” Lance of Fran-Jo “
Germany, controlled by the SV, a regulatory committee and organization, had a more strict breeding program in place from the start, introducing the “A” stamp, a tattoo I.D system. German shepherd dogs were highly sought after by South America, France, Italy, Japan and the Scandinavian countries. This required stricter top-rating regulations for the entire bloodline. From this quality control stance, came some of the most notable sires, including Quanto Wienerau, Mutz vd Pelztierfarm, Marko v CellerLand and Canto Wienerau. Quanto remained a popular producer, creating the best qualities of forequarter, bone and head morphology, along with desirable cowhocks, and long and short croup in the German shepherd dog. Canto only lived for four years but passed on superior traits in energy, style and fluidity of movement, which appealed to the international audience. The mating of the Quanto, traditional and Canto lines yielded Canto Arminius, a very substantial and dominant influence in the breed as well as a heavy influence on German shepherd history.
” Canto Wienerau “
” Canto Arminius “
The SV demanded more relevance on training degrees in the 1960s. Emphasis was placed on tests, such as courage and the AD endurance test. Minimum quality requirements were instituted, forcing breeders to concentrate on dental defects, problems with croups and other less obvious features. The schutzhund 3 degree of quality became mandatory for any of the prestigious VA awards. Breeders really had no choice but to conform to the guidelines, since the SV officials at the Sieger show events were also the judges in charge of scoring. From the 1980s and on, the SV has remained in relatively tight control of the breeding and awards systems for the German Shepherd breed.
Full Circle of the German shepherd dog history
The influences of America and Germany have been profound in the development of the German Shepherd dog. Although both country’s systems are different and separate, their end results were always in parallel agreement: to establish a superior working class dog that showed enormous potential and desirable characteristics. America owes its gratitude to the bloodline largely contributed by their Lance. Germany can certainly be proud of their Canto and Quanto, their shining stars. Both the American and German shepherd dog breeding systems have introduced desirable and even undesirable traits into the breed, but the pros far out-weight the cons when realizing that the breed is a unanimous success story. It might be argued that the combination of both systems might one day produce the perfect German Shepherd. The debate will go on. The Americans will forever do things their way whether they are influenced from inside or outside the country. The Germans will abide and endure the SV stipulations and follow suit, but it does not mean that they will cease to improve the breed. The question is, what surprises will the countries have for the world in the future? It looks undeniably bright for the German Shepherd dog.