Correct German Shepherd


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It must be noted that there is only one correct type of German Shepherd Dog all over the world, and that is one which has a straight back, with pronounced withers clearly as the highest point of the top-line, a croup which is not too steep, and a body which has substance, and is not shelly. Roach-back German Shepherd Dogs are an abomination – caricatures of the noble German Shepherd Dog – and this trait needs to be recognized as a serious fault, and bred out. Even traces of this fault should be eliminated – ‘straight’ is ‘straight’, not curved or even slightly curved. It is most unfortunate that some such hyena-like German Shepherd Dogs have become Champions at other Shows, but that does not qualify them to challenge or over-ride the Breed Standard, which specifically says:

“Back between withers and croup straight, strongly developed, not too long. …. Withers long, of good height and well defined, joining back in a smooth line without disrupting flowing topline, slightly sloping from front to back. Weak, soft and roach backs undesirable and should be rejected. …… Short, steep or flat croups undesirable.”

Correct Type -- Best-in Show Westminster 2017 RUMOR
Correct Type — Best-in Show Westminster 2017 RUMOR

Moreover, the shoulders and front angulation should be sufficient to match the hind, which should not be over-angulated.

“Angulation corresponding approximately with front angulation, without over-angulation, hock strong. Any tendency towards over-angulation of hindquarters reduces firmness and endurance.”

Another important point is handling the German Shepherd Dog in the ring. The dog must move on a loose leash, not pulling on the leash. The desirable front reach that the judge wants to see cannot be displayed by a dog whose head is being pulled back, because lowering of the head while moving is most essential for the front reach to extend to its maximum. A dog’s movement cannot be judged while it is straining at the lead.

Faulty or Roached Position
Faulty or Roached Position
Correct Position
Correct Position

See the gif below to get a visual idea of the correct and the faulty position.

Correct and Roached Position
Correct and Roached Position
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