People often ask me why I write my articles?
I don't do it for those who consider themselves to be experts of which there is no shortage in our breed, nor do I write for those who are fortunate enough to be able to live in or regularly visit Germany. I write for people who are new to the breed and want/deserve factual information. I write for people who are not so fortunate as to be able to visit Germany once never mind regularly, and I write for people who are subjected to photographs, many of which are photoshopped and critiques that are often misleading, that is, putting aside size, critiques too often in their stereotypical blandness can be interpreted as reflecting the photoshopped image.
I write because I wish people to understand the German Shepherd Dog to the degree they know what constitutes a good dog, and from my 50 odd years of experience contribute something meaningful to the breed and its future wellbeing.
Cooperation Agreement FCI-WUSVLadies and Gentlemen:
As you might have already learned from a circular letter dated November 03, 2017 that was sent out to the WUSV member organizations, a proposal regarding the cooperation agreement between the FCI and the WUSV was submitted to the delegates of the FCI General Assembly that was recently held in Leipzig.
Following the assembly, information about the termination of the agreement contract went viral on the internet, and as a result lots of speculation was raised in terms of the resulting consequences.
Part of the information published – in particular with respect to the SV judges – came from an employee of the Federación Canofila Mexicana (FCM) who – as far as we know – acted within the best of interest of the Mexican FCI club. It is our understanding that the information provided was not authorized by the FCI, and we do assume that the FCI will send us a clarification of the issue within the next couple of days to come.
Fact is that a proposal regarding the termination of the cooperation agreement between the FCI and WUSV was part of the agenda of the General Assembly of the FCI as recently held in Leipzig. The delegates to the assembly decided to follow suit with the proposal and voted for the termination of the cooperation agreement between the FCI and the WUSV. In the meantime the assembly decision was executed, and we received the respective cancellation letter from the FCI president.
According to the wording of the cooperation agreement the contract will expire six months after receipt of the notice of termination, and thus, the formal end of contract will be on May 10, 2018. Until that date the agreement obtained in 2013 remains in full force and effect.
We would like to use this opportunity to point out that the procedure pending does not imply the cancellation of a WUSV membership within the FCI. Instead, the cancellation implies the termination of a cooperation between the two organizations covering different subject areas in the field of cynology. It is important to understand that the termination of this agreement does only affect the cooperation between the two organizations involved – the FCI and the WUSV
The membership of individual clubs within national FCI clubs and/ or within the WUSV is in no way affected by the termination of the agreement, and remains fully effective
Regardless of the termination of the agreement the membership of the Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (SV) e.V. within the national FCI organization – the Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen (VDH) – remains unchanged, and thus the membership within the FCI is likewise unaffected. This applies also for the time after May 10, 2018, and every kind of speculation about the termination of this membership with all consequence entailed (for instance on the keeping of the SV studbook) is lacking any basis.
We do hope that the above-mentioned information will shed some light on the issue pending, and will clarify your questions.
The WUSV Board of Directors
Created by a narrow rib cage that inevitably is too deep, dogs with this rib formation tend to stand east west. More common than one might think.
I see lots of opinion and speculation on social media regarding what the FCI decision will mean to German Shepherd Dog breed clubs that are members of the WUSV.
A press release from the WUSV is imminent, but in the meantime I can make the following personal comments;
The FCI and WUSV entered into an agreement some time ago that was based on mutual respect and co operation in regard to any matters relating to the German Shepherd Dog. This co operative understanding was impeded as a consequence of internal conflicts arising between a number of WUSV GSD clubs and their countries Kennel Controls - FCI affiliates.
These conflicts led to the recent vote by the FCI to annul the FCI - WUSV co operation agreement effective May next year.
Notwithstanding the above, the FCI - WUSV mutually respectful relationship that existed pre agreement will continue and the impact on WUSV member breed clubs other than those clubs involved in the internally contained conflicts referred to, will be zero.
Speculation in regard to SV judges is best addressed by stating that SV judges are endorsed/recognized by the VDH - the German Kennel Control, an affiliate of the FCI, and as such the ending of the co operation agreement has no bearing whatsoever on the SV nor its judges.
I trust these comments allay concern, speculation and in some cases inappropriate alarmist remarks.
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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