|Barked: Wed May 23, '12 3:30pm PST |
|The Czech dogs are German Shepherds, as Lilith said. The line is considered separate because the breeding goals and practices are quite different than the other splinter lines.
Here's an old summary from a previous thread on the various lines:
Within the breed, there are 4 main "lines" of dog to consider.
The first is the American show type. Many consider these to be the dirge of the Shepherd breed, as they are often very extreme in show type (with the extreme downward angualtion in the back so often shown) and poor working temperament. However, because of this lack in drive, often have a more appropriate or managable temperament for the first time owner. I will speak further on this type in a moment, as there is a lot to say, so bear with my while I run through the others.
Next you have West German Show. They, like the American dogs, often have extreme show types, with what is known as a "roach" back. Because the SV (German registry for GSDs) requires working titles on dogs before they are bred, nearly all are titled in Schutzhund. HOWEVER, the "schutzhund" being done for many of these dogs is often considered "watered down", as many are trained strictly to pass at the sport... not to excel at it. Drives can be highly variable, but most have a stable temperament.
Next you have West German Working lines. These are probably the most common dogs seen in Schutzhund, and are generally not extreme in conformation. They often have VERY high prey drive, to the point where some have become "prey monsters", and may NEED a good working outlet to be considered manageable. They often do good in multiple venues, including agility, tracking, herding, etc.
Lastly, you have the DDR/Czech bred dogs. There are differences between the two types (DDR and Czech), but for simplicity's sake, as they ARE similar and often interbred with each other, I will cover them in one shot. These are the dog you are most likely going to see doing K9 or serious protection work. These dogs are not nearly as prey driven as the West German Working dogs, but instead have defensive and fighting drive in excess. They are perhaps the least extreme in conformational type, and may actually deviate from the standard most of all in that conformation is rarely a factor in their breeding.
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