I'm so old, I almost remember when German Shepherds weren't cripples.
Look at the showing ring German Shepherds now, however, and they can barely walk; "improved" by theorists at the Kennel Club to the point they are best described as "half dog and half frog."
A "German Shepherd" and an "Alsatian," of course, are the same breed. Due the wars in Europe, "German" was dropped from the name in Britain, and the name "Alsatian" was adopted. No reason to blame the dog for the stupidity of politicians and the jingoistic people who follow them!