[ SHOWGSD-L ] Re: German Shepherd history?

  • From: Barbara Galasso <uwish@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Pinehillgsds@xxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2009 18:43:10 -0400

I was wondering about the part where it says that the word German was 
removed from the name of the breed because of his association with 
Hitler.  Barbara

Pinehillgsds@xxxxxxx wrote:
> I've read that a number of times.  I do suppose The Alsatian part is 
> true. I traveled a bit BD (before dogs).
>  
> I noticed when I traveled to Italy, France and Great Britain, they 
> were called Alsatians.  In Germany and Austria they called them GSDs.  
> Not sure about the "wolf dog" part....
>  
> If you read Peter Mayles' books about Provence, he refers to them as 
> greasy Alsations.   
>  
> *Kathy, member GSDCA, DVGSDC
> **Celebrating generations of Dual Titled TC'd Champions
> *visit http://www.pinehillgsds.com/
>  
> In a message dated 9/15/2009 5:53:44 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, 
> uwish@xxxxxxxxxx writes:
>
>     Through the years, they have been used extensively as war and
>     police dogs. After WWII, their popularity waned due to their
>     association with Hitler and his reign of terror. It was during
>     these post WWII years that the British changed the dog's name to
>     Alsatian, and then later to Alsatian Wolf Dog, to remove the stigma
>     of having the word German in their name.
>


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