Origin of the breed German Shepherd
The end of the 19th century. German dog breeders, including Spapwasser and Wahsmuth, fear that a gradual decline in sheep breeding in Germany will lead to the disappearance of shepherd dogs with their ancient and very valuable genetic heritage.
They decide to create a new dog: a watchman, a guard and a companion, needed in a new industrial society. The basis of the breed was the individuals previously guarded sheep.
Let's talk more about the origin of the breed German Shepherd.
The end of the 19th century. German dog breeders, including Spapwasser and Wahsmuth, fear that a gradual decline in sheep breeding in Germany will lead to the disappearance of shepherd dogs with their ancient and very valuable genetic heritage. They decide to create a new dog: a watchman, a guard and a companion, needed in a new industrial society. The basis of the breed was the individuals previously guarded sheep.
Breeders chose the Vöttenberg Shepherd, a strongAnd a powerful and Thuringian sheepdog, slender and graceful. The results of their crossing were not the same and not ideal from the point of view of the multifunctionality of the dog. However, if we evaluate the nature of the new animal, the selection was successful. All the individuals showed themselves to be balanced, gentle with the owners and formidable with strangers. This work produced commercial success, but was not sufficient to create a real breed.
Colonel Max Von Stefanitz decided to continueSelection and acquired a very beautiful dog, at least for those times. The name of the dog was Horand. The 20th century began, the history of this great breed began. Only a little more than 100 years have passed since the time of Horad. For history - one moment, if we consider that many other breeds of dogs developed and formed for millennia.
In the fact of creating a German shepherd, a lotIncredible. After all, if Horand today seems like a cute mongrel, the champions of the 20's and 30's are already dogs of a modern type, or almost modern. But a true qualitative leap occurred in the early 70s of the 20th century, when the dogs of Muts von Peltzelfarm lived, as well as Kanto and Quanto Wienerau. Anyone who is at least familiar with dog breeding knows how difficult it is to create a great producer. In the history of the German shepherd, three were born and almost simultaneously. But this is not enough. It is known that there is no ideal dog.
3 stars of the 70's - an exception. But they also had the advantages of defects. Fortunately, what was missing from one of the 3 dogs in abundance was the other. Muts, for example, gave the descendants a powerful and compact torso. But his children did not shine with the ideal corners of the body lines, especially the front part. But the children of Quanto, who was not too large and did not have a powerful sacrum, received an almost perfect front part of the body. In general, breeders of that era were able to create a cocktail of the most valuable dog qualities.
The highlight of this cocktail was the virtues of the dogKanto, born of a risky, but in the opinion of not well-wishers random mating from the most beautiful male and thoroughbred, but not beautiful bitches. Kanto was an out-and-out dog. He brought to the breed that chic, which she lacked. Striving for the proportions of Mutsa and the qualities of Quanto gave a new impetus to the development of the breed and brought it to almost today's level. Almost, because although then the breed had the right proportions, power and chic - there was not enough uniformity. Not so much the breed as a whole, but rather to individual families of producers.
The breeders began to achieve uniformity at the beginning80's. These years can be called the era of feminism in the history of the German Shepherd. Then the dog breeders finally realized that puppies have not only a father, mother is equally important. Now it's hard to believe that this discovery turned out to be revolutionary. Before him, bitches were almost an accidental fact of reproduction. It is impossible to describe all the heroines of the feminist revolution.
Let's just say about Palma Von Wittztigerlen, bitchShiny by genotype, but not ideal by phenotype. In other words, having a stellar pedigree, she herself was very ordinary. This nasty duck was crossed with Xavier Arminius and Irk Arminius, the sons of Quanto Wienerau. Thus were born Kvanto Arminius and Uran Wittztigerlen, whose names are now in all the best bloodlines.
Let's draw a conclusion: the German shepherd has a rather long and stormy history. Those who are interested in it will easily find it in books, and we will move on to the characteristics of this magnificent breed.