East German DDR Dogs
The East German dog was a GSD bred specifically to work. Very high drive, heavier boned and shorter in stature with a straight backed appearance, this dog MUST have a job. Colors are typically sable, solid black and black and tan. They are the dog of choice for most police forces given their intense nature, and smaller stature makes them perfect for apprehending criminals and doing the difficult and exhausting tracking and scent work required.
They thrive on activity.
Their high prey drive and activity level make this a dog best suited to a very experienced handler or someone who has the time and resources to channel the boundless energy into productive activities. This is not a dog suited for the average pet owner and in the wrong hands can be a very destructive and even dangerous canine. We do not breed for this level of drive, but we do incorporate genetics from some of the best east German lines to preserve the extraordinary working ability of these lines.
West German lines
The West German dogs are divided into two categories, working and show.
In the show lines, emphasis was placed on the dogs looks more than its working ability and there developed a dog that was taller, leaner, with a roached backed appearance.
In the West German working lines, the dog was expected to maintain a high level of drive and ability similar to what was seen in the East German DDR lines.
These dogs are typically black and red, black and tan, and can be solid black and sable.
American show lines
The American show lines have been bred for one purpose only, and that is to look beautiful.
They have a heavily angulated rear, sloped back, and their gait is highly exaggerated.
Although they may look stunning trotting around the ring at a dog show, the effects of this body style are detrimental to the breed.
Old fashioned American lines
The Old fashioned, or farm style GSD was a movement created by breeders in the U.S. who desired a large calmer Shepherd suitable for living on the farms and in the homes of families. The Old fashioned style of GSD is often larger than the standard, has a straight back, calm enough to be with other pets and livestock without undue excitement, and gentle enough to be a great home and family companion. Colors can range from traditional black/tans, black/reds to solid blacks, solid whites, sables, and the more exotic blues, fawns and livers.