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#343951 - 04/05/17 09:16 AM Sloped back ?
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Hello! I am just wondering why do GSDs have sloped backs and do some actually not have that? I dont really care for the slope, ive read its a "show dog" feature and I really dont care for it.. How do I go about finding a dog that wouldnt posses that?

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#343954 - 04/05/17 11:57 AM Re: Sloped back ? [Re: PChariot]
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You may want to try doing a search on the forum. I know this topic has come up before especially regarding different lines but honestly can't remember how far back. Maybe another member here can help. Good luck!
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#343956 - 04/05/17 01:10 PM Re: Sloped back ? [Re: SeanRescueMom]
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most backs are not "sloped" - are you talking about the angle one sees when a GSD is in a show stack? A GSD back is supposed to be "Level" according to the standard. A lot of US show lines have an extreme rear angulation in their rear legs while a lot of German GSDs have a "Roached" back. Both are faults according to the respective standards.

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#343962 - 04/06/17 09:32 AM Re: Sloped back ? [Re: Codmaster]
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There is really no such thing as a sloped back. When the dog stands in a natural stance the back is level. When the dog is placed in a more extreme stow stance or "stack" the back will slope to the rear.

Picture a person just standing and then the same person set up to sprint. The perps's stance is different but not incorrect.

The GSD is a trotting dog and needs the propulsion from the rear to maintain the ground eating trot which is why the rear angulation is the way it is. It is a result of a longer thigh. Any over extreme is not good.
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