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German Shepherd Soft Sculpture by WormsandBones German Shepherd Soft Sculpture by WormsandBones
Both Bones and I are big fans of the German Shepherd breed, and wanted to see if we could come up with one using our wolf cast. Didn't turn out too badly I hope!

This guy is about 17" long, and 10" high, made with ball joints and faux fur. His head and feet are cast resin, and hand painted, then sealed before being put together with the rest of him.

Unfortunately as the result of breeding for show ring "perfection", there are a number of crippling, life-shortening disorders now relatively common in GSDs. My SIL, bless her, is a fantastic advocate for responsible breeding thanks to her experience with her own dog Boomer.
Boomer's sire was a Canadian champ, and Boomer is partially paralyzed. He gets around in a wheelchair, without the use of his back legs.
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Current breeding trends in some countries have resulted in an animal vastly different than the traditional working dog GSDs once were.
Our little offering to the wider world of GSD fanart was made in honour of that old style dog, the strong, healthy, loyal tradition GSD.

Available on our Etsy shop
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WarriorBunnies Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
cute lol
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Breyerlover2000 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
How do u make these
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RogueAtSketches Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
No, this is perfect! Wish I had the money to get one xD
DO keep up the wonderful work my friend!! :)
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diishonored Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want one xD it's a nice work of art though! :clap:
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Allis1756 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
wonderful!!!!
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Russia-Love Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Absolutely Beautiful~
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YamiNeko-Chan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My old German Shepherd looked almost exactly like that, (and was the old fashioned way too, they are still around just not as common) right from the big bushy tail to the straight back! I miss him... :'(
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luvcat123 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this is adorable!!!! my boy friend has a German Shepherd and I love her lol this is an amazing sculpture :)
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shortwolf212 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
do u have any more???
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WormsandBones Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
We've only done one shepherd so far, but its likely we'll be making more sometime in the future. :)
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JanxLieanna Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
How much did he sell for and would you ever be interested in making another one?? :)
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WormsandBones Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
We listed him for the same as our wolves - $200. Its pretty likely we'll wind up making another, probably to take to one of our spring conventions. :) We're going to be posting a husky soon too I think.
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KingsLuckyDay Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
i want one of these SO bad they are totally awesome!!!
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AnimalArtKingdom Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous! The colours are beautiful and very well done
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LadyTemeraire Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
SHEPHERD!!! *muppet flail* I have a shepherd mix, and he's such a sweetie. I love this cast! And I agree, the push for show ring quality has really done some bad things to the breed. :( Beautiful sculpt/colors nonetheless!
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MeL-VaToast Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
WOW amazing job!!!!
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clayjase69 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Amazing sculpt
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WormsandBones Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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LovelyTwistofNature Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Damn! Headed over for him, but he'd already been snapped up.
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WormsandBones Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
We were pretty surprised to wake up and find him sold too!
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Lyrak Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the working lines, I think they look prettier than the showdog variety anyhow. Someday, I want a properly bred GSD. :)
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WormsandBones Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ditto! One day when I have room again I'll get another big dog. For now I'll have to live vicariously through my mum's! :P
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Lyrak Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Also, holy crap your stuff sells out before I can even look at it lately! LOL
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Mr-Monster-Mutt Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
That shepherd looks almost like my GSD, Darci. Very nice sculpt.

I don't pay any attentions to those show rings. I think they pay too much attention to look rather than what the breeds were bred for (well most of the breeds). The only events I watch if I catch them are events like Agility Trials or Flyball.

I might have to save up money for one like that.

-Mr Mutt
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WormsandBones Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks!

I agree wholeheartedly. The breed standards become more and more extreme every year based on nothing but cosmetic appearances. I love pugs as well, but at this point considering their health issues I'm more likely to get a mutt or a cross than a purebred.
Agility trials are a lot of fun: I'll happily watch those. Show rings like Crufts? No thank you.
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Mr-Monster-Mutt Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
I get to see more of the Agility trials now that I've started entering Darci into the events. she's still a beginner.

I forgot to ask, how much would a sculpt like this be if you have one for sale?

-Mr Mutt
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Falcolf Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
This is gorgeous! :D It's like an old-timey German Shepherd! This pooch definitely has healthy hips! XD Very beautiful. :aww:

Also, hear, hear to your note about current GSD breed health - it frustrates me to no end how terribly we have tortured these poor, gorgeous dogs through breeding them for vanity. My mom grew up with traditional GSDs on her family farm and they were very competent, very healthy animals. I've personally wrote letters of concern to both the UKC and AKC regarding the ridiculous practice of breeding for looks. :) Health and purpose first!
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WormsandBones Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yay! Glad we succeeded!

Totally on board with you there: breeding for a specific, often extreme look with no care for the health/mobility of the animal is ridiculous.
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CarpeDraco Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Beautifully done!

My MIL has a longhair GSD who, although different colour, resembles your lovely creation. (Unfortunately she also has some trouble with her hips.) She is a lovely, affectionate, and loyal dog, who brings much joy to her humans.

I agree, it would be nice (with any breeding program, regardless of the species,) if the people controlling the breeding would take the time to eliminate the disorders to the critters can enjoy long healthy, happy, and productive lives.
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WormsandBones Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Cheers!

If would be lovely if that happened someday; likely though I think unless breeder organizations acknowledge the problematic nature of inbreeding/linebreeding we're going to continue ending up with dogs that look lovely and have a variety of ailments.
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CarpeDraco Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
True, that. Probably why I tend to stick with mixed breeds of any critter I adopt/am adopted by. Healthier! And since I'm not into breeding, I always have my critters de-sexed, regardless of species.

Cheers!
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Almiras Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful pelt colours ^____^ I am not surprised that he got snapped up so quickly!
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WormsandBones Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! We're kinda surprised, but then again we're always surprised when we wake up the night after posting something and its already gone! LOL
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jennovazombie Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
My neighbors bred German Shepherds for years, off of the German police dog stock. I believe that's the working line, gorgeous dogs. They had show-standard ones too, which never seemed to do as well with their dropped hips and over-perked ears.
This dog looks almost exactly like their old dog Cain. He was such a sweetheart, even though he'd sneak over to play with our dogs and us kids when his owners weren't looking. :) Such gentle dogs when they don't have anything to guard.
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superayaa Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
aw how sweet!! I have a part german shepard and it makes me think of her
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LittleKirara Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the paws and the big GSD nose. :heart:

AND I couldn't agree with you more! The show ring has ruined not only the GSD but many other breeds as well! Both my GSDs are work bred not show bred and if I had to choose between having a show bred GSD or not having one at all then I would just choose to not have one. Its just too heart breaking to see such wonderful animals live such short painful lives.
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CraftyFlareon Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!!!!!
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blazegryph Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful doll, you've definitely made a fine representation of the breed!

The breeding trends that cause the mentioned mutations are sad indeed. >: Been learning about causes and effects of genetic mutations and how it affects the phenotype and it's really fascinating stuff. My prof was a cat breeder at some point and had a lot of insight as far as breed-specific issues and inbreeding amongst god and cat breeding stock goes. I see this stuff as easy-to-access knowledge, but yet such breeding persists. /genetics spiel yeeeeah
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WormsandBones Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank ye!

Haha, I'm a bit of a genetics geek so I'd probably LOVE your prof. Unfortunately there are a LOT of dog breeds that have been bred to the point where their genetic pool is so shallow you couldn't lose a nickle in it. And you're right, the causes of many of these conditions are known, and easy to educate yourself on, but the breeders seem oblivious to it.
There was a similar issue (well, IS an issue) among quarter horse breeders - a genetic disorder originating with an extremely popular stallion caused periodic muscle paralysis and was potentially fatal. It took YEARS for the breed society to do ANYTHING about it, and even then people still breed horses that carry the disorder. :(
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ShyCrestedGirl Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This looks remarkably like my own GSD
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WormsandBones Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
I totally envy you!
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ShyCrestedGirl Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
She's probably not purebred but Ill be damned if she doesn't look almost exactly like this. She was giving to me by a relative who's kennel was raided by coyotes in WV.
Mom, her , and one sibling are all that was left.
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's due to those sloping hips and disorders that has me going for a European Shepherd. Very close to the American GSD, they don't have the sloping hips or disorders as the GSD do. They are also a bit more mild tempered as the GSD had been originally bred for protection and police use so some have an inner aggressive streak.

Back to the doll though, so adorable! Just love the lower right hand shot the best!
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XerkanPride Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
GSD were originally bred as cattle herders it has only been in the past 100 to 200 years that they have been bred for attack dogs.
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WormsandBones Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
My SIL has said the same thing. Apparently there's also a breeder in eastern Canada who works exclusively with European lines that are concerned with health, temperament and working ability rather than the 'frog gait' and show ring beauty. Bones is partial to shiloh shepherds for the same reason.

Thanks so much!
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XerkanPride Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I agree with you about human influence ruining such a beautiful breed. My parents used to breed GSD's and i have always been in a home with this breed. Our dogs showed the traditional shape of the breed and all lived long lives in happiness with none of the genetic illness' that other litters have. At the moment we have a female GSD, just over a year old that we got from another breeder, she is a traditional, healthy GSD.

In the UK there are clubs around the entire country that focus and specialise on the GSD breed and not a single one of the dogs that come to our club have been bred incorrectly.
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