1966 GSDC OF AMERICA
National Specialty Show Results
Intersex Judge - Mr. Ernest Loeb
Dog Judge Mr William Goldbecker
Bitches Judge Mrs Mary Southcott
"Well, the largest and most thrilling
annual event for German Shepherd Dogs has come and
gone, leaving in its wake memories of the biggest
entry in history, where in quality reigned along with
quantify. There were thrills and spills, elation's
and disappointments, suspense culminating in "ohs"
and "ahs", "hurrahs" and occasionally,
I am sure, a few "ughs". But, where else
on the continent can so many top German Shepherds,
their proud owners and friends get together at one
time than at the National Specialty each year. To
say that it was a highly enjoyable and fun filled
weekend, with competition at its highest peak, would
be putting it mildly. And the German Shepherd Dog
Club of Greater Kansas City which hosted the event
deserves the highest praise for the fabulous weekend.
The rings were immense (which was
fortunate, since even then with such terrific entries
in each class the dogs stood nose to tail all the
way around), and with the green colored tanbark gave
the appearance of being grassy.
With an entry of 191 bitches (a number of absentees,
of course) it was utterly impossible to take any detail
notes. Personally, I found that the best way to avoid
confusion, with so many fine bitches in the ring at
the same time, was to segregate them into groups following
the individual examinations, gait each group and then
gradually whittle the number in the ring down to the
point where the top ones could be placed in sequence
of quality and performance. There were countless entries
which I hated to drop out since quality ran so deep
in the classes, but one has to draw the line somewhere.
I was distressed to find quite a few displaying temperament
problems --- some overcame this after the initial
examination when I went back to test the dogs in question,
but many had to be severely penalized. Dentition on
the whole was very good with only a handful having
more than one or two missing premolars, and full mouths
with correct bites were in the majority. There is
still need for improvement in forequarter angulation
and quite a number of exhibits had a tendency to cross
behind. Backs were unusually good, feet for the most
part excellent, size generally well within the desired
standard, coast of correct texture, pigment mostly
strong, only a small minority with eyes on the light
side and side gait generally speaking very good. There
were quite a few which could have had more drive
and a number tending to kick up, but
not many downhill gaiters for a change."
~ Mary Southcott
On Saturday I had the opportunity
to look at the future of our breed as seen in the
Puppy Futurity and Maturity Sweepstakes. I was particularly
impressed with the quality of the bitches, which in
my opinion are the foundation of the breed.
In closing I must say the the quality of the select
group, which I was particularly careful in choosing,
would compare very favorable to what I have seen in
~ Ernest Loeb
Best of Breed Grand Victor Ch.
Best Opposite Sex Grand Victrix Ch.
Winners Dog & Best of Winners:
Winners Bitch: Bessie v. Pilgersberg
Best Puppy: DeCloudt's
Best In Futurity: Hanarob's
Best OS Futurity: Dolthom's Kandy
Bar of Delray
Best In Maturity: Ch.
Lance of Fran-Jo
Best OS Maturity: Ch.