Promoting responsible German Shepherd Dog ownership
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I went to a lot of local dog shows for a few years and only stopped when COVID hit and they were cancelled. I initially went for the advanced obedience trials as I hadn’t seen one and I was curious which dogs were entered and how they did. I saw some WL dogs, all small sable females, and a lot of other breeds. The GSDs did really well in Utility and Open.
The beauty contest trials were mostly all ASL and they were very well behaved. I talked to breeders and owners after they showed but to be fair, there was only one line in any show that looked really nice in terms of structure and movement. Dogs that go to a lot of shows tend to be high energy, even a bit whiney out of the ring, a lot of pacing and squirming, but when they hit the show ring they had sharp, clean movements. I talked to one woman who must have been 75 who had a 2 year old male she purchased at a show the previous year for the breeder. Her agreement was she would take the dog and bring him to shows, and their handler would title him. He was a very nice dog. I have a picture of him somewhere. That was about 5 years ago. Her husband died and she went to a dog show and came home with a dog. That is rare as they aren’t allowed to use shows to sell dogs on the premises, but they found a way around that. He was 1 when she took him. I presumed if she was unable to keep him when she got older, he would go back to the breeder.
The friendliest GSDs I ever met were 2 Schutzhund trained dogs from Germany at Wynn Strickland's house. A well bred GSD is capable of being a great working dog and family pet. They are well rounded. If trained they can do anything. But you can find different personalities in the same litter. My GSD was a family pet, obedience trained, a protector that loved small children and small animals. She had a high prey drive and extremely loyal and affectionate while always being kind to weaker. I took her to a nursing home where she greeted invalid, bed ridden and Alzheimer's patients and made them smile. I took her to school where she adored the kids. I showed her where she got a blue ribbon one day but another she ran around all sassy. When someone came to my house unannounced she growled viciously at the door, same as my car but when they were invited inside she greeted them. She carefully opened her Christmas presents then played with them. She would play hide and seek with my son and pull the covers down in the morning to wake him. She was athletic, smart, affectionate and beautiful.
My breeder was Wynn Strickland of Wynthea Kennels.
Kirschental is a top German Kennel and they are all working dogs. Uran Vom Wildsteigerland dog's grand sire.
She sounds like a good all around family dog. I worked with a trainer for several years on scentwork and tracking, and a few other things, like BH although we never trialed. He said my male was too friendly and wanted me to allow less of that. No greeting strangers, no meeting temporary visitors in our home. He said a true protective dog isn’t social to everyone. It’s breed standard to have some human aggression and to be aloof.
I don’t know that breeder.
My dog was also a Uran progeny. He was very prolific.
Karl fuller has passed and his kennel is gone. His U litter pops up in many pedigrees of working lines and showlines. It’s also found in Cion’s pedigree.