As of May 1, 2012 the UKC adopts a new standard for the GSD. The new standard is not perfect but certainly better then their previous standard. The new standard makes it clear the over-angulated, loose-ligamented dogs that are typical of the American show-lines are not acceptable by structure or temperament. The over-exaggerated GSD with their sketchy character are the German Shepherd dogs that win predominately at the UKC shows in Michigan especially in the Western part of the state. The breeders and exhibitors of these German Shepherd Dogs are also UKC judges and member/owners/officers of the clubs that hold the shows. They are also the ones to hire the judges, transport the judges, and ring-stewart for the judges, and entertain the judges.
This type of GSD, IMHO, never fit the standard but now it is clearly spelled out. Certainly none of these GSD fit with the UKC claim to be the place for the “Total Dog” meaning dogs that can do it all. Or as there new slogan goes, “Real Dogs for Real People.”
It will be interesting to see what happens.
|GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG (REVISED MAY 1, 2012) Herding Dog Group
The goals and purposes of this breed standard include: to furnish guidelines for breeders who wish to maintain the quality of their breed and to improve it; to advance this breed to a state of similarity throughout the world; and to act as a guide for judges. Breeders and judges have the responsibility to avoid any conditions or exaggerations that are detrimental to the health, welfare and soundness of this breed, and must take the responsibility to see that these are not perpetuated.