The German - American Split
German Shepherd breeders in America today are split into two groups.
American and German bred dogs. The look is so distinctive, even everyday average
people can tell the difference these days between American bred and German bred
dogs...What does this mean to you?
The best way is to show you what these dogs look like side-by-side
The pictures on the left are what we want to
achieve. The right side pictures (American & Select Canadian) is an American
Champion. At Big German Shepherds we breed for the German standard. Our dogs are
not angled to such a degree. We've centered our breeding program on the old
fashion German bred dogs as shown on the left.
We do our best to follow
the German Standard for German Shepherds. It is different than the American
Standard and AKC Standard which allows for an extreme angle on the rears of dogs. Unfortunately,
in America the breed is judged by the "floating gait” and not much else. By the
German standard, this is considered a crippling trait when followed to such as
degree. There are excellent American breeders in the USA today. These dogs do
not generally win in the conformation show ring but excel in the obedience ring and as family
dogs. One thing I'd like to point out is that coated or plush coat German
Shepherds are considered a fault by the AKC. We don't buy into that but wanted
you to know. Our male Hazzard is a coated male.
The German Standard is
different than the American Standard or AKC in more ways than the physical aspect shown
in my example. German lines excel in obedience, tracking and just all around
great family dogs. In Germany, dog are not breed until they are two years old,
have an obedience title, are temperament tested, and are x-rayed A3 at a
minimum. (The A3 converts to “Fair” in American terms).
On the other hand, we have
now run into some German Bred Dogs that are SSOOO driven and high strung that if
they don't have a constant job or trainer, they cannot be handled. They are
destructive in nature when not occupied or kenneled. We believe this has gone
too far the other way. We strive for balance in our lines. Trainability along
with common sense is our program. What happened to balance? Come on out and see
what we mean.
What does all this mean
to you? It means you can be assured that as a proud new owner of a German Bred
German Shepherd puppy that your puppy has parents that are exceptionally smart,
very sound and while they can be protective, they are smart enough to know when
to be protective and when to be a friend. This is what we believe the German
Shepherd was meant to be and why we are breeding today.
Feel free to contact us if you have questions about our dogs, if the German
Shepherd is the right breed for you or if you would like to be added to our