German Shepherds

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The Death of a True Working Dog

For over 100 years the German Shepherd Dog (a.k.a. “GSD”) has been the paramount of a true working dog.   The breed has played a major role in all conflicts since World War I and is the top pick for most police, military, search and rescue, and protection work.  The German shepherd is also the post popular breed of dog worldwide and has been for many decades.  They’ve also dominated the dog-movie scene since Strongheart. Read the rest of this entry »

AKC – is it still really about the dogs? (Part II)

Earlier I wrote an article questioning AKC’s motives and if the AKC’s as well as AKC shows in general motives were geared towards the well being of the dogs, as they claim.  After several recent conversations with industry experts as well as views from a club that is not fully recognized by the AKC but is recognized by their “Foundation Stock Services” (FSS) (The Czechoslovakian Vlcak Club of America – we’ve recently added a vlcak to our family).  Viewing the AKC from this far outside (as well as being an outside of the “professional dog world” myself) really opened my eyes to a lot of the practices that goes on – some right in our face and some behind closed doors in secrecy. Read the rest of this entry »

Degenerative myelopathy in German shepherds

Degenerative myelopathy (commonly referred to as “DM“) is a degenerative muscle disorder that can strike dogs (frequently in the German shepherd and this article is specific for the GSD version of DM). I’ve personally seen what it can do to a German shepherd – Zion Van De Hildewaerde SchH3 was worked and trained by a good friend of ours and retired to another good friend of ours where Zion stole the hearts of everyone he met. Zion was able to quickly obtain his SchH3 title (scoring SchH1 – 291, SchH2 – 294, ScnH3 – 288) as well as ranking #25 in the Schutzhund world finals October 2005 – scoring 278 points (full stats available on his site). He was received by our friend early to mid 2006. Roughly 6 months later he started to develop a little twitch in his right rear foot. DM struck him so quickly and fiercely (even UofFL agreed they’ve never seen a case attack this quickly) – he ended up being put to sleep on June 18, 2007. If you’d like to read more about DM, The University of Florida has a great and informative (even if technical) article on the disease. Read the rest of this entry »