However, because of years of propaganda about how inept American lines are, he could not bring himself to purchase one our puppies. He left our place muttering that these dogs cannot be this good. The poor man wanted one of our puppies so bad, but he could not let go of his incorrect biases. I also suspect that the man was afraid of the grief that he would receive from his schutzhund friends if he showed up with one of our American bred, German shepherd Dogs.
We had another misguided import breeder challenge our dogs and their temperaments. He asked us if he could come out and perform temperament tests on our puppies. We obliged him. He ran through all his tests with our puppies passing all of his tests. Perplexed and frustrated, the man picked up a large stainless steel bowl and threw it down as hard as he could on concrete in the middle of the six-week-old puppies. The puppies reacted as any normal living thing would by running a few steps from the loud noise and then turning to investigate. The man yelled with glee, "Did you see that, they were scared; your dogs have terrible temperaments". How foolish, the only animal including human beings that would not have reacted to that noise would have had to been deaf or comatose.
Structurally many shepherds have been bred to be deficient. Both European and American lines have their specific problems. Many American lines have been bred to have severe angulations and slopes to their backs, that forces these dogs to run on their hocks or to flip their hocks in and out of their body line to provide leg clearance while trotting. This can be readily viewed by watching a dog trot away from you. The correct motion when viewing a dog in a trot moving away from you is that the rear legs and hocks
should move in straight lines in an economy of motion.
We breed our dogs to be structurally correct, and thus movement is fluid without wasted motion or energy. Our shepherds' top lines are level, and the correct back slope is an illusion that is formed when the back left leg is placed behind the right rear leg, thus dropping the pelvis well below the shoulder.
Likewise, many imports have been bred to have an imbalance with strong shoulders with weak and under developed rear legs. These dogs are two-wheel drive only. You can see this best when they are on lead and digging in, thus driving with their front legs almost dragging their rear legs. This has been taken to the extreme with some of the import lines, which can be best seen with what is termed as a roached back.