The Sieger of this year (1992) was Zamb, and his back, his spine, was fairly consistent with 'ideal' backs of the time. Given this was the case, when looking at the two dogs some people could be forgiven for thinking 'what was in the man's mind' when the following year Jeck was made Sieger. The point of this observation and commentary is simple really. If you preferred the backline of Jeck to the backline of Zamb and it was you who called the shots, if it was you who influenced judges and breeders via what judges promoted in the show ring, the days of dogs with Zamb's topline were over, and as an aside the working dog divide was made even wider. This casual photo taken at the end of the gaiting with both dogs standing in a similar pose is in historical terms profound as it represented not just a shift in backline, not just a variation in style, but in genetic frequency terms a shift in type.
Photo 1 - Actual chest depth 48% of withers height - actual foreleg length 52% of withers height
Photo 2 - Actual chest depth 46% - actual foreleg length 54%
Photo 3 - Actual chest depth 45% - actual foreleg length 55%
So the answer is - very difficult.
Working on the elements of my next article. ''Explanations and locomotive impact in regard to the primary time stop periods in genetic frequency of change to the forequarter of the German Shepherd Show Dog - circa 1970 - 2016''.
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