Breed Type - Is it possible to have half a dozen different types of GSD in a typical class of say a dozen dogs? The answer is its not possible! Is it possible to have such a number but of a different style? The answer is yes!
The word 'type' is very often incorrectly used instead of 'style' to refer to an identifiable 'style of appearance'. The word type in reference to a dog refers specifically to the description of what defines that breed and what makes that breed of dog different from every other breed, as can be found in that breed's written Standard. When comparing dogs of the same breed, you look at type first and foremost, and then you look for different styles of dogs within that breed. The term style refers to characteristics that are different in each dog that already has breed type. There can be a vast variety of styles existing in each breed of dog. These characteristics develop from a breeder's desire to create a distinct 'look' (or style) within their line. Breeders create their own style within their line, being careful not to stray from breed type.
Semantics many would say, and the word style will never replace the word type in the show dog sport, but for me it is not semantics, and the reason I say that is because when one uses the word 'type' in general terms, terms that for some people, even though they might not even realize it, are referring to a dogs colour, changes in type can take hold because there is no red flag indicator at work.
Breed type change
Leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act towards achieving a clearly articulated and common goal.
Being able to inspire others and being prepared to do so.
Effective leadership is based upon ideas whether original or borrowed, but won't happen unless those ideas can be communicated to others in a way that engages them enough to act as the leader wants them to act.
The leader is the inspiration and director of the action. He or she is the person in the group that possesses the combination of personality and leadership skills that makes others want to follow his or her direction.
My shared thoughts after being inspired last night in a long discussion with WUSV/SV President Professor Dr Messler.
Mr Louis Donald – Candidate for GSDCA President
For many decades, the GSDCA has served the GSD well in Australia, unifying all clubs and remaining at the forefront of breed improvement schemes. It must continue to be progressive and innovative to ensure our breed’s future.
To that end it’s time to bring forward new leadership and importantly, a strategic vision, a strategic vision that is based on a clearly articulated and achievable five-year plan. A plan based on a shared, transparent and committed vision by those who have the idealism and passion for the GSD not just as a show dog but a healthy, reliable and trustworthy family dog, as an obedience, agility, herding, working utilitarian service dog.
As I stated in my CV provided to the GSDCA for publication, if elected President, a detailed five-year plan will be presented at an early year meeting of all Club Presidents who shall be an integral component to that plan in regard to discussion, debate, content, agreement, commitment and execution.
Some of the more important items on that 5 year agenda:
Photoshopping can profoundly change a dogs style but not its type
The same dog. Top photograph taken by me a few months before the below pro photo was taken
In anatomical terms (not literal terms) - a straight, very strong > well developed back muscles create a slight rise, slightly sloping backline > high, long, sloping withers
In both anatomic and literal terms a very highly positioned anticlinal spine > downward lumbar spine bend = curved backline > high but level withers. Kyphosis of the spine
In both anatomic and literal terms a high positioned anticlinal spine > severe downward lumbar spine bend = a peak to the spine and curved backline > high but level withers. Kyphosis of the spine
Note: As the lumbar spine increases in its angle, it inclines the pelvis and the hip and stifle get closer to the ground - another story for another day.