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55 Comments on “German Shepherd Rumor wins Best in Show | Westminster Dog Show (2017) | FOX SPORTS”

    1. Kyle The Pug Not going to lie! The GSD was my first dog and is still one of my favorite. I have a special affinity for the German Shepherd and the Alaskan Malamute. 😍

  1. I love my German Shepherd (working line). Rumor is nice, but I can’t stand those show line GSDs. Their backs are so sloped down that it looks like they are walking/running like a  frog.

    1. Thank American breeders for the sloped/stacked stance. American breeders have only made negative contributions to this amazing breed. Why try and fix something that’s not broken?

  2. At least this German Shepherd almost has normal hind legs…would be nice if the WKC moved past the obsession with a less functional dog, though.

    1. darkphoenix2 Your so right, I have a working lines German Shepherd and it’s like a different breed compared to the show lines.

    2. martial artist. my shepherd is also from working lines and he doesn’t have that hitch in his git-a-long like a show dog. my thought is that working lines are more true to the original breed standard. however, i think they can be more challenging to have as a family pet due to their strong drive to work, work, work

    3. Better than oh so many, but this dog is still way overangulated. He also lacks substance in the foreface, and the slight slope to the topline is exaggerated, just not to the same degree as often seen in GSDs in the last 40 years or so.

  3. All the dogs were amazing but I was so happy Rumor won. Made me miss my German Shepherd who we just lost recently so much.

    1. deanna dawson
      so sorry about your gsd we lost 2 gsd and still have 2 gsd, each one very special, but always a blessing to own one! Those that are gone are in Rainbow Bridge…

    2. deanna dawson so sorry for your loss. made me feel the same. lost my boy of 12 years and 1 month…in April

    1. White Face nah… No… Nope… I’m all out… Btw I meant to refuse to “shut the fck up”… Do you know of anymore styles of saying NO?

  4. And again, the AKC is promoting a breed that has been over bred and over bred until it is more or less handicapped on it’s back end. These dogs have unstable hips and are running on their heels more or less. This dog it is true, is a less handicapped than a lot of GSD show dogs and certainly better than the GSD who won at Crufts causing such a furore. But go to any large dog show and watch the GSD class. They are all running on their heels just as this dog is. I used to show GSDs back in the 80s and a dog like this would not be anywhere near the show ring because it would be regarded as unfit for showing. It makes me so very angry that show judges and the AKC along with other Kennel Clubs have allowed GSDs to become like this. If the Judges did not allow these dogs to win, and the Kennel Club came out against this kind of breeding then the breeders would not breed it. Simple.

    1. The hocks are still way abnormal in those pictures. She’s a far better example then the vast majority of ASL or WSL GSDs though. Not 1 SL GSD could complete the original Schutzhund test or the endurance test. Sad. These breeding practices have done nothing to “improve” the breed, only make them easier to handle by the pet owning public.

    2. trainergirl consider a gsd from working lines. they don’t have the roached back or deformed hind legs. just a thought.

    3. i’m not sure, but i don’t think von stephaniz who originally bred the gsd would approve of the dogs now, unknown to me(not sure?), but i do know some of the german deutschafferhunds are breeding the sloping back end for their ‘standard’, but it seems so far from what stephaniz wanted(just my opinion)…we don’t want hip displasia or any defects in the breed line…some american lines are still without the sloping back, but they have lost most of their black color & the red color…guess this is what happens when you have humans trying to run things.

  5. I always loved German Shepherd’s. And Rumor is beautiful. I’m glad she won. I still prefer my German Shepherd to look like the German version. that’s the way our dog looked growing up.

    1. Charley – Have you heard that genetic analysis has led to the domestic dog being reclassified as a sub-species of wolf by the scientific community? Interesting, eh?

    1. A dog with a disability has won. Poor sweetheart.

      Rin Tin Tin, whatever you are, forgive these silly breeders. Your cousins doesn’t resemble the way you look: beautiful and powerful.

  6. German Shepherds are wonderful. The only bad thing about this breed winning is it that some foolish people will go out and buy one because this breed won the show. People that have no business or proper place for this breed of dog. GSD’s are working dogs that need a lot of activity and attention and room to run. They want a job to do and to please you doing it. Please don’t buy one unless you can give the dog this kind of life. I guess that goes for any dog. Do your best to give them a good life. They will be true blue to you till the last beat of their heart.

    1. They mark them as showing lines as an excuse to ruin breeds. Still I didnt find elegant at all having German shepherds with bunny rear legs.

    2. I’m glad we still have our beloved Working Lines/DDR German Shepherds. I have a GSD with KNPV lines, he’s a bite work/protection beast.

  7. He is a beauty, but I wish theyd change the standard to eliminate that extreme angulation in the hind quarters. The *German* German Shep looks far more stable & hardy to me.

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