non-photoshopped - whether one likes or dislikes this dog in part or whole, in this photo he is as you would see him in the flesh - as all photos in the SV Zeitung should be. But in today's environment this photo would not be good enough for many enthusiasts - unbelievable as that might be, unbelievable as it actually is, it would be considered to show too many imperfections, too untidy over the topline, not black enough in the saddle, too untidy around the neck area where the chain is located and God knows what else! Photoshopping has now engineered itself into such a position in Germany and most parts of Europe that even people who do not support advertising their stud dog via photoshopping feel they have to. If they don't, far less superior dogs will be portrayed in advertising as superior to their dog. A middle ranked V dog can look equal to if not superior to a dog like this dog, Groovy di Casa Massarelli. That is why photoshopping is now out of control - that the tail is wagging the dog, that photographers who provide this service have more influence on the breed in so far as the German Shepherd Show Dogs perception at a public and breed enthusiast level than breed judges.
Photoshopping - an illusion that impedes a necessary correction in the German Shepherd Show Dogs development
There comes a time when someone needs to say something! Photoshopping impedes the breeds corrective development and needs to be dealt with by the SV. I could have used a vast number of photos for this blog but went with the current German Youth Sieger Kaspar vom Tronje. Why him you might ask? Because I was delighted to see him become German Youth Sieger, pleased by the more moderate style that he portrayed and would portray to the general public. I was happy for the breed because it showed a clear determination by an SV judge to promote a dog of moderation and absence of exaggeration, to offer a fork in the road and some very needed breed direction. In the recently published 'Our Dogs Sieger Show Supplement' UK I stated that Kaspar is probably the best dog Nicholas Messler has bred. I might add here for the cynics, for those who look for any excuse to explain such matters away, Kaspar is a very young dog, not presented ideally in my photo, but it is what it is. In my photo he shows the right development for his age and in time he will mature into a very beautiful adult. Given my photo was taken in September there could not be much more than 6 weeks expired between these two photos. Anyone who understands dog anatomy understands comparisons can only be reasonably done when two specific anatomical elements are the same; the forelegs vertical and both rear feet in the same position - that applies here, and in that regard it makes what can be seen all the more remarkable, all the more extraordinary.
GSD breed lecture by WUSV - SV President Professor Dr Heinrich Messler to the GSD World Congress, Mexico.
I was very pleased to hear that Professor Dr Messler used a great deal of material from my website articles in his power point presentation to the World Congress held yesterday in Mexico. The Congress is associated with the FCI - FCM - SV - WUSV - COAPA and attended by most of the world's leading authorities on the German Shepherd Dog. My thanks to Malcolm Griffiths for sending me a few iPhone shots he took during the presentation. I was pleased also to see my colleague Linda Shaw's material included.
Extract from my article on the withers of the German Shepherd Dog
The anticlinal rising and consequent curving of the German Shepherd Show Dogs spine coincided with a rise in the thoracic vertebrae and their spines within the withers, from the tops of the thoracic spines being positioned below the tops of the scapulae - figure 1 to being positioned above them - figure 2. This represented a significant change in regard to the withers slope, its definition against the back, the suspending function of the rhomboideus muscle within the withers and the width and shape of the withers both laterally and in cross section. These changes can be seen in the drawings below, done collaboratively between myself and Linda Shaw.
Why Professor Messler is correct in saying handlers should not overstretch their dogs and judges should not allow it