Considering the importance of the changes being made by the SV together with the aims of Lothar Quoll I am surprised at the lack of interest by the readers of the PDB.
What do the changes mean? In my opinion any movement away from the bloodlines that we see at the moment will change much in the breed and, hopefully, produce animals nearer to the breed standard which has stood for so many years and adopted worldwide. The big problem is that the changes for the betterment of the breed will take many years you accomplish. Once the President Dr Christopher Rummel passed the reins over to Hermann Martin the breed has seen rapid changes in the many facets of the breed. The only way to make these changes so quickly was to have a programme of inbreeding using very closely related animals and continue with this for a long period of time. One of the main factors was to produce the colour of dogs as we see today, grey dogs along with the blacks and bi-colour animals were excluded from the programme. In order to produce such a rapid change there had to be some co-operation from breeders and this is clear from the false pedigrees that appeared during the early period of the beginnings. When the reins passed from Hermann Martin to the next person we noticed that the breeders who had continued success under Dr Martin began to disappear. Was that because the suddenly did not produce good animals any more using the same breeding families before the changeover? I think not. A change in power meant that different people had periods of success. These small groups changed following changeovers at the top. Every time a change occurred a new group of successful people were consistently favoured. One of the results of this is the bottlenecks that began to appear and create difficulties for breeders.
All of the foregoing brings up the point that whatever good was done, if any, has meant that all of the undesirable faults and traits have been stamped in so deeply that it will take many years to put right. Hopefully, Germany will make the changes needed and, if so, we can expect to see a different German Shepherd than we see today. For those in the rest of the world who do not want to see change then they can shut their eyes to what the breed needs and continue to breed more of the same thanks to the lack of regulation.