German Shepherd Anatomy
The German Shepherd is essentially a trotting dog. Developed for herding the dog would
work all day - almost always in a trot never tiring. Therefore strict adherance to the structural
makeup is of utmost importance. Croup fomation and shoulder angulation are just many of the
features that serious dedicated breeders work for in their breeding stock.
With sound structural efficiencies for long, arduous work, the standard for the German
Shepherd Dog calls for mental stability and a willingness to work. The dog should be
approachable, quietly standing its ground, showing confidence and a willingness to meet
overtures without itself necessarily making them. It should be generally calm, but eager and
alert when the situation warrants. It should be fearless, but also good with children.
The German Shepherd Dog should not be timid or react nervously to unusual sounds or
sights. A dog that is overly aggressive because of its overall fears of people and events can
be extremely dangerous. These dogs should be eliminated from the gene pool as dogs that
are not structurally sound.
|German Shepherds and Rottweilers
of Los Angeles and Ventura counties