EAST GERMAN SHEPHERD CENTRAL is devoted to the German Shepherd Dog of
the former East Germany, the Deutsche Demokratische Republik or "DDR" (1949-1990). The DDR was
a political, social, economic, and geographic entity that was physically solidified with the
tragically oppressive construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, and which began its political and
physical dissolution with the history-making and liberating fall of that barrier on November 9, 1989.
Just as the geo-political entity formerly known as the "DDR" no longer
exists today, the "DDR German Shepherd Dog" is a historical relic of a bygone time and place,
and it no longer exists today. Rather, the generations of true "DDR" bloodlines are limited to
a span of roughly four decades of breeding and development in the former East Germany. These bloodlines may be
found in the third, fourth, and further generations back in the pedigrees of working, sporting, and companion
dogs found around the world today. These modern representatives of the German Shepherd Dog breed, with a
genetic heritage in the former DDR bloodlines, have their true provenance determined by the place of their actual birth.
"Utility is the true criterion of beauty"
-- Max von Stephanitz, Founder of the German Shepherd Dog breed
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