by TomGulf StatesK9 on 30 June 2017 - 19:06
Over the years I have found ads for "Oversized " GSD's I would like to have "oversized" defined. My new male is at (#101) at age 2 (He is within the height standard. He is not fat but very fit and stout. His sire came from the Netherland were his parents were titled in KNPV and IPO. His dam was from Working German Lines and Sch Titled. My dog is tremendously agile, faster/quicker than larger dogs that I've been around. Can anyone defined "Oversized" for me as most seem to be outside the written standard.
by GSCat on 30 June 2017 - 23:06
I prefer a German Shepherd Dog that is on the smaller end of the standard, but still within the standard, because s/he can do the work expected of GSD, and also get into smaller spaces when doing some tasks. And I can pick my GSD up and hold her up/carry her across my shoulders for a long time when some inconsiderate person allows their unleashed/loose, aggressive, vicious yap-yap dog to charge and attack my dog and me. An unintended, but nice benefit of the smaller size, is she eats less than a larger specimen would.
Once upon a time I had an "oversized" female GSD. She weighed 115 pounds. Although she was healthy and not medically overweight, she was well over the breed standard for both height and weight and would be considered an "oversized German Shepherd Dog." Although an awesome dog, who did what I needed her to do at that time, she would not have been able to do some things I need my current GSD to do. So by both definition and ability, that dog did not meet either the breed standard or von Stephanitz' ideal.
The AKC breed standard does not differentiate between Czech working line, East German (DDR) working line, West German working line, West German show line, or American/Canadian show line GSD, so there are no size or weight allowances even though the different lines may have generally identifying size, weight, appearance, and/or temperament traits. Within the various types, there are different lines (example 6 lines in the Czech working line GSD alone!). And many GSD are a mixture of two or more types.
I hope this helps.
by TomGulf StatesK9 on 01 July 2017 - 05:07
by Hundmutter on 04 July 2017 - 05:07
by Bundishep on 08 July 2017 - 19:07
by Ron Hudson on 30 August 2017 - 19:08
by Wildfyre on 31 August 2017 - 20:08
My service dog was 27" tall, but averaged 87 lbs in working weight. Was perfect for mobility.
by shepherdace on 04 September 2017 - 06:09
by Mfundo on 06 September 2017 - 06:09
by SitasMom on 07 September 2017 - 04:09
I prefer a true medium size dog 63cm.
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