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Frequently Asked Questions

Q - What is the difference between working and show line GSD’s?

A - There a basically 3 factions of GSD: the American show lines, the European show lines, and the European working lines:

American show dogs are the ones you see at dog shows with the extreme slope to their back, over angulations & narrow heads. They have been bred exclusively for trotting around a show ring for many years. Most lack courage, agility and physical soundness. Their temperament has no bearing on whether they are breed worthy or not.

European show lines are similar to the American show dogs. Their angles are not the same; they tend more towards a roached, short back. These dogs are where the money is, temperament and physical soundness are not the primary breeding goal, structure and the present beauty trend are. These animals obtain sport titles for breeding purposes, but are not held to the same standards as working dogs.

Working lines are what we breed here at von der Polizei. These lines have been bred for 100 years to serve humans as working animals. They have high prey drive, high retrieving drive, high energy, and the courage and desire to protect their family. They are not for everyone. They need to do things like obedience, agility, schutzhund, police work or SAR. If they are to be a companion animal, they need a considerable amount of exercise. They are not couch potatoes. They are highly intelligent and if you don’t keep them entertained, they’ll entertain themselves (not a good thing).