crippled walk?
I have to look away. I can see the collapsing stifles from a distance and watch the weak drive and poor support in the rear. It's a monstrosity.
In the United States, the German Shepherd, or GSD, was the # 2 AKC breed in popularity in 2009.
You would think that with so many dogs, we would have a large pool of great German Shepherds to choose from.
You would be wrong.
In fact, the breed-pool of quality GSDs is so shallow, both here and abroad, that the U.S. Secret Service will not use American dogs, and instead imports Belgian Malinois from Holland.
Of course, as painful as that news is, it is not as painful as what has been done to the dogs.
Watch the video below to see the wrecked gait of showline German Shepherds being paraded around the ring in Manchester, England.
And guess what? The American dogs are often worse!
Wrecked hips and knees, as well as spinal problems, are common in German Shepherds, and are a big driver of serious veterinary bills.
Add into the mix some heart and thyroid problems, and you should be prepared to shell out several thousand dollars if you embrace the German Shepherd breed as your own.
Over at the Embrace Pet Insurance web site, they give the sobering numbers:
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