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!
I have an AKC female who will be giving birth on or around August 3, 2015. She is a black and tan and the stud is a black and tan. Both are our own dogs, both family pets, and both live inside. We love German Shepherd Dogs and breed our dogs to improve the breed, to provide our dogs with loving homes, and to produce service dogs…dogs that can walk the blind, sniff out breast cancer, assist law enforcement and to enrich and protect their new families.
Our dogs are incredibly loyal, have been raised with kids (our kids have been involved in the breeding process since they were 2 years old) and are not ever left alone once the litters arrive. We take pride and great care to ensure that each and every puppy is healthy, walks and runs, and is integrated into home life way before leaving our home so that there is an easy transition from our home to yours.
We have been breeding German Shepherd’s for nearly 15 years and love these dogs incredibly. They protect us, are loyal to us and give us great pleasure each and every day. They are not a vicious dog but will protect you if necessary. They love to run and play and are incredibly intelligent, making training them easy and fun.
According to AKC, this breed has held the #2 most desirable breed for many years now, and if you purchase one of our puppies, you’ll know why. These dogs are, in my opinion, the best breed of dog available today.
All you have to do is give these dogs love, proper nutrition, and adequate space to run and they will love and protect you for many, many years to come.
If you are interested in one of our puppies, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We typically take 4 deposits (average litter size is 7) and after that the puppies go on a first come, first serve basis as long as they are going to a good home which is our top priority.
The deposit is $200 with the balance due upon pickup of $400. These German Shepherd Puppies for sale are near Lexington, Kentucky.
According to the American Kennel Club, here are the top 10 most desirable dog breeds for 2015. As you can see, the German Shepherd Dog is still holding strong in the number 2 spot:
- Labrador Retriever
- German Shepherd Dog
- Golden Retriever
- Bull Dog
- Yorkie (Yorkshire Terrier)
- French Bull Dog
The German Shepherd Dog is one of the most popular dogs in the world and for good reason. As of 2015, the German Shepherd Dog is the number 2 sought after dog according to the American Kennel Club (AKC). This breed of dog is loyal, protective, and extremely intelligent. The GSD is a working dog, and is unmatched in his devotion and courage. He’s amazingly versatile, extremely agile, and is capable of doing anything he’s asked to do. He is capable of being a service dog, assisting the blind and handicapped, excellent at search and rescue, diligent when searching for drugs and contraband, top notch in competition for show and obedience, most notable in police work, and even able to sniff out cancer in humans.
The German Shepherd Dog is an incredible companion dog. He loves his family and will protect them with no fear. Although a great family dog, it is not a dog for everyone. This dog loves to run and needs exercise. His curiosity and need to run makes this breed of dog great for a family that has room for the dog to explore and exercise. He doesn’t like small spaces where he cannot maximize his abilities. Without exercise and exploration, this dog may acquire behaviors that you won’t like such as chewing and excessive barking.
The GSD is one of the best watchdogs in the world. He is fiercely inquisitive and almost has a bionic-like hearing ability. He will not make your guests feel welcome, although if raised as a puppy, you can integrate the breed to be suspicious, yet non-threatening to non-family members who come in your home. If trained properly, you can teach this breed to behave just as you teach your children to behave. In fact, the GSD loves to be trained, loves to be pushed to his limits in running, fetching, and working. He will amaze you for his entire life in his sense and sensibilities. He loves his master and will protect him in life threatening situations.
In a nutshell, the German Shepherd Dog will give back all that’s put into him. He is a friend, a companion and a protector. If you are considering purchasing this breed, please check out the additional information on this website so that you can be sure this dog is the right fit for you.