Why did it change?

Legs

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#1
Way back when I was a kid the police had Alsatians as Police Dogs, and mighty scary they were as well. Now they have German Shepherds instead - but they look the same (except I'm not so scared of them now).

When did it change?
Why did it change?
 
#2
Aren't they the same thing?

"The name Alsatian was taken into consideration as recent as the Second World War when the Allied Forces chose to discard any word having a connection to the name Germany or German. They reached a nobel way to name the German Shepherd Dog (which had a dominant presence in their Defence Forces as Guard Dogs) as Alsatian derived from the German town of Alsatia, a place presumed to be the originating place of the breed."


Bleedin' geeeeermans
 

Legs

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#5
They look it, but they are called different names now. Why did the name change. No Wah!
 

Sixty

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#6
I'm expecting a BFO 'QI' stylee klaxon going off to indicate this is an urban myth, but I'd always honestly thought that the name German Shepherd fell out of favour during one of the world wars due to anti-Boxhead sentiment and Alsatian was somewhat less inflammatory.
 
#7
Probably...Legs has a low boredom threshold and is spending much time on her arrse just lately :D
 
#8
the name alsation was introduced because on the fuss 39-45

allowed now to reflect the heritage of the pavement crapping dogs
 

Legs

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#9
bigbird67 said:
Probably...Legs has a low boredom threshold and is spending much time on her arrse just lately :D
Probably right there BB...
 
#10
If memory serves, and it often doesnt, but im happy to be corrected, this was down to the kennel club.

Apparently, for a pure breed Alsacian to be such, it had to be bred in Alsacia/n the village/town, otherwise, the dog could only be registered as, a German shepheard.

Probably bollo-cks, but thats what I heard.
 
#13
Sixty said:
but I'd always honestly thought that the name German Shepherd fell out of favour during one of the world wars due to anti-Boxhead sentiment and Alsatian was somewhat less inflammatory.
You are correct. It was after WWI that German Shepherd was changed to Alsatian, though many obviously use German Shepherd again now as the war is long over.
 
#14
Name
The breed was named Deutscher Schäferhund by Von Stephanitz, literally translating to "German Shepherd Dog". The breed was so named due its original purpose of assisting shepherds in herding and protecting sheep. At the time, all other herding dogs in Germany were referred to by this name; they thus became known as Altdeutsche Schäferhunde or Old German Shepherd Dogs. Shepherds were first exported to Britain in 1908, and the UK Kennel Club began to recognise the breed in 1919.

The direct translation of the name was adopted for use in the official breed registry; however, at the conclusion of World War I, it was believed that the inclusion of the word "German" would harm the breed's popularity,[12] due to the anti-German sentiment of the era.[13] The breed was officially renamed by the UK Kennel Club to "Alsatian Wolf Dog"[a][12] which was also adopted by many other international kennel clubs. Eventually, the appendage "wolf dog" was dropped.[12] The name Alsatian remained for five decades,[12] until 1977, when successful campaigns by dog enthusiasts pressured the British kennel clubs to allow the breed to be registered again as German Shepherd Dogs.[2]
 
#16
I don't care what fancy names people call them, or what the K.C. say,quite a few of these dogs seem to think their name is WOOFBARKSNAP! I don't stay around long enough to ask any further questions!
 
#17
Last time I was in Germania I got a good barking at from an airport security dog, which was BFO devil-black Giant Schnauzer.

Always though of Schnauzers as friendly beasts. That one was was Satan with attitude.
 
#19
In case it hasn't been answered to the satisfaction of all. As an owner of a KC registered land shark, it's the same beastie. http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/136


edited to add and yep it was all to do with anything German being out of fashion that changed the name. sssshhhhh don't mention the war
 
#20
Do German dogs understand English dogs then ?? How about Welsh dogs ?
 

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