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East German GSD versus West German GSD

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Our MP unit actually has a few K9 teams assigned to it. I've noted one Malinois and one GSD. The GSD though is huge. It's about 100 lbs of muscle, which leads me to believe it's a European line GSD. I don't have pictures, yet, but the dog has the straight as opposed to the sloped back of an American line GSD, it's got the black and brown and grayish coloration in its fur, and it's larger than the 80-85 lbs by the breed standard. I doubt it's a Shiloh because it's fur isn't shaggy enough. If I were to guess I'd say it was an East German GSD. Does that breed still exist or is it crossbred into other GSD lines?
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I was at a UKC dog show this spring and had the privilege of seeing several imported dogs with East German lines. They were definite award winners: large sturdy dogs with wonderful angulation and no exaggerated slope, as well as deep, rich, color. I would happily add any of the offspring, some of which were also at the show, to my pack. Lovely dogs--I hope they are not being brought here because they are becoming uncommon in their country of origin.
I have to protest; it's not "dog-a-nality." It's "temperament." Let's not anthropomorphize any more than we have to, please? In any case, the kennel whose dogs I saw was this one:


The pictures don't do them justice.
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