I get a lot of questions about this…what’s the difference in a ‘slant’ back German Shepherd Dog and a ’round’ or ‘roach’ back German Shepherd Dog and what do you prefer?
Well first let me say that whatever dog you choose to love, you need to have a connection with that dog and give it the best loving home that you can. The dog is a part of your family, right? So if you purchase your dog from a breeder with AKC standards, or you adopt a dog, or find a stray, it really doesn’t matter as long as you love the dog. With that being said, we are focusing on the German Shepherd breed of dog and there are different color varieties, as well as different ‘looks’ of the breed.
One fairly noticeable difference is the slant of a German Shepherd Dog’s back. The ‘ideal’ Shepherd, the way they were originally bred in Germany, is the slant back German Shepherd. If you were to show your German Shepherd, this ‘slant’ would definitely need to be seen in your dog. Again, this is the ‘ideal’, original German Shepherd Dog’s features and we always want to stick to this ideal when breeding dogs.
However, once the German Shepherd’s became more ‘Americanized’, the dogs were being bred to a different standard and started producing dogs with a round, or roach back. I can tell you that I have both styles of dogs, and although I love each dog the same, I actually prefer the slant back German Shepherd as far as the ‘look’. In fact, when I first got my ‘roach’ back German Shepherd (I rescued her from an older woman who simply couldn’t take care of her), I thought something was wrong with her. I had never seen this round type of back before because all of our other Shepherds are the standard slant back. But as I researched, I found that this is normal and actually is preferred by some German Shepherd Dog lovers. I have actually had requests for a round or roach back style of dog.
I think a good German Shepherd breeder can distinguish between the two styles of dog and by the way, it does not affect any other qualities of the breed, just the ‘looks’ of the dog. As a breeder, I can look at a German Shepherd and know if it is a direct import from Germany, if it is a Czech Border Patrol dog, or if the dog has a long line of American breeding. This is all just preference if you are looking for a family pet.
So, the takeaway here is that no matter what your preference, the slant or roach back German Shepherd Dog, the breed is still one of the most sought after, loving, intelligent, loyal dogs available. That’s why I Love German Shepherds!Share