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Tue, Oct 2 | By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER | 117

Gerlinde Schultze beamed as she lifted up her week-old puppy. "This is Xaver, a purebred East German shepherd," she said proudly, kissing the dark whelp on its wet snout. "You can't possibly find a better bloodline anywhere … more ›

East, West German Dog Breeders Divided
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Bonnie K.
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Bonnie K.
5 years ago

darn, the article has been removed. It looked interesting.

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Morgan
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Morgan
6 years ago

Can we appreciate what is obvious?

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Morgan
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Morgan
6 years ago

Can we all just get along?

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rebecca k.
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rebecca k.
6 years ago

its expired=[

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Billie R.
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Billie R.
6 years ago

What's the big difference, I'm sure they're both friendly and they make good pets.

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Hillbill
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Hillbill
6 years ago

I was wanting to read this but it's expired

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Adele P.
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Adele P.
6 years ago

Hope they are doing safe breeding

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Sarah H.
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Sarah H.
6 years ago

Expired.

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Valerie M.
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Valerie M.
6 years ago

i read the article below...sorry i am a mutt lover... not into all this bloodline stuff

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Graysonluvr
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Graysonluvr
6 years ago

THE ARTICLE HAS EXPIRED, SO I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE ARTICLE IS ABOUT

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diana l.
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diana l.
6 years ago

sounds like a waste of time and effort.

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Vicky
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Vicky
6 years ago

beautiful dogs

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Tami T.
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Tami T.
6 years ago

Does your mommy know you're playing on her computer?

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Cassie3
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Cassie3
6 years ago

Was that supposed to be funny? Or are you speaking from experience? In either case, it is disgusting.

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Vicky
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Vicky
6 years ago

They are such beautiful animals

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Tonycat
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Tonycat
6 years ago

Like arguing whether chocolate or vanilla is better.

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Cassie3
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Cassie3
6 years ago

Here's the article:

East, West German Dog Breeders Divided

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER
The Associated Press
Tuesday, October 2, 2007; 4:32 PM

BERLIN -- Gerlinde Schultze beamed as she lifted up her week-old puppy.

"This is Xaver, a purebred East German shepherd," she said proudly, kissing the dark whelp on its wet snout.

"You can't possibly find a better bloodline anywhere _ especially not in West Germany."

As the country celebrates 17 years of reunification on Wednesday, some animosities between the formerly communist East and capitalist West remain _ and few are as doggedly contested as the fight over whose shepherds are superior.

One thing nobody denies is that in the more than four decades of Germany's division, the dogs did develop different looks: Eastern shepherds are mostly dark gray or black, while the Western dogs have the better-known yellow-and-black appearance.

West German shepherds also have a characteristically sloped back, while their East German counterparts have a straighter back _ which their proponents claim is less prone to the hip problems that can plague the breed.

Schultze, 46, has been breeding shepherds on the eastern outskirts of Berlin for more than 20 years and is convinced that the East German bloodlines are better than those of the West.

"Our dogs are healthier and have a better personality," she said. "Those overbred shepherds in the West are merely about good looks."

Heiko Grube, a west German shepherd aficionado and the spokesman of the national German Shepherd's Club, strongly disagrees.

"It is absolutely not true that the bloodlines of the East are better," he said. "After all it was the East Germans who weren't allowed to leave their country while in the West we had an open market for the fresh blood that's needed for successful breeding."

While German shepherds are also very popular in the United States, the American Kennel Club was not aware of a similar debate there.

"In the U.S., there's only one standard and one breed of German shepherd dogs," said Lisa Peterson, a spokeswoman for the AKC.

First bred by Max von Stephanitz in 1895, the dog is Germany's most popular canine with more than 2,200 local shepherd dog clubs across the country, according to the national German Shepherd's Club.

The debate over which type is superior is fueled by the near mythical status the shepherd has in Germany, where it is celebrated for embodying traditional German virtues like loyalty, reliability and resilience.

Because of this, the claim for the better dog at times sounds more like a battle over moral superiority between the East and the West than breeder rivalry.

Grube called the claims from the East German breeders an "obvious case of Ostalgie" _ a sentimental nostalgia about life in former East Germany, which went out of existence at reunification in 1990 at the end of the Cold War.

East German breeders get particularly upset when confronted with the widespread assumption that most of their dogs were used at the border to keep citizens from fleeing to the West.

"The army and the police only got the scum _ the best ones went to dog lovers," said Werner Dalm, the former government official for shepherd dog breeding in communist East Germany. However, he acknowledged that the East German army asked particularly for those "that could really bite well."

Today, Dalm, who is still breeding shepherds at age 81 and is also convinced of the East German dogs' superiority, believes that pure East German bloodlines are all but extinct.

"Since the unification in 1990, we've been mixing bloodlines," he said. "Even my dogs don't have pure East German pedigrees any longer."

Whatever the truth, it does seem like the East German shepherd is making a comeback among the 75,000 members of the German Shepherds' Club and even abroad.

"We get so many requests for our dogs, there's an international wait list of several years," said Schultze, adding that puppy Xaver's future owner had been waiting for the dog for two years and already paid the $850 price.

"When I told her about Xaver's birth last week, she was so happy that she burst in tears of joy."

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mike o.
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mike o.
6 years ago

weird

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Kathy  H.
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Kathy H.
6 years ago

WHAT A SHAME!

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Karen S.
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Karen S.
6 years ago

Let's keep politics out of breeding!

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PurplePoe
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PurplePoe
6 years ago

Pathetic

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1978Bill
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1978Bill
6 years ago

This is crazy.

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RonnieDia
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RonnieDia
6 years ago

People are not very smart are they?

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Laura S.
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Laura S.
6 years ago

People will always find something to argue about

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shelia s.
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shelia s.
6 years ago

This story and these people that made this a story are just plain stupid!!I've heard of people dividing but getting animals involved in the same way.. GET A LIFE!!

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Sfmoboe
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Sfmoboe
6 years ago

Oh please...

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Kim D.
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Kim D.
6 years ago

They are both great dogs, and gerogus, I don't care what side they are from!

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Psst
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Psst
6 years ago

I have seen so many German shepherd dogs here who could barely walk due to hip dysplasia. Let's hope rivalry and cooperation between east and west Germany will prevent the breeding of dogs with this inherited trait.

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silver d.
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silver d.
6 years ago

LOL, the east and west never can agree.

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Julie F.
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Julie F.
6 years ago

I don't know much about shepherds. Both look beautiful to me.

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Mcg8s
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Mcg8s
6 years ago

Good article. I will have to pay more attention to the German Shepherds that come throught the shelter.

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Heather R.
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Heather R.
6 years ago

This is ridiculous. I am sure the dogs are all nice although a little different. Everybody has preferences but why are they arguing about it? What a waste of time.

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Nicoleyoley21
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Nicoleyoley21
6 years ago

Mmm...I wonder what else they will think of to argue about?

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silver d.
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silver d.
6 years ago

All dogs are special, I prefer the pound variety myself :)

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Dragon6483
6 years ago

I have a lot less problems with people who are overly concerned about properly breeding their dogs. Those that at least take the time to research bloodlines, try to produce superior animals with excellent confirmation and not as prone to health defects and show their dogs sit much higher in my book than those backyard breeders who seem to have the philosophy of "this one has boy parts, this one has girls parts, let's make us some money" and see magical little dollar signs falling out of their dog's hoohoo.

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Margene  W.
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Margene W.
6 years ago

Very well put! :)

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k r.
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k r.
6 years ago

Good article. I will have to pay more attention to the German Shepherds that come throught the shelter.

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Candy29944
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Candy29944
6 years ago

Sheperds are great dogs no matter where or who breeds them.

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Cornbread
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Cornbread
6 years ago

Interesting story, The dogs are beautiful each and every one of them, east or west.

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Hope
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Hope
6 years ago

This has to be the silliest thing to argue over I`ve ever seen. It`s a dog, right? So , who really cares what they look like? A dog is a dog, not matter its apperance.

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Kittybratgurl11
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Kittybratgurl11
6 years ago

awwwwwwwwww they sound really cuteeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Luvndogs
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Luvndogs
6 years ago

Shepherds are the best either way! But I am a little prejudiced,my three are my babies.

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Libeaches
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Libeaches
6 years ago

This seems like a pretty silly thing to argue about.

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marni M.
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marni M.
6 years ago

They are both gorgeous love them all, maybe if they realize that most people do they will think of something else that is petty enough to squable over

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