This is a pic that is supposed to be a german wardog on the russian front in WW2.
What kind of dog do you think this is?
Where did you hear this?Im just curiously interested in more info on these war dogs.Sarah Hall said:Most likely a GSD cross, I heard the GSDs were bred with other dogs so their appearance wouldn't be so easily recognized.
Well, histories of war dogs I've read talked about GSD, Dobes, and Belgian Shepherds a lot. I can try to find those links; I didn't save & file them the way I do now.Greg Long said:Where did you hear this?Im just curiously interested in more info on these war dogs.Sarah Hall said:Most likely a GSD cross, I heard the GSDs were bred with other dogs so their appearance wouldn't be so easily recognized.
I would say just guessing,that it had quite a bit of Mal in there.
I think the Germans used Pit crosses too along the Russian border to pull sleds. Where did I READ that? I swear I'm not making it up.Sarah Hall said:I did some therapy work at a nursing home where there was an old German captain that worked with wardogs. He said the dogs would be crossed to not obviously look like GSDs because the enemy would kill any GSD on sight. Mals were popular because (at that time) most of them had very little black, so they just looked like a dog and not a BAD dog to shoot. Remember wardogs not only would actually charge into battle (more popular before guns), but they carried important messages from troop to troop, kind of like a carrier pigeon. I think I remember the old captain saying that they bred some for improper ear carriage/cartilage because it made them look like collies, etc. Also, you have to remember in GSDs and Mals the cartilage can be broken and the ear will hang/fly.
Then why is it called an American Pitbull Terrier? I don't see the word "pit" in the name "Staffordshire Terrier"Connie Sutherland said:
But you are definitely right that the APBT was the icon of American dog-dom for at least half a century. They were called the "Nanny Dog;" the Buster Brown dog (Tigue?) was an APBT. There are a zillion pictures of APBTs standing in front of the American flag......Mike Schoonbrood said:
There are as many "official histories" as there are APBTs (almost).Mike Schoonbrood said:Then why is it called an American Pitbull Terrier? I don't see the word "pit" in the name "Staffordshire Terrier" ..........
Looks are a damn good reason, I'm never gonna own a dog that I don't think is a cool looking breed. I like all dogs, but I wouldn't own all dogs, I would only own a breed that I think is a good looking dog, n pits just don't do it for me. I think working line GSD's are great looking dogs, very cool physique, intimidating and just overall a "wow" looking dog, same goes with Mal's and Dutchie's and Dobie's... but I don't like the physique of a pitbull. Is it so hard to believe that someone doesn't like the same dogs you do? Would you still like the pitbull if they were 40lbs n scrawny but with the same temprement? I doubt it. Appearance makes the breed, n not everyone has to like the same breeds that you do.Jenni Williams said:Mike, Mike, Mike, LOOKS?!? EEK! :roll: Sorry, ol pal, looks are not a reason...sounds like somthin' a show person would say :twisted: :lol: