The origin of the German Shepherd

The end of the 19th century. German breeders, including Shparwasser and Wahsmut, fear that a gradual decline in German sheep breeding will lead to the disappearance of herding dogs with their ancient and very valuable genetic heritage.

They decide to create a new dog: the watchman, guard and companion, needed in the new industrial society. The basis of the breed became individuals before guarding the sheep.

Tell us more about the origin of the breed German shepherd.

The end of the 19th century. German breeders, including Shparwasser and Wahsmut, fear that a gradual decline in German sheep breeding will lead to the disappearance of herding dogs with their ancient and very valuable genetic heritage. They decide to create a new dog: the watchman, guard and companion, needed in the new industrial society. The basis of the breed became individuals before guarding the sheep.

The breeders chose the Vyutenberg Sheepdog, a strong and powerful and Thuringian Sheepdog, slim and graceful. The results of their crossing were not the same and not perfect in terms of the versatility of the dog. However, if we evaluate the nature of the new animal, the selection was successful. All individuals proved to be balanced, gentle with the owners and formidable with strangers. This work gave commercial success, but was not enough to create a true breed.

Colonel Max Von Stephanitz decided to continue the selection and acquired a very beautiful dog, at least for those times. Dog's name was Khorand. The 20th century began, the history of this great breed began. Only a little more than 100 years have passed since Horand. For the story - one moment, considering that many other breeds of dogs have evolved and formed over thousands of years.

In fact, the creation of the German Shepherd a lot of incredible. After all, if Khorand seems like a cute cur to us today, then the champions of the 20s and 30s are already dogs of the modern type, or almost modern. But the true qualitative leap occurred in the early 70s of the 20th century, when the Muts von Pelzelpharm dogs, as well as Kanto and Quanto Wierarau, lived. Anyone who is at least a little familiar with dog breeding knows how difficult it is to create a great producer. In the history of the German Shepherd, three of these were born and almost simultaneously. But this is not enough. It is known that the ideal dog does not exist.

3 stars of the 70s - an exception. But in addition to their merits they had defects. Fortunately, the other one lacked one of the 3 dogs in abundance. Muts, for example, gave descendants a powerful and compact torso. But his children did not shine with the ideal angles of the body lines, especially the front part. But the children of Quanto, who was not too large and did not have a powerful sacrum, received an almost perfect front part of the body. In general, the breeders of that era were able to create a cocktail of the most valuable dog qualities.

The highlight of this cocktail was the virtues of the dog Kanto, who was born from a risky dog, but according to not the well-wishers of a random mating from a beautiful dog and a thoroughbred, but not a beautiful bitch. Kanto was an extraordinary dog. He brought to the breed that chic that she lacked. The pursuit of the Mutsa proportions and the qualities of Quanto gave a new impetus to the development of the breed and led him almost to the present level. Almost, because, although then the breed had the right proportions, power and chic - there was a lack of uniformity. Not so much the breed as a whole, as individual families of producers.

Breeders began to achieve uniformity in the early 80s. These years can be called the era of feminism in the history of the German Shepherd. Then the dog breeders finally realized that puppies have not only a father, the mother is no less important. Now it's hard to believe that this discovery turned out to be revolutionary. Before him, bitches were considered almost a random fact of reproduction. It is impossible to describe all the heroines of the feminist revolution.

Let's just say about Palm Von Witztaigerlen, a bitch brilliant in genotype, but not perfect in phenotype. In other words, having a stellar pedigree, she herself was very mediocre. This ugly duck was crossed with Xavier Arminius and Irk Arminius, the sons of Quanto Wieranau. So were born Quanto Arminius and Uran Witztstaigerlen, whose names are now in all the best pedigrees.

We conclude: the German Shepherd has a rather long and turbulent history. Those who are interested in it will easily find it in books, and we turn to the characteristics of this magnificent breed.

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