What is a “Show-line” German Shepherd Dog?

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What is a “Show-Line German Shepherd?

A Show-line German Shepherd Dog, is a type of GSD that has been bred for conformation shows and competitions. These dogs are selected for their physical appearance, which is based on the ‘breed standard’ developed by the German Shepherd Dog Club of Germany.

Show-line GSDs tend to have a more refined appearance than working line GSDs. They are typically smaller in size and have a more sloping back, which kind of gives them a more graceful appearance. Show-line GSDs have been bred for their appearance rather than their working abilities, so they are less likely to have the same level of drive and energy as their working line counterparts.

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Why do some people choose a Show-Line Gsd?

In addition to their physical appearance, Show-line GSDs are often selected for their temperament. They should have a calm and confident demeanour and be easy to handle in the show ring.

Can “Show-Line Gsd’s make a good family pet?

While Show-line GSDs may not have the same level of working drive as working line GSDs, they can still make excellent pets. Show – line German Shepherds are typically intelligent, loyal and trainable dogs and can be well suited to a variety of living situations.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that Show-line GSDs may be more prone to certain health issues, due to their breeding for appearance rather than function.

It’s important to research the breed and choose a reputable breeder to ensure that you are getting a healthy and well-bred dog.

Great reference points for the German Shepherd Dog Breed “Standards”?

View the German Shepherd Breed “Standards” by clicking on this link to

The Kennel Club UK.


BAGSD Ltd (British Association For German Shepherd Dogs Ltd)


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