A WELL BRED, correct german shepherd should have a straight back, slight slope extending from the withers to the croup, and then a slightly sloping croup. No, the sloped back of a WELL BRED GSD causes NO problems at all.
A dog in a "normal" stance to show that there is still a slope present, it is not the stack. The breed should NOT have a level topline
Of course any dog with an extreme physical deformation is going to have structural issues, as is the case with showlined dogs. I don't even consider these dogs to be TRUE german shepherds, they no longer share a temperament similarity and all physical similarity is almost lost.
American showlines are bred with an extreme slope to exaggerate their long flowing trot, a trademark of the breed. And don't even ask me why german show lines are so banana backed. But most of them are extremely cowhocked to boot! Any oversized, a dog with great mass can simply not pull of the physical work required of the breed.
You can look at these animals and tell that there will be structural problems at some point. It's inevitable. The hips are too low, the femurs are too long, the joints are too out of wack. Hocks banging on the ground as they run. Loose front ends.
EDIT: It's not so much THAT the topline is extremely sloped that causes the problems, it's WHY the topline is extremely sloped. In american show lines, you tend to have low set femoral heads, elongated femurs, and weak hocks.
This causes stress on the rear end and an unnatural gait - notice the complete of the metatarsals ON THE GROUND when the dog runs
The front also tends to be very open, and loose. In the above dog the shoulder set in movement does not appear horrible.
In german showlines the spine actually appears to have a "kink", with a sudden plunge downwards. They tend to be bulky and oversized, especially in the front end (head). They also tend to have extremely poorly put together rear ends, it almost appears as if the femur is sitting at the bottom end of the pelvis. I've also seen very few german showlines that weren't somewhat cow hocked, something that should disqualify them ALL.
To watch them move is also horrifying, as they just look so WEAK
Most showlined dogs also appear to have a lack of stability.
EDIT2: FALSE, an extreme stack can cause extreme angulation, however there is only so low and so far you could stretch hips and limbs. If you compare the actual angulations of the stacks on show lined dogs compared to working lined dogs, you would see the true NATURAL exaggeration that is already present in the showlines. Not to mention just watching them gait.
I don't think I could physically stack Zeke to the point of his @$$ AND his hocks sitting on the ground, a physical trait that appears to be present in many american show lines. And I couldn't scrunch Luther up to the point of it appearing that half his spine is pointing towards the ground, as is commonly seen in german show lines.
Stacking can only change so much.
· 8 years ago