What lines do you prefer? American Show Line (ASL) or West German Show Line (WGSL)? Info about both types of GSD’s are below
Pictured here are two WGSL male and female, SG6 Macho Vom Lamorak and VA1 Cristal di Casa Massarelli, compared to, my personal favorite, ASL female GCH/CH Lockenhaus’ Rumor Has It.
AMERICAN SHOW LINE GSD
The American show line German Shepherds are also called the AKC Lines. These are the German Shepherd dogs you see strutting their stuff at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. These German Shepherds are bred for show and conformation, and are evaluated for their color, movement, built, angulation, size, and overall “GSD” look. This type of German Shepherds is generally taller and longer than European lines. They come in different colors, too, like:
* Black and tan saddle,
* Solid black,
* And solid white.
The pigment of American show line German Shepherd’s coat is typically lighter than European GSD’s. Cream, light tan, and silver are more common than the tan and red coats of German show lines and working lines.
This type of German Shepherd is generally more laid back. They also have lower drive and less energy than working lines. American show line German Shepherds make good family pets. Eager to please, they also do well in tracking, obedience, agility and herding. Compared to working lines, American show lines are active and have lesser strength – some traits that do not really make them suitable for personal protection or law enforcement. But there are a few do well in these fields.
WEST GERMAN SHOW LINE GSD
The Western German show line GSD’s are known for being handsome. They look stunning but they’re not just bred for beauty or conformation to breed standards. The rules of Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde e. V. or Club for German Shepherd Dogs Inc., which is the original German Shepherd Dog club and breed registry in the world, govern this breed. Each dog in this line is required to have a working title—like Schutzhund or German for “protection dog”— and health clearance for hips and elbows before he or she is allowed to pass on his or her genes. *continued in comments*