Breed Founder's Comments
Since this show seems to get thousands of visitors, I felt that it was my
responsibility to attend in order to be available to answer some questions
and hand out our
to the hundreds of info seeker that would be milling around Chain's booth!
After all, his owner had her 2 small children in tow, and needed to focus on
the shows themselves!
NS jbCH Vision's Chain of Command is an ISSR NB1 (Artus son) that was
and has had quite an interesting show career. He was not only the
first to achieve the ISSR's Junior Champion title and top puppy of the year,
he was also the #1 National Select.
7 month old Chain
and his ribbons:
10 month old Chain
Since he is a good representative of our breed, I had been encouraging his
owner to show him. However, I am slightly disappointed over the
fact that the "dissidents" are still attempting to display their "pet
quality" (to put it kindly) specimens to the general public!
Nevertheless, it does provide me with a great opportunity to expose their
faults via my observations and the pictures I have taken at this show.
After attending a very disappointing
show in Heightstown, NJ in April 1998, I felt that I had to share my
warnings, in hopes that some conscientious "breeders" would take the time to
read my report and try to breed closer to the
Original Breed Standard.
Unfortunately this did not happen, so I proceeded to write a few more
articles about the decline of quality I was seeing at "their" specialties.
Please take some time to visit the following pages (full of pictures that I
took at these shows!)
Cherry Blossom 1999 |
Brookville 2000 |
As you can see above, one of the things that I did make a big "fuss" over
were the tails ... not because it isn't "pretty" but because OUR
calls for a tail such that
<<When the dog is excited or in motion,
the curve is accentuated and the tail is raised, but it should never curl
forward beyond the vertical line nor above the level of the back. The tail
should never be carried straight out or rolled up over the back.
A tail that is raised above the vertical line and/or past the horizontal
line of the croup is a DISQUALIFYING FAULT. Tails that are too
short, thin, or ratty should be severely penalized.>>
and as I have clearly stated before
as the dog begins with his head, he ends with his tail, and by it many a
story is told for it expresses health, mental attitude and what may be
expected in the rest of the spinal column. Beware of any type tail that is
not normally characteristic of the specific breed.">>
I also noted that it seemed like one of the dogs did not move her tail all
weekend. No wagging, etc. If a dog is severely stressed they may carry
it like that, but will also tuck it frequently, especially when approached
by a stranger, or wag it for a few moments when given a treat, or
recognizing a friendly face. One particular dog seemed as if she was
tranquilized, but I never noticed any additional symptoms, like the "glazed"
eyes, or "blank" stare that would be expected. Since I am
confident that her handler would never consider stooping to something that
devious, just to win a show! Therefore, I have been considering other
potential causes for this apparent "dead tail" symptom!! Upon
checking this dog's RC and discovering the extremely high Inbreeding
Coefficient, it leads me to conclude that various problems might be brewing,
Cauda Equina Syndrome.
incidence varies, but the GSD, at least in America, apparently does
have a higher incidence of spinal column disorders in the
lumbo-sacral area than do other breeds. Dr. Joe Morgan at Davis told
me that his study showed that dogs with cauda equina syndrome more
often than expected also have lumbo-sacral transitional vertebral
segments (TVS or APA), and that this combination was seen in the GSD
more than in dogs in general...>>
Cauda Equina Syndrome and Spondylosis
by Fred Lanting.
may show relatively early signs with a “dead” tail carriage.
From SV judge and then-chief-Körmeister Leonhard Schweikert
regarding the bitches at the huge GSD Sieger Show in Bremen, 2000 we
have this comment: “With respect to the evaluation of the rear, I
noticed in more than one case a lifeless or nearly lifeless tail.
This is a very worrisome fact, as this is one of the first
indications of a cauda equina syndrome (CES). We must look into this
topic in the near future in more depth.”>>
Please be sure to read my entire article:
Another in a series of continuing reports by Tina Barber Shiloh
Shepherd Breed Founder: Tails
Obviously, nobody was listening!! Therefore I will be preparing
another article regarding this situation, so be sure to watch for it on
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