Saturday, 16 October 2021

Crippled GSD wins Best of Breed at French Championship Show


Last month, the above GSD bitch won Best of Breed at the delayed 2020 French Championship in Dijon, France. Am sure she's a lovely dog but, oh boy, that backend 👀 

Perhaps it's just a bad photograph?

Here's the link to the same dog being put through her paces in a working test in August this year - shocking for the the degree of disability that is evident for all to see. Now it's a novice test, but it is also sad to see how unethusiastic/anxious she looks too.

Is there no one in France doing anything about this?


  1. A mockery of what was once the most functional, versatile, wonderful breed. This dog moves like its constantly in low level discomfort, theres no punch or energy in anything it does.

    1. they ate supposed to move slowly in this exercise

  2. Because breeders of purebred dogs have trained themselves to see certain disabilities as simply "characteristic to the breed". If they saw a mutt moving like that, they'd probably loudly proclaim that was proof that uncontrolled breeding was bad. But in their own breed, they simply can't recognize that it's a problem. "That's just how GSDs move."

  3. These mind-controlled breed lovers with their dumping down ideology have achieve the downfall of many ones so functional and happy dogs. They will do everything what has no benefit for longevity and overall well-being for the individual dog. Such a sad video to watch,it's a sick cult.

  4. The poor animal is unable to move comfortably.

  5. this was very sad to watch, a very unenthusiastic miserable dog

  6. I saw this production many years ago. I was saddened and shocked. The screaming Cavalier King Charles Spaniel broke my heart.

  7. Appalling. When are the breeders going to see what’s so obvious to everyone looking in from the outside ? I understand that it’s very hard for people to accept that their view of something is wrong, and they feel defensive, but this is animal cruelty here.

  8. I agree this dog is crippled and appears uncomfortable in the ring.

    For the past 40 years, I've competed in over a dozen dog sports 10-30 weekends a year. In the past twenty years or so, I can count on one hand the number of GSDs I have seen competing in the USA. You never see them in sports like agility, tracking, disc, herding, obedience, agility, FAST-CAT, barn hunt, etc.

    I found an exception at my last agility trial a couple weeks ago. A GSD with great structure and high drive tearing around an agility course like a working sheepdog. It didn't qualify, but I was amazed to see--for once--an athletic GSD. I talked to the owner, and she says she has had multiple GSDs like that, all backyard-bred dogs from shelters. One has over 100 titles in a dozen sports and is also an award-winning therapy dog. Her current dog looks like the GSDs of the 1930s or so--wish all of them were that lucky.

    It makes me so mad that dogs like hers are all spayed/neutered as a matter of course, while show dogs like the one in this post are held up as the epitome of the breed. Ugh!

  9. I challenge you to do the same test with no bite suit.. or to try to attack the owner

  10. Not sure about all the French breeders, but definitely who are in great dane business made all their best to discourage their dogs too.

  11. I'm curious how you can complain about the dog that won without showing the dogs it won out over, which is the entire point of a dog show. They have to pick something, after all.

    Also, I hope you post pics of your own dogs so we can all talk publicly about what janky pieces of shit they are. I'm far from a fan of the GSD breed in general but your behavior here is bullyish, crappy, and rude. Breeding and showing is difficult and if you're not out there putting yourself out there publicly showing your own work, then you really should just shut up.

  12. In the bite test, a dog needs strong hindquarters to plant and pull back. This poor dog can hang on, but can't pull.

    When you see her rear legs in action from behind, you can see them crossing to the rear. Dogs like this should "single track" - their paws should hit the ground nearly in a straight line. They should reach forward on a center line, but on the rear extension they should be apart.

    Bad hips and weak hindquarters can be easy to see. Limited rear/forward extension, bunny hopping, a strong inclination to keep the rear paws close together and under the body.

    One of the easiest signs is a dog that has a back end that shimmies from side to side. The front half of the dog is well supported. The front legs pull strongly and back legs struggle to keep up.

    It's sad when a purebred, winning GSD has more problems moving than a dog with chondro.