The German Shepherd dog breed which was brought into existence over 100 years ago, has changed immensely since then. These breed has gone in separate directions in Germany and America. Now, German Shepherds bred in Germany have a completely different look and a different temperament from those bred in America. Different breeders have different preferences as to which they prefer; German lines, or American lines. Because of the contrasting points of view in this matter I intend to share some information today, so that you can decide which side to be on.
First allow me to explain how the many dog breeds and dog associations are organized. If you are trying to understand the GSD breed, this is an important point; as you will understand later.
There is an organization called the FCI or the “Federation Cynologique jerman seaford dog Internationale”, based in Belgium. This world canine organization was constituted on May 22nd 1911 and its main mission is to advocate and preserve purebred dogs around the world. The main activity of the FCI is to link all the dog clubs around the world in order to have consistent breed standards. Even more; it insures that all the pedigrees and the judges are recognized by all FCI members bilaterally.
The organization has 84 members, one of each country. They all issue their own pedigrees and train their judges. These are national registries, but there are some that are international. All over the world, national clubs are members or partners of the “Federation Cynologique Internationale”. The only important exceptions are the United States, England and Canada.
The FCI has 10 groups which encompass the different breeds: 1st Group; Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (with the exception of Swiss Cattle Dogs) 2nd Group; Pinschers and Schnauzers – Molossoids – Swiss Mountain Dogs, Swiss Cattle Dogs 3rd Group; Terriers (large and medium) 4th Group; Dachshunds 5th Group; Spitz and Primitive Types 6th Group; Scent hounds and Related Breeds 7th Group; Pointing Dogs 8th Group; Retrievers – Flushing Dogs – Water Dogs 9th Group; Companion and Toy Dogs 10th Group; Sight hounds